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Globe Columnists
Thursday, June 29




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Why all the fuss about a transit corridor on King Street? space
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, June 24, 2017 – Page M3
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-- The 504 King streetcar is the busiest surface transit route in the country's biggest city and, as more than one city councillor said this week, ''it's broken.''As with many Toronto streetcars, the 504 shares the road with cars. When traffic gets thick, it often slows quite literally to a walk. People walking alongside sometimes outstrip it.  FULL STORY arrow
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A golden age for cities, unfolding every morning space
At Front and Bay, the urbanist dream of live-work-play comes to life as Toronto, along with other cities, enjoy a renewed popularity
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, June 17, 2017 – Page M3
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-- Pass by Union Station at rush hour on a weekday morning and you will see an amazing and in some ways mystifying sight: Thousands upon thousands of people marching off to their downtown jobs. Arriving by commuter train and bus, they stream out of the grand old station in all directions. Some board buses and subways to get to their destination. Others march into the underground concourses that snake beneath the financial district. Others hop on public bicycles. Still others simply hoof it to their offices on crowded sidewalks. At the end of the day, like a great ebbing tide, they flow back out of the city core again.  FULL STORY arrow
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Toronto needs a single, secular school system space
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, June 10, 2017 – Page M1
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-- CityPlace is a big complex of condominium buildings in downtown Toronto, just north of the Gardiner Expressway.After years of delays, authorities are at last preparing to build two schools there to serve local families with children. One will be public, one will be Catholic.  FULL STORY arrow
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An old icebreaker embarks on a voyage of rediscovery space
Canada C3's mission is to spark conversation about Confederation's legacy and Indigenous reconciliation with a 150-day trip around the country from Toronto to Victoria. Marcus Gee joins the first leg of the journey to see what lies ahead
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By MARCUS GEE
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – Page A8
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-- It is the end of another full day of the voyage around Canada. The Canada C3 is anchored in Picton Harbour in Ontario's Prince Edward County. The sun is out and the calm waters sparkle.  FULL STORY arrow
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Policing in peril: Now it's cops-in-schools on the outs space
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, June 3, 2017 – Page M4
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-- First, Toronto police were forced out of this year's Pride parade. Even though smiling police waving rainbow flags march with the expressed purpose of showing they are friends, not enemies, of the LGBTQ community, activists argued that they are a hostile presence that makes marginalized people feel threatened.  FULL STORY arrow
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De Niro-backed condo is 'one of a kind' space
Those following Toronto's seemingly endless real estate boom are no longer surprised by the hype that greets new developments
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By MARCUS GEE
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – Page A7
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-- Robert De Niro is having a problem. The renowned star of The Deer Hunter and Little Fockers is in Toronto to lend his name to Nobu Residences, a restaurant, hotel and condominium project that is soon to rise in the humming Entertainment District. He and his team - developers, executives, architect, designer and the man himself, chef Nobu Matsuhisa - are perched on two rows of tall director's chairs, feet suspended above the ground.  FULL STORY arrow
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Downtown relief line: the fable now needs its own reality show space
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, May 27, 2017 – Page M4
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-- The ''relief line'' is a fitting name for Toronto's most famous unbuilt subway project.The line would run south from the Danforth and then west into downtown. Eventually, it would continue west and head back up to the join the Bloor line, forming a rough U. The idea is to take pressure off the Yonge line, the city's busiest. Rush-hour commuters could use the relief line to bypass the bustling Bloor-andYonge hub on their way downtown and back.  FULL STORY arrow
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A tall building next to a school? Oh, the humanity space
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By MARCUS GEE
Thursday, May 25, 2017 – Page A11
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-- Outside a North Toronto public school on Wednesday morning, a boisterous demonstration was under way. Charming boys and girls in sneakers and backpacks chanted ''Save our School.'' Their proud parents chimed in. TV cameras rolled. Was their school being torn down?  FULL STORY arrow
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How Wynne Liberals are worsening the housing crunch space
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Page M4
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-- Ontario's Liberals are in the soup. If the pollsters have it right, the party that gave us the eHealth mess, the gas plants mess, the Ornge air ambulance mess, the electricity price fiasco, a half-baked liquor retailing reform and, oh, yes, a doubling of the provincial debt will suffer a richly deserved defeat in the election scheduled for next June.  FULL STORY arrow
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Could Michigan's next governor be Muslim? space
Abdul El-Sayed has gone from strength to strength - earning a doctorate from Oxford and a medical degree from Columbia, and becoming the health director of Detroit. Now, the 32-year-old son of Egyptian immigrants has his sights set on politics
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, May 13, 2017 – Page F3
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PLYMOUTH, MICH. -- Abdul El-Sayed played football at his suburban Detroit high school. He was pretty good, so he was always double-teamed.In his first game after the 9/11 attacks, opposing players hurled insults at him. ''Go home.'' ''Raghead.'' That sort of thing. In the blink of an eye, he recalled, ''I went from being a chubby kid with a funny name to being a very stigmatized minority.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Toronto's hopes and dreams are choking on red tape space
In the 1970s, it took 40 months to build the CN Tower - now it takes eight years to build a bike garage under Nathan Phillips Square
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, May 13, 2017 – Page M2
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-- Seoul is opening new subway projects every year. Chinese cities throw up whole new districts in what seems like the blink of an eye. Toronto, dear old Toronto, does things differently.  FULL STORY arrow
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DETROIT'S CROWN JEWEL space
