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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.

Scarborough SRT Fact Sheet

Dear Residents,

 

There has been a lot of misinformation regarding the potential conversion of the Scarborough SRT to a subway. The facts – based on land use planning, ridership projections and a cost/benefit analysis, not votes – suggest replacing the aging Scarborough SRT with an LRT, just as was agreed upon last year when Council reached an agreement. For additional background on this current transit discussion, please read my newsletter from May 1.

 

This is a fact sheet I distributed to my colleagues and the media last night:

Scarborough SRT Fact Sheet  SRT Stats  •	The new LRT will be in a completely grade-separated right-of-way. No traffic lights. No cross streets. Widely spaced stations. •	At an average of 36km per hour It will run faster than the Yonge and Bloor-Danforth lines which average 32km per hour •	The line will have a capacity to carry 16,000 passengers per hour.  •	It is anticipated that by 2031 the LRT would carry 8,000 passengers per hour leaving it enough capacity to serve the area for many decades to come- the extra capacity offered by a subway won't come close to being needed •	The LRT would be over two kilometres longer than the subway, have four more stations and is within walking distance to over 20,000 more people- with the possibility to extend the line into Malvern  Cost Concerns  •	The $500 million cost cited to convert the SRT to a subway is false •	As TTC CEO Andy Byford confirmed today, the cost of the SRT is $1.8 billion •	The cost of the subway is estimated to cost $2.8 billion •	There is already a $1 billion difference before factoring: o	Contract cancellations with Bombardier o	Construction of new terminus for Eglinton Crosstown at Kennedy that was to be part of the Scarborough RT will could be at least $200 million o	 Sunk engineering costs o	 New design work o	 Cost efficiencies from using the same technology as on Sheppard and Eglinton o	Significant changes to maintenance and storage facility on Conlins Rd. which has almost finished RFP process o	Possible new Environmental Assessment

Click here to download this fact sheet as a PDF.

 

Councillor Matlow's Community Update for May 7, 2013

Dear residents,

 

I just arrived home from Day One of this month's city council meeting and will be back at city hall tomorrow morning as the meeting resumes at 9:30am. It's so nice to see little Molly after a long day (she's already 4 months old).

 

For your information, please see the update below. I've included items including Ward 22's Davisville Village Farmers Market Re-opening, Transit Funding, Toronto's new Seniors Strategy, SERRA AGM, our Community Environment Day, TTC Town Hall with CEO Andy Byford, Porter Airlines, some upcoming condo development proposals being considered at city hall, and much more!

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 


 

Ward 22's Davisville Farmer's Market


Good news! Our community's new Davisville Village Farmers Market (and first of its kind in Ward 22) opens for its second season on May 14. Come by June Rowlands (Davisville) Park every Tuesday between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and other products directly from local farmers while meeting your friends and neighbours.

 

If you are interested in volunteering at the market, please come to June Rowlands park at 11:00 am this Friday, May 10. This is a great opportunity to help build a remarkable community "town square".

 

Transit


I'm very proud of my colleagues for supporting Toronto's interest in providing leadership on transit & moving forward with The Big Move plan by allowing a vote to occur at City Council. Tomorrow, City Council will vote on how we would like Metrolinx to fund Toronto and region's transit priorities, including the Downtown Relief Line and an extension of the Eglinton Crosstown to Pearson Airport. Please read my last e-newsletter for further information on this topic. You can also visit my website to see what I've been doing to take action for better transit.

 

Porter Airlines


Earlier this evening, Council voted to study Porter's exemption request to fly jets out of Billy Bishop Airport. Additional motions were moved to confine the scope of the study to the airport's current Marine Exclusion Zone and noise constraints- all of which Porter has stated it supports. Going forward, Council will be able to make an informed decision based on the possible benefits and negative impacts of this proposal and the evidence, rather than rhetoric, provided.

 

Toronto's Seniors Strategy


I am very pleased that the Seniors Strategy was adopted unanimously by City Council today. As Chair of the Toronto Seniors Strategy Subcommittee, I am so grateful to our communities, experts and staff whom have contributed so much to this important and substantive work over the past two years.

 

Our City's new Seniors Strategy is a proactive, holistic and inclusive initiative that seeks to create a truly age-friendly Toronto. It addresses eight themes of age-friendliness, and includes key recommendations, actions and an accountability framework to ensure it gets implemented. Click here to read the Toronto Seniors Strategy.

