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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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Glorious Istanbul

Glorious Istanbul

ISTANBUL: The grandest of European cities that serves as the cultural and spiritual meeting point where Europe meets Asia. Separated in the middle by the Bosphorus Sea, which is the geographic border between Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a thriving, lively, vibrant and affluent port city that is a traveler’s [...]

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Book Review: Edging Forward - Achieving Sustainable Community Development

Book Review: Edging Forward - Achieving Sustainable Community Development

Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Community Development – by Ann Dale ISBN 978-1-7750904-0-3 152 pages Edging Forward The Paris Accord, Kyoto, climate change, sustainable development, green energy, sustainable development, carbon tax and carbon footprint are just some of the phrases [...]

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A Hopeful Approach From China

A Hopeful Approach From China

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech at the 19th CPC National Congress in October was startling in one respect. He presented the idea of building a community of a shared future for mankind. It was a heartening and hopeful narrative coming from the leader of a great superpower and leader of [...]

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Do yu ting . . . at Meliá Braco Village in Jamaica

Do yu ting . . .  at Meliá Braco Village in Jamaica

Photos by David Massy If you are looking to escape the doldrums of winter and get rejuvenated, head to Jamaica. A predominantly English-Caribbean speaking country with a strong multicultural influence — the Taíno Indians, the Spanish colonizers, the English evangelizers, the black [...]

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Carleton Professor Says Minister and MPs are Failing the RCMP and Canadians

Carleton Professor Says Minister and MPs are Failing the RCMP and Canadians

Feature image: Former Commissioner of the RCMP Bob Paulson It appears the new tactic of dozens of Members of Parliament when they don’t want to deal with an issue is to just not respond to the inquiry. Either that or they answer an inquiry with a non-answer, or worse, answer with something [...]

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RCMP Brass Incompetence Requires Intervention By Justice Minister, Says The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada

RCMP Brass Incompetence Requires Intervention By Justice Minister, Says The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada

Feature image: From left: Const. Dave Joseph Ross, Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Const. Douglas James Larche (killed in Moncton in 2014) The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada is demanding that the Trudeau government do something about the deplorable state of the RCMP leadership [...]

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Fake News, Real Death!

Fake News, Real Death!

Absurd, ridiculous, fantasy, fiction, deplorable would be some of the kinder words one could use to describe Ottawa Lawyer Michael Edelson’s #FakeNews story in an Ottawa court two weeks ago to explain Abdirahman Abdi's fatal encounter with his client, Ottawa Police Constable Daniel Montsion. [...]

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BREAKING: RCMP Ignoring Report Cost Officer’s Lives

BREAKING: RCMP Ignoring Report Cost Officer’s Lives

New documents obtained by Ottawa Life Magazine from an ongoing investigation by the Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada reveal information not disclosed or made available by the RCMP or CRPA during a four month trial. New documents have been obtained by Ottawa Life Magazine that were [...]

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What Minister Lebouthillier Doesn't Know About Diabetes.

What Minister Lebouthillier Doesn't Know About Diabetes.

When my son was 14 he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It came out of nowhere. It was the long weekend before Labour Day; he was about to start grade 10. That summer he had an adolescent growth spurt. When a colleague met him that summer he jokingly asked him if had fallen asleep in the green [...]

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We Can’t Live in Glass Houses

We Can’t Live in Glass Houses

It has been nearly two years since the election of the Trudeau government and his legislative accomplishments are few and far between. Other than pushing the reset button to change the tone from the previous Harper government, nothing of real significance has been achieved. My 18-year-daughter recently [...]

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