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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

Latest Videos

Councillor Matlow spoke on options for the Scarborough Subway, March 31, 2016.

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

 

City Hall and Community Update for May 28, 2018

City Must Act to Protect Toronto Tenants from Extreme Heat

Since 2012, I have been strongly advocating for the City of Toronto to protect tenants from extreme heat. Despite motions that I moved in 2012, 20132014 and, 2017, no substantive action has been implemented by the Medical Officer of Health or the Municipal Licensing, and Standards Division. No solutions were presented to Tenant Issues Committee earlier this year and the report to Licensing and Standards Committee last month pushes back substantial action till the end of 2019. That simply isn't good enough.

In fact, just last month, I moved a motion to grant the City's Medical Officer of Health the authority to request landlords to establish Heat Alert Days on which landlords can be requested to turn off heat and, if applicable, turn on air conditioning. Despite this current heat wave, the Medical Officer of Health has not acted.

I will continue to advocate for a new by-law that can force landlords to turn on air conditioning where possible and, most importantly, establish a maximum temperature for apartment units just as we have minimum temperature standards now. The City must do better to ensure that all Torontonians have a comfortable home.

Meanwhile, I am requesting landlords to use some common sense, and turn AC on if they have it, when their tenants' health might be affected by extreme heat. They will not be subject to enforcement and its the right thing to do.


It's Time for Real Action on Making Toronto's Streets Safer

The Vision Zero initiative is based on a principle that there is no acceptable number of road fatalities. While we may never have the ability to control instances of human error on our streets, we do have control over how they are designed and the police can control how they are enforced. From New York City to Stockholm, jurisdictions from across the world have embraced the principles of Vision Zero, and have experienced dramatic reductions in road fatalities, despite increasing traffic volumes.

Toronto's Road Safety Plan has not achieved the same results. I believe it's failing us. In fact, since Council adopted a Vision Zero Policy in 2015, Toronto has seen an increase in road fatalities, with last year being the highest on record since 2005, and this year at pace to be even higher. The continued trend of traffic related deaths is unacceptable, and a real transformative shift is needed to truly achieve Vision Zero.

Last Council meeting, my motion was approved to help implement the integral components to Vision Zero. This includes a request to Toronto Police Board to provide enough resources to adequately enforce the Highway Traffic Act (for example, there are only two traffic cops in the entirety of 53 Division), accelerate the design of safer streets, and to also reduce speed limits across the City's neighborhoods to better align with the Road Safety Plan.

As your City Councillor, Seniors' Advocate and a parent of a 5 year-old daughter myself, there is simply no higher priority for me than to advocate for everything possible to be done to keep our roads safe.


Let's Move Forward Now with 24 Stops for Scarborough

Council decided this week to move forward with a 17-stop LRT extension of the Eglinton Crosstown from Kennedy Station to the University of Toronto's Scarborough Campus (UTSC). While I strongly endorse this LRT line, the Mayor's continued support of the 1-stop Scarborough subway has left no funding available for this Crosstown extension.

Further, the City's planners are left to twist themselves into knots to make the 1-stop subway work with a proposed, and also unfunded, 6-stop extension from UTSC to Malvern that will waste hundreds of millions of dollars to provide just as long of a commute to Kennedy station as they currently have.

If we chose to put people over politics, and move forward with the planned 7-stop LRT to Sheppard Ave, serving Scarborough Town Centre and Centennial College, the City would be able to afford to build the 17-stop Crosstown extension and be in a better position to provide rapid transit that will have a positive impact on the lives of Malvern residents. An extension of the Scarborough LRT Phase 2, which was already planned for in the 2010 Environmental Assessment, shows that it would take 16 minutes to travel from Malvern Town Centre to Kennedy, while it would take over 33 minutes using the Eg Crosstown extension through UTSC



Below is a picture of the planned, completely traffic-separated, LRT station in Malvern.



For more information, please see this Toronto Star article


Toronto's Seniors Strategy 2.0 Gets the Green Light!

As Toronto's Seniors Advocate, I'm delighted to inform you that Version 2.0 of Toronto's Seniors Strategy was adopted unanimously by Council! To review the recommendations that will be implemented across the City of Toronto within the next few years, please click here and if you're interested in watching the discussion, please review this Youtube clip at 2:31:59. I deeply appreciate the ongoing support of Council for the work we’re doing together on implementing a Seniors Strategy that will create a caring, respectful, inclusive, accessible and age-friendly Toronto.


