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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councillor Matlow spoke to the TTC Board in support of the fully-funded Metrolinx plan for rapid transit in Scarborough, September 25, 2013.
Councillor Matlow spoke in support of the fully-funded Metrolinx plan for rapid transit in Scarborough, July 16, 2013.
|Request to Establish a Midtown Planning Group- adopted by committee, going to July 2012 City council meeting
The Planning and Growth Management Committee recommends that:
1. City Council establish the Midtown Planning Group to create a proactive, holistic, and comprehensive strategy for planning in the Yonge and Eglinton area of Midtown, which will bring consistency to planning across Community Council Boundaries. The composition of the Midtown Planning Group would include the three local councillors who represent the centre of Yonge and Eglinton and local resident association members invited to participate by the local councillors. The purpose of the strategy is to be proactive and to establish the planning framework in advance of planning applications.
|(May 28, 2012) Letter from Councillors Josh Matlow and Karen Stintz|
The Yonge-Eglinton area is considered a Centre within the Official Plan, which means the area is designated for intensification of employment and residential uses. There is a great deal of development currently underway in, or being proposed for, the Centre and the construction of the light-rapid transit along Eglinton will likely increase development activity.
Currently the Yonge-Eglinton area is divided between two planning departments, two Community Councils and three municipal ward boundaries (Wards 22, 16 and 25). The North York Community Council adjudicates planning applications for the north-west and north-east part of the Centre north of Roehampton and the Toronto and East York Community Council adjudicates planning applications for the southern portion of the Centre. Although there are urban design guidelines, an area study and work underway for the urban planning to support the light-rapid transit line, a strategy is required to ensure this work is comprehensive and consistent across Community Council boundaries.
|(May 28, 2012) Joint Letter from Councillors Josh Matlow and Karen Stintz on Midtown Planning Group
On June 27, TTC Chair Karen Stintz and Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker released "OneCity" which is proposed to be a $30 billion, 30 year transit plan. The package includes many priorities that I agree with, and have been advocating for including a relief subway line and rapid transit connection to Pearson International Airport (these two lines have in fact already been approved by council as priorities and are part of the Big Move regional transit plan).
I applaud Councillors Stintz and De Baeremaeker for contributing to our important conversation about funding rapid transit expansion. Unlike unrealistic claims of that subways can be built without a capital funding plan, their proposal recognizes that we will have to pay to improve public transportation. However, I do have some significant concerns about the specific funding model my colleagues have suggested to support their forward-thinking plan.
Under their proposed funding mechanism, the Current Value Assessment (CVA) Uplift (a regulatory change that would need provincial approval) would eliminate the cap that ties assessment increases to the rate of inflation. The City would capture a portion of annual property-value increases for a dedicated transit fund which would amount to a gradual tax increase of $180 a year per average household by 2016. This increase would raise $272-million per year after the four-year phase-in. However, this plan would not be equitable throughout Toronto due to varying property assessments.
For example, in Ward 22, it is estimated that the average household would pay closer to $400 per year. Moreover, this tax increase does not take into account the regular, annual inflationary property tax increases council typically approves to fund its many other services and priorities such as childcare, housing, parks and libraries.
As you know, given the fact that almost as many people commute from Toronto, as they do going in to our city on a daily basis, I have been advocating for a regional approach to building a transit network. Implementing a regional sales tax, tolls or other tools across the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) would create new, and dependable, revenue streams paid into by everyone in our region rather than have any one city cover capital expenses through their property tax base. The OneCity proposal does not take into account how to cover the large cost of ongoing operating needs.
Tolls or a regional sales tax would also offset the current burden on transit riders to pay for the preponderance of transit costs solely through the fare box. My motion for Toronto and GGH municipalities to enter into negotiations with Metrolinx (the provincially mandated transit planning body for Toronto and the GGH) was recently adopted at Executive Committee and will come to full Council in July. This motion requests the City Manager to work with Metrolinx to explore a variety of regional funding mechanisms with officials from across the GGH to move forward with a regional transit funding plan. Any funding initiative should be done on a regional basis to mitigate unintended consequences including job loss and consumer avoidance. Ultimately, we want the City of Toronto to have a leading seat at the table with its partners as Metrolinx's process moves closer to fruition.
