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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Canada and China’s relationship is vital

Canada and China’s relationship is vital

It would be an understatement to say that Canada and China are going through a difficult and tumultuous period on the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. China is upset with Canada over what they believe is the illegal detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou who was [...]

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Gananoque is close to home yet far from ordinary

Gananoque is close to home yet far from ordinary

ABOVE: A view of Gananoque, the gateway to the 1000 Islands, from Fly 1000 Islands. International travel restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 have led Canadians from coast to coast to coast to look closer to home for their vacation getaways. For those living in Ontario, the spectacular 1000 Islands [...]

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Star candidates surface in run-up to next federal election

Star candidates surface in run-up to next federal election

Depending on who you talk to, Canada has either navigated the current COVID-19 crisis relatively well or the country is heading towards an economic sinkhole for which we may never recover. The truth is probably somewhere in between. The Trudeau government COVID-19 spending spree is more than worrisome. [...]

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Canada recognizes importance of Canada-China relations on 50th anniversary

Canada recognizes importance of Canada-China relations on 50th anniversary

Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne has issued a statement on the 50th anniversary of Canada-China diplomatic relations acknowledging the importance of the Canada-China relationship. The statement comes despite the continuing tensions between the two countries over the controversial [...]

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The Right Honourable John Turner — A life well lived

The Right Honourable John Turner — A life well lived

Above: (Clockwise from left) Paul Martin, Joe Clark, Jean Chretien, John Turner, Justin Trudeau at John Turner's 90th birthday celebration. (credit: Jean-Marc Carisse) Former Prime Minister John Napier Turner passed peacefully in his sleep on Saturday surrounded by family. He lived a meritorious [...]

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Carleton “Professors” cancel culture solution for Police is farcical

Carleton “Professors” cancel culture solution for Police is farcical

Anyone following articles about the serious and systemic problems with police misconduct due to lax police oversight in Canada recognize that we need to rethink the role of police in society. Whether it means carrying out substantive reforms around police recruitment and training or making significant [...]

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Le Boat — Close to home yet far from ordinary 

Le Boat — Close to home yet far from ordinary 

If you are looking for a summer vacation close to home, you can’t go wrong with Le Boat. After taking my first Le Boat excursion on the beautiful and historic Rideau Lakes and canal system I kept wondering why I had not done this earlier and am already planning for my next Le Boat excursion. This [...]

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Ottawa Police Service — Sheep in sheep’s clothing

Ottawa Police Service — Sheep in sheep’s clothing

The Ottawa Police Services Board (OPSB) has received multiple complaints about harassment and misogyny against female officers and employees on the force for over a decade. On July 8, 2020 Ottawa police officer Carl Keenan was found guilty in a Gatineau court of assault causing bodily harm in relation [...]

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Canada’s China policy should begin with release of Meng Wanzhou

Canada’s China policy should begin with release of Meng Wanzhou

ABOVE (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT): Michael Kovrig, Meng Wangzhou, Michael Spavor Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own. — Chinese proverb The continued stridency and vitriol of the Trudeau Liberal government towards China is counter productive and doing nothing [...]

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Excusing rape — OCPC must investigate competency of Ottawa Police Services Board

Excusing rape — OCPC must investigate competency of Ottawa Police Services Board

The Ottawa Police Services Board (OPSB) has received multiple complaints about harassment and misogyny against female officers and employees on the force for over a decade. Last Friday, it was reported by Post Media that a female Ottawa Police constable was allegedly raped by a fellow officer eight years [...]

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