For about the same price as a Toronto luxury condo, a Montreal expat acquired the Motor City's Fisher Building, a 1920s art-deco masterpiece and the closest thing there is to a modern-day palace, Marcus Gee writes
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By MARCUS GEE
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – Page A8
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-- The Fisher Building has been called Detroit's largest art object. The art-deco masterpiece by leading 1920s architect Albert Kahn features a 28-storey tower and a barrelvaulted ground-floor arcade decorated by murals, chandeliers and more than 40 kinds of marble.  FULL STORY arrow
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Housing's best hope faces hardship space
More rental stock is the key to affordable living in Toronto, but the municipal and provincial governments keep throwing curveballs
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, May 6, 2017 – Page M3
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-- If Toronto really wants to fix its housing problem, it needs people like Gloria Salomon. Ms. Salomon and her family own four rental towers in suburban Toronto. They lodge 1,200 households in decent apartments for reasonable rents. At their property at 25 St. Dennis Dr., near Eglinton Avenue East and the Don Valley Parkway, a bright two-bedroom on the 10th floor with a fresh coat of paint and refinished floors is going for $1,550 a month.  FULL STORY arrow
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Nobody wins in this spitting match space
Relations between Wynne and Tory, once smiling chums, have suddenly turned chilly and silly in a pre-election year
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By MARCUS GEE
Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Page A10
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-- When an election is coming up, voters expect to see more posturing, quarrelling, theatrics and general nonsense from those who wish to lead them.But seldom do things get quite so silly as the current spitting match between the mayor of Toronto and the government of Ontario.  FULL STORY arrow
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The problem with city hall as landlord space
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Page M1
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-- One way to ease the housing crunch, all right-thinking people seem to agree, is to invest in social housing. Ottawa is putting aside billions for the purpose. Toronto is building more of it, while imploring senior governments for help with fixing what it has. Social-housing advocates accuse governments of retreating from the field and say it is high time for them to jump back in.  FULL STORY arrow
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WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? space
Detroit's civic leaders are counting on a new streetcar route to boost the city's comeback from bankruptcy. But critics argue the transit project will do nothing for average residents - most of them poor and black. 'It's just going to be the hipster express,' one says. Marcus Gee reports
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By MARCUS GEE
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – Page A8
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DETROIT -- Visitors to Detroit these days may chance upon a surprising sight: a sleek red-andwhite streetcar gliding down the city's central avenue, sounding an occasional warning with a recorded toot of its electronic steam whistle.  FULL STORY arrow
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Voices of the future get no love in NIMBYville space
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Page M3
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-- One evening this week, a familiar ritual unfolded in a school gym in Parkdale. People from the neighbourhood gathered to view the latest plans for a condominium project at King and Dufferin. Most of those who rose to speak didn't like what they saw.  FULL STORY arrow
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Rent control isn't the solution to Ontario's housing problem space
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By MARCUS GEE
Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Page A11
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-- Practitioners of economics, the dismal science, often quarrel among themselves, but on one thing at least, they tend to agree: Rent control is a thoroughly awful idea.Because landlords face limits on how much they can raise rents, they often skimp on maintenance. That's bad for renters, who have to live in deteriorating housing. Because developers face limits on what they would earn from rental projects, they build fewer of them. That's bad for renters, too, because apartments are harder to find.  FULL STORY arrow
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A Toronto tableau: Buskers, short sleeves and smiles signal warmer days to come space
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, April 15, 2017 – Page M3
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-- It was a soft April day in Toronto. A family group walked side by side along a downtown street: mother, father, teenaged daughter, teenaged son. As they passed the Eaton Centre, a busker with tangled hair down to his shoulders was pounding away at an old drum set.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wild neighbours are overtaking city life space
Urban spaces are being invaded by coyotes, foxes, deer and other wildlife - and experts say they might be here to stay
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By MARCUS GEE
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – Page A6
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-- When Vivienne Scott-Smietana got back last week from a trip to Los Angeles, she found a message from her neighbour: Did you know you have a coyote in your backyard? She and her husband rushed to the kitchen window and looked out. Sure enough, there it was. Lying in her flowerbed as if it were the most natural thing in the world was a big coyote. ''Our jaws just dropped. We could hardly believe it.''  FULL STORY arrow
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There goes the neighbourhood space
After establishing his reputation as one of North America's most vocal champions of cities, Richard Florida is singing a different tune
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, April 8, 2017 – Page R12
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-- One evening in the summer of 2013, Richard Florida sat down in the lounge of a SoHo hotel to talk to his New York publisher about writing a new book. As he struggled to explain his ideas, she interrupted. ''What you're talking about,'' she told him, with piercing insight, ''is a New Urban Crisis. Write that book.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Onward Harbord, upward for newcomers space
Venerable Toronto collegiate that served as launch pad for generations of new immigrants celebrates 125th anniversary
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Saturday, April 8, 2017 – Page M2
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-- When they hand out awards for school spirit, Murray Rubin should be a shoo-in for top prize. He belts out the school song with gusto. He tells anyone who will listen how much he loves the place.  FULL STORY arrow
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Clashes inevitable between Tory, Wynne space
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By MARCUS GEE
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – Page A6
