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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.

 
   

The future of the Gardiner Expressway

I believe City Council must not play a political blame game, delay or risk residents' safety. This discussion should  be completely focused on making a prudent decision about the reality of a crumbling Gardiner Expressway while responsibly considering safety, costs, our waterfront and commuters' needs. Here are a few ideas for your consideration: Ten things we could do with the Gardiner Expressway. As always, I'd appreciate your feedback.

Sincerely,

 

Josh

   

NOTICE: Davisville & Balliol Public Meeting

Dear residents,

 

Keeping you engaged and informed through public meetings is very important to me. Please find the details below on two upcoming meetings.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 


87 - 107 Davisville Avenue and 108 - 128 Balliol Street Public Meeting


I would like to invite you and your neighbours to an important community information meeting, regarding a development application for 87 – 107 Davisville Avenue and 108 – 128 Balliol Street. The purpose of this meeting is for you to review the new plans submitted by the applicants for the project.

 

In December of last year, approximately 100 of you attended a meeting hosted by City Planning to voice your concern with the initial proposal for this site. 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.

 

Subsequent to the spring meeting the applicant has submitted new 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 (where many of you live). 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

 

I have asked the applicant to present their revised plans to the community and for City Planning staff to attend. You will have an opportunity to ask questions of both parties.

 

Again, I encourage you and your neighbours to learn about the revised development proposal and have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Date: Tuesday, December 11th
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Greenwood College School, 443 Mount Pleasant Road

 

Participate in the City's 2013 Budget Process


The City of Toronto is now reviewing a proposed 2013 Budget. How City Council manages the City’s budget directly affects the quality of life of every resident. The Operating Budget determines what programs and services the City will offer and how much the City will raise and spend within a year and in the immediate future. The Capital Budget and Plan provides funding for the facilities and infrastructure required to deliver those services.

 

Please visit the City's 2013 Budget website for background and details about the proposed budget. I'll be posting more information on my website as it becomes available.

 

You can view the entire budget process schedule here. Important dates include December 10, 2012, when the Budget Committee meets to hear public deputations, and January 15, 2013, when City Council will consider approving the budget.

 

For a quick look at the recommended 2013 Operating Budget, please check out these two pie charts: where the money comes from and where the money goes.

 

You might also be interested in the 2013 Budget Question-and-Answer prepared by City of Toronto staff.

 

If you want to make your views about the 2013 Budget known there are several ways to do so.

 

1. Attend my 3rd annual Budget Town Hall Meeting.


I will be hosting a Budget Town Hall meeting on Thursday, December 13th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre. City Staff will be available to answer any budget-related questions you might have. The decisions Council will make in January on the 2013 Budget will impact every Toronto resident. I believe that it is vital that you are informed, engaged and given the opportunity to make your voice heard.

 

Date: Thursday, December 13th
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, Multi-Purpose Room, 200 Eglinton Ave W (at Lascelles Blvd)

 

2. Make a public presentation to the Budget Committee at its Budget Hearing.


Please contact the Budget Committee at 416-338-5851 or 416-392-7445, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than 4 p.m. on December 7, 2012 if you intend to make a public presentation. Please register to ensure that your name is placed on the speakers list. There will be a five-minute presentation time limit, unless the Committee decides otherwise. The Committee will hear speakers starting at 9:30 a.m. on December 10, 2012 and if necessary, the Committee will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on December 11, 2012 to hear remaining speakers on the speakers list.

 

Date: Monday, December 10th
Time: Begins 9:30 am
Location: Committee Room 1, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

 

3. Submit a written presentation to:


Budget Committee
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
10th floor, West Tower
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Fax: 416-392-1879 E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

   
   

Councillor Matlow's Community Update for November 30th, 2012

Dear residents,

 

It has indeed been a long, busy, productive, interesting and frankly disappointing (to say the least) week at City Hall. There has been both substantive work done at Council along with very embarrassing fighting by some members of council during the public meeting. However, there were some very good decisions made along with an exciting transit announcement by Metrolinx this week (please see below) and the launch of the 2013 City of Toronto budget process.

 

As always, I deeply appreciate the feedback that I've recieved from you and your ongoing interest in, and engagement with, our city and community.

 

As we move forward, I will continue to advocate for a mayor and council that will focus on Toronto's priorities, that unites its residents, and that is fiscally responsible while investing in its people and neighbourhoods.

 

While we may be going through some uncertainty with respect to certain aspects of our municipal governance, I can reassure you that the wheels of our democracy continue to turn (as admittedly imperfect as it has before) and we can be comforted by the fact that we truly live in one of the best and livable cities on earth.

 

Let's resolve to stay focused on making it even better with setting a clear agenda that reflects our priorities including transit, curbing gridlock, infrastructure, fiscal responsibility, recreation, arts and culture, better planning and design, improving neighbourhoods, age-friendly and accessible policy, the environment, support for local and small business, arts and culture, jobs and economic development and better governance.

