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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.

NOTICE OF MOTION: Taking Action on the Roots of Youth Violence

Taking Action on the Roots of Youth Violence

Moved by: Councillor Matlow

Seconded by: Councillor Thompson

 

SUMMARY:

 

Each tragic spike in youth violence is followed by task forces and reports with hundreds of ideas on how to respond. Many of these reports have contained recommendations which, if acted upon, would support Toronto's youth. In 2008, the Province of Ontario published a comprehensive report authored by The Honourable Roy McMurtry and Dr. Alvin Curling. The Review of the Roots of Youth Violence identified a significant role for municipal partners in addressing the roots of youth violence, including poverty, racism, poor neighbourhood design, health issues, lack of youth engagement, and lack of economic opportunities. Unfortunately, the recommendations in the report have only been partly implemented. It is time for serious, meaningful action, not more study.

 

This motion requests that the City Manager report on the status of joint Provincial-Municipal actions recommended in The Review of the Roots of Youth Violence and Ontario's Youth Action Plan which followed in 2012. It also requests the City Manager recommend initiatives that the City of Toronto can implement now to address the roots of youth violence.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

 

1. City Council request the City Manager to report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee by June 2013 on the status of joint Provincial-Municipal actions recommended in the reports The Review of the Roots of Youth Violence and Ontario's Youth Action Plan

 

2. That the City Manager recommend initiatives that the City of Toronto can implement now to address the identified roots of youth violence including, but not limited to;

 

i) Establishing a body with the mandate to develop a corporate agenda to develop and publish a specific youth violence strategy with measurable objectives and timelines, and to monitor and report regularly to the public on indicators of progress.

ii) Developing a youth anti-racism plan

iii) Creating community hubs to provide space for meetings, recreation, the arts, and service providers;

iv) Establishing local coordinating bodies to help improve access to services offered in each neighbourhood and to improve coordination amongst them;

v) Implementing programs to familiarize families, including new settlers, with community structures and supports;

vi) Reducing barriers to youth recreation programs;

vii) Increasing resources to tower neighbourhood renewal initiatives;

 

Councillor Matlow's February 5, 2013 Update

Dear residents,

 

I believe that improving and expanding our public transit system and fighting traffic gridlock must be top priorities for City Council. Every day, drivers find themselves waiting in traffic, cyclists try to navigate our busy streets and subway riders find themselves packed like sardines if they are even able to fit onto an overcrowded train.

 

We can only achieve the change we want if we make our voices heard. I encourage you to participate in Metrolinx's conversation on funding The Big Move, which the planned Eglinton Crosstown LRT and a downtown relief subway line are a part of. Please see this meeting notice below, including other items of interest to those of you who are condo owners and tenants, environmental stewards, community advocates, and seniors.

 

And as always, please feel welcome to contact me at 416-392-7906 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if I can ever be of assistance to you and your family.

 

Sincerely,

Josh


 

Reminder: Metrolinx Public Roundtable Meetings

 

This month, Metrolinx will be hosting public roundtable meetings regarding The Big Move, a plan to rebuild transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. For more information on the Toronto meeting dates, please visithttp://www.bigmove.ca/roundtable. Improving our city and region's transportation network is an issue I have actively worked on for a long time and I support the direction Metrolinx is taking with The Big Move. To read more about my advocacy for improved and expanded transportation, please click here. I plan to attend the roundtable at Metro Hall this Saturday, February 9th from 1 to 3 pm and I hope to see you there!

 

Public Consultation With Condominium Occupants


I am delighted to announce that the City of Toronto's Planning department is starting a consultation process with condo owners to find out about issues and problems with the way people are living in condos. Some of the issues that will be discussed during the consultation will include:

  • Access to parks and dog parks
  • Recreational and community amenities
  • Parking , bike parking and visitor parking
  • Childcare

 

The consultation will focus on identifying the issues that condo residents are currently experiencing and developing a set of ideas to help the City of Toronto address these issues. You are welcome to attend any of these meetings, which will be from 7 to 9 pm.

 

February 12th, 2013
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street (at Yonge and Bloor)

 

February 27th, 2013
Congregation Darchei Noam
864 Sheppard Avenue W
(At Allen and Sheppard Ave W)


2013 Live Green Toronto Awards


Nominations are open for the City's Live Green Toronto Awards. With video entries and public voting, the Live Green Toronto Awards offer everyone an opportunity to participate in the City's search for Toronto's greenest people, groups and businesses. Entrants must submit a short video, up to 90 seconds in length, and tell their green story in 500 words or less.

 

You can view the videos and vote for your favourites; votes cast in the first round (January 21st to March 3rd) will help the judges determine the finalists. Votes cast in the second round (March 15th to April 19th) will determine the winners.

 

Winners will receive a Live Green Toronto Award, $2,500 courtesy of award sponsors and a chance to share their story on CP24.

 

Enter, view and vote begins January 21st. The final entry deadline is March 3rd.