Home Dialysis Water Rebate Program

Toronto residents undertaking dialysis treatment at home utilize a considerable amount of water which substantially impacts the total amount of their average utility bill. It is estimated that home dialysis patients consume an additional 150-600 additional cubic metres of water annually as a direct result of the use of dialysis equipment and all associated steps to clean and disinfect the machines. As a result, utility billings for those households undergoing home dialysis treatment are higher than the average household, resulting in increased financial hardship on those who may already be experiencing health-related hardships. In order to mitigate the financial impact of home dialysis treatment and to offset the additional costs of water used in the treatments, Council approved  the establishment and implementation of a Home Dialysis Water Rebate Program. For more details about this, please review the item here.



REMINDER: Midtown in Focus Public Open House

In 2015, I worked with my fellow Midtown Councillors to initiate the Midtown in Focus review of growth, built form, and infrastructure issues in the Yonge-Eglinton area. After many years of meticulous review in consultation with the local community, I am pleased to announce that we are in the final stage of having an up-to-date planning policy in place to effectively respond to growth pressures. Before the recommended Official Plan Amendment (including the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan) is voted on at the next City Council meeting on June 7th, there will be another opportunity to review and ask questions about the policies and related infrastructure assessments.

Please join me and City Staff at the Midtown in Focus Public Open House review
between 7:00pm-9:00pm on May 28th at Northern District Library (Gwen Liu Meeting Room, 2nd floor), 40 Orchard View Boulevard.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, the final draft policy and plan can be accessed through the City's Midtown in Focus portalhere. Should you have any questions please can contact the City's Policy Lead at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


REMINDER: Councillor Josh Matlow's Community Environment Day

This Thursday from 4:00-8:00pm, 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. Feel welcome to check-out our flyer here and I hope to see you there!


St. Paul's Riding All Candidates Meeting: Tenants & Affordable Housing

The Toronto St. Paul’s Tenants’ Associations Network will be holding the St. Paul’s Riding All Candidates Meeting where you will have the opportunity to learn where your Provincial candidates stand on today’s tenant issues such as Above Guideline Increases (AGIs), Renovictions, the Landlord and Tenant Board and affordable housing.

Please join me in attending this important discussion about advancing a tenant-focused agenda both in our community and across Ontario on Wednesday, May 30th at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (1585 Yonge Street) between 7:30pm-9:30pm.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Toronto St. Paul's Tenants' Association Network through their websitehere.

Mona Piper Playground & Cudmore Creek Park Opening!

Together, we were successful in working closely with the Manor Road United Church to ensure that the greenspace at the corner of Manor and Forman would not only be protected from development, but become an amazing new park for our community.

I am grateful for the involvement of so many local residents at the consultation meeting I hosted to decide on our new park's design.

On Sunday, June 3rd at noon at 250 Manor Rd E (the corner of Forman and Manor Rd. E.), you are invited to a special community event. Please bring your friends and family to come celebrate the grand opening of Cudmore Creek Park & Mona Piper Playground. The park's name celebrates, and renews, a lost part of our natural heritage- the creek that still runs along Forman Avenue today, underground. The playground is named for the late Mona Piper, a beloved Davisville resident and Toronto's longest serving crossing guard, who protected our kids for 43 years.


Have your say! Public meeting for a NEW park in the Yonge & Eglinton Community

Working together as a community we successfully created a brand new park to improve the quality of life for residents in the Yonge & Eglinton community. This new park will be located at the northwest corner of Dunfield and Soudan (across from the toddler playground).

Please join me at 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 30th at Mount Pleasant Library (599 Mount Pleasant Rd.) to review initial designs and share your feedback on what elements you would like to see in our new community park. City of Toronto Parks and Capital Staff will also be in attendance to answer any questions you may have.


June is Seniors Month

In celebration of Seniors Month, the Toronto Seniors Forum is hosting an event on Friday, June 1st from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at City Hall in the Council Chambers. Join us to learn more about seniors' services in Toronto, the City of Toronto's Seniors Strategy 2.0 and Vision Zero. To register for this event, please click here and to review further details, please view this flyer.


