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Leaders rise during times of crisis

Written by Robin V. Sears for the Toronto Star. Click here to read the original. Crises create and destroy leaders — and which leaders fall and those whose soar, can…

Why are we so hard on ourselves?

Written by Robin V. Sears for the Toronto Star. Click here to read the original. Reflecting on crises past, former prime minister Jean Chretien said last week that blockades, “won’t…

A China Reality Check

Written by Robin Sears for Policy Magazine. Click here to read the original. As the “peaceful rise” China’s leaders promised amid the country’s stunning socioeconomic progress has proven to be…

On Indigenous rights, kicking the can down the road has a high cost

Written by Robin V. Sears for the Toronto Star. Click here to read the original. You believe it’s time to negotiate a change in your relationship with your spouse or…

Americans are demonstrating how to buy an election

Written by Robin V. Sears for the Toronto Star. Click here to read the original.  Asked if she needed help getting to the polls, the angry woman voter said hotly,…

Youth are most affected by policies, so let them vote

Written by Robin V. Sears for The Star. Click here to read the original. Establishments are always terrified of the young. If you are in power in Hong Kong, Lebanon,…

Democracy requires a paper trail

Written by Robin V. Sears for The Star. Click here to read the original. As a very young scrutineer in local election campaigns, I would sit for long hours witnessing…

Please unshackle our MPs

Written by Robin V. Sears for The Star. Click here to read the original. In the last Parliament, Canada hit a record only perhaps exceeded by North Korea. Our MPs…

Passing on Political Leadership

“What’s most notable about the federal Conservative leadership race is the number of potentially good candidates who have passed on running. Former interim leader Rona Ambrose, former Quebec premier Jean…

Party leader must tick the right boxes

Written by Robin V. Sears for the Toronto Star. Click here to read the original. It is always surprising there is such a wide gap between what journalist outsiders think…