Metrolinx has stated that it will deliver a $40 billion transit funding plan to support the Big Move Plan early next year that will include all the municipalities in the GGH. I believe it may be prudent to read this report, and consider a shared and regional system, before Toronto offers to assume a OneCity approach.
I will continue working with Council to create a transit funding model that delivers on the priorities that matter most to residents. Moreover, I submit that while we debate how best to expand our transit system, we must always keep in mind that addressing the current, unacceptable overcrowding on the Yonge subway line during rush hours, and state of good repair, must be our top priority while we introduce more riders to the system. The new transit lines already approved by Council, and supported by Metrolinx, are moving forward including Finch Avenue, Sheppard Avenue and the Eglinton Crosstown. These projects will be paid for by a "one-time" funding allocation from the provincial government.
Your feedback is very important to me and I will continue to keep you informed as this discussion progresses. I am committed to creating an efficient, reliable and accessible rapid transit system that helps reduce gridlock and connects our region, neighbourhoods and residents. The path we take must be both visionary and evidence-based, fully funded and fiscally responsible.
Ultimately, I am pleased that we are now debating how exactly we should fund transit expansion- rather than whether there's a need to have a plan at all.
Toronto City Councillor
As the City develops a strategy for seniors, this is your opportunity to celebrate seniors, and provide ideas to improve City services and programs.
As the City of Toronto develops a strategy for seniors, this is your opportunity to celebrate seniors, and provide ideas to improve City services and programs.
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, 2nd floor
Thursday June 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event includes:
- Welcome by Councillor Josh Matlow
- Message from Joe Dickson, Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario Minister for Seniors Linda Jeffrey
- Keynote speaker Samik K. Sinha MD, DPhil, FRCPC Director of Geriatrics Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals
- Roundtable discussions on the development of a strategy for seniors
Refreshments and light lunch will be provided.
Come and lend your voice to the fun and discussion!
For your information, please read below for some upcoming public meetings and events in our community.
Do you love great, cheap food? Then come to Mount Pleasant Village from noon to 9 PM on June 26 for Restaurantacular! Go on a tasting tour of the great restaurants in the neighbourhood, for only $2, $4, or $6 per item. Bring some toonies and your taste buds. Please visit the Mount Pleasant BIA's website for more information!
2263 Yonge Street and 25 Roehampton (Proposed major development at the North East corner of Yonge and Eglinton and Yonge and Roehampton) Community Consultation Meeting
There will be a community consultation meeting on Thursday, June 28th from 7 to 9 PM at the Northern District Library (40 Orchard View Blvd.) about a proposed development near Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue. A rezoning application has been submitted to City Planning to permit the redevelopment of the lands for the purposes of a new mixed use building comprised of two residential towers 64 stories and 38 stories in height respectively connected by a 3 storey podium containing retail and office uses. Included in the proposal is the demolition and replacement of 30 existing rental dwelling units secured through a related Residential Demolition Control Application. The proposal will contain 1166 dwelling units complete with 371 parking spaces located in a below grade parking facility, 95 of which would be provided for retail and office purposes.
St. Paul's M.P. Carolyn Bennett's Canada Day Picnic
Carolyn Bennett, M.P. for St Paul's, invites and welcomes you to the Annual St. Paul's Canada Day Picnic on Sunday, July 1, from 4 to 6 PM at Wells Hill Park (470 St Clair Avenue West). Enjoy Live music, face-painting, cultural dance troupes, great activities and a delicious free BBQ.
Toronto City Councillor
Farmer’s market a first for Ward 22
June 14, 2012
Originally published in our Forest Hill print edition(s).
A recent national study found 92 percent of shoppers say buying directly from a farmer is important to them. From knocking on doors in Ward 22 during the last election, I know many in our community want the opportunity to purchase fresher fruits and vegetables from nearby farms. Residents also told me they want to create a sense of community in their neighbourhoods.