Become A Member of Oriole Park Community Garden

If you reside or work in our Midtown community and are interested in gardening or community stewardship, I welcome you to join the Oriole Park Community Garden! Please feel welcome to check out this flyer for further details or reach out by email to the garden's steering committee:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ward 22's Davisville Village Farmers’ Market Opens for Another Season!

I'm delighted to support AppleTree Markets, a local Ward 22 non-profit organization, which will once again be transforming June Rowlands Park, every Tuesday between 3 and 7pm, into a vibrant "town square" for the seventh year of our community's popular farmers’ market. The market is a place where you are sure to see friends and neighbours, while buying fresh produce, fish, meats, chocolate, and so much more.
I look forward to seeing you there!


SAVE THE DATE: Deer Park Residents Group Annual General Meeting

Please join me for the Deer Park Residents Group (DPRG) Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 14th at Calvin Presbyterian Church (26 Delisle Avenue). The membership desk will open at 6:30pm and the meeting will commence at 7pm.
The annual meeting of the DPRG is an opportunity for residents of our neighbourhood to learn about activities during the past year. The agenda will include a summary of actions taken by the DPRG, events in our district, two guest speakers and an election of members of the Board for the coming year.  Any persons attending who are not already members of the DPRG will be encouraged to join.
The DPRG welcomes members who have an interest in participating in its activities and serving on the Board. Please feel welcome to email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or visit their website here


SAVE THE DATE: COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

Oriole Park Association will again be hosting the Community Garage Sale on Saturday, June 9th, 2018.  Stay tuned for information on registration.  We are also looking for volunteers to assist in the preparation and set up of the event.  If you are interested, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Let the decluttering begin!


Toronto-St. Paul's Summit
Join your elected representatives from all levels of government in Toronto-St. Paul’s on Sunday June 10th from 3:00pm-5:00pm at 175 St. Clair Ave W. to discuss how we can work together to better our community. Panelists include myself, Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP; Josh Colle, City Councillor, Ward 15;  Joe Mihevc, City Councillor, Ward 21; Shelley Laskin, TDSB Trustee, and Jo-Ann Davis, TCDSB Trustee.


Overnight On-Street Permit Parking Consultation

On October 17, 2017, the Toronto & East York Community Council adopted motion TE 27.49 directing staff to:

“Solicit feedback from residents in 2018 on the proposal for potential policy changes and/or by-law amendments required to implement Residential On-Street Permit Parking on streets that do not have permit parking in Toronto and East York District”

The City's Public Consultation Unit invites you to learn more about the overnight on-street permit parking program and to submit your feedback on the proposal.

The most convenient way of learning about the program and providing your feedback is by filling out this 10-minute survey.

For more details please click here.


Toronto Fire Services Safety Awareness Month

Toronto Fire Services is once again engaging our neighborhoods and communities in a special effort this June. June is Safety Awareness Month (SAM) and they will be focusing on senior fire safety! If your group or organization is hosting any wellness, safety or events pertaining to seniors, Toronto Fire would like to talk to you! Please feel welcome to invite them to set up an information table, have a discussion, or give a presentation about fire safety. For further details, please check-out this flyer.


Community Dialogue: A Public Health Approach to Drug Policy

The number of people dying from opioid poisonings in Toronto continue to rise. Preliminary estimates from the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario show there were 187 deaths in Toronto from May to July 2017; double for the same period in 2016.

Around the world, governments are considering different approaches to drugs. Some countries are decriminalizing drug use and possession while others are legalizing and regulating drugs. Change is happening in Canada too. It will soon be legal for adults to purchase cannabis for personal use. In the midst of the current opioid poisoning crisis, some health officials and others are also calling for a new approach to other drugs.

How could we change our approach to drugs? What would a public health approach to drugs look like for Canada?

Toronto Public Health wants to hear from you on this important topic for our community.

To learn more, including how to register for a community dialogue session and to fill out our online survey, please visit theCommunity Dialogue website.


#TransformTO one home at a time with HELP from the City of Toronto

Are you thinking about renovating? Are you interested in improving the comfort and energy efficiency of your home, while at the same time doing your bit for Mother Nature? With utility incentives and GreenON funding available – there has never been a better time to make improvements to your biggest investment, your home.    

The City's Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) offers low-interest loans of up to $75,000 to homeowners interested in improving the energy and water efficiency of their homes. The funds can be used to upgrade your furnace, purchase insulation, water heater, windows, doors, and even install solar panels on your roof! You'll repay the loan over time as you save on energy. On average, HELP participants are saving $560 per year and using 30% less energy.

