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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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Councillor Matlow spoke on tenant issues related to the Residential Tenancies Act, December 18 2013.

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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.

 

 

 

Community Update for November 10, 2014

Dear residents,

 

Election Day seems like much longer than a couple of weeks ago. I am deeply honoured to serve you here in our community and at City Hall. And we've been busy! I've been focusing on several neighbourhood and specific street priorities, along with city-wide policy initiatives, and will continue to provide you updates as they become available.

 

I am also very pleased with the new spirit at City Hall. I am impressed with how Mayor-elect Tory has already demonstrated an inclusive and thoughtful approach as he prepares to take office as our next mayor.

 

The inaugural City Council meeting will be on December 2nd. At the meeting, Mr. Tory will be sworn in, along with the city councillors, and he will name his Executive Committee. While this meeting is largely ceremonial, there is already a lot of work taking place on city-wide issues including tackling gridlock and focusing on transit.

 

Now that the election period is over, I am able to once again provide more regular updates through these e-newsletters. Please see below for information on some upcoming community events, public meetings and insight into local and city-wide issues.

 

Warm regards,

 

Josh


Remembrance Day

 

As the number of people that served in the Great Wars continues to decline, it is increasingly important that our children learn about the heroic actions of Canadian soldiers, lest their sacrifices are forgotten. And it is perhaps just as important for the students to reflect on the freedoms and liberties that our brave men and women fought, and continue to fight, to preserve. It is also important to celebrate the meaningful role Canada plays in the international community as a peace-keeping nation.

 

As in previous years, I will be marking Remembrance Day at a Ward 22 school- this year at Maurice Cody PS. Sadly, the recent events in Ottawa and Quebec remind us all of the risks that face everyone who puts on a uniform.

 

May we never forget.


Working With Our New Mayor to Tackle Gridlock and Take Back Our Streets!

 

During the recent election, I heard from many of you that working together to continue tackling gridlock must be a top priority for this next term of Council. I am pleased that John Tory, our Mayor-elect, has also put improved traffic flow at the top of his agenda. He has signalled that he will move forward with several measures early in 2015 to address the problem.

 

The long-term solutions to gridlock include building a more accessible, affordable, extensive and efficient public transportation system including a relief subway line. But, in the meantime, there are steps we can right away take to help ensure a faster commute.

 

The practice of allowing developers to block lanes of traffic for construction negatively impacts motorists, surface transit users, pedestrians and cyclists. This usage of our streets causes bottlenecks, backing up traffic several blocks on major arterial roads, and can lead to inconvenient and, in some cases, unsafe conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.

 

In August of this 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.

 

The long term goal is 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.

 

New York has also banned delivery trucks from operating during rush hour. Far too often I see these vehicles parked in the curbed lane with their flashers on backing up traffic for blocks. Last year, I requested the city to develop a system that restricts deliveries to off-peak hours only. The previous administration had little interest in acting on this recommendation.

 

I look forward to assisting Mayor-elect Tory in any way I can to help get Toronto moving again by stopping developers and delivery companies from taking any more time away from our loved ones.

 

For more information, please see this Global News item.


Forest Hill Road Park Update

 

I'm happy to report that the new playground equipment at Forest Hill Road Park is now installed! The play structure strikes the perfect balance of providing lots of play equipment for our community's kids to enjoy, without over-powering the natural character of the park. Completion of the pathways is expected by the end of November to early December, due to weather set-backs and this shady site having remained very wet over past weeks.


Bike Parking for Hodgson Sr. P.S.

 

Earlier this year, concerns were expressed to me about a lack of bike parking at Hodgson Senior Public School. I met with City staff, school staff and local parents to discuss the possibility of installing bike racks at the school. I was recently informed by staff that this location is now a top priority for the upcoming year.


Hodgson Artificial Ice Rink Update

 

I'm delighted to report that there has been excellent progress with construction at our community's new and improved Hodgson Rink: the concrete pads have been poured, the hockey boards are now installed and the fencing around the pleasure rink is nearly completed! Barring any unforeseen obstacles, the rinks are expected to begin operating again by mid-December.

 

Meanwhile, I am also working 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.


