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Welcome

Dear residents and friends,

 

I deeply appreciate your support and confidence and I look forward to an ongoing dialogue with you on the many issues, challenges and opportunities we'll face together as a community here in Ward 22, St. Paul's and as a city.

 

I'm advocating for a more thoughtful, creative and responsible new approach for city council. I want council to engage our city's residents with an inspiring plan and make informed decisions that are based on evidence, community consultation and the merits of arguments - rather than ideology or left or right-wing partisanship.

 

My staff and I are here to assist you with any concerns or questions you may have. We're also working every day to improve our local neighbourhoods- along with supporting the many valued services Torontonians rely on every day. You are always welcome to contact me at 416-392-7906 or by email at councillor_matlow@toronto.ca.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Josh

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City Hall and Community Update for January 23, 2015

A Lack of Accountability and Transparency on the Costs of the Scarborough Subway Extension

In today's Toronto Star, Jennifer Pagliaro wrote an important story revealing how many tax dollars will be wasted on sunk costs if the Scarborough LRT is cancelled (there may be more). The article also quotes City Manager, Joe Pennachetti, suggesting that the full amount is hidden within this year's City budget. Moveover, the City Manager has not reported back to City Council on Metrolinx sunk costs, as directed by Council. To read the full 2013 agenda item, please click here.

 

 

Along with the unacceptable waste of tens of millions of tax dollars, this lack of accountability and transparency is deeply concerning.

 

 

In addition, I have yet to receive an adequate reply to my letter to Staff regarding the unexplained and sudden increase in the ridership projection used to justify the Scarborough subway extension.

 

 


Working to Expand Community Access to our New and Improved Hodgson Skating Rink

 

I am very happy we were able to ensure Ward 22's Hodgson Ice Rink was open and fully staffed today (Friday, January 23rd) between 9am-10pm to allow community access for families during a PD Day.

 

Today's success was a small step toward expanding community hours on a daily basis. At present, the school has exclusive access until 4:30 pm every weekday, even though it is not fully utilized. I am working very closely with Trustee Laskin, the TDSB and City Staff on expanding community access to hours currently reserved by the TDSB. This is our community rink and I believe it should be accessible to both students and community as much as possible.

 

I will keep you updated on our progress.

 


Another Season of the Skinnamarink at June Rowlands Park

 

I am very proud to be supporting a remarkable team of local parents and volunteers who have created a natural ice rink, the Skinnamarink (near Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground), for a second skating season at June Rowlands (Davisville) Park. On behalf of our Ward 22 community, I'd like to thank the volunteers for all of their hard work, spending evenings flooding the rink so that our kids can enjoy more ice time!

 


Councillor Josh Matlow's Community Town Hall on the 2015 City of Toronto Budget

 

On Tuesday, March 3rd at 7pm, I will be hosting my 2015 Budget Town Hall for Ward 22 residents. The meeting will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room at the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre (200 Eglinton Avenue West).

 

If you would like more information on the proposed 2015 City of Toronto budget in advance of my Town Hall meeting, please visit the City of Toronto website.

 


SAVE THE DATE: Councillor Josh Matlow's Community Environment Day

 

On Thursday, June 4 from 4 pm to 8pm, I will be hosting my annual Community Environment Day. The event will take place in the parking lot of North Toronto Memorial Arena (174 Orchard View Blvd). Please drop off any unwanted art supplies, books, toys, and used sports equipment. Facilities will be available to dispose of computers and other hazardous household waste, or even replace your damaged green bin.

 


Glebe Manor Parks East and West Public Meeting

 

On Wednesday, February 4 at 7 pm, I will be hosting a public meeting to provide an update and discuss the next steps for improvements to the Glebe Manor Parks (located just east and west of Mount Pleasant Road, along Belsize Drive). Please join me at Greenwood College School in Room 103 to make your voice heard!

 

Please note there is no parking available at Greenwood for the meeting.

