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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 tenant issues related to the Residential Tenancies Act, December 18 2013.

Councillor Josh Matlow spoke regarding development charges, October 9, 2013.

Councillor Matlow's Community Update for March 15, 2013

Dear residents,

 

If you were able to take a March break, I hope you had a very enjoyable time with your family.

 

If, like me, you were working this week, I hope this finds you well nonetheless :)

 

Please see my latest update to you below. As always, please feel very welcome to contact me or my staff if we can be of assistance.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 

PS- Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 

 


Synchronized Traffic Lights

 

I believe curbing Toronto's traffic congestion must be a priority for council. That's why I've been strongly supporting investment in a better, and expanded, transit system and cracking down on "curb hogs" who stop in traffic during rush hour. For many months, I've also been working to improve the synchronization of our city's traffic signals. Some lights are already synchronized, but many are broken down or use out of date technology. On my request, City staff will be reporting soon on how to improve the system and help get traffic flowing better.

 

You can read more about this issue in the Toronto Star and you can watch my interview with CTV News.

 

Toronto Casino Update

 

As I've written to you before, the majority of Ward 22 residents have told me they oppose a Toronto casino and I share their view. Based on consistent reports on problem gambling, traffic gridlock and potential adverse affects on the local economy, I will not be supporting a casino in the City of Toronto. I know that some of you may disagree with my decision. However, I respectfully submit to you that the known negatives outweigh any suggested benefits, and it's simply not worth the gamble.

 

I believe a report regarding a casino will arrive at Executive Committee in April and then be considered by Council by May of this year.

 

Many people have requested more information about the "No Casino" lawn signs they've seen around our neighbourhood. These are provided at no charge by the grassroots organization No Casino Toronto.

 

You can read about the latest developments in this Globe & Mail story.

 

New Funding for Central Eglinton Community Centre and Northern Secondary School

 

Accessibility upgrades and other improvements are coming soon to the Central Eglinton Community Centre (CECC), funded with $25,000 paid by condo developers for the privilege of building in our community. The CECC provides a variety of programs and services for people of all ages including parent/child activities and a range of social, recreational and leisure programs for older adults and seniors. This funding will help ensure that the CECC, and its important programs and services, will be fully accessible for people of all abilities.

 

I've also directed $75,000 to Northern Secondary School to transform the lawn on Mount Pleasant Road into an attractive public space for everyone to enjoy. The new outdoor meeting and learning area, which was once Walmsley Brook, will suggest a dry river bed with trees, rock seating areas, plantings and flagstone paths. This project will be of particular interest to the residents of several seniors' homes in the area who will benefit from nearby green space.

 

You can read more about both of these improvements in the Town Crier.

 

Guest Lecture Symposium: Heritage Preservation and Restoration in Toronto

 

The Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology at George Brown College has invited me to speak about the importance heritage preservation in Toronto and my own experience with Casa Loma. I'll be joined by other speakers including Councillor Joe Mihevc, E.R.A. Architects Principal Michael McClelland, and Renaissance Fine Homes Principals Matthew Garnet and Frank Vitale. Please join us.

 

When: Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 pm

 

Where: 146 Kendal Ave., George Brown College, Building ‘E’, Room E321

 

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

 

Are you feeling green this weekend and interested in celebrating St. Paddy's Day with community? Well, looks like you struck gold! Our Member of Parliament, Carolyn Bennett is holding her Annual St. Paddy's Day Gathering. Come out on Saturday, March 16th from 4:30 to 6pm, at the the Unicorn Pub, 175 Eglinton Ave. Carolyn and her St. Paul's Constituency Office welcome all members of the community, their friends and family to this fun-filled event. I hope to see you there!

 

Event: "Why are more consumers choosing to support organics?"

