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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NATO, the US and Europe have failed Turkey — It’s not the other way around

NATO, the US and Europe have failed Turkey — It’s not the other way around

Put yourself in Turkey’s shoes and Operation Peace Spring makes sense In June 2017, I went to Gaziantep Turkey which is 90 minutes from the Syrian border and home to one of the largest Syrian refugee camps along the Turkish Syrian border. At time it was estimated that Turkey was hosting almost [...]

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UAE pilot Captain Aysha Alhameli is running to be the first female president of ICAO

UAE pilot Captain Aysha Alhameli is running to be the first female president of ICAO

(Ottawa) The Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a United Nations specialized agency, established in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. The ICAO works with 193 countries and industry groups to establish international [...]

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Hit and misses —Trudeau minority government’s new cabinet leaves the best players on the bench

Hit and misses —Trudeau minority government’s new cabinet leaves the best players on the bench

Justin Trudeau’s new cabinet is a mix of hits and misses that leaves one to wonder if the Prime Minister was tone deaf during the election. More than anything, Trudeau needs competence and some outside-the-box thinking to bring some verve, freshness and a sense of purpose to his new minority government. [...]

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Acclaimed Algonquin artist Claude Latour's public art piece is installed at the Flora Footbridge

Acclaimed Algonquin artist Claude Latour's public art piece is installed at the Flora Footbridge

The sleek new Flora Footbridge (named after former the legendary Conservative MP and Foreign Affairs Minister Flora MacDonald) crosses Colonel By Drive and links the Old Ottawa East and Glebe communities via Clegg Street and Fifth Avenue. It opened with little fanfare in June 2019 and this new public [...]

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The opportunities and the tensions in the Canada-China relationship

The opportunities and the tensions in the Canada-China relationship

An Ottawa Life Magazine exclusive interview with China’s new ambassador to Canada, Cong Peiwu. OTTAWA: China’s new Ambassador to Canada, Cong Peiwu, walks into the meeting room at the Chinese Embassy and greets me with a warm smile and a firm handshake. He is dressed in a sharp looking [...]

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A hapless response to racism from Jacques Frémont’s ivory tower at uOttawa

A hapless response to racism from Jacques Frémont’s ivory tower at uOttawa

On June 11, 2019 Jamal Boyce, a conflict studies and human rights student at the University of Ottawa and vice-president of academic affairs for the program’s student association, was stopped by campus security guards while skateboarding on campus. They started harassing him, repeatedly asking [...]

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Mizrahi Developments begins construction on the capital's most luxurious condo residences

Mizrahi Developments begins construction on the capital's most luxurious condo residences

There were smiles all around today as Mizrahi Developments President Sam Mizrahi and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson cut the ribbon to signal the beginning construction at 1451 Wellington, The Residences at Island Park Drive. The spectacularly designed building is sure to become a capital landmark when completed. [...]

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The corrosive effect of negative politics

The corrosive effect of negative politics

Illustration by Joe Foster Former Prime Ministers Joe Clark, John Turner, Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell, Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin and Stephen Harper all believed in the merit of public service and that politics was an honourable profession. They were civil towards each other when debating the [...]

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Get into the swing of things with Friday Jazz at Alpha Gallery on Sussex!

Get into the swing of things with Friday Jazz at Alpha Gallery on Sussex!

Friday jazz at Alpha is featuring DUSK. Pete Woods and Miguel Angel De Armas mix classic jazz repertoire with rhythms and harmonies that effortlessly swing from casual to intense creating a refreshing groove each time they play. Wood’s vintage sound, blues-rooted and swinging, finds its way [...]

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Get ready to “Dance the night away”

Get ready to “Dance the night away”

The Mavericks are in Ottawa on Saturday, October 26! They are well known masters of country-Latino rock and roll and they’re bringing their beat to the Centrepointe Theatre at 7:30 p.m. this weekend. The Mavericks rode high in the country and rock charts during the 1990s with hits such [...]

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