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 email@example.com.
Councillor Matlow spoke to the TTC Board in support of the fully-funded Metrolinx plan for rapid transit in Scarborough, September 25, 2013.
Councillor Matlow spoke in support of the fully-funded Metrolinx plan for rapid transit in Scarborough, July 16, 2013.
To fund the expansion and improvement of public transportation and relieve traffic congestion for Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH), it is imperative to move forward with a regional funding strategy.
Our transit needs are too urgent to continue relying on one-time provincial funding. Gridlock has become so severe that the status quo, traffic congestion that costs the GGH $6 billion a year and which has an adverse impact on our residents' quality of life, is unacceptable.
As we move forward with improving public transit for residents, we need to continue expanding our rapid transit system, including a connection with Toronto Pearson International Airport, relief subway lines to help ease the burden on the already overcrowded Yonge-University-Spadina subway line, priorities from across the City of Toronto and support state of good repair. Together, we must also reflect the transit needs of residents, including commuters, in Toronto and across the GGH region.
Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency, is currently preparing a funding strategy for their regional transit plan, The Big Move. There are a variety of funding mechanisms that may be considered including the feasibility of implementing road tolls or a regional sales tax dedicated to transit priorities.
This motion requests the City Manager to work with Metrolinx to explore a variety of regional funding mechanisms with officials from across the GGH to achieve these aims. Any funding initiative should be done on a regional basis to mitigate unintended consequences including job loss and consumer avoidance. Ultimately, we want the City of Toronto to have a leading seat at the table with its partners as Metrolinx's process moves closer to fruition.
Cities like New York already have regional transit authorities that have the ability to raise revenue to support their transit systems. Of course, if we as a city are satisfied with the status quo, a conversation about realistic ways to fund transit projects won't be necessary.
However, if we truly want a faster, reliable and more accessible public transportation system, we must have the courage to finally create a realistic way to fund it.
There are many public issues that the City of Toronto and our city's school boards share in common, including school pools, field and park permitting, land use, nutrition programs, school traffic zones, etc.
However, aside from ad hoc meetings between bureaucrats, our governance model is such that there's currently no formal way for our respective institutions to problem-solve together for our common constituency - Toronto.
Therefore, I am bringing this motion to the May 8th and 9th City Council meeting for consideration. With Council's support, I look forward to a new relationship between our City and school boards based on mutual understanding, goals and working closely together for the best interest of our communities.
Dear Residents and Friends,
On April 19, the Dance Manifesto was publicly unveiled by myself, and Guillaume Côté, principal dancer for the National Ballet, at the launch of the Canadian Dance Assembly’s I love dance/J’aime la danse National campaign and opening of Canada’s first National Dance Week held at Canada’s National Ballet School.
In accepting the nomination of dance Ambassador for I love dance/J’aime la danse, I was asked to share an inspiring testimonial for dance:
For me, dance is a language that defies boundaries. It's an expression of one's soul, culture, emotion and identity. Since I was a child, music and dance have played an important role in my life. Dance played a role in some of my greatest celebrations and contributed to my courtship of my wife. I deeply value the institutions and community in Toronto that support this art – one that reflects the vibrant diversity of our city.
Video: Dance Manifesto - Josh Matlow and Guillaume Côté
Photos from the Opening of Canada’s first National Dance Week and the Launch of the “I love dance/J’aime la danse” National Campaign, April 19, 2012
For more information on the Canadian Dance Assembly's I Love Dance National Campaign, you can visit their website at: http://www.cda-acd.ca/en/programs-services/national-campaign
For many years, I've worked closely with parents, students, dedicated residents, parent-led groups such as Let's Make Waves, and friends such as former mayor David Crombie to protect Toronto's school pools from closure.
I am delighted to announce that the City of Toronto and Toronto District School Board have finally reached a 5-year funding agreement.
Our city's school pools are deeply valued by our communities. They support our childrens' education, assist in teaching life-saving skills, contribute to recreational opportunities and our quality of life- for youth to seniors, and everyone in between.
This agreement will come to the City of Toronto's Community Development and Recreation Committee on April 24th and then to Council on May 8th for a decision.
If you would like to make an oral or written deputation to committee, please click here to learn how. To learn more about the agreement, please click here. We have been successful thus far in keeping our school pools open, but its more important than ever that your voice continues to be heard.
Thank you to everyone of you who have been part of this important campaign.
