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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LeBreton Flats part deux, the Château Laurier and a ‘let them eat cake’ attitude by public servants

LeBreton Flats part deux, the Château Laurier and a ‘let them eat cake’ attitude by public servants

Photo: RendezVous proposal for LeBreton (supplied by RendezVous LeBreton Group) After managing and overseeing the LeBreton Flats debacle, The National Capital Commission (NCC) sent out a notice in June in what appears to be LeBreton Part Deux. Apparently, it will “be open to a flexible real [...]

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Meet Mario Dion - Canada's overpaid political eunuch

Meet Mario Dion - Canada's overpaid political eunuch

From left: Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion and Ottawa West Liberal MP Anita Vandenbeld Mario Dion is a career Civil Servant with an undistinguished record whose previous work was scorned by Canada’s former auditor general in 2014. He found that Dion was responsible for the “gross mismanagement” [...]

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Obtuse - The Only Word for Ottawa Councillors on the Château Laurier File

Obtuse - The Only Word for Ottawa Councillors on the Château Laurier File

Rob Snow is one of Ottawa’s best interviewers and listening to his popular morning show on CFRA is like tapping into the pulse of our region. Yesterday, Snow had an interview with Ottawa Councillor Alan Hubley that was so incredible I had to go online to confirm what was actually said. Snow was [...]

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The China Syndrome

The China Syndrome

Graphic by Karen Temple There is a wise proverb that says, “If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing you do is stop digging.” Sadly, when it comes to the Trudeau government’s arrest and detention of Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer, Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver [...]

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Canada’s Northern Light: John Turner at 90

Canada’s Northern Light: John Turner at 90

From left to right: Paul Martin, Elizabeth Turner, Justin Trudeau, John Turner, Joe Clark, Fiona, Jean Chertien (credit: Jean-Marc Carisse) "Civility does not mean the mere outward gentleness of speech cultivated for the occasion, but an inborn gentleness and desire to do the opponent good." [...]

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Seamus O’Regan’s Failure at Grassy Narrows Proves Systemic Racism is Alive and Thriving at Indian Affairs

Seamus O’Regan’s Failure at Grassy Narrows Proves Systemic Racism is Alive and Thriving at Indian Affairs

Photo credit: Allan Lissner/FreeGrassy.net) If Tembec, Papier Masson or any other pulp and paper plant illegally dumped 9,000 kilograms of mercury into the Ottawa River in the 1960s and early ‘70s and poisoned the river, the fish and put at risk the health of the people in Ottawa who live along [...]

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Why Canada Needs a Royal Commission on the Role of Media in the 21st Century

Why Canada Needs a Royal Commission on the Role of Media in the 21st Century

The media landscape in Canada has changed dramatically in the past decade. The newspaper industry is slowly collapsing as readers transition fully from print to digital formats for news and other information. Advertisers have abandoned traditional media in droves, which in turn has flatlined revenues. [...]

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New Brunswick – Simply Delicious

New Brunswick – Simply Delicious

I have had the immense fortune of travelling across this great country. I've seen the energetic and diverse city of Vancouver with its mountainous backdrop and coastal shorelines, the great Canadian Rockies, beautiful Banff and the picturesque town of Canmore. I’ve been across the Saskatchewan [...]

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Mayday, Mayday . . .  Fed up Liberal and NDP supporters are going Green.

Mayday, Mayday . . .  Fed up Liberal and NDP supporters are going Green.

Green is gold heading into the fall 2019 election A Léger Marketing poll conducted between April 18-22 for The Canadian Press that surveyed 1,522 eligible Canadian voters suggests that Justin Trudeau and his government will be tossed from power after just one term. The results were weighted [...]

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Despite Stormy Waters, the Canada-China Friendship is in Full Bloom at the Canadian Tulip Festival

Despite Stormy Waters, the Canada-China Friendship is in Full Bloom at the Canadian Tulip Festival

The start of the annual Canadian Tulip Festival each May is synonymous with the arrival of spring and the kick-off of the festival season in the nation's capital. Since 1953, the tulip has symbolized the strong bond that formed when Canada liberated the Netherlands during the Second World War. Princess [...]

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