 

On Sunday, March 17th at 12:30 PM, the First Unitarian Church at 175 St. Clair Ave. W. is holding an event called "Why are more consumers choosing to support organics?" Presentations will allow you to learn how your purchasing choices will protect our environment and health; feel inspired by their certified organic farmer Peter Finch; learn the best tips on starting and maintaining an organic garden; learn what is used in certified organic farming to deal with pests; and have your questions answered! New certified organic seeds will be available for sale and all proceeds go to Urban Harvest. Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

A New LCBO for Bayview Avenue for Davisville Village Residents

 

In a discussion earlier this week with our local MPP, Dr. Eric Hoskins' office, I learned that a new LCBO will be opening in our community, at the corner of Bayview Avenue and Millwood Road (in the old Blockbusters). It's expected to open in late April.

 

Building an Equitable City Together

 

The City of Toronto with the support of the Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) Working Group would like to invite you to attend a panel discussion highlighting four inspiring stories from senior leaders within the Toronto Public Service that explores how equity considerations are shaping City infrastructure.

 

There will be discussion sessions on:

  • The City's draft Equity, Diversity & Human Rights Framework
  • Ongoing mechanisms for community engagement on equality issues in the city
  • Measuring the impact of equity work

 

When: Thursday, March 28 at 9:00 am

 

Where: 789 Yonge St (one block north of Bloor St.) at the Toronto Reference library in the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon 2nd floor

 

Cost: Free

 

Registration Deadline is March 18, 2013. Register online here: buildingequitablecity.eventbrite.com

 

Call For Entries: 2013 Toronto Urban Design Awards

 

Every other year, the City of Toronto holds Urban Design Awards to acknowledge the significant contribution that architects, landscape architects, urban designers, artists, design students, and city builders make to the look and livability of our city.

 

The 2013 call for entries opens today, March 15, and closes at 4 p.m. on May 16. I encourage all designers, architects and developers working in Toronto to submit eligible projects.

 

Entries will be on public display at City Hall beginning September 9, 2013. For more details, please visit toronto.ca/tuda.

 

Reminder: Greening Your Condo or Apartment Building

 

I'm hosting an event with The Green Team of First Unitarian Congregation on how to make your apartment greener and more energy (and cost) efficient, including strategies and resources that are available to you. Let's make a green and healthful Toronto together!

 

Date: Tuesday, March 26, at 7 pm

 

Where: First Unitarian Congregation, Workman Hall, 175 St. Clair Ave. W.

 


For ongoing council and community information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.ca.

 

Councillor Matlow's Community Update for March 8, 2013

Dear residents,

 

Please read below my latest community update to keep you engaged and informed. I wish you a very happy International Women's Day.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 

 


Remembering Charlotte Maher


This week, I was deeply saddened to learn of my friend Charlotte Maher's passing. Charlotte made invaluable contributions to the Midtown and North Toronto community through her pioneering work with organizations such as People and Organizations in North Toronto (P.O.I.N.T), the Central Eglinton Community Centre, the Upper Yonge Village Day Care, the Sherwood Park Residents’ Association, and Senior Peoples’ Resources in North Toronto (SPRINT).

 

It was an honour to work with Charlotte on creating an age-friendly Toronto. I loved her dearly and will always appreciate the many contributions she made over many years to our community.

 

On behalf of our community, I am so grateful to Chrlotte Maher for her many contributions.  She will be missed.

 

International Women's Day


Proclaimed in 1977 by the United Nations, International Women's Day is an international day of reflection on women's rights and advances that have been made towards women's equality both in Canada and internationally. This year, International Women's Day is being celebrated today on Friday, March 8th. I urge you to take a moment to reflect on all the advances made in the women's rights movement as well as reflect on the challenges still facing women today. I hope that we can all work towards a day that my daughter, and all women, will have truly equal access to every one of life's opportunities.

 

Seniors Strategy at Community Development and Recreation Committee


As Chair of the Seniors Strategy Subcommittee, I am very pleased to confirm that the City of Toronto's Seniors Strategy will be coming to the Community Development and Recreation Committee (CDRC) on April 17th before going to City Council in May. Please be advised that this date had changed recently, as the Seniors Strategy was originally scheduled to go before CDRC on March 18th. I have heard many positive suggestions to improve our city's physical environment to reflect the priorities of an aging population and look forward to discussing the Strategy further at CDRC next month and encourage you to come and either visit, or even make a deputation, at this meeting!