 


Toronto Police Service Adult Crossing Guard Placement Policy


I have been working closely with parents and schools, such as at Davisville PS, to try and improve the process in which Crossing Guards are assigned by the Toronto Police Service.


The existing policy did not provide an opportunity for parents, schools or the City to provide input into the decision-making process when locations were reviewed. Instead, the Police Service made these decisions based on pure traffic counts, and the number of unaccompanied children the police counted when surveying the location. They gave no consideration for the unique circumstances that may be present with each request. If the objective measures were not met, the request would be denied.

Last February, I attended the Toronto Police Services Board meeting and, with the support of Councillor Michael Thompson (who was on the board at that time), brought forward a motion for the Chief of Police to review and amend the relevant policy, with the aim of allowing greater flexibility to address the specific needs of each community.


As a result of this review, the Chief of Police announced at the past Police Services Board meeting that they have amended their policy. Now, when the objective criteria are not met, a School Crossing Guard Advisory Committee will be formed that will include representatives from the school, students and the City of Toronto to review the extenuating circumstances with the ability to overturn the decision of the survey team.


This review would also include having a public meeting to allow full community input. I look forward to working with concerned parents to advocate for our kids' safety on streets that merit more adult supervision.


Toronto-St. Paul’s Annual Skating Party

 

Our local MP, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, will be co-hosting a community skating party with me at the new Hodgson Rink. Please join us from 12 pm to 2 pm on Saturday, February 7 for a fun, family-friendly afternoon with free coffee and hot chocolate. I look forward to seeing you there!


Casa Loma Community Open House for Wards 22 and 21

 

Nick Di Donato, Councillor Mihevc and I will be co-hosting a community open house at the gardens at Casa Loma. Please join us from 5 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, February 12 for a spectacular Winter Wonderland light display, live ice carving and wood carving presentations. Hot chocolate and s'mores will be available for purchase.

 

Admission is free for Wards 22 and 21 residents. Kindly RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Febraury 9th. To view the full event invitation, please click here.

 


Laneway Naming in Forest Hill Village

 

A local resident has approached me about a proposal to name laneways in the Forest Hill Village, including two laneways each in Wards 22 and 21.

 

The first is located just East of Spadina Road, running south from Lonsdale Road. The new name proposed is Lallie Haye Lane after Lallie Haye, a beloved fixture in the Village for over four decades. Lallie came from Jamaica in 1966 and began working at Bilton's Fine Foods in 1968. After Bilton's closed, Lallie worked at Kitchen Table, serving her community until her retirement in 2012. Lallie’s strong personality, infectious good humour, ready welcome for every customer, and obvious courage in the face of physical difficulties during the last years of her employment, endeared her to Village residents for more than 40 years.

 

The second laneway is located east of Spadina Road and runs north from Lonsdale Road to Thelma Avenue.  It is proposed to be named after Andrew Hazlet who, among many contributions to Forest Hill Village, was a popular Councillor, Reeve, and the man who put the ‘forest’ back in Forest Hill. At a time when the land in Forest Hill was cleared of trees for farming, Hazlett decided to have a tree planted in front of every house — at Village expense. The wisdom of this decision is now abundantly clear and deserves to be widely acknowledged and honoured.

 

 

If you have any feedback on either of these proposed names, please do let me know by calling 416-392-7906 or by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 


For ongoing council and community news, my contact information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.ca. Click here to read my previous community updates.

 

A lack of accountability and transparency on the costs of the Scarborough subway extension

January 23, 2015

 

Dear residents,

 

In today's Toronto Star, Jennifer Pagliaro wrote an important story revealing how many tax dollars will be wasted on sunk costs if the Scarborough LRT is cancelled (there may be more). The article also quotes City Manager, Joe Pennachetti, suggesting that the full amount is hidden within this year's City budget. Moveover, the City Manager has not reported back to City Council on Metrolinx sunk costs, as directed by Council. To read the full 2013 agenda item, please click here.

 

Along with the unacceptable waste of tens of millions of tax dollars, this lack of accountability and transparency is deeply concerning.

