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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

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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 statement on Mayor Ford's removal from office

Dear residents,

 

As many of you will have already heard, Mayor Rob Ford was found guilty today of violating the Municipal Conflict Of Interest Act and was ordered to be removed from office in 14 days. You can read the entirety of the judge's decision here. This is certainly an unprecedented moment in Toronto's history.

 

This decision has created an uncertain situation at City Hall. Next steps will depend on the success of the Mr. Ford's appeal and, if successful, the length of the ensuing court process. If his appeal is not granted or ultimately unsuccessful, Council will have two options regarding a replacement; Council can call a by-election or make an appointment. Given that it is only half way through this term of Council, I will be supporting a by-election if the issue is resolved relatively soon. However, if the matter remains unresolved due to an appeals process for a considerable length of time, I will support an interim appointment until the 2014 election.

 

In an ideal situation, the Mayor of Toronto would provide the city with strong leadership and a clear vision on substantive municipal issues. Aside from a few notable exceptions, Mr. Ford's term of office has sadly been a constant sideshow of litigation, gaffes, and a distracting focus on high school football. This circus, no matter who our mayor is, must come to an end. In the absence of constructive participation from Mr. Ford, I have been working with my colleagues on Council in a non-partisan manner over the past two years to focus on Toronto's priorities including expanding transit, reducing gridlock, improving the planning process, heritage preservation, beautifying our neighbourhoods, jobs and economic development and making progress on many other issues that I know are important to you.

 

Our city should not be divided for political purposes between left and right or downtown and suburbs- together, we are all residents of Toronto.

 

Whether the mayor is granted an appeal, or a new leader for Toronto is chosen, I will continue to work with you and with members of Council on your behalf, to move our city forward. I hope that Council, regardless of who is mayor, will make decisions for our city based on evidence and the merits of arguments, rather than blind ideology and divisive politics. And ultimately, with respect to conflict of interest legislation, each member of Council must simply follow the rules.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 

Mega Quarry Stopped, Privately Owned Public Spaces, Oriole Park Community Garden, Casa Loma, a Museum of Toronto, the Beltline, Eglinton & more


Melancthon Mega-Quarry Stopped!

 

 

YES! Mega-quarry stopped. Highland withdraws Melancthon quarry plans:
http://www.orangeville.com/news/local/article/1540679--highland-withdraws-melancthon-quarry-plans

To learn more about why Torontonians should care, click here.

 

Notice of Motion for November 27th City Council Meeting: Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS): Protecting and increasing access to publicly secured open spaces

There are already many dozens of parks, plazas, open spaces, squares and walkways in Toronto that you don't know you're allowed to access and enjoy. In fact, in some cases developers seek to infill onto private land that was secured decades ago by the City of Toronto for public use.

Please see my motion to identify and protect these spaces, and ensure public access, for Toronto's residents.

 

REMINDER: The Future of Casa Loma and a Museum of Toronto Public Meeting

In August 2011, City Council created the Casa Loma Corporation (CLC) for the purpose of managing the continuing operations of Casa Loma on an interim basis until its future ownership and management direction could be determined. The City of Toronto is now moving forward with a plan to ensure the long-term viability of Casa Loma and the potential for a Museum of Toronto as part of the site’s future. For more information about our progress, click here. I invite you to attend a public meeting to learn about these opportunities and give us your feedback, vision and guidance.

Date: Monday, November 26th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace)

Attendees may arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a site visit of the property prior to the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m.

 

Call for Committee Members: Oriole Park Community Garden

For the past several months, I have been working with City staff and local residents to establish a community garden, Ward 22's first, in Oriole Park. This new initiative will bring community members together to grow food locally. The decision to establish a community garden in Oriole Park resulted from a Participatory Budgeting meeting I held in April of 2012.

 

Community gardening is a great way to access fresh, organic crops locally. It helps cut down the need to import international produce, and contributes towards a healthier environment by reducing chemical inputs in our food and reducing pollution caused by the industrial food system. Community gardening provides news ways for our children and youth to connect with the world around them, stimulating healthy and well-connected communities.

 

I am looking for interested community members near Oriole Park who would like to become involved in launching the project. A committee with five to ten members will be established to assist with this process. It is my hope that the Oriole Park Community Garden Committee will be made up of energetic local residents who are committed to making community gardening an integral part of life in Midtown. If interested, please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call my office at 416-392-7906.