 

Taking Action on the Roots of Youth Violence


It's been such an honour working with our communities and the co-authors of the Review of the Roots of Youth Violence, Dr. Alvin Curling and the Honourable Roy McMurtry, to move this important work forward. I would like to once again thank Mayor Ford and my colleagues for their unanimous support of my motion, Taking Action on the Roots of Youth Violence. I am very happy to share with you a recent letter from Dr. Curling, commending Toronto City Council for addressing this priority and encouraging us to not stop stop until this work is done.

 

Improving snow removal services for Toronto's residents


This winter I have heard from many of you, with some valid and reasonable concerns with regards to the City's level of service when it comes to snow removal.

 

Prior to my February 28th meeting with the General Manager of Transportation, I shared with you a letter itemizing theses concerns with City staff and I indicated I wanted to help find ways to resolve these concerns.

 

As a follow up on this issue, please see my letter to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee asking that formal direction be given to staff to address the service level gaps for snow removal. I will update you as this progresses.

 

Art Shoppe Update


After many years of speculation about the future of the Art Shoppe site at 2131 Yonge Street, developers have submitted an application to build two residential towers of 38 and 29 storeys. Local residents and I met with the applicants and firmly expressed that due to the lack of transition between the towers and the single-family neighbourhood to the east, the proposal is completely inappropriate. Also, the Art Shoppe site is outside of the designated Yonge-Eglinton Growth area as defined by the Province and the City. The community accepts that a development of some kind will occur at this location, but a mid rise building would be more appropriate.

 

City Planning is in agreement with the community and me on this site and we will co-host a public meeting in the spring. I will be sure to provide information on the meeting as soon as it becomes available. As soon as I receive a preliminary report from City staff, I will post it on the interactive map on my website.

 

Casa Loma's March Break Program


Are you looking for activities over the March break for you and your kids? Casa Loma is holding a carnival-themed program where children will be entertained by the likes of Houdini! The Casa Loma Carnival will be running from March 11th to 16th, and this unique interactive installation will feature a variety of performances, games, and spectacles that can be enjoyed by participants of all ages.

 

For more information please visit http://www.casaloma.org or call 647-725-0707. Events include:

  1. Big Top Cookie Workshop: March 13, 14, 15 & 16, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon.  Children: $18.75 + HST, adults: $23.00 + HST. General Admission to Casa Loma is included. Children will decorate freshly baked carnival-themed cookies and will bring home their collection in a whimsical popcorn box. Pre-registration is necessary for this event. To register, please phone 647-725-1826.
  2. Breakfast with Houdini: March 13, 14, 15 & 16, 8:30 am - 9:30 am.  Children and adults: $25.00 + HST. General Admission to Casa Loma is included. Delight in an exciting breakfast, with the incredible Houdini, in the Casa Loma Conservatory. Children will enjoy Performers Pancakes, Ringmaster Sausages, Stage of Syrup and Butter, and Circus of Fruit. The price also includes a self-guided touring and the Casa Loma Carnival.  Adults will enjoy Assorted Acrobatic Breakfast Pastries, Juggling of Coffee, Tea, and Orange juice. Pre-registration is necessary for this event. To register, please phone 647-725-0707.

 

TABS On Toronto


The Toronto Public Space Initiative is launching a brand new civic engagement tool called TABS On Toronto that will let residents, media, staff, and organizations sign up for email alerts from City Council based on their keyword preferences.

 

This system will help residents and organizations such as BIAs and Resident's Associations, City Staff, Media, NGOs, and Councillor's Offices by:

 

  • Saving them time and money as they won't need to conduct manual searches for the up-to-date information they seek.
  • Making it easier for stakeholders to engage with City Hall and hold government accountable.
  • Helping to prevent stakeholders from missing important issues.

 

For more information, please visit www.tabsontoronto.ca.

