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 Josh Matlow spoke regarding future options for Casa Loma and a City of Toronto Museum at Toronto City Council, October 3, 2012.
Councillor Josh Matlow spoke regarding Metrolinx's The Big Move transit plan at Toronto City Council, July 12, 2012.
Authorization to Release Section 37 Funds to Toronto District School Board for Capital Improvements to Hodgson Senior Public School Grounds - by Councillor Josh Matlow, seconded by Councillor Karen Stintz
Councillor Josh Matlow, seconded by Councillor Karen Stintz, recommends that:
Public-private competition for long term best value
By: Beth Goodger
The issue of private versus public collection of municipal waste has been in the news recently. This year, the City of Windsor, Ontario privatized waste collection services and Toronto City Council approved privatizing waste collection for 165,000 households in that city's west end. In April 2011, Hamilton City Council gave approval to explore expanding its competitive model to recycling collection.
At the heart of the debate is the desire to achieve cost-effective service delivery and whether or not privatizing waste collection (an important service) is the only way to achieve this.
Architect Jonathan Kearns & fellow KMAI associates, and special guests Councillors Josh Matlow & Joe Mihevc were all on hand for the official ribbon-cutting
Over the next several weeks the Toronto Public Library Board will be considering service reductions to dozens of libraries across Toronto. I believe the Mayor's demand of a 10% cut from the Toronto Public Library is arbitrary, far too simplistic, and lacks context. Therefore, I will not be supporting service reductions to a system that so many of our residents value. The proposed reductions will have an unnecessarily adverse effect on our Public Library system – a system that has seen growing demand and must be protected.
Gridlock is a serious problem for Toronto's motorists, public transit users and cyclists. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently noted that the Greater Toronto Area suffers from the longest work commute times in North America - costing our region's economy an estimated $3.3 billion per year while negatively impacting on our quality of life.
Thoughts About the Orchard View Pedestrian Square? Please fill in the Survey
As many of you know, a portion of Orchard View Blvd., closest to Yonge Street, was closed earlier this summer. On this road space, tables, chairs, umbrellas and planters were installed to create a pedestrian ‘square’ for the community. Every Thursday, this space features the Apple
Tree Farmers’ Market. With the Orchard View Pedestrian Square closing as of October 11th, we are now in process of evaluating this pilot project to determine if it should re-open again in 2012. If you have thoughts about Orchard View Pedestrian Square, please take a few minutes to complete the on-line survey. Don’t forget to enter your name for a chance to win a $20 gift card to stores in the Yonge & Eglinton area!
Link to the online survey: http://xrl.us/OrchardView
Dear Friends and Residents,
This Monday, September 26th, city council will be considering the city manager's recommendations arising from the Core Service Review. While I strongly agree with reviewing the services the City provides and how it provides them, I am concerned that this process was done hastily, without enough regard to context and information on expected revenue. Moreover, in my opinion the public consultation process was inadequate. I am working closely with my colleagues from every political perspective towards finding solutions to Toronto's structural deficit, while protecting the services that are important to our residents.
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