That’s why I’m delighted to announce Ward 22’s first community farmer’s market opened at June Rowlands (Davisville) Park on June 5. The market is run by Appletree Markets, a local, non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining a farmers’ market for the community, with an emphasis on local produce and promoting green living.
The market’s 25 vendors offer fresh fruit and vegetables as well as hormone and antibiotic free meats, beauty products, baked goods and prepared meals.
The market will operate Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. until mid-October. I intend to revisit the success of this market based on feedback I receive from the surrounding neighbourhood.
Shopping at the farmers’ market is a healthy decision not only for you, but for our economy. For every dollar spent at the market, another two dollars ripple through the provincial economy. For every person you see working at the market, another two are employed back on the farm. Almost 27,000 people in Ontario are directly involved in preparing and selling products you find at the market.
Furthermore, farmers’ markets are good for local businesses. Studies show 60 to 70 percent of market-goers visit neighbouring businesses as well. The nearby Mt. Pleasant BIA is a strong supporter of this new market.
Also, the direct revenue from farmer’s markets allows farmers to continue growing food which protects Ontario’s prime agricultural land from urban sprawl.
I believe this initiative will be a very positive addition to our community. It will provide a place for families and friends to come together and animate their local park. The increased activity in the park, for four hours a week, will make it a safer, more welcoming public space for the whole neighbourhood.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Dear Davisville Public School parents and local residential community,
Over two years ago, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) began a process to explore redeveloping the Davisville Public School property. At that time, serving as our local school trustee, I was able to obtain a written commitment from Dr. Chris Spence, the TDSB's Director of Education, that no redevelopment plan would be brought to the school board for consideration unless a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the TDSB, the parent school council and the local residents' associations – the South Eglinton Residents and Ratepayers' Association and the Oriole Park Association.
I also made a request of the TDSB to be upfront with parents and residents as to their financial requirements for redevelopment of the Davisville site. I wanted to ensure that the funding envelope, and scope of what was possible, be established before the school community invested their time and energy into designing a new school. Unfortunately, the Board has taken the opposite approach and has wasted considerable time in the process.
As your City Councillor since December, 2010, I have been closely following the TDSB's work towards a development proposal that would ultimately come to City Hall. Soon after taking office, I met with Trustee Shelley Laskin and Board staff to discuss their options for redevelopment. I 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, though there may be a little flexibility as the Salvation Army building just east of the site is 6 storeys.
Since that time, I have been made aware that the TDSB is exploring proposals that could see several condominiums on the Davisville site, with one of the buildings at 20 storeys.
The Official Plan was a compromise, of sorts, with the residents of Toronto. To accommodate the provincially-mandated growth targets, the City not only directed but confined growth to the downtown, major nodes and avenues. Despite significant intensification from condos, single-family home areas would be protected. Since the Official Plan was adopted in 2002, Neighbourhoods designated zones have not been compromised by the City and have been consistently upheld by the Ontario Municipal Board. I believe protecting the stability of Toronto’s neighbourhoods must be a priority for the City of Toronto.
As a former two-term Trustee I fully understand the very real financial pressures that the TDSB is facing to provide excellent programming in quality facilities that our children, parents and teachers deserve. That's why I've been working with Trustee Laskin, TDSB staff, and City Planners to find a solution that meets the Board's important needs while respecting Toronto’s Official Plan. Recently, there have been constructive conversations regarding the possibility of an institutional exemption from the Official Plan for the TDSB. While promising, this is an issue of city-wide significance that will need significant review by City staff and Council. In short, this is not an overnight solution and may not be supportable by Council even if considered.
The North Toronto Collegiate redevelopment near Yonge and Eglinton is a great success that I am proud to have played a role in. The students, staff and parents now have a state-of-the-art facility while the board received much-needed funds for the redevelopment of the deteriorating school building and field. The planning context, however, was very different for that site as North Toronto CI is located in an Apartments designated area of the Official Plan where residential buildings of significant heights are permitted.