 

Bill Bosworth Memorial Award nominations


The Mothercraft Board of Directors has launched the Bill Bosworth Memorial Award. This biennial award recognizes outstanding contributions, leadership and innovation in the provision or development of services to families with young children in the City of Toronto. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 19th, 2013, at 5 pm. The recipient of the Bill Bosworth Memorial Award will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and will be presented with the award at a special ceremony. Bill Bosworth was a long-serving Mothercraft Board Director and deeply committed to making a difference for families. For more information, please visit www.mothercraft.ca.

 

Greening Your Condo or Apartment Building


Please join me with The Green Team of First Unitarian Congregation to learn how to make your apartment greener and more energy efficient, including strategies and resources that are available to you. Let's make a green and healthful Toronto together!

 

Date: Tuesday, March 26, at 7 pm

Where: First Unitarian Congregation, Workman Hall, 175 St. Clair Ave. W.

 


For ongoing council and community information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.ca.

   

Councillor Matlow's Motion, Improving Levels of Service Related to Snow Removal in the City of Toronto

March 7th, 2013

 

TO:                  Chair & Members, Public Works and Infrastructure Committee

 

FROM:                        Councillor Josh Matlow

 

RE:                  Improving Levels of Service Related to Snow Removal in the City of Toronto

 

In Canada, it should come as no surprise when we experience a snowstorm. And Toronto, on February 8th 2013, had what was reported as the largest snowfall in several years- and it was forecasted several days in advance.

 

While this was one relatively severe winter storm, I believe, based on my own experience and from what I heard from residents, this snowstorm highlighted many long standing service gaps that need to be resolved.

 

While, there are significant problems encountered across the city, there are unique challenges faced on many of our streets in the old City of Toronto.  With narrower streets and abundance of on-street parking that our residents and small businesses rely on, it is much more difficult to safely and efficiently clear and remove snow from our roads and sidewalks.

 

This winter I have heard from many residents in my Ward who have some major concerns about the City response in clearing and removing snow from our streets and sidewalks.

 

These concerns include:

  • Permit parking spaces lost to snow banks and windrows
  • Vehicles parked on the street were plowed in
  • Parking lanes on major arterial roads were not fully cleared, creating traffic bottlenecks
  • Plows pushed huge piles of snow back on to the sidewalk after being cleared by residents
  • Windrows blocking pedestrian crossing and access points
  • TTC passengers in some areas were unable to access bus stops
  • Windrows blocking driveway entrances
  • By-law enforcement had backlogs in addressing snow clearing complaints on private properties
  • Public sidewalks not adequately cleared of ice and snow.
  • Many steep hills including those on Mt. Pleasant, Yonge Street, Avenue Road and Bathurst Street, where drivers struggle to gain traction were not sufficiently cleared

While I personally found staff to be earnest in their attempts to address the problems identified on a case by case basis, the real issue is the longstanding service gap when it comes to snow removal on our midtown and downtown avenues, streets, roads, crescents, boulevards, laneways and sidewalks.   The city does not provide a level of service that is equitable across the entire city.

 

I am asking that Transportation Services Staff to report back to the Public Works Committee on a strategy to address the service gaps with regards to snow clearing across the city.  This strategy should address the current barriers to an equitable level of service across the city, specifically how to work better to remove and not just clear snow from our more narrow streets and those with on street parking.   This strategy should also address concerns raised regarding pedestrian safety, including quicker removal of windrows that are blocking sidewalk access and crossing points, and clearer direction including a public awareness campaign and better enforcement when private property owners do not adequately clear snow off of public sidewalks.

 

Recommendations:

 

That the General Manager of Transportation Services review and report back to the Public Works Committee with recommendations on how to improve the level of service for snow removal to including, but not limited to;  removing snow piles and windrows from where they are blocking on street parking spaces that both residents and local businesses depend on, fully clearing parking lanes on major arterial roads to prevent traffic bottlenecks, ensuring vital pedestrian access points along public sidewalks are kept clear at both major intersections and a TTC stops, enhancing both by-law enforcement and providing better communication to property owners on their responsibility to clear snow off of public sidewalks,   across the City of Toronto and providing an equitable level of service across the city when it comes to removing windrows from driveways and sidewalk snow clearing.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh Matlow

Toronto City Councillor

Ward 22 - St. Paul’s

   

Councillor Matlow and Robinson's Motion Supporting Free Visitor Parking for Tenants

Chair & Members

Planning & Growth Committee

10th Floor, West Tower, City Hall

100 Queen St. West

Toronto ON M5H 2N2

 

March 5, 2013

 

Re:  PG 18.7 (1)

 

Dear Chair and Committee Members,

 

We are writing to request that the Committee consider the accompanying recommendation to prohibit paid visitor parking in multi residential/apartment buildings.