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-- John Tory insists his relationship with Kathleen Wynne is just fine. As mayor, he always tries to conduct his dealings with the Ontario Premier in a ''civilized, constructive'' manner. He is careful to give her credit when she does something for the city and careful not to make it personal when he finds himself at odds with her. When he makes demands of the Liberal government, he likes to do it ''directly and firmly and courteously.''  FULL STORY arrow
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The housing fix: Be careful what you wish for space
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, April 1, 2017 – Page M3
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-- With Toronto housing getting harder and harder to afford, governments are under pressure to ''do something'' - always a dangerous moment. Several ideas are being kicked around, most of them ranging from the dubious to the awful.  FULL STORY arrow
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Pulling Pride funding over TPS gaffe would send right message space
Councillor's suggestion serves to remind an organization gone astray of Toronto's commitment to inclusivity
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By MARCUS GEE
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – Page A7
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-- A Toronto councillor wants the city to consider cutting off funding to the annual Pride festivities over a decision to exclude the Toronto police force.The proposal from John Campbell is a useful warning to an organization gone badly astray.  FULL STORY arrow
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I won the Toronto real estate lottery, but I'm not celebrating space
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, March 25, 2017 – Page M1
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-- Our house is 16 feet wide and 130 years old. It has a postage-stamp front yard and a patio backyard. It is attached on one side to the neighbour's identical narrow Victorian. It is so close to the neighbour on the other side that I can just barely roll a medium-sized recycling bin through the dim passage between the houses.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saying 'Yes, in my backyard' space
Don't be a NIMBY: The historic Matador Club is a cultural asset that is worthy of preservation
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Saturday, March 11, 2017 – Page M4
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-- We've all heard of NIMBYs: residents who shout ''not in my backyard'' when a new bar, shelter or condominium tower threatens to change their neighbourhood. Well, lately, a new breed with a different attitude is coming up. Call them YIMBYs: Residents who say ''yes, in my backyard.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Toronto's transit tardiness mustn't carry on space
After hemming and hawing since the eighties, politicians can't afford the time - or money - to flip-flop on the Scarborough subway
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Thursday, March 9, 2017 – Page A11
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-- Forgive John Tory if he seems a little exasperated these days.Eager to move ahead with ambitious plans for Toronto, from reforming the police service to fixing up public housing to creating a grand new downtown park, the first-term mayor instead finds himself refighting an issue he had every right to consider settled: the fate of the Scarborough subway.  FULL STORY arrow
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SPILLOVER: WHEN THE CITY COMES TO THE COUNTRY space
A formerly sleepy town has seen explosive growth as people expand their search for affordable housing
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Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Page M1
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SHELBURNE, ONT. -- The soaring new office and condominium towers of downtown Toronto have come to stand for the dynamism of Canada's biggest city. But if you really want to understand the staggering growth of greater Toronto, don't look up, look out - way, way out. Look at what is happening to tiny Shelburne, fully 100 kilometres from the city centre.  FULL STORY arrow
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Market offers perennial access point to Toronto's soul space
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, February 25, 2017 – Page M1
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-- St. Lawrence Market is one of the two sites in Toronto (the other is nearby St. James Cathedral) that has been used for the same purpose since the city's earliest days.  FULL STORY arrow
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As a sales venue, the Beer Store has gone flat space
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, February 18, 2017 – Page M4
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-- Is there anything more absurd than the Beer Store? Clever name, isn't it, for a store that sells beer?Ontario has 450 of them, from Arnprior to Waterdown. Why is an abiding mystery. What earthly reason is there to have a whole chain of stores to sell a sudsy beverage that is safe to consume in moderate quantities?  FULL STORY arrow
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Cities need - and deserve - financial clout space
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, February 11, 2017 – Page M6
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-- When Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne denied Toronto the right to levy highway tolls, cities across Canada took notice.Big-city mayors have been arguing with growing urgency that, if they are to cope with the rising demands being placed on them, they need more reliable sources of income. Late last year, Toronto Mayor John Tory summoned up his courage and made a move to secure one such source. Tolling the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway would have brought in millions to maintain the highways and build better public transit. Ms. Wynne made approving noises, then turned around and shot the idea down.  FULL STORY arrow
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So much for America's historic role space
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By MARCUS GEE
Monday, February 6, 2017 – Page A11
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-- To understand how truly un-American U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration ban is, how out of step with the country's best values, consider the story of his hometown.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tory brokers peace in war on fun space
Amid cries city hall is a killjoy, mayor nixes plan for huge increase in patio fees
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, February 4, 2017 – Page M5
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-- The war on fun, as it was called, didn't last long.When word got around that Toronto officials were considering a big increase in the fees that businesses pay for their outdoor patios, you could almost hear the angry buzz that rose from the city's winter-weary residents.  FULL STORY arrow
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There may be no tolling church bells or Cecil B. DeMille productions, but as Marcus Gee discovers, even the simplest wedding ceremonies at Toronto City Hall have a special kind of magic
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Saturday, January 28, 2017 – Page M4
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-- City Hall is an unlikely place to witness the enduring power and beauty of marriage. Most people have a City Hall wedding because they want something simple. They imagine they will sign a few papers in a dowdy office and that's it.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, January 28, 2017 – Page M1