 

For more information, please visit www.livegreentoronto.ca.

 

2013 Community Investment Funding Programs - Call for Applications


Applications are now open for the following four Community Investment Funding Programs, which are delivered by the City. I would like to share the following information on the application procedure, funding deadlines and project goals. You can apply online through the Corporate Grants Information System, and instruction on how to apply can be found at www.toronto.ca/grants.

 

 

Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests' 2013 Programs


I would like to share this information about Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests' 2013 programs with you:

 

LEAF's subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program helps residents of Toronto and York Region plant native shade trees and shrubs in their yards. Orders can be placed now for spring delivery of Native Garden Kits (birds, butterflies, or shade options) as well as native edible and heritage fruit trees, including the rare pawpaw tree (quantities are limited).

 

LEAF's Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program sessions. This spring this course will be offered in Richmond Hill (June 8,12, and 15) for the first time, as well as in Toronto (April/May). This multi-day course offers a combination of indoor and outdoor arboricultural training, giving citizens the tools to improve the urban forest in their neighbourhood. You can sign up now to get an early opportunity to register.

 

New Access Point for Seniors' Resources


A one-step access point for all seniors' resources in Ontario has been established. Residents may call 1-888-910-1999 or visit www.ontario.ca/seniors in order to access information on various programs throughout the province.

   

Update: Mayor Ford has won his appeal

Dear residents,

 

Mayor Rob Ford has won his appeal and will keep his seat on Council.

 

I very much appreciate your feedback on the question of how you believe Council should proceed in the event that the mayor is removed from office. Obviously, this is not a question that needs to be answered at this time.

 

I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on the priorities of Toronto residents, including fighting gridlock, improving and expanding public transit, poverty and housing, our natural environment, building a beautifully designed and age-friendly city, and ensuring that we manage our city's finances in a thoughtful and responsible way.

 

I hope to see you in our community soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

   

What happens if the Mayor's seat on Council is declared vacant

Dear residents,

 

On Friday, January 25th at 10:30am, we will find out the court’s ruling on Mayor Rob Ford’s appeal.

 

To be clear, no matter what happens with this case, I can assure you that garbage and recycling will still be collected, the city’s lights will remain on and the City of Toronto will continue to function as imperfectly as it always has. In other words, the sky will not fall and life will go on.

 

However, the course we take moving forward is important and there has been much confusion about what the process of choosing a new mayor is if, indeed, Mayor Ford’s appeal is unsuccessful.

 

Therefore, I am providing a summary to you of the next steps in the event that the Mayor's seat becomes vacant.

 

If the Mayor's seat becomes vacant for any reason:

 

1. the Deputy Mayor automatically assumes the powers and duties of the Mayor until Council fills the vacancy.  There is no gap and no risk that City business will be interrupted by the vacancy.

 

2. City Council has 60 days to (a) fill the vacancy by appointing any person qualified to hold office, or (b) pass by-laws to hold a by election.  The relevant sections of the City of Toronto Act is section 208 found here:

 

http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_06c11_e.htm#BK270

 

3 If Council chooses to hold a by-election, the Clerk must fix nomination date (i.e., close of nominations) no longer than 60 days from the time Council passes a by-law.  Voting day will be 45 days following that. I expect the by-election would end up being sometime in May of this year.

 

The relevant sections of the Municipal Elections Act governing the by-election can be found here:

 

http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_96m32_e.htm#BK84

 

In the event the Mayor's seat becomes vacant, City Council will need to decide these matters.  The Deputy Mayor, having the powers of the Mayor (during this interim period), can call a special meeting to consider this matter.  The City Clerk will submit a report to Council with all of the rules and steps required to fill the vacancy.

 

If you have an opinion on whether Council should hold a by-election or appoint an interim mayor until 2014, please let me know.  And, what arguments you believe are important for me to consider.

 

I do hope you find this information helpful.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

   

Councillor Matlow's January 22, 2013 Update

Dear residents,

 

Please see below my update to you on some upcoming local meetings and an opportunity to be on the Build Toronto board. As always, please feel very welcome to contact me if I can ever be of assistance to you and your family.

 

In addition, I'd like to thank each of you who took the time to congratulate us on the birth of our daughter Molly. Melissa and I are so deeply appreciative of the kind and supportive community we have around us. I think about this every day.

 

And most importantly, winter weather has arrived and it's getting very cold out there. If you see a fellow Torontonian living outside and in need of support, please call 311. If it's an emergency, you can call 911.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 


Rathnelly Community Consultation

On Wednesday, January 23rd, the Rathnelly Area Residents Association (RARA) will be hosting a community consultation meeting to update local residents on the following:

  • Repair or replacement of the mural on the MacPherson Street railway overpass
  • Beautification of the area in front of the parking lot on MacPherson
  • Keeping the Pump Park a convivial meeting place for all residents

The meeting will be from 7 pm to 9 pm at Huron Public School, 57 Huron Street. I will be attending this meeting along with City staff to respond to questions on these items or any other priority.