Toronto City Councillor
April 13, 2012
Keeping our community engaged and informed has always been a top priority for me. There are a number of community events and consultation meetings coming up in the next few weeks that I want to ensure that you're aware of. On an ongoing basis, please always feel welcome to visit my website at www.joshmatlow.ca for daily and weekly updates.
- Oriole Park Participatory Budgeting Meeting. Monday, April 16, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Christ Church Deer Park, Elliott Hall, 1570 Yonge Street.
- Friends of the Beltline Clean Up. Saturday, April 21, 9:30 am. Robert Bateman Parkette, Russell Hill and Chaplin Crescent
- Preliminary Design Open House for Chaplin Station (Crosstown LRT). Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Forest Hill Collegiate Institute.
- Rathnelly Residents Association Annual General Meeting. Friday, May 11, 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Church of the Messiah, Avenue Road and Dupont.
- Davisville and Balliol Community Consultation. Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street
- South Eglinton Rate Payers' and Residents' Association Annual General Meeting. Thursday, May 17, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Manor Road United Church, 240 Manor Road E.
- Age Friendly Town Hall/Seniors Forum. Thursday, May 24, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, 200 Eglinton Ave W.
I'm grateful for the time that many of you have taken to contact me to let me know your views on the issues that matter most to you. I look forward to continuing our conversation.
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22 – St. Paul's
1. Oriole Park Participatory Budgeting Meeting. Monday, April 16, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Christ Church Deer Park, Elliott Hall, 1570 Yonge Street.
I'm excited to move forward with a pilot project for Oriole Park that will have the community determine future spending priorities for their local green space at a town hall meeting.
I have secured funding for improvements for the park and the adjacent portion of the beltline. This money will be allocated by the community through Participatory Budgeting.
This innovative process will involve proposals by local residents that could include amenities such as community gardens and seating areas or new recreational facilities such as a basketball court, soccer pitch or chess table. These proposals will be costed by City Parks staff and voted on by the neighbourhood.
If you live close to Oriole Park please join us at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. (entrance on Heath St.) on April 16th 6:30-8:30
2. Friends of the Beltline Clean Up. Saturday, April 21, 9:30 am to 12:00pm. Robert Bateman Parkette, Russell Hill and Chaplin Crescent.
Join your fellow Friends of the Beltline making this neighbourhood treasure as beautiful as it can be. Toronto Urban Forestry will attend and supply gloves and tools. Beverages provided, compliments of Effie & Tony of Second Cup (518 Eglinton Ave. W). Bottled water compliments of Sage Real Estate Ltd.
3. Preliminary Design Open House for Chaplin Station (Crosstown LRT). Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Forest Hill Collegiate Institute (cafeteria), 730 Eglinton Avenue West.
Metrolinx and the TTC invite you to attend an Open House for Chaplin Station (a stop on the new Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT line) to learn more about the preliminary station design and the City’s Eglinton planning study, and to share your input with the design team.
For more information visit http://www.thecrosstown.ca/sites/default/files/Open-House-Notice-Chaplin-web.pdf.
4. Rathnelly Area Residents Association Annual General Meeting. Friday, May 11, 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Church of the Messiah, Avenue Road and Dupont.
More information about the Rathnelly Area Residents Association can be found at http://www.rathnellyrepublic.com/.
5. Davisville & Balliol Community Consultation. Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street
The City Planning Department is holding a community consultation meeting about a property development near Davisville and Yonge. The meeting relates to a rezoning application to permit the redevelopment of the sites municipally known as 87-107 Davisville Ave and 108-128 Balliol Street for the purposes of a 12 storey rental apartment building fronting onto the south side rental apartment units complete with 285 vehicular parking spaces located in a below grade parking facility. The existing 21 townhouse rental apartment units located on the sites would be demolished to accommodate the proposal. For more information please see the following document: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-45408.pdf
6. South Eglinton Rate Payers' and Residents' Association Annual General Meeting. Thursday, May 17, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Manor Road United Church (Main Hall upstairs), 240 Manor Road E.
Invited guest speakers include myself, MP Dr. Carolyn Bennett, MPP Dr. Eric Hoskins, and TDSB Trustee Shelley Laskin and TCDSB Trustee Jo-Ann Davis. For more information visit http://southeglinton.ca/.
7. Age Friendly Town Hall/Seniors Forum. Thursday, May 24, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, 200 Eglinton Ave W.
I'm co-hosting this Town Hall with SPRINT to provide an opportunity to discuss how the City of Toronto can support its growing senior population here in North Toronto and across the city. We will be joined by local activist Charlotte Maher, and City Staff who are working on a City of Toronto Seniors Strategy.
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