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Marcus Gee

Marcus Gee

Marcus Gee

Toronto columnist

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The waterfront is getting a 48-storey tower, and more. Don’t freak out

The city has yet to wake up to what is unfolding on this precious parcel of waterfront land, but when it does, there is bound to be a backlash. Blocks and blocks of new buildings are not what most people are expecting from the costly, long-awaited redevelopment of the waterfront that is being directed by Waterfront Toronto. Torontonians have bitter memories of what happened at the other end of Queens Quay, near Harbourfront, where what was supposed to be a park ended in a wall of cheap-looking condos. It would be a shame if that fiasco was repeating itself in the east

Mar 27, 2015

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Marcus Gee is Toronto columnist for the Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper.

Born in Toronto, he graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1979 with a degree in modern European history, then worked as a reporter for The Province, Vancouver's morning newspaper. He spent four years in Asia in the early 1980s, the first three in Hong Kong as an editor, writer and correspondent for Asiaweek magazine, the last as a reporter for United Press International in Manila and Sydney. After returning to Canada, he worked as a foreign affairs writer at Maclean's magazine and as senior editor at the Financial Times of Canada. He joined the Globe in 1991 as an editorial writer and served as Editorial Page Editor from 2003 to 2006. His column on foreign affairs appeared on the Globe's editorial pages for 13 years. He served as Asia-Pacific Business reporter from 2007 to 2009.

He has won two National Newspaper Awards for his commentary. In 2002, Amnesty International gave him its annual John Humphrey award for human rights reporting. Among the events he has covered are the war in Kosovo, the violence in East Timor and the turmoil surrounding the overthrow of Indonesian President Suharto.

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