 

While the City of Toronto has the authority to change the zoning in relation to apartments, removing this amenity may have complicated consequences for tenants and landlords under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006. Part VII, Section 125 states:

 

A landlord shall decrease the rent charged to a tenant for a rental unit as prescribed if the landlord and the tenant agree that the landlord will cease to provide anything referred to in subsection 123(1) [which includes a parking space or a prescribed service, facility, privilege, accommodation or thing] with respect to the tenant’s occupancy of the rental unit.

 

Allowing paid visitor parking may require each individual tenant to apply for a rent reduction (or challenge the removal of the amenity) to the landlord and/or the Landlord and Tenant Board. We submit that it would be unfair to subject tenants to such an onerous process.

 

Beyond the legal question, we do not believe that allowing paid visitor parking would address the problem of parking lot abuse, or "walk aways", as landlords contend.

 

Committee members have received correspondence from property owners and managers claiming that charging for parking does not bring in additional revenue and is solely aimed at better "regulating" visitor lots by keeping non-visitors out. If no differentiation is made in regards to who pays the ticket, adding a pay and display machine will not ensure that only legitimate tenant visitors are using the allotted spaces.

 

If the goal is to ensure that only those visiting tenants are using the lots there are many other avenues to achieve that end. For example, an electronic passcard issued to tenants that opens a gate or a pass issued by a superintendent to display on the dash are two possible solutions.

 

We urge you not to unfairly take an amenity away from the 50% of Torontonians that are tenants by moving forward with the Committee's recommendation to allow landlords to charge for visitor parking.

 

Recommendations:

  1. Direct that the draft Zoning By-law be amended to retain the prohibition on paid visitor parking in multi-residential/apartment buildings, previously recommended for deletion by the Planning & Growth Management Committee on October 12, 2012 (item PG 18.7 )
  2. Request the Chief Planner to set up a working group of tenants and landlords to address instances of abuse at visitor parking lots without charging for access
  3. Request that the working group identified in (2) report to the Planning & Growth Management Committee by June 2013

Sincerely,

 

Josh Matlow                                      and                            Jaye Robinson

Toronto City Councillor                                                         Toronto City Councillor

Ward 22 – St. Paul's                                                            Ward 25 – Don Valley West

www.joshmatlow.ca                                                              www.jayerobinson.com

   
   

Councillor Matlow's community update for February 25th, 2013

Dear residents,

 

Ward 22 certainly had a very successful city council meeting last week. I very much appreciate my colleagues' support.

 

I want to remind you that while I work hard to reflect, and represent, our community when making city-wide policy decisions, my staff and I are also here every day to help resolve more local and specific concerns regarding the delivery of city services.

 

Please always feel welcome to contact my office if can be of assistance to you. I recognize that even the issues that seem small are in fact deeply important ones to those immediately impacted by them. My number is 416-392-7906 and my email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Please see my latest update to you below.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 


Roots of Youth Violence


My office and I had been working on a Roots of Youth Violence motion for the past several weeks. My intention was for this motion, based on the recommendations put forward by Alvin Curling and Roy McMurtry's The Review of the Roots of Youth Violence Report, to come forward at a time when we weren't reacting to a recent spate of shootings. However, as the tragic events that have taken two 15 year olds in the past 10 days have shown, that moment is becoming harder to find as these tragic events keep happening.

 

I'm pleased that Council passed my motion which recognizes that extensive consultation has taken place and reports with sound recommendations have already been written. We now need to take genuine and sincere action.

