Dan Donovan

Publisher and Managing Editor

Dan Donovan is the founding Publisher of Ottawa Life Magazine, the capital’s largest and longest running (est. 1996) general interest and lifestyles magazine. His work has been featured in The Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Masthead Magazine and The Hill Times. He is a regular guest commentator on public policy matters on CFRA, 1310 AM and the Corus networks Charles Adler Radio Show. He is a former Vice President of Government and Public Affairs at Magna International. He served as Chief of Staff to the former federal minister of youth and labour and as Director of Publications and Communications at the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. He is a former Director of Environment Policy at The International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France. Dan holds degrees from both the University of Ottawa and the Université de Strasbourg (Institut d’Etudes Politique et Economie). He is a past member of the Executive Committee and the Board of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, former member of the Board of the National Cycling Centre and a former governor of the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. His first book, True Grits, New Grits was published by Hemlock press in 1993.
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Yucatán is calling: The rebirth of tourism begins here!

Yucatán is calling: The rebirth of tourism begins here!

One of the most beautiful, historically significant, and untouched destinations to visit in Mexico is the state of Yucatán. Most Canadians don’t have Yucatán on their radar as they generally head directly to the sunny beaches of Cancun or the Mayan Riviera without realizing that [...]

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Cong Peiwu says Canada should reflect on its own record of human rights

Cong Peiwu says Canada should reflect on its own record of human rights

and approach relations with China on the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment. China’s Ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu held a press conference on December 10, 2021, telling Canadian journalists that the best way to improve relations would be for Canada to “approach relations with [...]

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Pardis Parker — a modern-day court jester

Pardis Parker — a modern-day court jester

Officially, (like if you look him up online or google him) Pardis Parker is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian award-winning director, writer, actor, and comedian, the creator and star of Comedy Central's Mideast Minute and the co-creator of NBC's Uncivil, a writer for the New Yorker and New York Times, [...]

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Not a penny more to the bloated and entitled Ottawa Police Service

Not a penny more to the bloated and entitled Ottawa Police Service

Ottawa City Council will be doing a great disservice to this city if they do not freeze the police budget this week. Before giving the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) a penny more, the council should demand an independent forensic audit of the OPS budget going back to 2017. The OPS claims they cannot meet [...]

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Tourism returns big time in Mexico

Tourism returns big time in Mexico

The Success of Tianguis Turistico 2021 in Yucatán is great news for Canadian Travelers Mexico is a favourite annual destination for Canadians who travel south between November and April each year to get a respite from winter. In 2019-2020-just before the Covid-19 pandemic, close to two million [...]

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The Marriott Château Champlain makes every trip to Montréal memorable

The Marriott Château Champlain makes every trip to Montréal memorable

ABOVE: The skyline from a room on the 32nd floor of the Montréal Marriott Château Champlain. Montréal never disappoints, when visiting you can’t go wrong if you check into the Montréal Marriott Château Champlain on De La Gauchetière Street, between De [...]

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Montreal: Magnificent at any time of the year.

Montreal: Magnificent at any time of the year.

ABOVE: The skyline of Montreal with a view to Tower of Songs, a tribute to Leonard Cohen. (PHOTO: www.evablue) Montreal’s Leonard Cohen has long been one of my favourite singers and this son of Montreal was known for his unparalleled love of his hometown. In describing the city that remains Canada’s [...]

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NO Chief Sloly, you don’t control the media in Ottawa

NO Chief Sloly, you don’t control the media in Ottawa

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) currently has 18 officers who have been SUSPENDED with FULL PAY and BENEFITS despite facing allegations of serious misconduct and/or criminal charges. The charges relate to serious crimes including allegations of rape, sexual misconduct, fraud, theft, and drug charges. [...]

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The Canada-China reboot post Meng Wanzhou/Two Michaels

The Canada-China reboot post Meng Wanzhou/Two Michaels

Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a speech this past week to mark the 50th Anniversary of China joining the United Nations. It was an important event against the backdrop of the current ideological conflict between the United States and its allies, and China. Xi cited China’s achievements over [...]

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Blue Rodeo: the boys are back!

Blue Rodeo: the boys are back!

Blue Rodeo will drop their 16th studio album and first in over five years, Many A Mile, on December 3. The announcement came with the release today of the first single “When You Were Wild,” a rootsy melodic, easy ramblin, harmonized gem that showcases the incredible talent of Canada's [...]

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