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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Go Èirinn-The Northern Emerald Isle

Go Èirinn-The Northern Emerald Isle

John Higgins is the Operations Manager for the National Trust Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland. He must have also been the pitch man who convinced the producers of the spectacularly successful Game of Thrones series to situate much of the series in Ireland. He is a master Irish storyteller and after [...]

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Despite ongoing diplomatic tensions, Chinese President Xi Jinping awards prestigious award to Canadian centenarian Isabel Crook

Despite ongoing diplomatic tensions, Chinese President Xi Jinping awards prestigious award to Canadian centenarian Isabel Crook

Chinese President Xi Jinping set aside the continuing diplomatic tensions between the Canadian and Chinese governments to present a Medal of Friendship to centenarian Isabel Crook, a Canadian anthropologist and educator who was born in China, in 1915, to a missionary family. Crook was the oldest awardee [...]

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Justin Trudeau — It’s time to go

Justin Trudeau — It’s time to go

If Justin Trudeau has any integrity he must resign. I’m ashamed for my country, as a citizen and frankly as a person in the media, over the shocking photos that were revealed yesterday showing Canada’s Prime Minister happily wearing brownface at an event in 2001 when he was 29 years old and [...]

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Andrew Scheer: The Man Who Could Be Prime Minister

Andrew Scheer: The Man Who Could Be Prime Minister

Photo credit: Sean Sisk “The true guide of life is to do what is right.”— WINSTON CHURCHILL It's a sunny, colourful fall Friday afternoon and I had just arrived at Stornoway to interview Andrew Scheer, the leader of the official opposition and leader of the Conservative Party [...]

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None of the Above Direct Democracy Party has 36 candidates running in federal election

None of the Above Direct Democracy Party has 36 candidates running in federal election

The None of the Above Direct Democracy Party has nominated 36 candidates to run in the upcoming federal election. This represents in over ten percent of the 338 ridings almost a month before the September 30, 2019 deadline. Federal NOTA Party Leader Greg Vezina founded the None of the Above Direct Democracy [...]

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Ottawa Life’s 2019 Election Outlook: Ottawa-Vanier — What Happened to Dignity

Ottawa Life’s 2019 Election Outlook: Ottawa-Vanier — What Happened to Dignity

Ottawa—Vanier (formerly known as Ottawa East) is a federal electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1935. Before that date, it was part of the Ottawa electoral district that returned two members. The riding generally corresponds to [...]

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Hong Kong PARADOX - One county, two systems

Hong Kong PARADOX - One county, two systems

Photo: Honk Kong anti-extradition bill protest (credit: Studio Incendo via flickr) The protests in Hong Kong are highlighting the inherent conflicts and paradox of the "One country, two systems" approach. Both the protestors and the Chinese government believe they are righteous in their [...]

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Florida's Historic Coast: New Smyrna Beach, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beaches and Amelia Island

Florida's Historic Coast: New Smyrna Beach, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beaches and Amelia Island

New Smyrna Beach Last year 3.48 million Canadians visited Florida. The Sunshine State remains the go-to place for snowbirds, travelers and tourists and those seeking a reprieve from the hard, cold Canadian winter. If you are a regular visitor be sure to put New Smyrna Beach, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra [...]

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LeBreton Flats part deux, the Château Laurier and a ‘let them eat cake’ attitude by public servants

LeBreton Flats part deux, the Château Laurier and a ‘let them eat cake’ attitude by public servants

Photo: RendezVous proposal for LeBreton (supplied by RendezVous LeBreton Group) After managing and overseeing the LeBreton Flats debacle, The National Capital Commission (NCC) sent out a notice in June in what appears to be LeBreton Part Deux. Apparently, it will “be open to a flexible real [...]

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Meet Mario Dion - Canada's overpaid political eunuch

Meet Mario Dion - Canada's overpaid political eunuch

From left: Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion and Ottawa West Liberal MP Anita Vandenbeld Mario Dion is a career Civil Servant with an undistinguished record whose previous work was scorned by Canada’s former auditor general in 2014. He found that Dion was responsible for the “gross mismanagement” [...]

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