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-- Mayor John Tory went way, way out on a limb when he made his bold proposal last fall to impose tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway. Premier Kathleen Wynne left him dangling there, giving him the clear impression she would not stand in the way.  FULL STORY arrow
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The waterfront as a winter wander-land space
Ice Breakers festival aims to get people out of their cocoons; it's the latest initiative to enliven the cityscape
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, January 21, 2017 – Page M3
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-- Visitors to Toronto's downtown waterfront this weekend might come across a pair of giant hands covered in shiny gold wrap standing sentry at either end of a bridge. Elsewhere they could see brightly coloured sails pivoting in the wind. At still another spot, they might find a collection of shapes painted with black-and-white stripes like a camouflaged warship.  FULL STORY arrow
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Limiting police at parades a step backward for Pride space
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By MARCUS GEE
Friday, January 20, 2017 – Page A6
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-- A vote by members of Pride Toronto to ban police floats and stalls from future parades is regressive and self-defeating.Having the police in the parade is a powerful symbol of progress for gay rights. A force that once swept through city bathhouses to round people up for their supposed crimes now joins in a noisy celebration of freedom. Gay officers who might once have had to hide their identity now take part openly - out and proud.  FULL STORY arrow
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TTC's future looks bright despite gripes space
Transit chief Andy Byford has helped lead many improvements to Toronto's system, with more to come
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By MARCUS GEE
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – Page A6
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-- An old joke out of Western Canada has a farmer returning to his spread to see that a hail storm has destroyed his crop. Glowering at the heavens, he shouts, ''Goddamn the CPR.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, January 14, 2017 – Page M4
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-- About a year back, breaking with custom, Toronto City Council actually did something sensible: It ended a ban on skating on Grenadier Pond.Skaters have been going out on the long pond in the southwest corner of High Park for a century and more. Archival photos show women in long skirts and overcoats lacing up their skates.  FULL STORY arrow
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A new plague, an old prejudice space
The stigma illegal-drug users face today is reminiscent of the attitudes toward gay men when AIDS broke out in the early 1980s
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – Page A10
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-- In 1981, doctors in New York began noticing the first signs of a modern-day plague.Patients complained of violetcoloured spots on their bodies.It was Kaposi's sarcoma, a cancer that could kill by spreading to the liver, spleen or lungs.  FULL STORY arrow
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Stay behind the opening doors, please space
Those drivers and cyclists bold enough to try slipping past stopped streetcars should hang their heads in shame
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, January 7, 2017 – Page M3
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-- If someone held a contest to pick the lowest form of life in this city, the driver who blows past the open doors of a stopped streetcar would deserve to win hands down.  FULL STORY arrow
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Downtown continues to shed its grittiness space
Even as 'Hooker Harvey's' remains for now, there is no turning back: Toronto the Bad's landmarks are receding for good
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By MARCUS GEE
Thursday, January 5, 2017 – Page A5
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-- Social media lit up this week, when a story went around that the so-called ''Hooker Harvey's'' at Jarvis and Gerrard Streets in east-side downtown Toronto was going to close, the victim of a relentless building boom.  FULL STORY arrow
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Short-sightedness continues to cost Toronto space
Decades of dithering has meant infrastructure and other development projects finally under way are being done at great expense
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, December 31, 2016 – Page M4
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-- When city leaders built an enormous bridge over the Don Valley linking Bloor Street East to Danforth Avenue in the 1910s, they decided, after some debate, to include a deck underneath the roadway to carry subway trains, should Toronto ever get them. That saved great trouble and expense when the city finally got around to building the Bloor-Danforth subway line in the 1960s. The commuters who ride the subway today, enjoying the view as they sail underneath the Bloor Viaduct, can be thankful for their foresight.  FULL STORY arrow
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THE SECRET LIVES OF BOTTLE LADIES space
Whether it is to make some pocket change, or just to stay active, older Chinese women have been scouring the city's streets for years in search of recyclables, Marcus Gee writes
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Saturday, December 24, 2016 – Page M1
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-- One day this fall, a bag of used clothes, neatly folded, appeared on the front porch of our house in west-end Toronto. We knew right away who left it there.  FULL STORY arrow
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Toronto declares a war on the car - and it's about time space
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Saturday, December 10, 2016 – Page M1
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-- Toronto's mayor proposes charging drivers tolls for using two major highways. Its chief planner points out that slowing down on the road can mean fewer pedestrian casualties. Is this the start of - that slogan once thrown around by Rob Ford and his allies - a ''war on the car?'' Suburban politicians will claim it is. So will many frustrated car commuters faced with yet more costs and limitations. In a sense, they are right. The war on the car is starting, and it is about time.  FULL STORY arrow
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Death of a convenience store space
The rising gentrification tide of Queen West was too much for Sandy Chen and Henry Zhou, but they have no hard feelings
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, December 3, 2016 – Page M4
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-- Until Thursday, Sandy Chen and Henry Zhou ran a convenience store on Toronto's Queen Street West. As the neighbourhood around them went from seedy to artsy to trendy, their Queen's Grocery and Variety at the corner of Queen and Lisgar streets remained stubbornly the same.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tolerance in Toronto matters now more than ever space
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, November 26, 2016 – Page M3
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-- Hate comes in on rats' feet. It scutters along the baseboards. It flits among the shadows. It strikes and runs. A slogan sprayed on a mosque. A symbol drawn on a synagogue. A word flung at a schoolmate.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tentative Tory takes a stand - and he should be supported space