 

The motion passed Council unanimously, seconded by Councillor Michael Thompson, with input across partisan lines from my colleagues including Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday and Councillor Adam Vaughan. This issue demanded that Council work together to tackle a serious and ongoing problem. I'm proud to say that thus far my colleagues, including Mayor Ford, have come through for Torontonians.

 

However, there's a couple more steps to take before the recommendations in my motion are moved forward for implementation. I'll let you know when we expect this to come to the City's Executive Committee soon.

 

Northern Secondary School Green Space Improvement


Together, we successfuly rebuilt Northern Secondary School's Clarke Pulford Field for students and the local residential community. Now we have an opportunity to beautify the greenspace on Mount Pleasant Road.

 

I am pleased that my motion to transfer $75,000, secured through developer's fees, for the Northern Lakes Landscape Design Project was approved by Council. The new outdoor meeting and learning area in front of Northern Secondary School seeks to recreate the once vibrant ecosystem of Walmsley Brook. The project will suggest a dry river bed with trees, rock seating areas, plantings and flagstone paths.

 

This project will provide an enhanced seating and strolling area for the wider community providing a peaceful public space in a busy area. The Northern Lakes project will be of particular interest to the residents of several nearby seniors' homes who will benefit from nearby green space.

 

Supporting the Central Eglinton Community Centre


I am also pleased that Council supported my motion to transfer $25,000.00, also secured through developer's fees, to ensure that the Central Eglinton Community Centre's (CECC) expansion is fully accessible.

 

The CECC provides a variety of programs and services for people of all ages including parent/child activities and a range of social, recreational and leisure programs for older adults and seniors. The Centre also provides after school programs, food bank box, income tax clinics, legal advice, financial planning and employment & training information and opportunities.

 

This funding will help ensure that the CECC, and its important programs and services, will be fully accessible for people of all abilities.

 

Reminder: Community Meeting Notice for Development Proposal at 281-289 Avenue Road

I have been working closely with our Cottingham and Rathnelly neighbourhoods for the past two years regarding a proposed condo development on Avenue Rd. Along with addressing several concerns we have about this proposal, I have invited City staff to discuss the applicant's proposal to cut down trees along their lot line in Robertson Davies Park in order to build the driveway into their development. I believe it's fundamentally wrong that trees could be cut down in a public park to facilitate a new condo building. I am inviting local residents to share their views on the proposal. Please join me on Wednesday, February 27th from 7 pm to 9 pm at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto's Sunderland Hall, 175 St. Clair Avenue West.

 

2013 Live Green Toronto Awards


The first entries for the 2013 Live Green Toronto Awards are in and voting has begun! You can enter, vote and have your say in the search for Toronto's greenest youth, individual, group, small business and corporation. The final entry deadline is March 3rd, 2013. Winners will receive a Live Green Toronto Award, $2,500 courtesy of award sponsors and a chance to share their story on CP24.

 

For more information, please visit www.livegreentoronto.ca.

 

Davisville Redevelopment Proposal Update


As your City Councillor, I have been closely following the TDSB's efforts towards a condo- development proposal on their Davisville PS property that would ultimately come to City Hall. Soon after taking office, I met with the local school trustee and school board staff to discuss their options for redevelopment. I clearly informed the TDSB representatives that Davisville PS is located in a Neighbourhood designated zone under Toronto's Official Plan. This designation allows for a maximum of 4 storeys. I am very willing to work with the TDSB on a plan for their property that would respect the City of Toronto's Official Plan.

 

Recently, the Ministry of Education halted their support for further capital projects by the TDSB. This action by the Province doesn't appear to have stopped the TDSB's plans for Davisville as the Board quietly declared a portion of the school's playground surplus at a recent meeting.

 

For further background information please see my letter to residents regarding this issue. Please also read this story from Saturday's Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/rumble-in-north-toronto-as-school-board-goes-toe-to-toe-with-city-over-development-plan/article9002153/?service=mobile.

 

I am committed to supporting Davisville PS, Metro School for the Deaf and Spectrum parents' interests to have great school for their kids while asking that the school board, and Province, fulfills its responsibilities to students by keeping school facilities in good repair without adversely impacting local neighbourhoods.