 

Emergency Preparedness Week


This week is Emergency Preparedness Week! The Office of Emergency Management is encouraging all residents to get "emergency ready" to make sure individuals and families know what to do before, during, and after an emergency. Information on how to get emergency ready can be found here. The focus of this year's campaign is on the safety of seniors/older adults, and information on assisting seniors can be found here.

 

Museum Month


As May is Museum Month in Toronto, Historic Sites across the city are using social media to present photos, facts, and trivia about museums and the many people who have visited or lived in them. Please add historictoronto on Facebook or TOhistoriccities on Twitter so that you can see and vote on your favourite artifact! For more information on May events, please visit www.toronto.ca/museum-events.

 

Bells on Yonge


This year's Bells on Yonge ride begins on Saturday, May 11, departing from Duplex Parkette at noon and arriving at Queen's Park at 1:30 pm. All are welcome and the route will mainly follow quiet side streets parallel to Yonge Street. I'll be catching up with the group at Oriole Park! Please visit the Bells on Yonge website for more details and a route map.

 

Prescription Drug Drop-off Day


The first city-wide prescription drug drop off day will be co-hosted on Saturday, May 11th from 10 am until 3 pm by Toronto Public Health and Toronto Police Services. As having old medications in your home can pose dangers, and flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the garbage can harm the environment, residents will be able to anonymously drop off expired or unused medications at Loblaws, 396 St. Clair Avenue West (Between Spadina and Bathurst).

 

Casa Loma Plant Sale


The gardeners at Casa Loma have been busy propagating perennials from the gardens along with annuals and other plants acquired over the years. You will have an opportunity to purchase many hard to find items. There will be divisions of perennial plants, hard to find cannas and dahlias, rare annuals, heirloom vegetable plants and many other offerings. Limited quantities so come early. Sunday, May 12, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

 

1331 Yonge Street (CHUM Site) to be debated at Community Council


On Tuesday May 14 at 9:30am Toronto and East York Community Council will be debating a development proposal for 1331 Yonge Street. I have been working on this application with the local community for almost two years and have held three public meetings.

 

The original plan for this site was for a 13 storey condo building with 214 units. As a result of the hard work and advocacy from many in the community the developer is now submitting a revised plan for an 11 storey condo building with 153 units. We have also pressed the developer into stepping back the development, such that the building is now a proposed 7 storeys at the corner of Jackes and Yonge. While the building has improved, we will keep pushing to lower the height further. There are also significant concerns regarding traffic and access for emergency vehicles which will be addressed at the meeting.

 

To register to make a deputation or to voice your comments and concerns in writing, please contact Ros Dyers, Clerk for the Toronto and East York Community Council, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

87 – 107 Davisville Avenue and 108 – 128 Balliol Street to be debated at Community Council


On Tuesday, May 14 at 9:30am Toronto and East York Community Council will also be debating a development proposal for 87 – 107 Davisville Avenue and 108 – 128 Balliol Street.

 

The original plan was for a 12 storey condo with 176 units on Davisville and a 29 storey condo with 324 units on Balliol. The community was almost unanimously opposed to this proposal.

 

The community and I were able to get the applicant to revise their plans for the proposed buildings. The massing (height and density) of the buildings remains similar but the applicant has made a number of design changes that seek to address the "boxed-in" site plan in relation to 77 and 111 Davisville Ave. The changes include; increased green space between buildings, shift of the buildings to open sightlines, glass lobbies to open sightlines from ground level, green roofs, and increased setbacks.

 

The development is still unacceptable due to the addition of two large buildings in an already dense site and I will be representing that sentiment at Community Council.

 

To register to make a deputation or to voice your comments and concerns in writing, please contact Ros Dyers, Clerk for the Toronto and East York Community Council, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

South Eglinton Ratepayers' and Residents' Association AGM


If you live south of Eglinton and between Yonge Street and Bayview Avenue, please join me at the South Eglinton Rate Payers' and Residents' Association (SERRA) Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, May 15th, from 7 to 9 pm at the Manor Road United Church (240 Manor Road East). Come and find out what is happening in our neighbourhood, as we will discuss important topics including Davisville Junior Public School and Greenwood College School, local developments, and the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown. I hope to see you there!