 

Designing the Future of Eglinton with Antoine Grumbach

Internationally-renowned architect and urban designer Antoine Grumbach will be presenting about the Eglinton Planning Study at Designing the Future of Eglin, Wednesday, November 28 beginning at 6:30 pm. The event location is North Toronto Collegiate Institute (17 Broadway Avenue). The main topic of discussion will be how Eglinton can redevelop and reinvent itself with the new LRT. Some of Mr. Grumbach's previous projects have included public realm improvements for the Le Tramway in Paris and the current expansion of the Moscow LRT system. After an illustrated presentation by Mr. Grumbach at 7:30 pm, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. For more information, please visit www.toronto.ca/eglinton.

 

Beltline Trail Study Public Meetings

Next month, there will be two Beltline Trail Study public meetings on December 4th and 5th at the following locations:

  • The south-east public meeting on Tuesday, December 4th will be from 6 to 8:30 pm. The meeting location is the St. Paul's Bloor Street Church (227 Bloor Street East).
  • The north-west public meeting on Wednesday, December 5th will also be from 6 to 8:30 pm. The meeting location is West Preparatory Junior Public School (70 Ridge Hill Drive).

For more information, please visit www.toronto.ca/beltline.

 

Parents, Teens & Money Sense Workshop and Fair

People and Organizations in North Toronto is hosting a public event on financial literacy on Tuesday, November 27 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. There will be guest speakers presenting on effective money management, setting financial goals, and key financial strategies and tools for teens. You can also get a free autographed copy of "The ABCs of Making Money for Teens". The event will be happening on the 2nd Floor Committee Room at the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre (200 Eglinton Avenue West). Light refreshments will be provided. Please pre-register at 416-487-2390 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , as spaces are limited.

 

Leaf Pickup Procedure

As winter is near, I am kindly reminding residents of the proper procedure for leaf pickup. The City collects garden waste items such as leaves, which can be put out for collection in paper yard waste bags. Please do not leave garden waste out in plastic bags and please do not rake your leaves onto the side of the road.

You can also feed leaves to your backyard composter in the fall, stockpiling leaves to add as dry material during the winter. Backyard bins supplied by the City are available. They are easy to use and cost as little as $15 dollars.

If you have any questions please call 311 or visit www.toronto.ca/compost.

 

Development Applications

It is a priority for me to keep neighbourhood residents informed about any proposals developers have for our ward. Please click here to see an interactive map I've prepared for you to review. Please always feel welcome to contact my office if you have any questions.

   

NOTICE OF MOTION FOR CITY COUNCIL MEETING-NOV 27, 2012 Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS): Protecting and increasing access to publicly secured open spaces

NOTICE OF MOTION

 

Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS):  Protecting and increasing access to publicly secured open spaces


Moved by Councillor Josh Matlow

Seconded by Councillor Adam Vaughan

 

Toronto is becoming an increasingly dense city with an additional 134,000 new residents added between 2001 and 2011. The majority of those new inhabitants are living in condominiums. In the past 10 years, 121,210 new condo or apartment units have been created. Since 2006, over 90% of all residential applications have been for multi-unit dwellings. It is anticipated that this trend will continue as Toronto's population is expected to grow by 160,000 over the next 10 years with just as many new condo or apartment units added.

 

These vertical homeowners are joining apartment residents and office tower workers that use public spaces as their backyards, living rooms and lunch counters. It is well established that public spaces provide a social meeting place and there is increasing evidence demonstrating that open spaces can have a positive impact on physical health, mental well-being and even longevity.  As the City of Toronto plans to continue building vertically, it must ensure that its urban parks, plazas and squares are accessible.

 

The City's Planning Division has been very successful at securing new open spaces through Section 37 agreements. These spaces are publically accessible but privately owned and maintained at the cost of the landowner. Since 2000, at least 1 million square feet have been added in over 27 of these new privately owned public spaces. Other publicly accessible open spaces include plazas in front of office buildings and green spaces surrounding "tower" apartments through density bonuses negotiated primarily in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

 

While the City has been successful at adding new publicly accessible space, many of these places are not well used. Experience from other North American cities demonstrates that the largest barrier to these spaces is a lack of awareness that they are open to the public. New York, San Francisco and other cities require signage at privately accessible open spaces that indicate they are available for public use.

 

This motion seeks to increase the use of privately owned public spaces through designated signage.