 

Maurice Cody Dirt-to-Turf Campaign


Maurice Cody Junior Public School has initiated an exciting campaign to help to fund a new artificial turf playing field. I am working to ensure that the City dedicates development funds to this local community initiative and I encourage you to consider a charitable donation. For a breakdown of sponsorship levels and information about the benefits of sponsorship, please visit http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/mauricecody/Sports.aspx.

 

A Toronto Casino?

 

I expect that a vote may come to city council as early as this April on whether or not we will see a large casino open in Toronto.

 

As I've written to you before, the majority of Ward 22 residents have told me they oppose a Toronto casino and I share their view. Based on consistent reports on problem gambling, traffic gridlock and potential adverse affects on the local economy, I will not be supporting a casino in the City of Toronto. I know that some of you may disagree with my decision. However, I respectfully submit to you that the known negatives outweigh any suggested benefits, and it's simply not worth the gamble.

 

Attending Community Meetings


Hosting and attending community meetings and other events in Ward 22 is very important to me to both engage and inform residents. I am always very pleased to update residents on local issues and on policy decisions made by City Council. Over the past month, I've meet with various local groups and residents including:

 

  • The Central Eglinton Community Centre
  • Yorkminster Park Baptist Church's Out of the Cold Program
  • The Republic Residents' Association and the Rathnelly Area Residents Association
  • Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church and The Estonian Church
  • Eglinton PS parents
  • Local businesses
  • 53 Division (Toronto Police Services)
  • Many dozens of individual residents and their families

 

My schedule fills up quickly, so please contact my office as early as possible if you'd like me to attend your local meeting to address questions, concerns and if you need my assistance.


   

Councillor Matlow's Valentine's Day Update

Dear residents,

 

Please see below some important new updates and meeting notices.

 

Melissa, Molly and I, along with my wonderful office staff, wish you a very Happy Valentine's Day.

 

Sincerely (and with love),

 

Josh


Discussing the Seniors Strategy TONIGHT on The Agenda with Steve Paikin


This evening, at 8 pm and again at 11 pm, part three of The Agenda with Steve Paikin's Aging in Ontario series will air on TVO. I will be discussing the City's Seniors Strategy on tonight's episode with fellow age-friendly advocates. If you're unable to view the episode this evening, it will also be posted on The Agenda's YouTube channel or you can download the podcast.

 

In order to prepare our city to serve our aging population, as Chair of the Seniors Strategy SubCommittee, I look forward to presenting the Toronto Seniors Strategy to Council this March.

 

Community Meeting Notice for Development Proposal at 281-289 Avenue Road


I have been working closely with our Cottingham and Rathnelly neighbourhoods for the past two years regarding a proposed condo development on Avenue Rd. Along with addressing several concerns we have about this proposal, I have invited City staff to discuss the applicant's proposal to cut down trees along their lot line in Robertson Davies Park in order to build the driveway into their development. I find it highly inappropriate that trees would be cut down in a City park to facilitate a new condo. I am inviting local residents to share their views on the proposal. Please join me on Wednesday, February 27th from 7 pm to 9 pm at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto's Sunderland Hall, 175 St. Clair Avenue West.

 

Proposed City-wide Zoning By-law: Revised Dates for Statutory Open House and Public Meeting

The Statutory Open House and public meeting for the proposed City-wide Zoning By-law have been rescheduled.

 

The Open House is now scheduled for February 27th, 2013, from 4 pm to 8 pm in the Rotunda of Metro Hall, 55 John Street. The Statutory Public Meeting will begin at 9:30 am in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, on March 6th.


Designing the Future of Eglinton - Public Workshops


This month, EglintonCONNECTS will be holding workshops for residents and small businesses to hear what you think about Eglinton Avenue's future with the coming Metrolinx investment in transit infrastructure. The location of the central workshop for residents on Thursday, February 28th is Forest Hill Collegiate Institute at 730 Eglinton Avenue West. Please feel free to drop in any time between 5:30 and 9:30 pm. The presentation and workshop start at 6:30 pm.