 

Proposed Improvement to Suydam Park


On Monday, May 27, the City of Toronto is hosting a presentation on proposed streetscape improvements at Spadina Road and Suydam Park. The meeting will be held at Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road, between 7 pm and 9 pm. City of Toronto staff and landscape consultants will be present to answer your questions and listen to your feedback.

 

For more information, please contact Raj Kumar at 416 392 7696

 

TTC Town Hall with CEO Andy Byford!


Keeping you informed and engaged is a priority for me. I'd like to invite you to a Transit Town Hall I will be hosting at 6:30 PM on Tuesday May 28th at the Salvation Army, 7 Eglinton Avenue East.

 

I am pleased to announce that TTC CEO Andy Byford will be our special guest and will be discussing his 5 year plan for the TTC.

 

I believe it is vital that you have an opportunity to have your questions and concerns about Toronto's transit system addressed. Please join us, learn and make your voice heard!

 

Community Environment Day


On Saturday, June 22nd from 10 am to 2 pm I will be hosting my annual Community Environment Day. The location is the North Toronto Memorial Arena at 174 Orchard View Blvd. Please bring any unwanted art supplies, books, toys, and used sports equipment. Facilities will be available to dispose of computers and other hazardous household waste. You can also replace your damaged green bin.

   

Councillor Matlow's Community Update for May 1, 2013

Dear residents,

 

Please see my latest report to you below on issues ranging from the latest transit debate, casinos, condo development decisions, my next Environment Day, a TTC Town Hall with CEO Andy Byford, Toronto's Seniors Strategy and much more.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 

PS- Go Leafs Go!

 


 

Transit Update


Every day, I hear from residents that they want the City of Toronto and Queen's Park to stick to a transit plan, find an honest way to pay for it, and finally get it built.

 

However, as you may already be aware, some Councillors are now trying reopen the hard-won Master Agreement on transit the City of Toronto and the TTC has with Metrolinx. They want to push an extension of our already overcrowded subway system to Scarborough as Toronto's next transit priority even though projections do not show enough ridership in the area to justify one and everyone from Metrolinx's Bruce McCuaig to the TTC's Andy Byford have already acknowledged that, based on looking at real needs we have to relieve current rush hour congestion, a Downtown Relief Subway Line (DRL) is what Toronto really needs as part of the next phase of transit expansion.

 

I was very proud to work closely with many of my colleagues to put sound transit planning ahead of politics last year by moving forward with the Eglinton Crosstown as well as other funded and designed projects across the city. That's why I am so disappointed to see some of those same Councillors I had worked with opting for a plan that seems to put politics before our residents', including Scarborough's, needs.

 

I continue to do research in advance of the Council meeting next week. But the facts already suggest keeping the agreement reached last year to convert the aging Scarborough RT in the same completely grade-separated lines as exists now that won't have to stop at traffic signals (dedicated right-of-way).

 

Also, while I very much want us to expand our subway system where it makes sense, the new Scarborough RT rapid transit would be over two kilometres longer than a subway, have four more stations and is within walking distance to over 20,000 more people. It would also have enough capacity to serve the area for many decades to come. In other words, it simply makes more sense, will cost far fewer tax dollars and will serve more neighbourhoods.

 

Moreover, what also concerns me is the unnecessary greater cost of putting the Scarborough RT underground. I have confirmed with provincial sources that the difference will be at least $1 billion (much more than the reported $500 million). This is even before all costs are factored in from:

 

  • Contract cancellations with Bombardier
  • Construction of new terminus for Eglinton Crosstown at Kennedy that was to be part of Scarborough RT
  • Sunk engineering costs
  • New design work
  • Cost efficiencies from using the same technology as on Sheppard and Eglinton
  • Significant changes to maintenance and storage facility on Conlins Rd. which has already finished RFP process
  • Possible new Environmental Assessment

 

The latest Scarborough subway debate has unnecessarily taken attention away from the very important debate on how we are going to fund the next phase of transit projects contained in Metrolinx's Big Move plan. This plan includes the Downtown Relief Line, which will help alleviate the overcrowding on the Yonge subway, and an extension of the Eglinton Crosstown to Pearson Airport.

 

I care deeply about improving transit for our city. I regularly hear from residents fed up with having to wait two or three subway trains every morning at Eglinton, Davisville or St. Clair stations. Drivers want to get to their destination rather than be stuck in gridlock. We need to act now or accept the status quo. And I don't believe the status is quo is good enough for Toronto.