Remembrance Day Ceremony at Mount Pleasant Cemetery

 

Members of the public are invited to attend the annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at Mount Pleasant Cemetery on November 11 beginning at 10 a.m. The event will honour and remember those who have served and given their lives for Canada in times of military conflict and peace. A delegation from Royal Canadian Air Force aviators will parade and lay poppy wreaths to represent our remembrance. The ceremony will be held at the steps of the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Mausoleum.


​Made-for-Toronto Local Appeal Body

 

The Province of Ontario granted the City of Toronto the power to establish a Local Appeal Body (LAB) to hear appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions on both minor variances and consent applications. The Local Appeal Body would be composed of such persons as the City considers advisable (subject to certain by-laws regarding such things as eligibility criteria and other restrictions). At its December 4th, 2013 meeting, City Council's Planning and Growth Management Committee requested the Chief Planner and Executive Director of City Planning to initiate a public consultation process on the establishment and implementation of this Local Appeal Body.

 

In June 2014, Council considered a staff report, including the results of the public consultation and recommended principles to guide implementation of LAB. The item, as amended, was passed at Council in July. I'm deeply grateful to the City's Planning and Growth Management Committee for completing this necessary first step in mitigating insensitive and unsustainable developments in our community and across our city. We now need to continue advocating to completely free Toronto from the OMB's purview with regard to other impactful planning decisions, such as large-scale development in our communities.


Stop Unfair Rent Increases

 

Our community's campaign to stop unfair rent increases has kicked into high gear. My motion to request the province to eliminate Above the Guideline Increases (AGIs) for basic upkeep and repairs passed Council in February 2014. Please read this Toronto Star article for more information. To learn how you can take action against spiraling rent increases and unexpected fees, please visit my page on AGIs.


Toronto Parent Summit

 

Toronto Children's Services will once again be hosting a Parent Summit- an opportunity for families to learn more about City services available to them, express their issues and concerns and provide feedback on how we can improve Toronto's child care system. The summit will take place Wednesday, November 19 at the City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen St. W. There will be an information fair from 4-6 pm, followed by the consultation session from 6:30-8:30 pm. Representatives from Toronto Children's Services, Toronto Public Libraries and Toronto Public Health will all be on hand to talk to parents about programs and services available to them and their children. Parents can register online here or by calling 311 by Tuesday, November 18.


TTC Customer Town Hall

 

On November 20, the Toronto Transit Commission will be holding a Customer Town Hall at City Hall. This is an opportunity to present ideas, voice your opinion and ask questions of senior leaders at the TTC. Information will also be presented about ongoing progress at the TTC.

 

The schedule for the evening will be:

  • 6 pm to 7 pm – Marketplace – Main Floor Rotunda – Display Area and One-on-One Discussions with Attendees
  • 7 pm to 9 pm – Town Hall – Council Chambers – Open Forum

Ecumenical Christmas Food Drive

 

Churches in Rosedale, Moore Park and Leaside are again sponsoring a Christmas Drive (the 43nd consecutive) to assist local food banks and agencies that are in urgent need of help at this time of year. Flyers are delivered to area households on Saturday, November 22 and donations are then picked up on the following Saturday (November 29). There are two locations – Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (OLPH) on St. Clair Avenue East, one block west of Mount Pleasant Road and Leaside Presbyterian Church on Eglinton Avenue, just east of Bayview Avenue.

 

Times on both days are from 10 am to 1 pm. Donations are sorted and packed at OLPH with same-day delivery to recipient food banks and agencies. In 2013, about 16,000 items were collected and it is hoped to better this figure this year as unfortunately the demand is still great. Upwards of 300 volunteers are required and community hours are available for high school students.

 

In addition, two local Sobeys stores (St. Clair Avenue just east of Yonge Street and Wicksteed Avenue near Laird Drive) are again supporting this effort by holding in-store drives throughout the Christmas season. These sources typically add another 10,000 to the overall collection numbers.

 

The Christmas Drive is a fun event for both families and young persons and supports a worthwhile cause to benefit the less fortunate members of our community.

 

If further information is required, please contact the Campaign Chair, Brian Kearney, at 416-972-0585 or by e-mail at  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.