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By MARCUS GEE
Friday, November 25, 2016 – Page A9
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-- Ditherer. Master of vacillation.A human talking machine who can explore every side of an issue in one endless sentence and leave his listeners still scratching their heads about where he stands. This has been the characterization that has followed John Tory for many years, through both provincial and municipal politics.  FULL STORY arrow
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When Rob Ford was Trump before Trump space
Doug Ford's book on his brother's maverick mayoralty has few revelations, but reminds us of the power and pitfalls of populism
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By MARCUS GEE
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 – Page A11
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-- Doug Ford's new book on the rise and fall of his late brother doesn't tell us much we didn't already know about the Ford years. Despite his thunderous prepublication threats to call out their media foes and ''rock the political world,'' this is, for the Fords, a mild tell-little memoir with none of the revelations readers might expect from someone who saw the Ford drama from the inside. Still, its release comes as a timely reminder of how potent populism can be and how badly it can go wrong.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, November 19, 2016 – Page M1
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-- Imagine a high-school student council whose members never graduate but stay on year after year, growing older and crankier as the student body they govern evolves. It shouldn't be much of a strain for residents of Toronto to picture. That's what their own city council is like.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MARCUS GEE
Friday, November 11, 2016 – Page A1
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NEW YORK -- U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama shook hands in the White House on Thursday, a striking display of national unity and stability after a bitterly fought election campaign.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MARCUS GEE
Thursday, November 10, 2016 – Page A1
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NEW YORK -- Winner Donald Trump, loser Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama all tried to calm a divided nation and a jittery world on Wednesday after Mr. Trump's historic come-from-behind election victory left the real estate mogul and former reality-TV star poised to become the 45th president of the world's most powerful nation.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, November 10, 2016 – Page A1
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NEW YORK -- Winner Donald Trump, loser Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama all tried to calm a divided nation and a jittery world on Wednesday after Mr. Trump's historic come-from-behind election victory left the real estate mogul and former reality-TV star poised to become the 45th president of the world's most powerful nation.  FULL STORY arrow
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The votes are in: New York is ready to rid itself of the dirty race space
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – Page A15
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NEW YORK -- In a downtown bar on Tuesday, one TV screen showed election coverage, the other clips of the best knockouts in Ultimate Fighting competition. The election of 2016 has been a cage match like no other in recent U.S. history, with New York as the centre of the action.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – Page A1
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NEW YORK -- The sun rose over New York harbour at 6:33 on Monday, the day before Americans were finally to vote in the ugliest U.S. election anyone can remember.The horizon glowed pink against the grey morning waves. Gulls circled in the early light. A plane traced a white thread across the eastern sky.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – Page A1
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NEW YORK -- The sun rose over New York harbour at 6:33 on Monday, the day before Americans were finally to vote in the ugliest U.S. election anyone can remember.The horizon glowed pink against the grey morning waves. Gulls circled in the early light. A plane traced a white thread across the eastern sky.  FULL STORY arrow
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Remembering the moment when time stopped space
An uncle's watch, recovered from a downed plane in Germany during the Second World War, puts the past in perspective for Marcus Gee
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, November 5, 2016 – Page M1
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-- In January, 1946, Howard and Annie Gould of Maryfield, Sask., received an upsetting delivery. It was a broken watch belonging to their late son Howie, a bomber pilot in the Second World War. His plane had been reported shot down over Germany on the night of Oct. 18, 1943. The hands of the watch were stopped at 8:29 p.m.  FULL STORY arrow
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Toronto mayor should come clean about cost of SmartTrack project space
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By MARCUS GEE
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 – Page A14
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-- John Tory was taking a big risk when he ran for Toronto mayor in 2014. He had lost once before. He had struck out as leader of the provincial Conservatives. If he lost again, it would be the end of his political ambitions.  FULL STORY arrow
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Toronto Music Garden's constant companion space
For the past four years, Donna Costanzo has been the harbourfront park's dutiful caretaker
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, October 29, 2016 – Page M2
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-- Visit the Toronto Music Garden, a delightful park at the western end of the city's harbourfront, and you might spy a woman with a sun-bronzed face bending over a flowerbed in a muddy fluorescent work coat.  FULL STORY arrow
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City hall saga comes down to standoff space
After a report found he bullied peers, Sarnia's mayor of more than 25 years clashes with councillors who told him to leave his office
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By MARCUS GEE
Friday, October 28, 2016 – Page A3
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SARNIA, ONT. -- Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley is showing a visitor the City Hall office he has inhabited since 1988 - the very office that city council has ordered him to vacate, setting off a political uproar like nothing locals can remember.  FULL STORY arrow
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Employing voter algorithms, modern mapping software, and a whole lot of cynicism, writes Marcus Gee, American politicians have turned gerrymandering into a science
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Page F8
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Donald Trump says the election is rigged. His enemies are trying to steal it from him. That's nonsense, of course. Out-and-out cheating at the ballot box is vanishingly rare in the United States, thanks to a host of safeguards.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Page M4
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-- Dear cyclist in dark clothing riding at night without a light: Do you have a death wish?Don't you know that you are next to invisible when you come tearing out of the gloom? Don't you understand that my car could hit you before I even see you coming?  FULL STORY arrow
