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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General Jonathan Vance would quickly restore dignity to Governor General’s office

General Jonathan Vance would quickly restore dignity to Governor General’s office

It is both a shame and outrageous that Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette and her secretary, Assunta di Lorenzo, were able to get away with their reprehensible behaviour for so long while at Rideau Hall. Payette was wise to resign quickly after an independent consulting firm hired by the Privy Council Office tabled [...]

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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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The Royal Ottawa Golf Club could learn a lesson or two from The Barrow Gang Buskers

The Royal Ottawa Golf Club could learn a lesson or two from The Barrow Gang Buskers

Above: The Barrow Gang Buskers spent the spring and summer busking in parks, on sidewalks and in areas throughout the region while adhering to pandemic rules. (PHOTO: SEAN SISK PHOTOGRAPHY) When I first read the CBC report that The Royal Ottawa Golf Club (ROGC), one of the country’s most prominent [...]

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A learning moment for Erin O'Toole and Rex Murphy on racism in Canada

A learning moment for Erin O'Toole and Rex Murphy on racism in Canada

Erin O’Toole’s refusal to outright apologize for his hurtful comments about residential schools sends a stealth signal to the extremists on the fringes of the Conservative Party that he has their back. This will drive away the middle of the road voters he needs if he wants to be PM. Worse, [...]

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The rapists and their protectors in both the RCMP and Ottawa Police Service

The rapists and their protectors in both the RCMP and Ottawa Police Service

No one is charged weeks after Supreme Court justice tells MPs the RCMP raped 130 of their own Two weeks after a scathing report on sexual harassment in the RCMP by former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michel Bastarache was released which revealed that at least 130 women in the RCMP had been raped [...]

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Despite current bi-lateral tensions China and Canada both agree on the need for multilateralism in a post-Covid-19 world

Despite current bi-lateral tensions China and Canada both agree on the need for multilateralism in a post-Covid-19 world

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 the Chinese diaspora in Canada. Since 2018 there has been tension in the Canada Chinese political relationship. Ottawa [...]

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Barrow Gang Buskers are singing a tune for Maison Libère-Elles

Barrow Gang Buskers are singing a tune for Maison Libère-Elles

Photo by Sean Sisk Local Rockabilly hipsters and heroes, the Barrow Gang Buskers who graced the Fall 2020 cover of Ottawa Life Magazine (on newsstands now) are up to their nefarious good deeds again. After a summer of busking and giving away their tip jars to multiple charities around the region including [...]

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China Emerges with President Xi’s blueprint for global development

China Emerges with President Xi’s blueprint for global development

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 the Chinese diaspora in Canada. Since 2018 there has been tension in the Canada Chinese political relationship. Ottawa [...]

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Canada and China’s relationship is vital

Canada and China’s relationship is vital

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 the Chinese diaspora in Canada. Since 2018 there has been tension in the Canada Chinese political relationship. Ottawa [...]

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