For more information or to access an application now, please visit HELP!
   
   
   
   
   

City Hall and Community Update for May 4, 2018

Revitalization of Yonge-Eglinton Bus Barns Site Takes Major Step Forward

As Midtown residents know all too well, the former TTC bus barns site at the South West corner of Yonge & Eglinton was a derelict eyesore for well over a decade and is now a construction staging ground for the Metrolinx Eglinton Crosstown LRT. With the completion of the Crosstown in 2021, it is important that we start planning for the future now to help ensure that this site doesn’t remain a blight on the area for one moment longer than is necessary.

A major hurdle in the way of moving forward with planning for the site is that approximately 75% of the property is encumbered with existing long-term commercial leases. That's why I'm pleased that City Council approved a report for a new deal with the long-term lessees for a new ground lease relating to redevelopment of the property. The deal was negotiated by Build Toronto (now CreateTO), in consultation with the TTC, City Real Estate Services and City Planning. The proposed transaction has been developed within the new City real estate model to achieve key city building objectives, including unlocking the value of City assets through transit oriented development.



Illustration by City Planning

I will continue to make it clear to the City that any proposal for this site must include a remarkable public square, right at the corner, to even be considered by our community.



Protecting Toronto Tenants from Extreme Heat

Toronto tenants have the right to a comfortable and healthy home. Our current by-law directs landlords to maintain a temperature of at least 21 degrees Celsius in apartment units between September 15th and June 1st. The by-law, however, does not address heat. During last September's heatwave some residents reported temperature readings of over 30 degrees Celsius in their units as a result of their landlords turning on heat and/or not turning on air conditioning to reflect the reality of the weather outside.

As a result, I moved a motion last fall, in addition to several other motions addressing the same issue dating back to 2011, that asked City Staff to "hold consultations with tenants, landlords and other relevant stakeholders to identify potential solutions to effectively deal with heat in apartment buildings, including maximum heat in apartments and applicable dates in the heating bylaw and property standards bylaw, and report back to the Tenant Issues Committee (early in 2018)."

Unfortunately, no solutions were presented to Tenant Issues Committee earlier this year and the report to Licensing and Standards Committee today pushes back substantial action till the end of 2019. That simply isn't good enough.

That's why I'm pleased to report that Council supported my motion last week to grant the City's Medical Officer of Health the authority to request landlords to establish Heat Alert Days on which landlords can be requested to turn off heat and, if applicable, turn on air conditioning. The motion also requests the Medical Officer of Health to establish a Heat relief network to promote locally available air-conditioned public spaces.

I know that the actions taken in Council last week do not go far enough. I will continue to work toward a new by-law that can force landlords to turn on air conditioning and, most importantly, establish a maximum temperature for apartment units just as we have minimum temperature standards now.

There is no doubt that this is a complicated policy problem. If the City were to establish a maximum temperature would window air conditioning units be the only practical solution for some landlords to comply? Would tenants be on the hook to pay for the air conditioners? How could a by-law be followed if weather changes quickly but it can take several days to turn off the boilers and turn on central air in old buildings?

I recognize that these issues must be solved before the City imposes rules on landlords but more importantly, I recognize that the status quo is not acceptable. The City must do better to ensure that all Torontonians have a comfortable home.



Have Your Voice Heard: Judicial Inquiry on Scarborough Subway to be debated at Executive Committee May 14

As I wrote to you in an extensive newsletter last week, I submitted a motion requesting that a judicial inquiry be established regarding the information presented to Council leading up to the July 2016 vote to approve the 1-stop Scarborough subway. This motion was referred to the Monday May 14, 2018 meeting of the Mayor's Executive Committee.

This meeting will provide you with an opportunity to make a 5 minute deputation requesting that the committee approve the inquiry. Torontonians deserve to have assurances that decisions affecting billions of their tax dollars are spent on transit projects that use our scarce resources to support the most residents possible in getting to work or school and back, quickly and comfortably, so they can have more time with their friends and family.

To register to make a deputation email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone: 416-392-4666.



We Need Relief (Subway Line) Now!

As any resident who rides the subway knows the Yonge Line is already at capacity. During rush hour at stations like Eglinton, it is common to wait for two or three trains before boarding and once on, you’re crammed in like a sardine.