 

Reminder: Metrolinx Public Roundtable Meetings

Next month, Metrolinx will be hosting public roundtable meetings regarding The Big Move, a plan to rebuild transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. For more information on the Toronto meeting dates, please visit http://www.bigmove.ca/roundtable. Improving our city and region's transportation network is an issue I have actively worked on for a long time and I support the direction Metrolinx is taking with The Big Move. To read more about my advocacy for improved and expanded transportation, please click here.

 

Other Upcoming Local Meetings

Hosting and attending community meetings and other events in Ward 22 is very important to me to both engage and inform residents. I am always very pleased to update residents on local issues and on policy decisions made by City Council. Over the past two years, I've hosted meetings on subjects ranging from transit and the City budget to traffic safety and small business priorities. In the next few weeks, I'll be meeting with various local groups and residents on issues such as:

  • A condominium board meeting at 70 Roehampton Avenue to discuss local issues such as traffic, better maintenance at the new North Toronto Collegiate Institute field, and surrounding development applications
  • Visiting Yorkminster Park Baptist Church's Out of the Cold Program to meet guests, volunteers and staff
  • Various tenants of Ward 22 to discuss property standards, maintenance, and security concerns
  • Local residents regarding Oriole Park
  • To check on upcoming Ward 22 public meetings at anytime, please visit my calendar on my website at www.joshmatlow.ca. To learn about the status of every development proposal in our area, I've created an interactive map, that includes details and reports as I receive them, to ensure you're informed.

My schedule fills up quickly, so please contact my This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as early as possible if you'd like me to attend your local meeting to address questions, concerns and if you need my assistance.

 

Happy 90th Anniversary, Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church!

This January marks Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church's 90th anniversary of worship in their current building. I would like to congratulate them on this milestone and thank the congregation for their dedication to public service and good work in our community. For more information, please visit http://mprbc.org/.

 

Build Toronto Citizen Appointments

In my opinion, Build Toronto could use more people who are dedicated to genuine public consultation and community building. As part of Toronto's commitment to civic engagement, the City is seeking residents who are at least 18 years of age to serve as members of the Build Toronto Board of Directors. There are 7 positions available and applications may be submitted until 4:30 pm on Monday, February 11, 2013. For further information, please visit http://www.toronto.ca/public-appointments/opportunities.htm.

 


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

   

City of Toronto budget, building transit & some happy news!

 

Dear residents,

 

Please see below my note to you about this week's City of Toronto budget meeting and an upcoming Metrolinx consultation on how we can move forward with expanding public transit for Toronto and our region.

 

On a personal note, my wife, Melissa and I are delighted to share with you some very special news in our lives. On January 4th, 2013, our daughter, Molly was born. We are deeply happy and feel very fortunate to have such a supportive and caring community around us. Molly has also given the work I'm doing for our neighbourhoods and city even more meaning to me as, like every parent, I think about my daughter's well being in everything I do. To simply put it, our kids will inherit the world we build today.

 

Here's a photo Molly with her happy and tired dad from last week.

 

 

Melissa and I look forward to introducing her to you in the coming months on Ward 22's streets, parks and playgrounds and wish you and your family our very best this new year.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 

2013 City of Toronto Budget

The 2013 budget will be debated by City Council over the next few days. Thank you so much for the feedback I've received over the past several weeks on our community's priorities for our ward and our city. I believe this budget must address the services residents value and rely on every day, be responsible with every tax dollar and invest surplus funds in reserves rather than budget based on one-time infusions. I look forward to working with my colleagues on doing this well and I intend to represent, and reflect, what I've heard directly from ward 22 residents.

Keeping you informed and engaged in a priority for me. To watch the meeting beginning Tuesday, January 15th at 9:30am, please click here. To follow our agenda, please click here.

 

Metrolinx Public Roundtable Meetings

Next month, Metrolinx will be hosting public roundtable meetings regarding The Big Move, a plan to rebuild transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. For more information on the Toronto meeting dates, please visit http://www.bigmove.ca/roundtable. Improving our city and region's transportation network is an issue I have actively worked on for a long time and I support the direction Metrolinx is taking with The Big Move. To read more about my advocacy for improved and expanded transportation, please visit click here.

 

Need assistance?

Like always, feel very welcome to contact me or my staff by phone at 416-392-7906 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


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

   

City of Toronto's Casino Consultation

Dear residents,

 

Starting today, The City of Toronto is beginning a consultation process on whether or not to allow a casino within our city limits and, if it is supported, where one should go.

 

As I've expressed publicly already, I am not supportive of having a casino in our city due to evidence that casinos can have adverse social, health-related and economic impacts.

 

However, I'd like to provide you with the opportunity to express your opinion, no matter what it might be, as Council's decision will directly affect the kind of city we live in. To make your voice heard, please click here to be part of this consultation and to learn more.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

   

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