 

Recommendations:

  1. Council requests the City Manager to develop a report that identifies all privately owned public spaces in the City of Toronto

 

  1. Council requests the City Manager to report on a strategy to ensure that all privately owned public spaces have visible signage indicating the space is open to the public; this includes, but is not limited to, parks, plazas, open spaces, squares and walkways

 

  1. City Council requests that the reports identified in Recommendations 1 & 2 be delivered to Planning and Growth Committee by June of 2013
   

Casa Loma, a Museum of Toronto, meeting notices and updates

The Future of Casa Loma and a Museum of Toronto Public Meeting


In August 2011, City Council created the Casa Loma Corporation (CLC) for the purpose of managing the continuing operations of Casa Loma on an interim basis until its future ownership and management direction could be determined. The City of Toronto is now moving forward with a plan to ensure the long-term viability of Casa Loma and the potential for a Museum of Toronto as part of the site’s future. For more information about our progress, click here. I invite you to attend a public meeting to learn about these opportunities and give us your feedback, vision and guidance.

 

Date: Monday, November 26th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace)

 

Attendees may arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a site visit of the property prior to the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m.

 

We will be seeking feedback from the public in two key areas at this meeting:

 

1.     The future of the main building (south side of Austin Terrace)

 

The City is seeking qualified proponents with whom to enter into a long term lease to operate Casa Loma as an historic attraction and special event venue. As the Request for Proposal (RFP) is developed and the associated evaluation criteria the Board is interested in hearing from the public about your priorities for the building and opportunities to expand on its role in presenting Toronto’s history. A two stage Request for Proposal (RFP) will be issued in mid-December 2012.

 

2.     The future of other buildings (north side of Austin Terrace)

 

In early 2013 the Board will issue a Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for a vision and uses for the complex north of Austin Terrace, including the Hunting Lodge, Potting Shed, and Stables. At this public meeting input will be sought on the REOI, where Respondents will be asked to consider the feasibility of including a Museum of Toronto in their proposals.

 

Official Plan Open House


City staff have developed a draft of new Official Plan Section 37 policies for affordable housing and are looking for feedback from you on the draft policies. If interested, you can attend their Open House or view the proposed draft online at http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-49671.pdf.

 

Date: Wednesday, November 21st
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Metro Hall, Room 310 (55 John Street)

 

Toronto Cycle Workshop


Please join me for an interactive Street Smarts workshop with Cycle Toronto. The workshop will focus on riding safely in cold, rain, and snow. You’ll gain knowledge on appropriate clothing, safe riding techniques, and maintaining your bicycle. We’ll also review rules of the road and route selection, and give you all the knowledge you need to get out there!  Please RSVP by Thursday, November 22nd to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Date: Saturday, November 24th
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: CyclePath Norco (2106 Yonge Street)

 

Engagement Resources


As part of the City of Toronto's ongoing efforts to support civic engagement, the City has developed an online Civic Engagement Portal at www.toronto.ca/civic-engagement. On the Portal, you can learn more about City government and how you can get involved. You can review a series of Learning Guides on the following topics: Accountability, Affordable Housing, City Agencies and Corporations, City Council and its Committees, City Planning, Decision-Making, Elections, Roles of the Mayor and City Council, and the Toronto Public Service. These online guides can be translated into numerous languages using the website's built-in translation tool.

 

Meetings with neighbourhood associations, tenant associations, condo boards, TCHC tenants and other local groups of residents


Most weekday evenings, I meet with groups of Ward 22 residents to discuss important issues, update them on city hall and local matters and learn about priorities they'd like me to advocate for in the community and at city council.

 

If your group would like to meet with me, please feel welcome to contact my office and speak with Chloe to arrange a date, location and time.

   

The City of Toronto's Submission to the Government of Canada on the Federal Long-Term Infrastructure Plan

Dear residents,

 

For your information, please click here to review the City of Toronto's Submission to the Government of Canada on the Federal Long-Term Infrastructure Plan.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

   
   

Councillor Josh Matlow's Community Update for November 5th, 2012

Dear residents,

 

Last week's storm caused some localized power outages, tree damage and basement flooding in Ward 22 and across Toronto. I would like to commend our city's first responders, Toronto Hydro workers and City Forestry staff for working around the clock to deal with emergency situations, restore power and remove fallen trees and branches.  Of course, all of our thoughts are with our neighbours in the northeastern United States, and further south, who bore the brunt of Hurricane Sandy. A week later, there are still many people without shelter, power, fuel or food. If you would like to help, please support the Red Cross' efforts to support those affected by this tragedy.

