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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The five best MPs in the 43rd Canadian Parliament

The five best MPs in the 43rd Canadian Parliament

On election night in 2019, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals got 156 seats—14 short of the 170 needed for a majority in the 338-seat House of Commons. Canadian voters had decided that Justin Trudeau did not deserve a majority and that the Tories did not deserve to win. The total vote numbers told [...]

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A call for a return to civility in Canadian politics

A call for a return to civility in Canadian politics

ABOVE: NDP Leader Jameet Singh, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Background image: Cole Burston) Former Prime Ministers Joe Clark, John Turner (deceased), Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell, Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin, [...]

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Add a LeBoat staycation to your ‘Le Bucket List’

Add a LeBoat staycation to your ‘Le Bucket List’

One of the unintended benefits of Covid-19 was that the pandemic made us look at the travel possibilities closer to home. One of the greatest trips in Canada, and certainly one that should be on everyone’s bucket list, is taking a week-long sojourn on ‘LeBoat’ through the breathtaking, [...]

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Ottawa Life Magazine responds to defamation suit filed by ‘private citizen’ Peter Sloly

Ottawa Life Magazine responds to defamation suit filed by ‘private citizen’ Peter Sloly

On June 11, 2021, Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly filed a defamation lawsuit against Ottawa Life Magazine (OLM), me and Carleton University Criminology Professor Darryl Davies because he was offended by an article OLM published about the Ottawa Police Service in March 2021 titled Rapes and Lies — [...]

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The Green Party of Canada slides into irrelevance with antisemitic and racist behaviour

The Green Party of Canada slides into irrelevance with antisemitic and racist behaviour

I have always been fascinated by the amount of coverage the Green Party receives in the national media given that they have never lived up to their billing in terms of electoral votes or seats for more than three decades. Former Green Party leader Elizabeth May failed to bring the party success with [...]

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China recalibrates as the Communist  Party of China celebrates its 100th Anniversary

China recalibrates as the Communist  Party of China celebrates its 100th Anniversary

ABOVE: Images from the "An Internationnal Exhibition of the Centennial History of Communist Party of China. Ottawa Life Magazine has been publishing a Canada-China Series since 2013. The series focuses on bi-lateral interests, business affairs, people-to-people relations, Chinese culture, and [...]

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Chinese Ambassador Cong on the question of humanitarian release of the ‘Two Michaels’, Taiwan, Hong-Kong, and Cooperation

Chinese Ambassador Cong on the question of humanitarian release of the ‘Two Michaels’, Taiwan, Hong-Kong, and Cooperation

In an exclusive interview with Ottawa Life Magazine last week, Ambassador Cong Peiwu was asked if he could update Canadians on the treatment and condition of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. China arrested Kovrig, a former diplomat, and fellow Canadian Michael Spavor (the two Michaels) in December [...]

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Ambassador Cong Peiwu says there is a strong bond between the CPC and the Chinese people as centennial approaches 

Ambassador Cong Peiwu says there is a strong bond between the CPC and the Chinese people as centennial approaches 

ABOVE: A crowded pedestrian mall during China national day, Wuhan, China. (PHOTO: Julien Viry) July marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) which was established in Shanghai on July 23, 1921. A century later, the CPC has guided China as it has moved from a [...]

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Share the Love — Greg Keelor captures the isolation of our times and the hope of renewal 

Share the Love — Greg Keelor captures the isolation of our times and the hope of renewal 

Greg Keelor’s new solo album Share the Love was released today and, like he has done so many times in the past, Keelor has managed to put into words and songs what many people are feeling. The musician and songwriter and co-founding member of Canada’s beloved Blue Rodeo has poured his soul [...]

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Canada’s approach to China is based on misguided superiority complex and bad reporting

Canada’s approach to China is based on misguided superiority complex and bad reporting

ABOVE: CIC President Ben Roswell practices censorship based on his own personal ‘comfort level.’ A train wreck is an apt descriptive for Canada’s bilateral relationship with China under the Trudeau government. Given the current path of the government, it does not appear that this [...]

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