In the 1950s, Toronto needed a way to deal with its crushing rush-hour traffic. It got a massive elevated roadway sweeping from one side of the city to the other. Today, when governments are trying to push ahead with a badly needed new round of city building – from redevelopment of the Port Lands to renewal of public housing to an overdue transit build-out and dealing with the Gardiner itself – there is something to be learned from that feat of will, that exercise of raw political power
May 29, 2015
Mark Saunders learned how to succeed in life from his parents, and how to listen from his son
May 28, 2015
On Thursday morning, a nostalgic crowd gathered by the water’s edge to say goodbye
May 28, 2015
From the day it was announced that Saunders would take over from Bill Blair, he has been under attack for defending the much-disputed practice of carding, and isn’t taking it lying down
May 27, 2015
Influenced by the simplicity of Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi, architect Vladimir Djurovic completely reworked his design, resulting in a beautiful and modern garden
May 25, 2015
A recent community newsletter in Toronto made residents furious, so they took their complaint to the post office
May 21, 2015
Taxi drivers who protest the smartphone app are lashing out against the future
May 18, 2015
Odd jumble of downtown housing types has evolved as the city grew
May 15, 2015
Skeptical of the urban oasis promised in the ‘remove’ option, John Tory makes a practical choice between two flawed options
May 13, 2015
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s masterpiece at Bay and King has elegantly stood the test of time – and continues to inform developers and passersby about the possibilities beyond the seventh floor
May 01, 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.