 

In addition, I have yet to receive an adequate reply to my letter to Staff regarding the unexplained and sudden increase in the ridership projection used to justify the Scarborough subway extension.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

   

City Hall and Community Update for January 9, 2015

Action Being Taken to Combat Traffic Congestion

 

Traffic congestion impacts our ability to get to work on time, spend more time with our families at the end of the day and move goods and services around our city and region. As many of you know, I have been working hard on combatting gridlock with evidence-based initiatives since early on in the previous term of Council. While I recognize that the long-term solution is a greatly improved public transit system, there are specific measures we can take immediately to help improve the situation. Unfortunately, the previous administration had little interest in taking real action.

 

I am delighted that John Tory, our new Mayor, has acted swiftly since taking office. He has incorporated ideas, such as the motion I successfully moved in 2011, to increase fines and enforcement for drivers parking in curb lanes during rush hour. The first day of the Mayor's crackdown saw 29 cars towed during the morning rush alone.

 

I further commend Mayor Tory for signalling that he will take action on developers that block lanes for construction. In August of last year, I moved a motion asking City staff to look at the feasibility of increasing the upfront fee for blocking a lane, to encourage developers to look for alternate solutions that do not negatively impact residents. My motion also proposes implementing escalating monthly fees for blocking a street lane to encourage developers to use a lane for the least amount of time possible. I believe you will see the intent of this motion reflected in the Mayor's Gridlock Plan.

 

The long term goal should be to eliminate this practice altogether. Developers in New York are able to construct buildings without taking up traffic lanes or sidewalks; we should demand the same in Toronto. Please see this City News report for further information on this issue.

 

While it is unrealistic and unreasonable to expect Mayor Tory to solve gridlock overnight, I am proud to have a mayor who is prepared to take action, and make hard decisions, to improve the lives of our city's residents and get Toronto moving.


 

Toronto Ward Boundary Review Meeting: Have Your Say!

 

The Toronto Ward Boundary Review is looking at the size and shape of Toronto’s wards. This Review is being undertaken to ensure that each person in Toronto is fairly represented at City Council. The Review will look at the number of people living in each ward, as well as other factors such as geographic communities of interest and neighbourhoods, major physical and natural boundaries and population trends, to ‘draw the lines’ among Toronto’s wards. Any changes that occur as a result of the review will come into effect for the municipal election that takes place in 2018.

 

Public meetings are currently being held across the city as part of round one of the review's public consultation process. The meeting located nearest to Ward 22 will be held 6pm-9pm on Thursday, January 15 at Northern District Library (40 Orchard View Blvd., Meeting Room 224 ABC). If you are unable to attend the public meeting, please consider completing the online survey.


Crosstown Update: Highbourne Road Access at Eglinton Ave West

 

I was notified by Metrolinx today that Highbourne Road will be closed at Eglinton Avenue West on Monday, January 12th. Metrolinx has sent out notices to all Highbourne Road residents and local businesses, but I also wanted to take this opportunity to share this temporary road closure notice with you. For more information, please click here.


Basement Flooding

 

Basement Flooding has impacted many households across Ward 22. After every major rain storm, my office is contacted by residents who have suffered damages to their property as the result of basement or surface flooding. In fact, my family and I have had our own basement flooded- we've gone through this awful experience too.

 

I have been working with residents and City staff to address this problem in different areas across the ward. This past week, I met with the General Manager of Toronto Water and he has confirmed that a recommendation to conduct a Basement Flooding Study Area, that will cover the majority of the ward most impacted by flooding, will be brought forward to City Council by staff this winter for approval.

 

The objective of the study is to provide recommendations to reduce the risk of future flooding during severe storm events. The study will include a public consultation component that I will update you about, once confirmed.


A Big Thank You to Aroma Espresso Bar at Pleasant Blvd. and Yonge St!

 

Last month I was joined by families from across Ward 22 to celebrate the opening of our new Hodgson Ice Rink, and Arta Kadenaj from Aroma Espresso Bar (1407 Yonge Street) kindly donated coffee, hot apple cider and tasty treats for the event. Kind thanks to Arta for her generosity and helping to make our community skating party such a success!