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Panicked moderates stampeding for the exits. Right-wing populists vowing all-out civil war. A leader incensed at treason in the ranks. Marcus Gee analyzes a remarkable week for the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, October 15, 2016 – Page F1
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-- Joe Heck is in a tight race to win a seat in the U.S. Senate. The Republican Congressman from Nevada, a doctor who served with U.S. forces in Iraq, is up against Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, a former state attorney general who would be the first Latina senator, if elected on Nov. 8. She is the preferred successor of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, aged 76, who is retiring.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Jays soar - and Toronto shines space
A wonderful October for two reasons: Our baseball team vies for a world championship and our city looks world class
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, October 15, 2016 – Page M3
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-- It's baseball time in Toronto.After toying with our affections and turning our hair grey with a late-season collapse, then miracle recovery, the Blue Jays are competing for a place in, gosh, the World Series.  FULL STORY arrow
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Where the races are down and not so dirty space
While Trump, Clinton slug it out in the national spotlight, campaigns for records keeper or soil conservation officer are more modest
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Friday, October 14, 2016 – Page A4
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- It's showtime for candidate Drew Reisinger. The crowd at a Democratic Party picnic has devoured the hot dogs, potato salad and brownies. The candidates for more senior offices have given their speeches. Now it's his turn.  FULL STORY arrow
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The obscure woman who changed the world space
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Saturday, October 1, 2016 – Page M1
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-- One day in 1956, a nervous woman in spectacles stood to give a talk at Harvard University.Her topic was public housing.Jane Jacobs was living in New York, working as an editor at Architectural Forum and observing everything around her with a keen eye. Like cities all over North America, including Toronto, New York was knocking down slums left and right to build vast public housing projects. Just about everyone thought it was a simply wonderful idea. The teeming, crumbling tenements of Harlem or Cabbagetown would give way to modern apartment blocks and townhouses placed in pleasant park-like estates. Insulated from the crime and clamour of city life, the residents would be safe and happy.  FULL STORY arrow
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Hydro struggling to keep up space
With aging infrastructure, billions in expenses and buildings popping up all the time, the utility is straining to keep the lights on
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By MARCUS GEE
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 – Page A15
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-- Anthony Haines won't talk about privatizing Toronto Hydro, except in generalities.Mayor John Tory is exploring the idea of selling part of the century-old electrical utility. Mr. Haines says that's a political decision and, as Hydro's chief executive, there is a limit to what he can say.  FULL STORY arrow
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Busting myths and building Canada space
Every day, the Fotovat family and other newcomers are starting businesses, creating good jobs and putting the lie to Donald Trump
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, September 24, 2016 – Page M2
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-- Immigrants steal our jobs, says the yahoo brigade in this season of Trump. Even in tolerant Toronto, there are those who spout this tired old myth.I wish they could meet my friend Sahba. Sahba Fotovat lives two doors up from me, in a Victorian semi that she bought with her partner Babak Amouoghli.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, September 23, 2016 – Page A10
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TORONTO -- Toronto would be on the hook for a hefty provincial tax bill if city council moves forward with a plan to privatize Toronto Hydro - giving Queen's Park a key role in deciding how lucrative the sell-off would be for the city.  FULL STORY arrow
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Mayor prefers to consider new 'revenue tools,' selling city assets and 'unlocking the value' in Toronto Hydro
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By MARCUS GEE
Thursday, September 22, 2016 – Page A14
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-- John Tory says he is ready to be bold, but, at least for now, he is being bold very, very carefully.The mayor gave a speech on Wednesday to the board of trade. He told his lunchtime audience that Toronto finds itself at a special moment in time. The city is thriving and poised to do great things, but it needs to invest. To cope with soaring growth and build for the future, city hall is preparing to spend billions on everything from transit to housing to poverty reduction. It has to find a way to pay for all this, and the mayor says he is looking at a range of options, including introducing new ''revenue tools'' and selling city assets.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, September 17, 2016 – Page M1
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-- Everyone agrees that building a big new park over the rail lands in downtown Toronto is an inspired idea. The question is how to pay for it.City hall is considering a change to the city's official plan that would designate the area as public space. That would prevent developers from building condos, malls or office towers there. The trouble is that the city would be stuck with the vast bill - at least $1.05-billion, according to the city's preliminary estimate - to build a park on an enormous roof, or deck, above the rail lines.  FULL STORY arrow
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Resentments that propelled Rob Ford to power are still alive, waiting for another populist movement
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By MARCUS GEE
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 – Page A12
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-- It is tempting just to laugh off Doug Ford's plan to launch a populist movement with a new tell-all book about the saga of his brother Rob. Rob Ford died of cancer last March, depriving the family political outfit of its driving force. Doug, the big, brawling older brother, lacks the strange charisma of his sibling. The weirder-than-fiction Ford era already seems like a bad memory, an anomaly in the generally sane and sensible world of Canadian politics. It would be wrong, surely, to imagine that anything like it could happen again.  FULL STORY arrow
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From a pet snake to a station for lending iPads, Vaughan's new glass and metal marvel is not your grandmother's library
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Saturday, September 10, 2016 – Page M7
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-- Margie Singleton started working in libraries when she was 15. Her first, in Kingston, was a solid, traditional affair with hushed rooms, watchful librarians and long drawers filled with cards cataloging the books by title, subject and author.  FULL STORY arrow
