Marcus Gee, The Globe and Mail

Marcus Gee

The Globe and Mail

Toronto, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Marcus:

The murder of Oshawa’s ‘Star Wars guy’ has residents wondering what’s happened to their city

The killing of Ken Chopee has filled an Ontario community with grief, and some rancorous debate about the micro-home complex where he died → Read More

How fentanyl became the king of street drugs

Created by a brilliant, well-intentioned Belgian chemist, the potent opioid now kills 20 people a day → Read More

The opioid crisis comes to Ottawa

Drug overdoses are a regular occurrence in the city’s historic core and overdose rates have hit record levels in the past few years → Read More

Doug Ford is meddling with Toronto again

The Ontario Premier has a pattern of intervening in the city’s governance → Read More

John Tory’s exit is a sad departure, but a big opportunity for Toronto

Mayor’s resignation is a chance for a troubled city to make a fresh start → Read More

The social contract in Canadian cities is fraying

The disorder that is so visible on city streets is the product of a system that is failing to care for those suffering from addictions, mental illness and other disadvantages → Read More

The dangerous hype around psychedelics as a treatment for mental illness

Are magic mushrooms, ayahuasca, ketamine and other drugs effective treatments for maladies of the mind? Skeptics say that, so far, there is too little hard science to justify the hype → Read More

One night in Oshawa: Overdoses and dramatic rescues offer a glimpse at the opioid crisis

Drugs have taken a heavy toll in an Ontario city where rising rents and toxic drugs are making times tough for the most vulnerable. The Globe went downtown to see how people are coping → Read More

How misinformation can kill you

A new study by the Council of Canadian Academies spells out the dire consequences of truth decay → Read More

It’s not just the TTC. There’s a growing sense that things in Toronto are spinning out of control

Toronto is still a safe place to live and the odds of suffering a random attack are tiny. But the perception of danger is real → Read More

Jacinda Ardern’s master class in leadership

The New Zealand Prime Minister endured a tide of hate without succumbing to bitterness → Read More

The danger of downtown decline

Toronto needs to keep its central heart beating in the pandemic aftermath → Read More

Toronto can spend more on police and tackle the root causes of crime. It’s not one or the other

Let’s end this endless, arid debate. A smart city is tough on both crime and the causes of crime → Read More

A New Year’s toast to Toronto

Let’s remember all the good things that are happening. Consider these four → Read More

Toronto’s mayor John Tory at his worst

John Tory’s petulant and peevish defence of his minority-rule power is his lowest moment in eight years of office → Read More

The mayor who shot himself in the foot

Opposition is growing to John Tory’s wildly undemocratic minority-rule power → Read More

The Emergencies Act inquiry finally showed Canadians how the people they elect actually do their jobs

The Emergencies Act inquiry pulled back the curtain and showed why governments have nothing to fear from greater openness → Read More

Why Doug Ford’s broken vow matters

His reversal on the Greenbelt helps feed growing voter cynicism → Read More

John Tory chose his own convenience over the health of local democracy when he accepted Ford’s ‘strong mayor’ law

Toronto Mayor John Tory would need just eight of 25 councillors onside to have his way under Doug Ford’s strong mayor legislation → Read More

We must shout from the rooftops when politicians come for our Charter rights

Shame isn’t preventing governments from invoking the notwithstanding clause anymore, but fear of voters might → Read More