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
Mayors of Canada’s two biggest cities seem to think so, setting aside sibling rivalry for a ‘strategic alliance’
Mar 25, 2015
As a successful strongman prime minister, he spread the myth of the ‘benign autocrat.’ But strongman government without true democratic accountability usually ends in failure
Mar 25, 2015
Accusing the police chief of insubordination is not only extraordinary, it’s baseless
Mar 24, 2015
The Laneway Project: Its organizers, a trio of Toronto planners and urban designers, are working with city officials and community groups to find ways to green, beautify and enliven Toronto’s back lanes, turning them into places where people want to spend time instead of simply pass through
Mar 20, 2015
Critics deplore ‘Manhattanization’ but new towers rising downtown are just part of a vibrant, confident urban maturity
Mar 18, 2015
Salaries are on the rise as the crime rate falls – that’s one contradiction no city can afford
Mar 17, 2015
While a special plebiscite seeking to raise taxes in B.C. likely will fail, at least their politicians are willing to stick their necks out on an important issue
Mar 13, 2015
Serving a population often on the move, a Toronto shelter pampers the feet of weary urban wanderers
Mar 13, 2015
The Spadina subway extension’s ongoing slog through overruns and delays underscores the damage of megaproject PR tactics
Mar 09, 2015
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.