 

The workshop for local businesses will be held on February 28th from 9 am to 11 am at the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, 200 Eglinton Avenue West. At the workshop, discussion will include different methods of creating vibrant work spaces for the employees and shoppers, how to interact with the new LRT stops and stations, and how to encourage mixed-use development through well-designed, appropriately sized mid-rise buildings.

 

Snow Removal


As we all know, last Friday we encountered one of the worst snow storms in recent memory.  I spent the weekend responding to many of you directly who had e-mailed my office with some very serious concerns with the how the City was responding to this winter storm. Please see this National Post article for more information.

There is no doubt that the City needs to improve its level of service for snow removal, and I will be meeting the General Manager of Transportation along with some of my Council colleagues to discuss every concern I received and work on making necessary improvements.

 

I'm not suggesting we send in the army every time there's a major snow storm. But I do believe we can use the tools we have better and more effectively. Thank you to each of you who did your part to clear your walk and help our neighbours.

 

Roots of Youth Violence


Each tragic spike in youth violence is followed by task forces and reports with hundreds of ideas on how to respond. Many of these reports have contained recommendations which, if acted upon, would support Toronto's youth. In 2008, the Province of Ontario published a comprehensive report by The Honourable Roy McMurtry and Dr. Alvin Curling. The Review of the Roots of Youth Violence identified a significant role for municipal partners in addressing the roots of youth violence, including poverty, racism, poor neighbourhood design, health issues, lack of youth engagement, and lack of economic opportunities. Unfortunately, the recommendations in the report have only been partly implemented. It is time for serious, meaningful action, not more study.

 

That's why I have submitted a motion to this month's Council requesting the City of Toronto to take substantive action on measures we can implement now to address the roots of youth violence. Please let Councillors know that you want genuine action on this important matter.

 

Youth violence is not isolated to any one neighbourhood or any one community in our city. We need to treat this issue like it’s happening on the street that we live on because it will affect us eventually in some way in some form. These are our kids and we’ve got to address it.

 

Northern Secondary School Green Space Improvement Beautification Lakes


I am pleased to be bringing forward a motion to transfer $75,000, that I was able to secure through developer's fees, for the Northern Lakes Landscape Design Project. The new outdoor meeting and learning area in front of Northern Secondary School seeks to recreate the once vibrant ecosystem of Walmsley Brook. The project will suggest a dry river bed with trees, rock seating areas, plantings and flagstone paths.

 

This project will provide an enhanced seating and strolling area for the wider community providing a peaceful public space in a busy area. The Northern Lakes project will be of particular interest to the residents of several nearby seniors' homes who will benefit from nearby green space along Mount Pleasant Road.

 

Supporting the Central Eglinton Community Centre


I am also bringing forward a motion to transfer $25,000.00, also secured through  developer's fees, to ensure that the Central Eglinton Community Centre's (CECC) expansion is fully accessible.

 

The CECC provides a variety of programs and services for people of all ages including parent/child activities and a range of social, recreational and leisure programs for older adults and seniors. The Centre also provides after school programs, food bank box, income tax clinics, legal advice, financial planning and employment & training information and opportunities.

 

This funding will help ensure that the CECC, and its important programs and services, will be fully accessible for people of all abilities.

 

Short-Term Lane Closures along Eglinton Avenue West


Work crews will be installing monitoring equipment along Eglinton Avenue West, from Black Creek Drive to Yonge Street, for the Eglinton Crosstown transit project. Construction will begin this winter and will continue through this summer. The construction will cause some short-term lane closures, with each monitoring point installation taking a few days to complete. During the day, traffic will be reduced to one lane within the work area. The Eglinton Crosstown transit project will provide rapid and reliable service across Eglinton Avenue. It will include an underground section from Keele Street to Don Mills Road and will be up to 60% faster than bus service today. For more information, please visit http://www.thecrosstown.ca/sites/default/files/pdf/updates/MonitoringEquipmentWinterSpring2013.pdf.

 

Thank You!


My little Valentine, Molly - she's just over a month old now. Thanks again to every one of you who sent such warm wishes on her arrival. Melissa and I were deeply touched.

 


For ongoing council and community information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.ca.
   

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