 

As you know, I work very hard to find efficiencies and savings within government to support important services including a recent initiative to reduce paid-duty police officers at construction sites.

 

However, we do need $2 billion a year over twenty five years to build the rapid transit system that a growing region of 5 million people like Toronto and GTHA needs. There just isn't that kind of money to be found in efficiencies, or cuts, that our community would support alone.

 

To provide our city with parks, clean streets, great libraries and recreation centres, roads in good repair, drinkable water and a rapid transit system that allows them to travel to work, go shopping and enjoy our city in a reliable, accessible, affordable and efficient manner, we choose to pay for these services together. We also must demand that our hard-earned tax dollars not be wasted. I believe these two statements need not conflict and every dollar should be used deliberately, thoughtfully and on real priorities.

 

If we continue waiting to build transit and allow the political games and bickering to go on, the already intolerable congestion on the Yonge line will become unmanageable as we are expecting our population to grow. Commute times will get worse. And the expenses, both financially and on our quality of life, will grow. The time to act is now and it will likely cost all of us all a little bit more.

 

However, while I believe its reasonable for us to pay for the transit we truly need, I  refuse to ask residents to pay taxes or fees for unnecessary or wasteful expenditures. And I believe that a regional model of transit planning, and funding that transit, is important. We know that many commuters move between municipal jurisdictions daily. Meanwhile, through our property taxes, Toronto residents have been the only ones paying for our city's  infrastructure that both 416ers and 905ers use every day. That's simply not right.

 

I will be urging Metrolinx and the provincial government to adopt a funding strategy that is fair, both in terms of sharing costs across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and ensuring that costs are borne by everyone who will benefit from a modern, reliable rapid transit system. We will all benefit from improved and expanded transit and therefore we should all carry the burden of funding it equitably.

 

Ultimately, let's move forward now with the plan we have and finally get it built. We've waited too long already.

 

 

TTC Town Hall with CEO Andy Byford!


Keeping you informed and engaged is a priority for me. I'd like to invite you to a Transit Town Hall I will be hosting at 6:30 PM on May 28th at the Salvation Army, 7 Eglinton Avenue East.

 

I am pleased to announce that TTC CEO Andy Byford will be our special guest and will be discussing his 5 year plan for the TTC.

 

I believe it is vital that you have an opportunity to have your questions and concerns about Toronto's transit system addressed. Please join us, learn and make your voice heard!

 

Seniors Strategy


I am very pleased that the Seniors Strategy passed unanimously at the April Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting. Next week, the Strategy will go before City Council on May 7th or 8th. As chair of the Toronto Seniors Strategy Subcommittee, I am so grateful to our communities, experts and staff whom have contributed so much to this important and substantive work over the past two years.

 

Our City's new Seniors Strategy is a proactive, holistic and inclusive initiative that seeks to create a truly age-friendly Toronto. Click here to read the Toronto Seniors Strategy. You can also view a short presentation of the highlights by clicking here.

 

1331 Yonge Street (CHUM Site) to be debated at Community Council


On Tuesday May 14 at 9:30am Toronto and East York Community Council will be debating a development proposal for 1331 Yonge Street. I have been working on this application with the local community for almost two years and have held three public meetings.

 

The original plan for this site was for a 13 storey condo building with 214 units. As a result of the hard work and advocacy from many in the community the developer is now submitting a revised plan for an 11 storey condo building with 153 units. We have also pressed the developer into stepping back the development, such that the building is now a proposed 7 storeys at the corner of Jackes and Yonge. While the building has improved, we will keep pushing to lower the height further. There are also significant concerns regarding traffic and access for emergency vehicles which will be addressed at the meeting.

 

To register to make a deputation or to voice your comments and concerns in writing, please contact Ros Dyers, Clerk for the Toronto and East York Community Council, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

87 – 107 Davisville Avenue and 108 – 128 Balliol Street to be debated at Community Council


On Tuesday May 14 at 9:30am Toronto and East York Community Council will also be debating a development proposal for 87 – 107 Davisville Avenue and 108 – 128 Balliol Street.

 

The original plan was for a 12 storey condo with 176 units on Davisville and a 29 storey condo with 324 units on Balliol. The community was almost unanimously opposed to this proposal.

 

The community and I were able to get the applicant to revise their plans for the proposed buildings. The massing (height and density) of the buildings remains similar but the applicant has made a number of design changes that seek to address the "boxed-in" site plan in relation to 77 and 111 Davisville Ave. The changes include; increased green space between buildings, shift of the buildings to open sightlines, glass lobbies to open sightlines from ground level, green roofs, and increased setbacks.

