McKenzie Donovan

Political Columnist/Features Writer

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135 Liberal MPs refuse to endorse Finance Minister Bill Morneau

135 Liberal MPs refuse to endorse Finance Minister Bill Morneau

As part of a survey conducted between Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 27, 2020, Ottawa Life Magazine (OLM) contacted the offices of every Liberal Member of Parliament. The Members of Parliament were asked: "Do you support the statement made by Finance Minister Bill Morneau to the House of [...]

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The UN Security Council — What were the Liberals thinking

The UN Security Council — What were the Liberals thinking

It was not surprising that the Trudeau government did not win its coveted United Nations (UN) Security Council seat. Canada's role, presence and effectiveness on the world stage in the last five years has been so diminished by the Liberal government that there was never a chance for Canada to have [...]

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Democracy Deity and Death: A Discussion by Four Arabs

Democracy Deity and Death: A Discussion by Four Arabs

Democracy Deity and Death is a book that gives perspective on politics, Islam and significant issues in the Middle East. Although the subject is not new, what makes the book stand out is its perspective storytelling. Author Qais Ghanem masterfully uses the narratives of four very different Arab characters [...]

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Bulldog Skincare — Only for men, eh? Pity!

Bulldog Skincare — Only for men, eh? Pity!

I first came to know the Bulldog brand when shopping for a razor. . . it was the cool packaging that caught my eye — all white with a Bulldog as the logo. I liked the idea of a razor made of bamboo and the cardboard packaging that is fully recyclable. It turns out that the British-based company [...]

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Fredericksburg is everything you’d expect in Texas and nothing like it at all.

Fredericksburg is everything you’d expect in Texas and nothing like it at all.

HEADER IMAGE: (Clockwise from to left) Steve Rawls, Robbyn Dodd, Robbyn Dodd, Trish Rawls First settled in 1846 by Germans looking to escape the bondage of continental Europe, Fredericksburg, for its small size of 10,000, has contributed two giants of twentieth century history. It was home to Chester [...]

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Kazakhstan President Tokayev announces more democratic reforms

Kazakhstan President Tokayev announces more democratic reforms

June 2019 was a turning point in Kazakhstan’s history. It was the first time since the collapse of the former Soviet Union, over thirty years ago, that the larger-than-life former President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, did not be run for election; he resigned earlier in the year. His appointed successor [...]

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Exploring the land of Pura Vida

Exploring the land of Pura Vida

Pura Vida, meaning simple life or pure life, is a term heard almost everywhere from people of all walks of life in Costa Rica. But they don’t use it as a greeting or an enduring term, they live it. A country of five million people, Costa Rica is wedged in between Nicaragua and Panama, in middle [...]

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Remembering Canadians from all conflicts

Remembering Canadians from all conflicts

The guns of the First World War fell silent 101 years ago, and Remembrance Day as we know it came into being. Every year since, Canadians have commemorated our war dead and our veterans. Twenty-five years ago one could still see First World War vets, albeit in small numbers. Now their son’s generation, [...]

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There is no place quite like Green Bay

There is no place quite like Green Bay

On an overcast day, I popped into a small downtown store that serves the town of 105,000. As I paid, the clerk asked me where I was from. When I responded, “Ottawa,Canada”, he proudly asked me to pin it on a map of North America and sign the guest book. I thought this was an isolated case [...]

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The Republic of Kazakhstan 2019 election: Not our democracy but a democracy all the same

The Republic of Kazakhstan 2019 election: Not our democracy but a democracy all the same

People in the Western world really don’t know what repression is. It’s evident in our discourse on political issues when the words dictator and tyrant are used as low brow insults directed at countries without much thought to the meaning these words carry. Few understand what real repression [...]

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