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’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 [...]

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Canada’s gluttonous banks and their greedy CEOs reel in record profits during pandemic

Canada’s gluttonous banks and their greedy CEOs reel in record profits during pandemic

Canada’s Big 6 Banks reported a 14 per cent increase in their 2021 first-quarter profits, and extremely high profits in 2020 totalling $41.13 billion, just $5.1 billion (12 per cent) less than in 2019 (BMO - $5.1B; CIBC - $3.8B; National - $2.08; RBC - $11.4B; Scotiabank - $6.85B; TD - $11.9B). [...]

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The Canadian Ecosystem Institute quickly establishing itself as leader in Asian-Canadian business community

The Canadian Ecosystem Institute quickly establishing itself as leader in Asian-Canadian business community

ABOVE: Hanson Zeng is VP of Market Research at CEI. The Canadian Ecosystem Institute (CEI) is a communications and marketing research firm committed to connecting Canadian and Chinese business opportunities. Founded in 2020, CEI operates across Canada and China with bases in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, [...]

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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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Rapes and lies—the cancerous misconduct at the Ottawa Police Service

Rapes and lies—the cancerous misconduct at the Ottawa Police Service

The Ottawa Police Service Board members are accessories to the rape culture at the OPS. Ottawa Life Magazine has been writing about the serious problems in policing in Ottawa and across Canada with police misconduct, police recruiting, police training and police oversight for over a decade. Over [...]

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Canada’s hockey dad passes

Canada’s hockey dad passes

— Walter Gretzky was the ‘Great One’ for parents and amateur hockey coaches (PHOTO: VIA NHL.COM) Wayne Gretzky announced the passing of his father today at 82. I stopped and took a moment in my day to reflect on what a great person Walter Gretzky was and why I always had such [...]

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Hypocrisy, language, and words matter in our relationship with China

Hypocrisy, language, and words matter in our relationship with China

‘Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones’ op-ed — The House of Commons vote on Monday Feburary 22, 2021 to approve a non-binding motion, brought forward by the opposition Conservatives, to recognize China’s actions in the north-western Xinjiang province [...]

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Another coulda shoulda woulda . . . but it is not too late.

Another coulda shoulda woulda . . . but it is not too late.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) as of today (11 February 2021) there have been 106,797,721 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 2,341,145 deaths since COVID-19 began its devastating spread in January 2020. A year ago at this time, large parts of China were in full COVID-19 lockdown and [...]

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A coulda shoulda woulda reflection on COVID-19 one year later

A coulda shoulda woulda reflection on COVID-19 one year later

Ten months ago, the dire impact and consequences of COVID-19 were just starting to take root in Canada and around the world. Back then we knew much less about the deadly virus than we know now, and the idea of a vaccine seemed distant at best. Yesterday, the new U.S. President, Joe Biden signalled a [...]

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C.D. Howe report calls for elimination of land transfer taxes on homes and other reforms

C.D. Howe report calls for elimination of land transfer taxes on homes and other reforms

The C.D. Howe Institute has released a study that concludes that taxes and charges on new and existing homes are a key driver of the cost and supply of affordable homes for Canadians. In “Gimme Shelter: How High Municipal Housing Charges and Taxes Decrease Housing Supply,” author Benjamin [...]

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