 

Bienvenue à Holy Rosary!: New French Immersion Program in Midtown

 

Holy Rosary Catholic School is excited to announce that, along with their regular full-day kindergarten program, they will be offering a new French Immersion program in September 2015! The program will begin with a blended full day kindergarten class, including both Junior and Senior Kindergarten in 2015, and grow one year at a time alongside the current English stream. French Immersion Instruction is entirely in French until the end of Grade 2; English-language instruction is added in Grade 3. From Grade 5 to Grade 8, instruction is given 50 per cent in French, 50 per cent in English.

 

Admission to a Catholic elementary school is open to children who are baptized Catholic or who live with a parent who is baptized Catholic. A full list of all required documentation and admission criteria can be found on the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s website at www.tcdsb.org

 

All registration for September 2015 can be done online at https://soar.tcdsb.org or in person at the school, which is located at 308 Tweedsmuir Ave. For more information please call Holy Rosary Catholic School at 416-393-5225.


 

Spadina Museum Tours and Exhibits

 

See Spadina, and the history of Toronto, through the eyes of the Austin family, who made it their home. Business people, artists, socialites and philanthropists, the Austins were a prominent family whose struggles and triumphs were closely tied to those of Toronto as they entered the 20th century.

 

Meet the Austins: A Toronto Family Between the Wars at Spadina Museum
Saturdays and Sundays, beginning January 10
12:15 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Regular admission applies.

 

For more information on this event, please visit the City's Arts and Culture website.


For ongoing council and community news, my contact information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.ca. Click here to read my previous community updates.

   

Happy Holidays from your City Councillor!

 

Dear residents,

 

I wish you a very, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and Happy New Year! And on behalf of my family, Melissa and Molly, along with my Ward 22 team, Blake, Andrew, Chloe and Liz, I wish you and yours our very best for the holiday season.

 

Warm regards,

 

Josh

   
   

Community Update for November 28, 2014

Hodgson Artificial Ice Rink Update: It's New, Improved and Ready to Open!


I'm delighted to announce that the new and improved Hodgson Artificial Ice Rink will be open ahead of schedule, this Saturday, November 29! I'd like to thank my remarkable community for your patience and understanding as the construction took place, and also for your ongoing advocacy to ensure the rink was a top priority for Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff. I'm planning a community skating party for mid-December to celebrate the rink's opening- I'll update you with details about the time and date in my next enewsletter.


The "Skinnama-Rink" Natural Ice Rink near June Rowlands Park's Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground


I'm continuing to work with Lesley Stoyan and Chris Trussell of AppleTree Markets on getting our natural "Skinnama-Rink" up and running again this winter at June Rowlands (Davisville) Park. We're now looking for community volunteers to help flood the rink over the course of the season. Please let me know, by responding to this email, if this is something you would be willing to assist with and I will gladly provide you with more details on how you can support our wonderful community initiative.


Shop the Eglinton Way!

 

During the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, I believe it's more important than ever to support our local businesses. This Saturday, November 28, the Eglinton Way BIA is participating in the Yellow Pages "Shop the Neighbourhood" campaign. Shop the Neighbourhood is a free national initiative which supports small businesses and reminds Canadians how local shopping makes a difference in all our lives.


Customers shopping the Eglinton Way between Chaplin Crescent and Oriole Parkway may use a free valet parking service. The locations are as follows:

  • The Healthy Butcher at 298 Eglinton Avenue W.
  • TNT Blu at 388 Eglinton Ave. W.
  • One2One Studio at 506 Eglinton Avenue W.

For more information on the festivities, please visit the Eglinton Way BIA website.


Recent Local Flooding


There have been recent watermain breaks, such as one on private property that affected residents of the Brentwood Towers, and basement flooding due to storms on streets across Ward 22 (and throughout Toronto). I have been actively working with City staff on ways to improve both the City's response, and repair or replace the existing infrastructure which is in many cases 60 years or older. If you experience basement flooding, please call 311 immediately.