 

The development is still unacceptable due to the addition of two large buildings in an already dense site and I will be representing that sentiment at Community Council

 

To register to make a deputation or to voice your comments and concerns in writing, please contact Ros Dyers, Clerk for the Toronto and East York Community Council, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Jane's Walk


This weekend, Jane's Walk events are taking place across Toronto. These walks are an opportunity to learn more about our neighbourhoods and explore other corners of the city we don't know very well yet.

 

In our community, the Break Down Barriers and We Will Come walk is taking place on Saturday May 4th at 11:00 AM, starting at the Anne Johnston Health Station at the northwest corner of Yonge Street and Broadway Avenue. This walk will raise awareness about pedestrian safety and space that are both age-friendly and accessible. You'll also get to try out a wheelchair and see what it’s like to navigate the neighbourhood and experience accessibility from a new perspective! I hope to see you there!

 

The Casino Debate


Mayor Ford has removed the item to decide on whether or not Council will support a Toronto casino from the upcoming May 7-8th Council meeting agenda. He has now called a special Council meeting to consider this item for May 21st.

 

Bells on Yonge


This year's Bells on Yonge ride begins on Saturday, May 11, departing from Duplex Parkette at noon and arriving at Queen's Park at 1:30 pm. All are welcome and the route will mainly follow quiet side streets parallel to Yonge Street. I'll be catching up with the group at Oriole Park! Please visit the Bells on Yonge website for more details and a route map.

 

Upcoming Gardening Events at Casa Loma


Casa Loma Garden School: How to Prepare and Plant a Vegetable Garden


Sunday, May 5, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Learn the basics of growing vegetables in small spaces, and how to select and prepare a suitable site according to your soil and sun conditions. You will learn the techniques of sod removal, soil preparation and the pros and cons of using raised vs. in ground beds, as well as when and how to do the planting.

 

All registrants will receive heirloom vegetable seedlings and one bag of Casa Loma 'Gold' compost.

 

Casa Loma Plant Sale


Sunday, May 12, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. The gardeners at Casa Loma have been busy propagating perennials from the gardens along with annuals and other plants acquired over the years. You will have an opportunity to purchase many hard to find items. There will be divisions of perennial plants, hard to find cannas and dahlias, rare annuals, heirloom vegetable plants and many other offerings. Limited quantities so come early.

 

Unorthodox Planting Methods, Organic Pest Control


Sunday, June 9, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Learn how to correctly stake and train cucumbers and tomatoes in raised beds, maximize garden space with interplanting techniques and how the careful application of water and mulching techniques will enhance your gardens yield. Instruction will be provided on how to control garden pests using organic methods and unorthodox planting methods, such as straw bale culture and container potato production will also be discussed.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto’s Annual Big Night Out!


This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto is celebrating 100 years of mentoring. At 6 pm on June 20th, 2013, over 1000 corporate sponsors, donors and community leaders will come together for a Big Night Out to celebrate the organization’s Centennial, honouring the men and women in our city who, as volunteers and donors, make a difference in the lives of Toronto’s children and youth.

 

Mark Wiseman, President and CEO of the CPP Investment Board, is Big Night Out’s Honorary Chair and Guest Speaker. He will be joined by a legendary performance by Blue Rodeo, one of Canada’s best-known contemporary bands. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to enquire about tickets, or visit www.bbbst.com. The fundraising goal for 2013 is $1,000,000 and all proceeds will be directed to matching children and youth in need of support with a mentor.  Your support will make a BIG difference.

 

Community Environment Day


On Saturday, June 22nd from 10 am to 2 pm I will be hosting my annual Community Environment Day. The location is the North Toronto Memorial Arena at 174 Orchard View Blvd. Please bring any unwanted art supplies, books, toys, and used sports equipment. Facilities will be available to dispose of computers and other hazardous household waste. You can also replace your damaged green bin.

   

Councillor Matlow's Report (and transit update) for April 24, 2013

Dear residents,

 

It has been such a pleasure to see so many of you recently at the many events I attend in our community and at our neighbourhoods' local shops, parks, schools and main streets. Along with many other important priorities, every day, I hear from residents like yourself that a realistic plan to improve and expand our public transit system must be supported by Toronto city council now.