The overcrowding is most critical at Bloor-Yonge station, which is already nearing capacity, with another 45% increase in users expected over the next twenty years. Even with signal improvements and the new, larger trains, we can’t keep ahead of this growth without expansion elsewhere to alleviate the pressure. That's why the Relief Line was named as Toronto's top transit expansion priority by former Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig, former TTC CEO Andy Byford, former Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat and former City Manager Joe Pennachetti .

City Council has unfortunately featured transit debates long on rhetoric and short on facts. The Relief Subway Line would provide an alternative to our existing subway system that’s already overcrowded during rush hours, curb gridlock on our city’s streets and increase access to jobs and attractions. It is the evidence-based subway expansion project that would be an integral part of a comprehensive network approach that would most improve Toronto’s economy and residents’ quality of life.

For more information and how to take action, please visit this webpage.



HAVE YOUR SAY! Planning and Development Public Consultation Meetings

Times Group Proposal for 1951 Yonge Street

Last year, an application was submitted for two towers (34 and 25 storeys) at the northeast corner of Yonge and Davisville. In their report, City Planning Staff agree with me and the local community that the proposal from the Times Group is completely inappropriate, as it's a significant overdevelopment of the site. As it is currently proposed, the two towers would have unacceptable shadow impacts on the Davisville school field. Of further concern, is the potential traffic impacts to the local community, especially the area surrounding the school. I will fight the most recent proposal to add more traffic onto Millwood.

I am pleased to report that I was successful in moving significant motions to support our community against this development at this week's Toronto & East York Community Council meeting. In addition to ensuring that City Legal and Planning Staff will fight for us at the Ontario Municipal Board, I was able to have additional amendments added that, for the first time, requested that even if a development is approved, that the OMB order construction be halted until the necessary infrastructure and social services are provided:

  • City Council direct the City Solicitor to request the Ontario Municipal Board to withhold the issuance of any order(s) on the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment appeal for the subject lands pending confirmation of:
    - necessary transportation infrastructure from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Transportation Services; and
    - public school capacity from the Director of Education, TDSB
  • City Council direct the City Solicitor to request the Ontario Municipal Board to withhold the issuance of any Order(s) on the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment appeal for the subject lands pending confirmation of water, sanitary and storm water capacity from the Chief Engineer and Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services, and pending receipt of a satisfactory Functional Servicing Report;


These motions were possible, and supported at Community Council, because of the extensive research that has been conducted as part of the Midtown in Focus initiative that has clearly demonstrated what we in Midtown already know: infrastructure and social services have not kept pace with the rapid rate of growth in our community.

The importance of these motions was recognized by the Toronto Star, which published two articles on successive days about this issue. Please see this article on the water capacity motion and this article regarding schools and transportation.

Please join me this week on:

Date: Thursday, May 10th
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Place: Greenwood College– 443 Mount Pleasant Rd.

90 Eglinton Avenue East

A rezoning application has been submitted to City Planning to construct a 55-Storey mixed-use building containing 502 residential units with office and retail space on the first two levels. The applicant is proposing 226 parking spaces to be located in a three level underground garage.

Please join me to discuss the proposed development on:

Date: Wednesday, May 16th
Time6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Place: Best Western Roehampton Hotel – 808 Mount Pleasant Road

If you cannot attend the meeting you can speak to the planner, Alex Teixeira, at (416) 392-0459 or email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

808 Mount Pleasant Rd.

City Planning has also received a rezoning application to construct a 44-storey mixed-use building containing 457 residential units with retail space on the first level. 166 parking spaces are being proposed in four levels of underground parking.

Please join me to discuss the proposed development on:

Date: Thursday, May 17th
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Place: Best Western Roehampton Hotel – 808 Mount Pleasant Road

If you cannot attend the meeting you can speak to the planner, David Driedger, at (416) 392-7613 or email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Improvements coming to Pottery Playground & Splash Pad!

I'm delighted to announce that exciting new improvements will begin in Pottery Playground this spring!

Last year I heard from a number of parents who expressed concerns over the safety of the splash pad. I also heard that the playground was starting to look a bit tired and could use an update. Following a public consultation meeting I held with City Parks staff, we decided on an option that includes a brand new traditional play structure, animal-themed splash pad, as well as additional picnic benches and landscaping improvements. We will also be keeping the existing sandbox as I heard from many parents that this is a well-used feature of the playground. You can view the concepts in the renderings below.