I am committed to working with the TDSB, and my colleagues at City Hall, to support the Davisville school community along with students, parents and residents across Toronto. We will look at every possible avenue towards supporting a new facility for our children. However, I will not jeopardize the stability of our neighbourhoods or allow for new development precedents that could adversely affect the quality of life in our midtown community.
Please feel welcome to contact me if you wish to discuss this important issue further.
Toronto City Councillor
I am pleased to inform you that with your support, my motion to move forward with a regional transit funding strategy for Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe was (amazingly) approved yesterday by the Mayor's Executive Committee. I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to everyone of you who signed the petition, wrote emails, and made deputations including representatives from the Toronto Board of Trade, the Toronto Environmental Alliance and Paul Bedford, former City of Toronto Chief Planner.
Over the past few weeks, I've been delighted to attend sevral spring fairs at some of the amazing local schools we have in Ward 22, including Oriole Park Junior Public School, Cottingham Junior Public School, Maurice Cody Public School and Davisville Public School. I encourage all of you to attend Eglinton Junior Public School's Fun Fair this coming Saturday June 16 from 11am to 3pm. As well, I look forward to attending a number of graduation ceremonies at local schools over the next two weeks. Congratulations to all of this year's graduates. And to our parents, school administrations and staff- job well done!
Moreover, I hope to see many of you at the official opening of the new Dunfield/Soudan Parkette tomorrow night, Thursday June 14 at 5pm. Thank you to all of you who have suggested names for the park - I'll be announcing the winning suggestion soon.
And as always there are many interesting events going on in Ward 22, and important notices, that I am pleased to let you know about. Please click here or keep reading below for a more information about these events.
For updates and information on our community and city hall, please visit my website at www.joshmatlow.ca.
Toronto City Councillor
- Holiday Shopping Consultation
- Davisville Village Farmers' Market
- Spring Newsletter
- Calling all Ward 22 gardeners
- Canada Day with our MP, Carolyn Bennett and a Garden Party at Spadina Museum
- Eglinton Way Sidewalk Sale
The City of Toronto is asking residents to provide the City with feedback on the current Holiday Shopping By-law by taking part in an online survey and public consultation sessions. The City's current holiday shopping regulations require some retail businesses to close on designated public holidays while other businesses are permitted to open.
The public can provide feedback through a public opinion telephone poll, online survey and public consultation meetings.
Holiday shopping public consultation sessions will take place around the city, including at the following locations which are closest to Ward 22:
• Monday, June 18 - 7 to 9 pm
North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., Council Chamber
• Monday, June 25 - 7 to 9 pm
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Rotunda
Residents and businesses can also provide their views via an online survey available at: http://www.toronto.ca/holidayshopping.
The first two weeks of the new Davisville Farmers' Market at June Rowlands Park (Mount Pleasant and Davisville), our Ward 22 community's first, have been a great success. We put a lot of work into this initiative and its a great pleasure to see so many local residents enjoying it. A big thank you to the Market organizers, and Davisville Village residents, Chris Trussell and Lesley Stoyan of Apple Tree. The market will be held every Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm until October 16, 2012.
Please check your mailboxes for new edition of my newsletter. It contains updates on many important issues that I've been working on and resources for residents to access services provided by the City of Toronto. You can also download a PDF version of the newsletter on my website by clicking here.
Please join me at Dr. Carolyn Bennett's annual Canada Day picnic at Wells Hill Park (470 St. Clair Ave West 4-6PM!
Also- Celebrate Canada's Diamond Jubilee and party like it's 1927! Come in 1920s garb (check out the Spadina Museum facebook page for ideas), participate in our costume contest, purchase period appropriate refreshments, learn to Charleston, and enjoy the jazz music of Beverly Taft and the Swell Fellas Trio and Bob De Angelis Brass Quartet. Enjoy crafts, games and make strawberry ice cream. Solve a 1920s era mystery in our beautifully restored mansion. Admission is FREE thanks to the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Celebration Canada Grant.
Starting at 11 am, come out and check out the festivities! The Eglinton Way Business Improvement Area (BIA) will have family-friendly activities for the kids, food samples from participating restaurants and our local merchants will be showcasing their best shopping deals! Visit www.theeglintonway.com for more information.
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