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John Le Carré: The Master who Unmasked the Intelligence World

Written by Robin V. Sears for Policy Magazine. Click here to read the original. When former spy, celebrated chronicler of covert culture and inveterate gentleman John Le Carré died on…

Canada’s 2021 Political Forecast: Less Trump Noise, More Sabre Rattling

Written by Robin V. Sears for Policy Magazine. Click here to read the original. The global health and economic exigencies of the COVID-19 pandemic have redefined our political context for nearly…

The Fall of China’s Mask

Written by Robin V. Sears for Policy Magazine. Click here to read the original. As China’s behaviour on the world stage has been emboldened by the incompetence and unpredictability of…

Ottawa must act to free our hostages in China

Written by Robin Sears for the Toronto Star. Click here to read the original. In the more than 370 years since the nation state established its sole governing authority over…

What we’ve learned so far from the pandemic

Written by Robin Sears for the Toronto Star. Click here to read the original. For many of us across Canada, this past week was the first time that we could…

Pandemic fatigue sets in, to our collective detriment

Written by Robin V Sears for the Toronto Star. Click here to read the original. As social scientist Daniel Kahneman demonstrated so powerfully in his “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” we…

Police chiefs face an uphill battle

Written by Robin V. Sears for the Toronto Star. Click here to read the original. The tragic events, first in Minneapolis, and then across the entire United States over the…

The politics of choosing ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ with taxpayer money

Written by Robin V. Sears for the Toronto Star. Click here to read the original. A time honoured slogan of financial conservatives around the developed world is that “Governments should…

Pandemic proves value of guaranteed incomes

Written by Robin V. Sears for the Toronto Star. Click here to read the original. Most major crises deliver changes that forever transform society. After the Second World War it…

What is the value of ‘essential’?

Written by Robin V. Sears for the Toronto Star. Click here to read the original. What community, with any pretence of fairness or equity, deems it acceptable to pay its…