Before construction commences on May 22nd, Parks Staff have announced that the toys left by the community will be temporarily stored throughout the duration of the construction. If you have donated these toys and would like to use them over the summer, please retrieve them! Otherwise, they will be brought back once the park improvements are complete by this August (weather permitting!)


STAY TUNED! New Park Coming to Yonge & Eglinton

We’re creating a new, much-needed park and playground at Holly and Soudan! Earlier this week I was pleased to sit down with our Parks Staff to review the very preliminary designs. I'm very pleased with the initial concepts and look forward to meeting with the community to hear feedback on what is envisioned for this much needed green space. I will be finalizing the details of the public consultation meeting which I will share with you very soon.



Seniors Community Grant Program Allows for Seniors HomeShare Pilot Project!

As we all know, the growth in Toronto's seniors population is expected to accelerate in the coming years. Presently, there are now more seniors living in Toronto than children. As Toronto's Seniors Advocate, I was pleased to move amotion at City Council to authorize the City's Social Development, Finance and Administration division to receive a grant from the Ministry of Seniors Affairs under the Seniors Community Grant Program to provide funding for a seniors HomeShare pilot program. These funds will support the development of this pilot project to connect over-housed seniors in Toronto with university graduate students to improve social connection and independent aging. While this is a major step forward, more work still needs to be done!


Ward 22's Davisville Village Farmers’ Market Opens for Another Season!


I'm delighted to support AppleTree Markets, a local Ward 22 non-profit organization, which will once again be transforming June Rowlands Park into a vibrant "town square" for the seventh year of our community's popular farmers’ market. The market is a place where you are sure to see friends and neighbours, while buying fresh produce, fish, meats, chocolate, and so much more.


This season, the market begins on May 8th and will operate weekly on Tuesdays between 3 and 7pm.

I look forward to seeing you there!



Making Toronto an Age-Friendly City Townhall Meeting

The Toronto Council on Aging and I invite you to attend our town hall meeting taking place on Wednesday May 9th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (1985 Yonge Street) to celebrate the age-friendly approaches our local businesses are incorporating in their storefronts. An update of Toronto Senior's Strategy 1.0 and 2.0 will be provided as well. For more details, kindly review this flyer. We look forward to seeing you there!


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

On Thursday, May 31st from 4:00-8:00pm, 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. Feel welcome to check-out our flyer here and I hope to see you there!


South Eglinton Ratepayers' & Residents' Association (SERRA) Annual General Meeting

This year South Eglinton Ratepayers' and Residents' Association (SERRA) Annual General Meeting will be taking place onMonday May 14th at Greenwood College School, 443 Mt. Pleasant Road. Doors open at 6:00pm for attendees to enjoy refreshments, renew memberships and browse information booths. The formal meeting will start at 7:00pm and end at9:00pm. Guest speakers include myself, TDSB Trustee Shelley Laskin, and City Hall Toronto Star reporter Jennifer Pagliaro. For more details, please review this flyer.


SAVE THE DATE: Deer Park Residents Group Annual General Meeting

Please join me for the Deer Park Residents Group (DPRG) Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 14th at Calvin Presbyterian Church (26 Delisle Avenue). The membership desk will open at 6:30pm and the meeting will commence at7pm.

The annual meeting of the DPRG is an opportunity for residents of our neighbourhood to learn about activities during the past year. The agenda will include a summary of actions taken by the DPRG, events in our district, two guest speakers and an election of members of the Board for the coming year. I will be speaking to attendees about developments in Ward 22 and beyond that have an impact on all of us. Any persons attending who are not already members of the DPRG will be encouraged to join.

The DPRG welcomes members who have an interest in participating in its activities and serving on the Board. Please feel welcome to email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or visit their website here


Toronto Community Council Boundaries Options

Toronto City Council must adopt new Community Council boundaries now that the City’s ward boundaries are changing. This Options Paper includes background information on Toronto’s Community Councils, options for new boundaries, and information on how to provide feedback. The feedback collected will help inform the City Manager's recommendations to Council on Toronto’s new Community Council boundaries. Information on population forecasts, past Community Council activities and reviews, and recommendations from the City's 2017 Ward Boundary Review will also be considered.