 

Please see my update, along with some important public meeting dates (including my 2013 Budget Town Hall), to you below.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 


 

Moving Forward with the Big Move –A Downtown Relief Subway Line and a Regional Transit Plan


This week, Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency, and the Minister of Transportation, Bob Chiarelli, announced that construction on the Downtown Relief Line (DRL) will be accelerated by 10 years. The DRL is desperately needed to take the pressure off the already over-crowded Yonge line. This is great news for the entire Greater Toronto Area and Ward 22 residents who routinely wait 2 or 3 trains in the morning before getting on at Eglinton, Davisville, St. Clair or Summerhill.

 

It was also announced that a real conversation, at long last, will begin in January 2013 about how to pay for the DRL and other regional transit priorities. The public consultation will consider a variety of funding mechanisms and there will be a report on how to move forward by June of next year.

 

For a long time I have been advocating for a regional plan for transit improvement and expansion. This will better reflect how people truly move across municipal boundaries everyday and, if the entire region is to benefit from better transit, then residents from Toronto and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area should share in the responsibility for paying for it.

 

For more information please see the Metrolinx press release regarding today's announcement and a great article in today's Toronto Star.

 

Protecting and Increasing Access to Public Spaces


Toronto is becoming an increasingly dense city, with most of the new residents living in highrises. New condominium owners are joining apartment residents and office tower workers that use public spaces as their backyards, living rooms and lunch counters. As the City of Toronto plans to continue building vertically, it must ensure that its urban parks, plazas and squares are accessible.

 

That's why I'm pleased that Council passed my motion that will help protect and promote Toronto's privately owned public spaces (POPS) that have been secured by the City of Toronto for your use. There are dozens of POPS throughout the Midtown and Downtown areas that are poorly used. Experience from other cities, including New York and San Francisco, demonstrates that a lack of awareness is the largest barrier to public access. Clear signage at the entrance to open areas such as the Anne Johnston Courtyard at Minto will let people know they have the same right to relax, eat their lunch or read in that space as they would at any City park.

 

I have also asked City Staff to compile an inventory of other publicly accessible open spaces including plazas in front of office buildings and green spaces surrounding "tower" apartments through density bonuses negotiated primarily in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The approval of a mall on Riocan Square and recent infill applications at the Brentwoods and on Davisville has demonstrated the need to identify and protect historical open space agreements.

 

Please read this article for more information.

 

10 Minute Grace Period for Parking Tickets


With many of my colleagues, I supported a new 10-minute grace period policy that was approved by City Council. The City's website, however, has done a very poor job making the public aware of this policy. It is much more difficult to fight a parking ticket then it is to pay one. That's why I moved an amendment at Council that directs city staff to widely publicize that Toronto residents can fight a tag that is issued within 10 minutes of a meter expiring. You can read more about the issue here.

 

Beltline Trail Study Frequently Asked Questions & Public Meetings


The City of Toronto has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail. The FAQ is available at www.toronto.ca/beltline. There you will find information about upgrade work, by-law enforcement on the trail, off-leash areas, and other questions. The city will also be holding two public meetings discussing the study:

 

  • 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).

 

2013 Budget Town Hall


I will be hosting my 3rd annual Budget Town Hall meeting on Thursday, December 13th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre.  City Staff will be available to answer any budget-related questions you might have.  The decisions Council will make in January on the 2013 Budget will impact every Toronto resident.  I believe that it is vital that you are informed, engaged and given the opportunity to make your voice heard.

 

Date:  Thursday, December 13th
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location:  North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, Multi-Purpose Room, 200 Eglinton Ave W (at Lascelles Blvd)

 

Mount Pleasant Window Wanderland


The Mount Pleasant Village BIA is holding a friendly neighbourhood window decorating competition from December 1-19. The winning display will be decided by your votes, online at www.mountpleasantvillage.ca. Voters will also be eligible to win a Mount Pleasant Village Prize Pack. For a list of participating window entries, please visit www.mountpleasantvillage.ca.

 

Home for the Holidays in The Eglinton Way

 

The Eglinton Way B.I.A. is holding its first ever Home for the Holidays celebration on December 15 and 16, from noon to 4 pm. Come and enjoy a free wagon ride though the community, live music along the street, and plenty of carolling! Bring your children to brunch with Santa, Saturday only at the Abbot on Eglinton. For more information, please visit www.theeglintonway.com.

 

Mabel's Fables Book Angel

 

At Mabel's Fables Bookstore, you can donate books to children in need! Angel ornaments decorate the Mabel's Fables Bookstore, each with printed with the name of a child in need. Books are matched with the angels, wrapped, delivered, and included in food baskets – all in time for the holidays. Since 1991, thousands of books have been donated to York Community Services, now called Unison Health Services. To make a cash donation, call (416) 322-0438 or visit the store at 662 Mount Pleasant Road. Give a book, free a mind.

 

December Events at Casa Loma

 

This holiday season, I encourage you to bring your family to enjoy Casa Loma. If it isn’t part of your family tradition, this is a great year to start.

 

New this December, Casa Loma and Opera Atelier have partnered to create Mozart’s Magical Castle, a month-long installation bring Toronto’s castle to life with the sights and sounds of Mozart’s beloved opera The Magic Flute.

 

Casa Loma will also be maintaining its holiday tradition of strolling carolers, an elves’ workshop, beautiful decorations including a 25-foot tree, and - of course - visits with Santa Claus.

 

Click here for more details about events at Casa Loma.

   
   

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