 

Please see my community update, along with upcoming public meeting dates, below.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh


Preservation of historic Postal Station K in North Toronto


As some of you are surely aware, Postal Station K is an building and still-functioning post office that sits on Yonge just north of Eglinton. Its long-standing service to the community, sitting on the site of the Upper Canada Rebellion's Montgomery Tavern, along with its Art Deco architecture and the rare Royal Cipher of Edward VIII make this a very valuable and historic building. I have therefore put my support behind the Eglinton Park Residents' Association's formal application to have the City grant Postal Station K heritage status. I invite anyone who wishes to find out more about the issue and get involved to take a look at their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/YongeEglintonPostOfficeStationK.

 

Mount Pleasant Village BIA Annual General Meeting


I'll be speaking at the Mount Pleasant Village BIA Annual General Meeting, tonight, Monday, November 5 at 6:30 PM at The Briton House (720 Mount Pleasant Road). Please visit their website for more information about events and activities in the community. In addition, congratulations to their Coordinator, Julie Federman, and the BIA Board, for hosting a very successful Harvest Fair and for winning a TABIA award for their original street tapis event, "Restaurauntacular".

 

US Election Night with Democrats Abroad


On Tuesday night I'll be watching the US election results with Democrats Abroad at the Sheraton Centre Hotel (123 Queen Street West). I hope to see you there! Election returns begin at 8 PM. Tickets are $25 at the door.

 

Maurice Cody Public School FSA


The next meeting of Maurice Cody PS Family and School Association this Tuesday, November 6, at 7 PM in the school library. I'll be stopping by to speak with parents about my support for school initiatives including improving their school field.

 

17-25 Lascelles Boulevard Planning Meeting


I invite you to attend a community consultation meeting with City Planning staff and myself on Wednesday, November 7, at 7 PM, at Christ Church Deer Park about a proposed development at the Brentwood Towers on Lascelles Boulevard. A rezoning application has been submitted to City Planning to permit the construction of 12 townhomes, each three storeys high.

 

Oriole Park Association Public Meeting


The Oriole Park Association is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, November 7, about developments at Yonge and Eglinton. Toronto's Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, will be the guest speaker. Everyone is welcome. The event begins at 7 PM at North Toronto Memorial Community Centre in the Multi-Purpose Room on the ground floor.

 

Councillor Matlow at Remembrance Day Ceremonies


As Remembrance Day will be falling on a Sunday this year, on Friday, November 9th, I will be attending Remembrance Day ceremonies at Northern Secondary School and Maurice Cody Public School to commemorate the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives as members of the Canadian armed forces. I am very pleased to be addressing this generation of students, and to be honouring all Canadians who have served to protect our country and take part in important international peacekeeping missions.

 

Midtown Planning Group Meeting


The Yonge-Eglinton area is considered a Centre within the Official Plan, and thus 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 pressures.

 

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 on a planning study related to the Eglinton Crosstown, a strategy is required to ensure this work is comprehensive and consistent across Community Council boundaries.

 

For decades, successive Councils and prominent residents have done important work toward the creation of a strong neighbourhood. I deeply appreciate the significant contributions you have made towards developing our community. This is why I am delighted to invite you to the first meeting of the Midtown Planning Group.

 

Please join myself, Councillors Stintz and Robinson, and City Planning staff at our first meeting on Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 10 am. Kindly let me know if you'll be able attend by calling my office at 416-392-7906 or by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

 

Ecumenical Food Drive


Churches in Rosedale, Moore Park and Leaside are again sponsoring a Christmas Drive (the 41st consecutive) to help local food banks and agencies that are in urgent need at this time of the year. Flyers will be delivered to households on Saturday, November 17 and pick-up of donations is Saturday, November 24.

 

There are two locations for this year's drive: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (OLPH), one block west of Mount Pleasant Road on St. Clair Avenue East and Leaside Presbyterian Church on Eglinton Avenue, just east of Bayview Avenue. Times on both days are from 9:30 am until 12 pm.

 

Donations are sorted and packed at OLPH with same-day delivery to recipient food banks and agencies. Last year about 20,000 items were collected. Upwards of 300 volunteers are required and community hours are available for high school students and members of youth groups.

 

Two area Sobeys stores (Yonge/St. Clair and Wicksteed Avenue near Laird Drive) are again supporting the event by holding in-store drives throughout the Christmas season. They have specially prepared bags for purchase containing nutritious foodstuffs and these sources usually add another 10,000 to the overall total.

 


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

   

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