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Rather than pleading for money from provincial and federal governments, city halls countrywide should take bold steps to maximize their efficiency
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Thursday, September 8, 2016 – Page A11
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-- Brampton's decision to lay off 25 managers is a bracing example for Canada's cities.City halls across the country are struggling with the staggering cost of delivering services to their residents and fixing aged roads, bridges and sewer systems. They have been pleading with the provincial and federal governments for more money and agonizing about whether to impose higher taxes on their residents. Brampton is actually doing something.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MARCUS GEE
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – Page A5
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-- One reason that Canada's experiment with multiculturalism is succeeding is that no one tells newcomers to abandon their beliefs or way of life. We don't demand that they embrace the mainstream. We don't expect them to adopt Canadian habits overnight. As long as they obey the law and pay their taxes, they are free to dress, act, eat and pray however they choose.  FULL STORY arrow
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Dermot Sweeny loves Toronto - and it drives him crazy space
Dynamic architect is frustrated by a city that too often misses golden opportunities to seize control of its future
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Saturday, September 3, 2016 – Page M2
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-- Dermot Sweeny designs firstclass buildings. One of his best, Queen Richmond Centre West near Queen Street and Spadina Avenue, has won a bunch of awards. It encloses two heritage buildings in a huge airy lobby, with office space built overtop on giant pillars.  FULL STORY arrow
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Marcus Gee's reading life was never the same after discovering P.G. Wodehouse at the cottage
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, August 27, 2016 – Page R14
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-- Is there a book you return to again and again, a work that would make life on a desert island bearable? Each weekend, between Canada Day and Labour Day, Globe writers share their go-to tomes - be it novel, poetry collection, cookbook - and why the world is just a little better for them.  FULL STORY arrow
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Eight-storey mural is first step in real estate firm's plan to inject new buzz into staid intersection and make it a vibrant hub
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Saturday, August 27, 2016 – Page M2
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-- Last week, at a bar at Yonge and St. Clair, partygoers celebrated the official unveiling of an eightstorey mural by the British street artist known as Phlegm (yes, Phlegm). Painted on the side of an office building, it shows a human figure in a sitting curl, its body formed of scenes from the city: churches, parks, office buildings, the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum.  FULL STORY arrow
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Toronto parks suffer from lack of pride space
The decline of Douglas Coupland-designed Canoe Landing illustrates a need to rethink how we maintain and manage unique places
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Friday, August 26, 2016 – Page A12
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-- When the City of Toronto assumed control of Canoe Landing, it was in pristine condition. The creative new park with its signature red canoe overlooking the Gardiner Expressway was built by the developer of a vast residential complex, CityPlace.  FULL STORY arrow
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One developer is overseeing the painstaking renovation of the West End's Great Hall, one of the city's last gems from the 1800s
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Saturday, August 20, 2016 – Page M3
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-- No earthquake, flood or hurricane destroyed old Toronto. No war laid it waste. Bulldozers and cranes knocked down scores of fine buildings in the rolling wave of destruction called urban renewal.  FULL STORY arrow
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Donald Trump and the power of negative thinking space
He wouldn't be the first to succeed by calling his country a failure, Marcus Gee reports. Americans have habit of believing the worst
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Saturday, August 13, 2016 – Page F1
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-- In Sylvester Stallone's 1985 film Rocky IV, American Apollo Creed faces Russian Ivan Drago in a battle of West against East. The showboating Creed dances into the arena wearing a Stars and Stripes top hat. James Brown belts out Living in America as showgirls gyrate. Drago looks on stone-faced. ''You will lose,'' the mountain of muscle tells Creed.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, August 13, 2016 – Page M1
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-- Toronto has a wealth of water fountains, enlivening its parks, squares and boulevards.Quite a few of them just don't work. They stand dry through the summer months, filling up with leaves and dirt and generally looking ugly.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ford crack video more sad than shocking space
Now in the public domain after court case concludes, a moment of infamy in Toronto history is something we'd all rather forget
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Friday, August 12, 2016 – Page A6
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-- A shaky amateur video plunged Toronto into its worst modern scandal and unleashed months of political turmoil. Now that it is finally in the public realm, free for all to see, the images that caused such a stir seem more sad than shocking.  FULL STORY arrow
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Marcus Gee imagines feisty H. L. Mencken at Trump's 'gaudy spectacle' in Cleveland
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, July 23, 2016 – Page F3
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-- Somewhere up in the blue empyrean, H.L. Mencken is smiling. He warned it could turn out this way.The cigar-chomping bad boy of American letters had a low opinion of the voting public. The ''booboisie,'' as he called them, were too easily taken in by the scoundrels, quacks, charlatans and (his favourite label) mountebanks who populated U.S. politics in the early decades of the 20th century.  FULL STORY arrow
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The naked truth about Hanlan's beach space
The clothing-optional policy is a good example of the tolerant mindset that is so Toronto - let's keep it that way
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, July 23, 2016 – Page M3
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-- Big cities survive through small compromises. When people of different backgrounds, needs and habits are thrown together in a common space, it takes lots of give and take.The ''clothing optional'' beach on Toronto Islands is a nice example of urban compromise in the flesh. Bathers can go naked without committing some kind of infraction. Those who prefer to keep their bathing suits on can use the beach, too. It's a civilized compact that has held since 2002 when city council approved the mixed system for Hanlan's Point.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MARCUS GEE
Thursday, July 21, 2016 – Page A5