 

Please read my most recent update you below regarding transit, community meetings and more.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 


Keeping Transit Funding and Expansion on Track and Moving Forward


Yesterday, Mayor Ford and a slim majority of his Executive Committee voted to defer a report on new revenue tools to pay for more and better public transit in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA). This is extremely disappointing because City Council needs to send its recommendations about new revenue tools to Metrolinx before the end of May if Toronto is to have any influence over which revenue tools the Province of Ontario eventually chooses. Mayor Ford and a small handful of councillors on the Executive Committee have effectively voted to let Metrolinx decide which revenue tools are best without any input from our region's largest city. They neither voted for transit revenue, or against it. Or for one revenue tool and against another. They simply voted to duck a difficult question.

 

This failure of leadership isn't good enough for the thousands of residents who wait to board our current subway system every day, are unable to find room on the first train that stops and then, when finally on, are crammed inside like sardines. This political dithering isn't good enough for everyone in our city who waits in long line ups to get onto our buses and streetcars every morning to get to work. Torontonians deserve better. Our city needs a transit system that keeps up an ever growing demand.

 

I am working with my colleagues to ensure there is an opportunity to debate this matter at City Council, and ultimately to have our City's voice heard by the Province as it selects new revenue tools that will pay for important improvements including the Downtown Relief subway line and an extension of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT to the airport. Congestion is too severe and public transit is too crowded to allow Mayor Ford to defer decisions indefinitely.

 

To read more about the work I've been doing on our behalf to focus efforts on moving forward with a regional transit strategy, please click here. You can read more about how my colleagues and I are working together on this important priority in a recent article.

 

282 St. Clair Avenue West Public Meeting


I would like to invite you to an important community information meeting regarding a development application for 282 St. Clair Avenue West.

 

The original plan for this site was for an 11 storey condo building with 136 units. As a result of the hard work and advocacy from many in the community, including the strong showing at the previous public meeting I held, the developer is now submitting a revised plan for a 9 storey condo building with a maximum of 118 units. We have also pressed the developer into providing a more appropriate transition to the neighbourhood to the east and north of the site, additional set-backs and terracing off St. Clair, increased sidewalk width, retention of mature trees on Parkwood, and improved landscaping.

 

There is still more work to be done. For example, I am working with City Planning toward a further reduction in units.

 

I encourage you and your neighbours to learn more about the proposal. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to City staff and the applicants.

 

When: Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

 

Where: The First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, 175 St. Clair West

 

Reminder: 1331 Yonge Street Public Meeting


In response to resident concerns about traffic and safety related to a potential development at 1331 Yonge Street (the former CHUM site) I am holding a community information meeting on Tuesday, April 30th at 7 pm.  The meeting location will be The York School Gymnasium at 1639 Yonge Street. Representatives from City Fire, Ambulance and Transportation Services, along with our local planner, will be available to provide information and answer questions.

 

Please see the meeting notice for more information.

 

Beltline Clean-up


This spring, the Friends of the Beltline Clean-up will be on Saturday, April 27th from 10 am to 12 pm, beginning at Forest Hill Road Park. Please join me and the Beltline community in cleaning up our unique trail! For more information on the clean-up, please click here to view the event poster.

 

Spring Bazaar & Rummage Sale


This community fundraising event for Central Eglinton Community Centre will feature unique vendors and crafters, a bake sale table, a used book sale, door prizes, and more.

 

When: Friday, May 3, 10 am to 2 pm.

 

Where: 160 Eglinton Avenue East, at Redpath Avenue

 

Would you like to have green bins in your apartment building?


The (Organic) Green Bin Program is now available to all multi-residential buildings across the City that participate in the City's collection services.  The Green Bin Program allows participants to put organics (fruit and vegetables scraps, paper towels, coffee grinds, etc) out for separate collection along with garbage and recycling. By separating organics, such as food waste and soiled paper food packaging, your building will reduce the volume of garbage it sets out, reduce its fees, and ultimately help divert more waste from landfill.

 

If your building is on the program, or is about to start on the organics program, City staff are offering "in building" presentations for both residents and building staff/owners to learn about the program and to answer any questions. The City will also provide free kitchen containers for each unit.

 

To find out if a presentation has been scheduled for your building, simply contact your property management team or superintendent and they can call the Multi-Residential Inquiry Line at 416-396-5200. Additional information can be found by visiting http://www.toronto.ca/garbage/multi/green_bin_program.htm.