Holiday Gift Fair at the Central Eglinton Community Centre


The Central Eglinton Community Centre (160 Eglinton Avenue East) will be holding a Holiday Gift Fair on Friday, December 5 from 10 am to 2 pm. Gifts and one-of-a-kind items will be for sale, as well as a bake table, used book sale, door prizes, silent auction and a Snowflake Café.


For more information, please call 416-392-0511 ext. 0 or visit www.centraleglinton.com.


Let's Draw the Lines Together


The Toronto Ward Boundary Review is currently being conducted to ensure that each resident in Toronto is being represented at Toronto City Council. The review is led by an independent team of consultants who will make recommendations to City Council about the size and shape of Toronto's Wards.


In order to give feedback, residents can attend a public meeting or complete a survey online. For Toronto and East York areas, the meeting will take place Saturday, January 10 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Trinity St. Paul's Church (427 Bloor Street West). Learn more about the Toronto Ward Boundary Review project at drawthelines.ca.


Midtown Yonge BIA Poll Results: We're moving Forward!


I'm very proud to have initiated and worked with local merchants on a new Ward 22 Business Improvement Area (BIA) to improve local businesses, our local streetscape and the quality of life in our community. After much great work by the merchants in the Midtown Yonge area, the poll for proceeding with establishing a BIA has been approved. The results are as follows:

  • 63 ballots submitted
  • 2 spoiled ballots
  • 50 ballots in favour
  • 11 opposed

The next step is for City Council to officially approved the BIA in the new year.


Local Unicorn Day Care Spaces Saved!


I've been working very closely with Eric Mackey, the director of Unicorn Day Care, to ensure that a new home was found and local day care spaces were saved pending eviction from Brown P.S. I'm so pleased that the Church of the Messiah (240 Avenue Road) will now be the new home for Unicorn Day Care. I will continue supporting Eric through the next steps of the licensing process and will continue to provide updates as they become available.


Little Libraries & Bulletin Boards in Ward 22 Parks


As part of my initiative to improve parks across Ward 22, such as the new playgrounds we've constructed in Charlotte Maher and Forest Hill Road Parks, I'm delighted to announce the addition of a community bulletin board and little library in Oriole Park and June Rowlands Park. If you would like to discuss parks improvements in your neighbourhood, please let me know.


For ongoing council and community news, my contact information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.ca. Click here to read my previous community updates.

   

High speed winds affecting homes and signalized intersections

Dear residents,

 

Due to high wind speeds in Toronto this evening, several homes and neighbourhoods have been experiencing blackouts, wires are down and some signalized intersections (such as at Yonge and St. Clair right now) are without power and should be used like 4 way stops.

 

To keep you informed, I'm sharing with you an email I've received this evening from Toronto Hydro. I'll continue closely monitoring their progress on restoring power to affected areas of our community. Meanwhile, please let me know tomorrow if your home is still without power and if you have not been able to recieve information or assistance from Toronto Hydro. My office and I will support you however we can. Toronto Hydro's phone number is 4165428000.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Josh

 

From Toronto Hydro:

 

Good evening,

 

Toronto Hydro has seen the effects of the wind on its system affecting mainly the west and central north parts of the city.  At this time, Toronto Hydro is conducting damage assessments, triage, and repairs where safe.  Crews will be focusing their initial efforts on public safety calls such as wires down.

 

Overhead crews cannot work safely in conditions where high wind speeds are present.

 

As of 8 p.m. approximately 10,000 customers are affected. Weather permitting, the majority of these customers will hopefully be restored sometime this evening. As part of the restoration protocol, Toronto Hydro will restore the largest groups of customers first, and then work to restore the smaller, more localized outages. For some customers, weather conditions may prevent restoration until tomorrow.

 

Toronto Hydro reminds its customers to be cognizant of dangerous situations, stay clear of downed lines and report them to Toronto Hydro at 416-542-8000.

 

 

   

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