   

Thank You, Ward 22!

Dear residents,

 

As I have done for the past four years, I intend to continue to ensure you are engaged and kept informed about the issues that matter to you with my regular email updates.

 

But today, on behalf of my family, my staff and certainly myself, I want to simply say thank you. I really love our community.

 

I am deeply appreciative of the remarkable support Ward 22 residents showed me yesterday and I am deeply grateful.

 

With the largest plurality across the city, we truly came together as a community. I am committed to working hard every day to demonstrate that your confidence in me was well founded and my team and I will always be there for you if you need my assistance.

 

I also very much want to congratulate Mayor-elect John Tory on his well-earned victory. Our community strongly rejected the antics of disrepute and the dishonest politics of division. We chose a more thoughtful, honest, responsible and collaborative direction. We even lead the city with the highest number of votes in the advance polls! I believe we have begun a new era in Toronto.

 

I am now very excited to get to work with our next mayor and council to focus on our city’s priorities, as I continue to advocate for the many important issues that matter most to Ward 22’s residents and champion the well-being of our neighbourhoods and residents.

 

If you ever need me, my website is www.joshmatlow.ca, my phone number is 416-392-7906 and email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Truly honoured to be your city councillor,

 

Josh


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.

   

Art Shoppe Settlement Details Now Public

Earlier this year, the applicants for the Art Shoppe development chose to bypass the democratic process and take their proposal directly to the OMB. At the pre-hearing, I ensured that our community's interests were well represented by City Planning and Legal staff. The OMB suggested mediation instead of a full hearing.

 

I worked very closely with the South Eglinton Residents' and Ratepayers' Association (SERRA) and the Quantum Owners and Residents Association (QuORA) representing the nearby condo owners. The results of the mediation was presented as a confidential item to City Council in late August. I am now legally allowed to share the results of the mediation.

 

The community representatives were able to reduce the proposal from two towers of 38 and 29 storeys to one 28 storey tower on the north side of the site stepping down to a 12 storey midrise on the south side. Also, the building will step down to 6 storeys on the eastern side.

 

While I would have preferred the entire site to be a midrise building, I believe the community members and City staff were able to achieve the best result possible, given the situation. I, along with local residents, fought hard to mitigate the impact this development could have on the adjacent neighbourhood and condos next door.

 

We were able to secure 1,100 square metres of new park space on the east side of the building by having the developers give the first two houses east of Yonge street on Soudan over to the City. The City will connect this new park to the existing one on Hillsdale. This park will create a buffer between the new building and the neighbourhood to the east.

 

Importantly, by lowering the height to 12 storeys on the south side of the development, we were able to help protect Yonge Street, south of Hillsdale, from being developed with heights greater than midrise.

 

You can see the full details of the mediated settlement here.

   

City Council Update- Final of this term

Dear Residents,

 

I hope this finds you well and that you had a great summer!

 

As I shared with you in my most recent update, I will be able to continue sending you regular updates after the municipal election on October 27th.

 

However, I do continue to keep my website, Twitter and Facebook pages very current with news and events from our Ward 22 neighbourhoods.

 

I've included information about a few items below that were considered at this term's final City Council meeting (held between August 25-28th) that may be of interest to you and your family.

 

Melissa, Molly and I hope to see you out in our community soon.

 

Best wishes,

 

Josh

 


Motion Approved for a Potential Public Park at the Glebe Manor Bowling Club


As many of you are aware, a developer is in the process of purchasing the Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club property (196 Manor Road East) from the Club’s Board with the intent to build townhouses on the site.

 

This green space is very important to our community. In fact, we have a dearth of green space in our growing Midtown neighbourhoods. That's why I've been proactively working closely with local residents to acquire this property as a public park since this issue came to my attention several months ago.

 

Earlier this year, I successfully moved a motion at Council directing Real Estate Services staff to evaluate the fair market value of the property at 196 Manor Road East, and directing Parkland Acquisitions staff to begin negotiations with the current owner(s) for the purpose of purchase by the City and report back to Council's Executive Committee in August. I'm happy to report that both the Executive Committee and Council supported recommendations for the City to purchase the site if there is a willing seller. I also saw many of you at a public information meeting I held at Hodgson Sr PS on June 18.