   
   

Councillor Matlow's Community Update for April 18, 2013

Dear residents,

 

As you already know, I have been working on several important issues coming to City Council along with local priorities here in our community. Please read my latest update to learn more about the proposed casino, an upcoming meeting regarding the proposed development at 1331 Yonge Street, and many more events including our Community Clean-up Days tomorrow and Saturday.

 

In particular, I am very happy to report to you that the Toronto Seniors Strategy is finally ready after two years of hard work, research, and city-wide consultation. The Community Development and Recreation Committee unanimously supported the Seniors Strategy and its pathway to a truly age-friendly Toronto. It will be coming to City Council for a final vote on May 7 and 8.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 


Community Clean-up Days


This weekend, I will be joining registered groups for Community Clean-up Days on April 19th, 20th and 22nd. Groups that are participating in this year's clean-ups include local schools, community groups and BIAs throughout Ward 22.  For more information on the City of Toronto's Community Clean-up Days please visit http://www.toronto.ca/litter/clean-up/20minute.htm.

 

You will be able to find me at the following Clean-up Days events. I hope to see you there!

 

Friday


  • 11:30 am Greenwood College School
  • 1:15 pm Forest Hill Junior and Senior Public School
  • 2:15 pm The Mabin School
  • 3:00 pm Forest Hill Village BIA

 

Saturday

  • 10:00 am Republic of Rathnelly
  • 1:30 pm Foxbar Neighbourhood Association

 

Network Breakfasts for Seniors' Care Givers

 

Please join me at the ElderConnection Networking Breakfast on April 24th from 7:30 am to 9 am where I will be there speaking about the Toronto Seniors Strategy. You can join this networking group to make new contacts, catch up on news and developments, and get new business. The location of the meeting is the Dunfield Retirement Residence at 77 Dunfield Avenue.

 

Cost:

  • Members $25.00
  • Non Members $30.00
  • 65 + or fulltime student members $20.00
  • 65 + or fulltime student non-members $25.00

 

Agenda:

  • 7:30 - 8:00 am: Registration and networking:
  • 8:00 - 8:30 am: My talk on the Seniors Strategy
  • 8:30 - 9:00 am: More networking

 

Beltline Clean-up

This spring, the Friends of the Beltline Clean-up will be on Saturday, April 27th from 10 am to 12 pm, beginning at Forest Hill Road Park. Please join me and the Beltline community in cleaning up our unique trail! For more information on the clean-up, please click here to view the event poster.

 

Yonge-Eglinton Helicopter Disturbance Update

Last night, I was contacted by many residents disturbed by the persistent drone of a helicopter flying low over the Yonge and Eglinton area. I have learned that it was a private flight, not a film crew, and well within the rules set by Transport Canada, the federal agency that regulates aviation in Canada. This is clearly unacceptable. There is absolutely no excuse for a private, non-emergency flight to interrupt the peace and quiet enjoyment of thousands of midtown residents.

 

I intend to approach Transport Canada and our local federal representatives to have this regulatory loophole closed so that no private helicopters are permitted to fly low over our neighbourhoods on any weekday evening, unless it's an issue of health and safety. During other times, we should have plenty of advance notice to prepare for the disturbance.

 

1331 Yonge Street Public Meeting

 

In response to resident concerns about traffic and safety related to a potential development at 1331 Yonge Street (the former CHUM site) I am holding a community information meeting on Tuesday, April 30th at 7 pm.  The meeting location will be The York School Gymnasium at 1639 Yonge Street. Representatives from City Fire, Ambulance and Transportation Services, along with our local planner, will be available to provide information and answer questions.

 

Please see the meeting notice for more information.

 

City Council to Vote on Casino: May 7, 8

 

After several months of debate, delay, and distraction, the question of a Toronto casino will finally be decided by City Council at its meeting on May 7 and 8. I have heard from hundreds of members of our community on this issue, and I appreciate the deep passion for our City and our neighbourhoods that it has inspired in many of you. On both sides of the debate, I believe we all genuinely want to achieve a liveable, vibrant, prosperous home.

I have made my own position on this issue public for some time now. While I recognize the need to find sources of revenue to pay for our city's priorities, I do not believe that the long-term impact on Toronto, its neighbourhoods, its economy and its people are worth the gamble. I will not be supporting any proposal to place a casino in our city, nor any other proposals that contribute to the adverse social and economic impacts that gambling has.

