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Marcus Gee

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Beware the echoes in the Ford government
By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, September 22, 2018 – Page A16

-- An outspoken new leader takes the stage. He hurls abuse at his political enemies. He suggests that politicians are worthless. He questions the right of mere judges to stand in his way. He says...  FULL STORY 

Beware the populist echoes in the Ford government
We have seen all of this before and it is not pretty

By Marcus Gee
Friday, September 21, 2018

We have seen all of this before and it is not pretty  FULL STORY 

Bannon, Buruma and free expression: Media outlets should not be bending to the latest Twitter storm
It’s disappointing to see the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books fold under pressure when they should be among the publications leading the defence of free expression

By Marcus Gee
Friday, September 21, 2018

It’s disappointing to see the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books fold under pressure when they should be among the publications leading the defence of free expression  FULL STORY 

Despite the stay, there’s still no proof a smaller Toronto council will improve efficiency
The Ford government insists it is all worthwhile. Toronto needs to get a lot done and a streamlined city council will hop to it. It’s a good applause line, but where is the evidence?

By Marcus Gee
Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Ford government insists it is all worthwhile. Toronto needs to get a lot done and a streamlined city council will hop to it. It’s a good applause line, but where is the evidence?   FULL STORY 

Don't cheer too hard, Mr. Ford, there could be more twists yet
By Marcus Gee
Thursday, September 20, 2018 – Page A10

-- Ontario Premier Doug Ford's troops were in a triumphant mood Wednesday morning. An appeal court had just stayed a judge's decision that blocked Mr. Ford's sudden move to slash the size of Toronto...  FULL STORY 

Caroline Mulroney’s testing time
Is the Attorney-General doing her job as chief law officer?

By Marcus Gee
Friday, September 14, 2018

Is the Attorney-General doing her job as chief law officer?  FULL STORY 

Caroline Mulroney's testing time
Is the Attorney-General doing her job as chief law officer?

By Marcus Gee
Friday, September 14, 2018 – Page A7

-- Just weeks into her new career as an elected politician, Caroline Mulroney finds herself in a tight spot.Her leader, Doug Ford, head of Ontario's Progressive Conservative government, is invoking...  FULL STORY 

Use of notwithstanding clause exposes dangerous loophole in Constitution
By Marcus Gee
Thursday, September 13, 2018 – Page A4

-- When weary negotiators reached an 11th-hour deal to put a get-out-ofjail-free card in the Constitution back in 1981, it struck many Canadians as harmless enough.Though some legal scholars objected...  FULL STORY 

Doug Ford’s use of notwithstanding clause exposes dangerous loophole in Constitution
We have awakened to the disquieting realization that the Charter we cherish is not nearly as strong as we think

By Marcus Gee
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

We have awakened to the disquieting realization that the Charter we cherish is not nearly as strong as we think  FULL STORY 

Doug Ford is challenging the rule of law itself
Ontario Premier’s plan to invoke Constitution’s ‘notwithstanding clause' against judge’s ruling is gratuitous

By Marcus Gee
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Ontario Premier’s plan to invoke Constitution’s ‘notwithstanding clause' against judge’s ruling is gratuitous  FULL STORY 

Ford is challenging the rule of law itself
By Marcus Gee
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – Page A8

-- Ours is a government of laws not of men. Even the strongest mandate from voters doesn't make our leaders all-powerful. They are subject to the law like anyone else.  FULL STORY 

Ruling against Doug Ford’s plan to reduce Toronto council was a timely slapdown
A judge’s ruling shows the Ford government its limits

By Marcus Gee
Monday, September 10, 2018

A judge’s ruling shows the Ford government its limits  FULL STORY 

It's time to crack down on unnecessary noise pollution
By Marcus Gee
Saturday, September 8, 2018 – Page A16

-- City dwellers learn to expect a certain amount of ambient noise. The rumble of moving streetcars or subway trains, the rush of passing traffic, the clamour of the schoolyard, the din of heavy...  FULL STORY 

Let’s crack down on unnecessary noise pollution
Cars and motorcycles designed to be loud are a plague on cities

By Marcus Gee
Friday, September 7, 2018

Cars and motorcycles designed to be loud are a plague on cities   FULL STORY 

Take off the rose-coloured glasses – and the world’s still a lot rosier
Recognizing that the world has gotten better doesn’t make us blind to the bad

By Marcus Gee
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Recognizing that the world has gotten better doesn’t make us blind to the bad  FULL STORY 

Even without rose-tinted glasses, life's still a lot rosier
Why won't we believe the world's a better place? Recent books challenge our society's unwarranted pessimism

By Marcus Gee
Saturday, August 25, 2018 – Page A8

-- When Hans Rosling was growing up in Sweden, he dreamed of being a circus performer. His parents sent him to medical school instead. One day, in the course of a dull lesson on how the throat works...  FULL STORY 

New generation of activists helping change attitudes about a persecuted minority — drug users
While Doug Ford says he is ‘dead against’ supervised drug-use sites, pressure from dedicated, caring people have always pushed reluctant governments toward change

By Marcus Gee
Friday, August 24, 2018

While Doug Ford says he is ‘dead against’ supervised drug-use sites, pressure from dedicated, caring people have always pushed reluctant governments toward change  FULL STORY 

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