Lawyer & Journalist
Ike Jonathan Awgu is a lawyer with offices in Toronto and Ottawa. He has written editorial columns for the Ottawa Sun, the Globe and Mail and hosted a national television show on the the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC). He is also a frequent guest on Huffpost Live. <br> <br> In 2003 at the age of 19 Awgu ran for Mayor of Ottawa, finishing third out of eight candidates with over 5000 votes. www.awgu.ca
At some point, aboriginal Canadians need to consider that the best hope of a future for their children may be integration into the mainstream of Canadian socio-economic life. They need also understand that integration is not the same as assimilation.
What are the specific demands of the #IdleNoMore movement? Chief Spence has said that her strike is ultimately about "respect." What specifics are the Idle No More movement looking to change? Repeal of Bill C-45? Removal of the Indian Act? Platitudes about "respect" require detail unless you are Aretha Franklin. Conditions for Aboriginals in our country must improve and the status quo is unacceptable. But #IdleNoMore has a temporary momentum, and unless it answers three basic questions it has a very real expiry date.
12/28/2012 08:10 EST
The tragic shooting in Connecticut, like the tragic one before it in Colorado, once again has the public seeking answers and pundits seeking the easiest answers to give. Guns and mental illness -- these are the issues on the tip of the average tongue. Like a number notions entrenched in the public consciousness, they are somewhat untrue.
12/21/2012 12:32 EST
<img alt="2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg" width="300" height="70" /> This Presidential election was a cacophony of noise, nattering and nonsense from its start to its ignoble and therefore entertaining finish. It has reduced American prestige in the eyes of many Canadians, not because of who won, but because of everyone who lost -- observers interested in bipartisan solutions to America's problems.
11/07/2012 12:04 EST
The President was again in a debate with a challenger, and again Canadians were glued to their seats. It is easy to understand why Americans cared about these debates -- it is their country, after all. What is less easy to understand, and more interesting, is why Canadians did. Canadians are watching these debates because they are convinced that America and its values matter in the world. If Trudeau, Harper or Mulcair seek to inspire Canadians they would do well to take a page from our neighbours to the south and convince Canadians, no, tell them, that we are not just another country.
10/17/2012 08:45 EDT
Justin Trudeau is dangerous because he can be easily caricatured by the Conservatives and the NDP. The Liberal party will have to be incredibly careful in shaping his narrative -- his story, because if they're not, if they allow his opponents to define him, he will do horrible damage to the Liberal brand.
10/05/2012 12:07 EDT
If Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win in November the religious fringe of the Republican Party will solidify its place in Republican politics. The Party needs to lose, and loose badly, so it can remove from its tent the intolerant and credulous whose presence has begun to rot the bowels of a once great institution.
08/27/2012 12:46 EDT
The choice of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's Vice-Presidential running mate means two things for Canadians; the first, that a second term for Barack Obama and Joe Biden is inevitable and the second, that there will be great political theatre south of the border right up until the Presidential election on November 6. Forget the Olympics; this election will have all of the competition with none of the sportsmanship. the same Romney who said London may not have been "ready" for the Olympics would be wise to be "ready" for retirement from politics come November 7, 2012.
08/14/2012 11:59 EDT
<img alt="2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png" width="300" height="40" /> Earlier this week three Sudanese athletes who had been part of their country's Olympic training squad also disappeared from the Olympic village and are expected to seek political asylum in Britain. There are certain to be empty seats on planes returning to a number of countries in the Middle East and Africa after the closing ceremonies. The Olympics are a tribute to human athleticism and dedication but they are also an anachronism in which some are competing for glory and pride whereas, others, like gladiators, are competing for the lives of their families or in fear for their personal security.
08/06/2012 02:29 EDT
There must be reasonable accommodation made between the robust ability of citizens to maintain arms and screening mechanisms to limit the purchase of weapons by criminals and the unfit. The overriding problem in Toronto and Aurora, Colorado this past week were madmen with guns, not guns in the hands of men.
07/22/2012 11:40 EDT
Canadians have yet another reason to be wary of bankers: A scandal is brewing across the pond in the United Kingdom that may have serious international effects on consumer confidence in the financial system. No, seriously, this affects everyone from retirees to kids trying to pay off student debt.
07/05/2012 01:12 EDT
Earlier today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the sweeping health care law championed by President Barack Obama. Thursday's decision means that 32 million uninsured Americans will enter a health care market in which supply is largely fixed -- there is no equally large mass of new doctors, nurses, radiologists and the like entering the medical profession to deal with this sudden bulge of customers.
06/28/2012 11:55 EDT
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