 

Bright Hope Concert by Basakoli Choir of Toronto

 

Join the Basakoli Choir of Toronto for its Bright Hope Concert, a night of vibrant African music and fundraising. Proceeds are going to the refugee work of The Salvation Army in the Congo. The fundraiser is on Sunday, May 26 at 6 pm at the Global Kingdom Ministries, 1250 Markham Road. For more information and tickets, please visit http://basakolichoir.eventbrite.ca/.

 

Heritage Toronto Awards Call for Nominations

 

Heritage Toronto celebrates outstanding contributions by individuals and community organizations as well as industry professionals and associations in promoting and conserving Toronto's history and heritage landmarks. Nomination can be made by phone at 416-338-2175 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

The deadline for nominations is Monday, June 3rd. The awards will be announced and presented on Tuesday, October 15th in conjunction with the William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture.  For more information, please visit www.heritagetoronto.org.

 

My Visit to the Fred Victor Bethlehem United Shelter

 

I recently had the pleasure of visiting with the Fred Victor Bethlehem United Shelter. The Fred Victor Bethlehem United Shelter is unique in many ways but in particular one very unique feature is that it allows for individuals who are homeless to bring their pets when accessing Bethlehem Shelter's beds. It was immediately apparent to me what an incredible impact that having pets in the shelter has on wellbeing.

 

At this time, the Bethlehem Shelter is greatly in need of the following items to continue to provide these incredibly special services:

  • Gently used clothing
  • Towels and facecloths
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soaps, shavers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, laundry soap, etc)
  • Pet supplies (dog food, leashes, treats, flea powder, grooming supplies, litter/boxes, etc)

 

Fred Victor Bethlehem United Shelter is a registered charitable organization that relies on the generous support of individuals. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Danielle Ashby at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by mail at:

 

Fred Victor Bethlehem United Shelter
1161 Caledonia Road
Toronto, Ontario M6A 2W9

 

Music and Memory: iPod Project

 

When you are visiting or caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, it can be a challenge to communicate and find ways to help him or her rediscover pleasure in the world. Based on the evidence of the beneficial effects of music and stimulation on people with dementia, the Alzheimer Society of Toronto is offering the Music and Memory: iPod Project, which uses iPods to bring personalized music to people with dementia. Please contact the Alzheimer Society at 416-640-6305 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to inquire about eligibility with this exciting program. You can also learn more by visiting http://www.alzheimertoronto.org/ipod.html.

 

Would you like to have green bins in your apartment building?

 

The (Organic) Green Bin Program is now available to all multi-residential buildings across the City that participate in the City's collection services.  The Green Bin Program allows participants to put organics (fruit and vegetables scraps, paper towels, coffee grinds, etc) out for separate collection along with garbage and recycling. By separating organics, such as food waste and soiled paper food packaging, your building will reduce the volume of garbage it sets out, reduce its fees, and ultimately help divert more waste from landfill.

 

If your building is on the program, or is about to start on the organics program, City staff are offering "in building" presentations for both residents and building staff/owners to learn about the program and to answer any questions. The City will also provide free kitchen containers for each unit.

 

To find out if a presentation has been scheduled for your building, simply contact your property management team or superintendent and they can call the Multi-Residential Inquiry Line at 416-396-5200. Additional information can be found by visiting http://www.toronto.ca/garbage/multi/green_bin_program.htm.

   

The historic battle between Canada and The Republic of Rathnelly

 

Dear residents,

 

I'd like to share a piece of our community's history with you.

 

Here in Ward 22, there exists an "independent state" known since 1967, when it seceded from Canada, as the Republic of Rathnelly (and often spelled Rathnally).

 

I recently had an opportunity to sit down with one of the great republic's founders to learn more about its history, listen to remarkable stories (many of which have become legendary) and receive, on behalf of our community, some precious archived documents he had held onto for many years.

 

To assist you in your education about this epic battle for independence, and a chance to squeeze money out of Ottawa for a local playground, I know you will enjoy these historic letters of correspondence between the Republic and the office of former Canadian Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

 

Also, please read here to learn more about Rathnelly's history and the new street signs we very recently created to celebrate its unique identity.

 

Love live the Republic!

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh Matlow

 

City Councillor for Ward 22 and Guardian of the Republic

 

 

 

 

   

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