 

The City has still not received any indication from the owner that they are willing to sell the property with a purpose to preserve the green space. In fact, they seem intent to move forward with a townhouse development, which I am strongly opposed to. While Council supported my initiative to make the funds available to purchase the lawn bowling club, Staff have not had a willing seller to negotiate with.

 

I have been working with a group of the lawn bowling club shareholders, who are mounting an opposition to the current Board's decision to sell the property to a developer. They need your support and assistance. For more information on their efforts to keep this space green, and how you can help, please click here.

 

The community and I are dedicated to taking every legal means to preserve this green space in perpetuity. I will continue to update you every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 


Making the Union-Pearson Express Fare More Affordable, Competitive and Fair


Metrolinx's Union-Pearson Express line is a welcome addition to Toronto's transit network. For too long, our city has been one of the few world centres without rapid transit to its International Airport.

 

While I'm certainly pleased that this critical infrastructure appears to be on budget and will be ready to open for the Pan Am Games next year, I moved a motion at Council expressing some major concerns with emerging cost details that limit the accessibility of this line.

 

While the passenger fare has yet to be confirmed, media reports have estimated that the new line could cost riders upwards of $30 per trip. This cost may, or may not, have an effect on business or international travelers but it would barely be competitive with taxis or limousines for residents. Common sense would dictate that if a resident living anywhere other than downtown (within close proximity to Union Station) can be picked up from their house and taken to the airport for $50-60, they may opt to spend the extra money to avoid the additional time as the cost differential is not that substantial.

 

Further, a couple or a family might actually find it more expensive to take the Union­ Pearson Express.

 

Another troubling consumer cost detail associated with the Union-Pearson Express is the $1.85 fee passengers are being charged for not parking at the airport. The City of Toronto and other municipal governments in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area are actively encouraging residents to use public transit. This fee would penalize air travelers for making a choice that helps fight congestion.

 


New Playground for Eglinton Public School


As students and parents are all too familiar, the playground at Eglinton PS is in serious need of improvement and has been for many years. Over two years ago, I secured developers' fees for school upgrades through a nearby development. After extensive consultation with the school community, Trustee Laskin submitted a very exciting plan for a revitalized outdoor area, including:

 

  • New landscaping
  • Funnel ball game
  • Tetherball game
  • Bicycle racks
  • New trees and planters
  • New sandbox
  • Custom water wall
  • Additions to existing play equipment
  • Stone seating wall
  • Chess tables
  • Custom puppet show booth

 

My motion, supported by Council, included a Community Access Agreement (which will have to be signed by the TDSB) securing access for the wider community to the enhanced play area during evenings and weekends.

 


Improving the Mount Pleasant Road Streetscape and Supporting Small Business


With the Mount Pleasant Crosstown station set to open at the intersection of Eglinton and Mt. Pleasant in 2020, it is imperative that the local BIA start developing a unified streetscape design as soon as possible.

 

That's why I moved a motion to provide the Mount Pleasant BIA with $30,000, fully funded by Section 37 community benefits, to design a Streetscape Masterplan that will start the process of adding new trees, street furniture and other enhancements in the coming years.

 

This plan will help improve the walkability and attractiveness of the street which will, in turn, help attract new businesses to the neighbourhood.

 

The new plan will be developed in consultation with the South Eglinton Residents' and Ratepayers' Association, the Davisville Village community and myself. Public meeting notices will be posted in early 2015.

 


Improving the Deer Park Streetscape at Yonge & St. Clair


As local residents know all too well, the public realm in the Yonge and St. Clair area is in great need of improvement. The sidewalks are cracked and the very few existing trees are in poor health, sitting in out-of-date planters that are used as a receptacle for cigarette butts and garbage.

 

To help improve the neighbourhood, I have directed developers' fees toward Section 37 streetscape improvements in the area. The motion allocates $200,000 for planting trees in new, City-standard planters and other street enhancements.

 


Beautifying Oriole Parkway


At present, the Oriole Parkway median is a mostly concrete strip separating the north and southbound lanes. I believe it has the potential to be a remarkable street with a more residential character.

