McKenzie Donovan

Political Columnist/Features Writer

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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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Kazakhstan Chooses Stability and Certainty in Historic Presidential Elections

Kazakhstan Chooses Stability and Certainty in Historic Presidential Elections

Photo: Newly elected President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev On June 9,2019 Kazakhstan held its first-ever democratic election for president. A record number of 227 foreign journalists from more than 40 countries were accredited to cover the elections. Ottawa Life Magazine Features Writer McKenzie Donovan [...]

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Calling Ottawa: Kanata is the goose that laid the golden egg  

Calling Ottawa: Kanata is the goose that laid the golden egg  

A study released by Ottawa-based Doyletech Corp says that Kanata’s total economic impact on Canada’s GDP has almost doubled in the past three years from 7.8 billion in 2015 to 13 billion in 2018. Amy MacLeod, Vice-President of Strategic Communications at Mitel and co-chair of the Kanata [...]

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Sir John A: To be or not to be

Sir John A: To be or not to be

Graphic by Karen Temple The Sir John A. Macdonald statue in Victoria was removed recently to the dismay of most Canadians. It was yet another attempt of virtue signaling by the far left, this time led by the very patronizing mayor of this B.C. city, Lisa Helps. Helps is a pro at this kind of [...]

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The new BlackBerry KEY2 is a must and Ottawa Life explains why

The new BlackBerry KEY2 is a must and Ottawa Life explains why

This year, BlackBerry Mobile launched it's exceptionally well-designed BlackBerry Key2. With an improved keyboard, increased speed key and impressive battery, the device was designed for doing more on the go. Its profile is striking and its performance is excellent. With the BlackBerry KEY2, the [...]

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Trump's Tariff Attack on Canadian Steel and Aluminium Will Harm 38 states and Risks Millions of American Jobs

Trump's Tariff Attack on Canadian Steel and Aluminium Will Harm 38 states and Risks Millions of American Jobs

Photo credit: Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau A review of the US Census Bureau Report from late 2016 completely contradicts American President Donald Trump’s bellicose and at times false statements on the merits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with [...]

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The Front Lines of Ontario’s Battle to Protect the Right to Free Speech

The Front Lines of Ontario’s Battle to Protect the Right to Free Speech

The room was full in the basement of the Ottawa Public Library on Metcalfe Street. People of all ages sat in the auditorium waiting for the guests to arrive. There were four speakers scheduled to speak at the Humanist Association of Ottawa panel discussion. However, it was clear that nearly every guest [...]

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The Misguided Mali Mission

The Misguided Mali Mission

I don’t like the term virtue signaling. It’s often used as a slander by the further than centre right to attack the left of centre and far left. However, I see the Ministry of Defence’s announcement that 200 Canadian troops will be going to Mali as nothing more than a giant virtue signal. [...]

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