McKenzie Donovan

Political Columnist/Features Writer

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Kanata’s Ogham makes a spirited entry into the local distilled liquor market

Kanata’s Ogham makes a spirited entry into the local distilled liquor market

If you’re tired of the regular old Beefeater and tonic or want to try some interesting new mixed drinks while supporting locally made craft spirits, look no more. Kanata’s Ogham Craft Spirits is making quality gin and poitín, and will be selling craft whiskey before long. Co-founder [...]

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Celebrate Halloween and the Bytowne’s return with avant-guarde horror film Titane

Celebrate Halloween and the Bytowne’s return with avant-guarde horror film Titane

ABOVE: Thanks to Daniel Demois (pictured above) and his partner Andy Willick, the Bytowne’s doors are once again open. (PHOTO: Mckenzie Donovan) The last two years have been a tough time for local Ottawa businesses. Perhaps one of the most noticeable symbols of the decline of everyday life due [...]

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Kazakhstan’s Nur-Sultan: where East and West meet on the steppe

Kazakhstan’s Nur-Sultan: where East and West meet on the steppe

ABOVE: The capital city of Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan with landmark Baiterek tower. (PHOTO: iStock) The Republic of Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world by land area and is the world's largest landlocked country, covering a vast territory of 2,727,300 square kilometres. It is larger [...]

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Canada embargoes Turkey arms and locks itself out of future defence procurements

Canada embargoes Turkey arms and locks itself out of future defence procurements

On April 12, 2021 Canadian, Foreign Minister Marc Garneau announced that the federal government was ending all arms sales to Turkey as a result of the last year’s conflict in the contested area of Nagorno-Karabakh. During the war, Turkish backed Azeri troops retook most of the contested region [...]

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Mud Lake: connect with nature without leaving the city

Mud Lake: connect with nature without leaving the city

Photos by Mckenzie Donovan If you enjoy walking the trail that borders the Ottawa River but are looking for a "goose free" alternative (err. . . and their droppings too!), head to Mud Lake. Located between the Ottawa River and Britannia Village, near the Britannia Yacht Club, it is a place [...]

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Summit of Cooperation Council of Turkish Speaking States

Summit of Cooperation Council of Turkish Speaking States

Above: Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev participates in the Summit of Cooperation of Turkish Speaking States. On March 31, 2021 Kazakhstan partook in an informal summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkish Speaking States. The meeting occurred online due Covid-19 and the inability to host [...]

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Managing Type 1 Diabetes: The Dexcom G6 has given me back peace of mind

Managing Type 1 Diabetes: The Dexcom G6 has given me back peace of mind

Like many, I used to wrongly think that diabetes was a disease of the unhealthy, the obese, and the inactive. I had no idea about the difference between type 1 diabetes and type 2. All that changed in an instant eleven years ago when as a fourteen-year-old, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. My life [...]

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Canadian War Museum: Forever Changed, Stories From the Second World War

Canadian War Museum: Forever Changed, Stories From the Second World War

Forever Changed, the current temporary exhibit at the Canadian War Museum, explores Canada during the Second World War. For those who are wondering why a museum that already covers Canadian military history is presenting a special exhibit on the Second World War, the exhibit focuses less on the technological [...]

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Soldier On: supporting members of the Canadian Armed Forces through physical activity

Soldier On: supporting members of the Canadian Armed Forces through physical activity

ABOVE: A Soldier On orienteering event at Ottawa's Hylands Golf Club led by CAF veteran Michael Raz. Founded in 2007, Soldier On is a unique organization run by the Canadian Armed Forces' Morale and Welfare Services. The program uses sports and recreational activities as a recovery tool to [...]

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The Trudeau government is killing airsoft with Bill C21 for no apparent reason

The Trudeau government is killing airsoft with Bill C21 for no apparent reason

Most Canadians under 25 years old have played paintball at a birthday party or at a corporate team-building event at least once in their life. It is simply a fun day in the woods. Airsoft is a similar game with more realistic looking “markers” that has overtaken paintball as a recreational [...]

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