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-- ''Michael was born and raised in Ward 2, Etobicoke North, and has long established ties with the community,'' says Michael Ford's campaign website. What it does not say is that he happens to be the nephew of Rob Ford. But, then, he hardly needs to mention that.  FULL STORY arrow
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Sometimes tall is good, even in Toronto space
If a developer has to shrink proposed Parkdale building to satisfy complaining residents a dance school dream could fall flat
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By MARCUS GEE
Saturday, July 16, 2016 – Page M3
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-- Loathing of new condos and other tall buildings can reach a weird pitch in today's Toronto.Consider what is happening at an address near Dufferin and Queen.Noble St. is the home of a Parkdale institution, the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement. Both my daughters have danced there.  FULL STORY arrow
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By MARCUS GEE
Friday, July 15, 2016 – Page A8
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-- Toronto City Council voted 36-3 on Thursday in favour of setting up three supervisedinjection sites for drug users.That in itself was remarkable, an overwhelming mandate for a program that often runs into heavy community and political opposition.  FULL STORY arrow
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Scarborough subway vote is a victory for action over talk space
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Thursday, July 14, 2016 – Page A12
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-- Mayor John Tory won a critical vote on the Scarborough subway at city council on Wednesday with a simple and effective argument: The time for talking is over.After decades in which Toronto built almost no new mass transit, and years of quarrelling over where new transit lines would go, ''we cannot accept further delay,'' he said.  FULL STORY arrow
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Placing blame on pedestrians for road accidents won't bring down the injury toll, but redesigning our roads and rules might
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016 – Page A10
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-- Constable Clinton Stibbe is having a rough summer. The Toronto police officer got in hot water last month when he suggested that impatient pedestrians dashing across busy intersections were to blame for slowing traffic.  FULL STORY arrow
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Mayor ready to support new taxes to fund improved transit space
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016 – Page A1
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TORONTO -- Vowing that ''I'm ready,'' Toronto Mayor John Tory says he is prepared to support new taxes to pay for better transit and other city needs.Mr. Tory told the editorial board of The Globe and Mail on Tuesday that the city will need new ''revenue measures'' to pay for billions of dollars worth of projects it has planned for the coming years.  FULL STORY arrow
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It's no surprise the mayor is feeling pressured over the issue of finding new sources of revenue for the city's transit projects
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Saturday, June 25, 2016 – Page M2
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Thursday, June 23, 2016 – Page A8
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-- A year and a half after Mayor John Tory took office, his biggest election promise is melting away. The SmartTrack transit plan was the centrepiece of his run for mayor in 2014. It was to be a 53-kilometre, $8-billion ''surface subway'' that would run mostly along existing GO train tracks. Mr. Tory sold it hard, calling it far superior to his rivals' plans. His people even put out a Web tool, ''John Tory's SmartTracker,'' to show commuters how much time it was going to save them when travelling from point to point.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – Page A3
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-- Has Pride devolved into a glorified beer bash? Is it forgetting that the point is the ongoing struggle for gay rights?Questions like these always come up at Pride time. This year, in the wake of the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, they are more urgent than ever.  FULL STORY arrow
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Celestial figures on a pair of condo towers will be anything but banal, setting them apart from much of the outdoor art in Toronto
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Saturday, June 18, 2016 – Page M3
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-- Space aliens are coming to North Toronto.They will land outside a pair of condominium towers rising near Yonge and Eglinton. The developer wanted a striking work of art for his towers, which will stand 34 and 38 storeys tall at Roehampton and Redpath. A jury chose Stargate, by Anna Passakas and Radoslaw Kudlinski of the ''multidisciplinary art collective'' Blue Republic. It features two colourful fantasy figures and several smaller ones that will appear to emerge from glass murals as if from another dimension.  FULL STORY arrow
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New report could push police into present space
After years of soaring budgets and squabbles at the board, people are reaching a consensus: The Toronto Police Service must change
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Friday, June 17, 2016 – Page A8
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-- A bold new report offers the best chance in a generation to drag policing into the 21st century.As the report released on Thursday at Toronto police headquarters makes clear, policing as it stands is outdated, bureaucratic, reactive and hidebound. Police huddle in their cop shops or stay tethered to their cruisers, often failing to make real contact with the neighbourhoods they serve.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 – Page A10
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-- Canadians who value free speech - and let's hope that is all of us - should be deeply troubled by Ottawa's decision to tell Canada Post to stop carrying a fringe Toronto newspaper.  FULL STORY arrow
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Mr. Hanna gets out of Washington space
As a moderate, socially liberal Republican, the congressman from New York has had his fill of intolerance on both the right and left
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Monday, June 6, 2016 – Page A9
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UTICA, N.Y. -- On a recent weekday afternoon, Richard Hanna drove his grey pickup from his Utica office to a local college, where he was to address a group of students. It is the sort of talk congressmen give all the time.  FULL STORY arrow
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With schools struggling to meet the demand of soaring enrolment, it's time to think critically about how well the system is working
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Saturday, June 4, 2016 – Page M4
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-- French immersion is a wonderful thing in theory. Plunge kids into French in their early years, when their brains soak up language like a sponge, and they will emerge as confident French speakers. That will be good for them, making them more rounded people and giving them a shot at jobs where being bilingual is an advantage, and good for the country, helping bring the two solitudes of French and English together.  FULL STORY arrow
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