 

My recent motion directs $315,000, entirely paid for through developers' fees, for the installation of planters for approximately 60 trees, new curbs, top soil and sod on the median between Eglinton Avenue and Imperial Street. In addition, the funds will be used to beautify the eastern boulevard of Oriole Parkway between Kilbarry Road and Lonsdale Road.

 

There will be a notice sent to Oriole Parkway residents in the new year to discuss what specific improvements should be made. The intention of this initiative is to create a more attractive public realm on Oriole Parkway for the neighbourhood to enjoy, while also alerting drivers that they should control their speed in this residential area.

 


Taking Back Our Streets – Getting Developers out of Traffic Lanes


As many of you know all too well, traffic congestion is a significant problem for Toronto's motorists, public transit users and cyclists. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently noted that the Greater Toronto Area suffers from the longest work commute times in North America. Estimates have put the cost of congestion to our city's economy at $6 billion a year while negatively impacting on the quality of life of our residents.

 

Of course, the long-term solutions to this problem include building a more accessible, affordable, extensive and efficient public transportation system. But, in the meantime, we must take every opportunity to ease congestion.

 

The practice of allowing developers to block lanes of traffic for construction negatively impacts motorists, surface transit users, cyclists and pedestrians. This usage of our streets causes bottlenecks, backing up traffic several blocks on major arterial roads, and can lead to inconvenient and, in some cases, unsafe conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.

 

Toronto's streets must be used more efficiently.

 

To help address this issue, I successfully moved a motion at Council requesting Transportation Services staff to study the feasibility of eliminating the practice of allowing developers to occupy a lane of traffic for construction.

 

My motion also recognizes that the long-term goal of eliminating the practice of using lanes for construction may need some interim provisions to open traffic lanes for the public as quickly as possible. At present, there is little incentive for developers to keep their construction staging area on their own property, rather than impose on public space, since the applicant's fee is largely comprised of a modest up-front payment, followed by a very minimal monthly fee thereafter.

 

That's why I also requested City Staff to look at the feasibility of increasing the initial up-front fee for blocking a lane to encourage developers to look for alternate solutions that do not negatively impact residents, and the feasibility of escalating monthly fees for blocking a street lane to encourage developers to use that lane for the least amount of time possible.

 


Reducing the Cost of Paid-Duty Police Officers


As a member of the Council's Audit Committee, I set a process in motion to reduce the number of paid-duty police officers the City needs to hire at construction and work sites.

 

I, along with many residents, find it frustrating and wrong to see uniformed police officers standing by work sites while other budgets to important City services are being cut.

 

I am happy to report that my colleagues on Audit Committee and, subsequently, City Council, supported my motion requesting the province to follow Vancouver's lead by ensuring that lower-paid enforcement officials are monitoring construction sites. If permitted, this initiative will save the City of Toronto, businesses and community organizations millions of dollars while ensuring that the police are focused on what they're best at - serving and protecting us.

 

For more information, please read this article.

 

Along with many police priorities, I hear from Ward 22 residents every day, including from fellow parents, that traffic safety and more enforcement in our neighbourhoods should be an important place where police resources go.

   

Toronto Public Library events for adults from September to December

The Toronto Public Library branch at Deer Park is offering many programs for adults from September to December, 2014. To learn about the programs being offered or to see library contact information, continue reading below.

 

Contact Information:


TPL Deer Park Branch

40 St. Clair Avenue East

Toronto, Ontario

416 393 7657

 

September


Author Talk. Disobeying Hitler by Professor Randall Hansen.

Tuesday Sept 9 at 2 pm

Disobeying Hitler tells of German revolt against the dying Nazi tyranny.

Professor Randall Hansen, political scientist, historian, U of T discusses new evidence on three direct violations of orders made personally by Adolf Hitler: The refusal by the commander of Paris to destroy the city; Albert Speer's refusal to implement a scorched earth policy in Germany; and the failure to defend Hamburg against invading British forces.

 

Read more

   

Age-Friendly Focus Group for the Deer Park Neighbourhood: A City for All Ages

 

 

You can download a printable PDF of this notice by clicking here.

   

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