Submit your comments by 5 p.m. on Friday May 25, 2018:

  Online: www.toronto.ca/CommunityCouncilBoundaries

  By mail: City Manager's Office, City of Toronto, 10th Floor East Tower, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

  Tax counter drop-boxes at any Civic Centre. For locations, please visit http://www.toronto.ca/counter-locations or call 311

  Public Open House: Tuesday May 15, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Committee Room 2, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

Residents are invited to drop by anytime during the open house to learn more about Community Councils and the options for new boundaries and provide feedback.

A report on new Community Council boundaries will be submitted to Council’s Executive Committee. When the report is published, members of the public can sign up to speak at Executive Committee by contacting the clerk at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or registering online at www.toronto.ca/council.



Volunteers Needed for Ravine Stewardship Event – Invasive Knotweed Pull for Vale of Avoca

Community organizers will be leading a public event to cut back a patch of Japanese Knotweed—an invasive plant species—within the Vale of Avoca Ravine. The patch to be cut is located just south of Rosehill Reservoir, on the west side of the creek, downslope from Summerhill Gardens. The public event would be limited to the flat area west of the trail, and City crews will follow up with cutting on any adjacent slopes. The re-sprouts will then be treated by City crews with appropriate herbicide in late summer or early fall. All necessary tools, including hand pruners, hedge clippers and gloves, will be provided by City.

On Saturday, June 16th at 10am, volunteers are asked to meet at the entrance to the access road on Avoca Ave (opposite 20 Avoca Ave) and walk down the trails to access the site. Signage will be displayed at the trail entrance and along trail to direct any latecomers. All tools will be carried in and out by staff and volunteers.


Park & Bark Dog Show

Calling all dog lovers! Please come join me and our community’s furry friends in attending the Park & Bark Dog Show on Saturday May 5th from 9:00am to 1:30pm. This free special event will be held in the new parking lot just north of Davisville, on the east side of Yonge. It's im-paw-sible not to come!


Davisville Village Jane's Walk

I am delighted that the South Eglinton Ratepayers' and Residents' Association has created a Jane's Walk that explores Ward 22's Davisville Village, from its earliest days through the neighbourhood's continuing transformation. The walk takes place at 2pm on Saturday, May 5th and will begin outside at the northwest corner of Davisville and Mt. Pleasant. You can view the Facebook Event here.


Timothy Eaton Memorial Church's Garage Sale

On Saturday May 5th from 9:00am to 12:00pm, I welcome you to swing-by Timothy Eaton Memorial Church's Garage Sale! Bring your donations of housewares, treasures, jewellery, linens, etc. to the West Assembly Hall. Please do not bring any books and/or upholstered furniture.


Check-Out The Eglinton Way's Sidewalk Sale & Wellness Fair

From May 8 – 12, 2018 The Eglinton Way will be hosting “Wellness on the way”. The Eglinton Way invites customers to visit our restaurants, fitness studios, salons, and retailers. This will be a 5 day celebration of our neighbourhood's personality. It will highlight the many health, beauty, and fitness businesses in the area. From Tuesday May 8 to Saturday May 12, 2018 the Eglinton Way businesses will offer customers the opportunity to enjoy an array of service packages available such as, set price points, trial memberships, healthy menu features, or gift with purchase.


Inorganic Market Comes to Deer Park Public Library

Get rid of your old electronics at the Inorganic Market on Saturday May 12th from 11:00am-3:00pm at Deer Park Public Library. Bring your TVs, computers, phones, and other unused electronics for safe disposal. For more information, visit Inorganic's Facebook page.


Hodgon Middle School's 1st Annual Family Wellness Fair

Hodgson’s 1st annual Family Wellness Fair is taking place on Thursday May 10th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm! Families are invited to attend for a wide array of exciting workshops and sessions spanning a variety of wellness topics that relate to youth mental health and well-being. We hope you can check it out!


SAVE THE DATE: COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

Oriole Park Association will again be hosting the Community Garage Sale on Saturday, June 9th, 2018.  Stay tuned for information on registration.  We are also looking for volunteers to assist in the preparation and set up of the event.  If you are interested, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Let the decluttering begin!


Basement Flooding Prevention Public Education Campaign

Basements can flood for many reasons. While the City of Toronto is working to improve its complex system of underground sewers, these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding. With increasingly severe weather events, it is essential that homeowners take steps to help protect their home from basement flooding. For more information on basement flooding prevention tips, programs and services from the City of Toronto, please visit www.toronto.ca/basementflooding.

   

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