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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 options for the Scarborough Subway, March 31, 2016.

Councillor Matlow spoke on tenant issues related to the Residential Tenancies Act, December 18 2013.

City Hall and Community Update for February 24, 2017

The Yonge & St. Clair Valentine's Day Fire at the Badminton & Racquet Club

The term “hero” is sometimes used too easily but I can’t think of a better word to describe the Fire, Police and EMS responders who attended to the 6-alarm fire at Yonge & St. Clair last week. For more than 24 hours, over 100 firefighters worked long, dangerous and grueling shifts to put out the blaze at the Badminton and Racquet Club; keeping the fire from spreading to residential buildings only feet away. In an amazing display of teamwork, Toronto Fire Services was joined by Police, EMS, the Office of Emergency Management, Toronto Hydro, Toronto Water, TTC, and others.

I would also like to commend Slate Asset Management for offering us the lobby of 55 St. Clair Ave West as a reception centre run by the Red Cross for displaced residents from buildings such as The Clairmont at 1430 Yonge Street and many others, as well as Tim Horton’s for staying open over night to provide refreshments. I'm also very appreciative of the many members of our community who offered a spare bedroom and other supports to their neighbours who were evacuated.

I have reached out to the President of the Badminton and Racquet Club, whose members lost a place that was very close to their hearts, to express our community’s sadness and strong support as they move forward. The B & R Club was also a building of historical importance to every resident of Toronto. An early example of of an adaptive reuse of a historic building, (it was a radial car barn (like Wychwood Barns) the club opened in 1925.

Impending Loss of 1955 Yonge Street

As many in the Davisville and Chaplin Estates neighbourhoods will already know, a developmentwas approved by a previous Council, in August 2010 at 1955 Yonge Street between Belsize and Millwood. Unfortunately, a property on this block (currently acting as the developer’s sales office) was not recognized as potentially having heritage value before the development was approved. City Heritage Staff has sadly informed me that there is nothing we can do to save the building.

For commercial reasons, the developer has not taken steps to move forward with construction until recently. The Buildings Department has informed me that the developer recently requested a demolition permit for this site and that they are legally bound to issue that permit shortly.

To help ensure that our community is able to protect more buildings of cultural and historical significance, City Planning is conducting a heritage audit of our community as part of theMidtown in Focus review of the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan Area I requested. The results of this review are expected this year.

For your convenience, I have created an interactive map of all heritage properties located in Ward 22. Also, please click here to read the comments I wrote in my last update to you about the importance of Toronto's architectural heritage.

The Toronto Star Feature Series on the OMB and our Yonge-Eglinton Area

The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is an unaccountable, unelected and anti-democratic provincially-appointed body that has the final say over our city's planning decisions. The influence that the OMB has had on the Yonge-Eglinton area were featured in a well-written, informative series in the Toronto Star this past weekend.

As many of you know, I have been a long-time advocate of freeing Toronto from the OMB’s purview. While the Province has stopped short of eliminating the OMB altogether, there are a number of very positive reforms proposed in this Ministry of Municipal Affairs consultation document released last year that would significantly improve the planning process for Toronto, including:
  • Only allowing the OMB to hear appeals on the “validity of the decision” by council, limiting the OMB’s ability to hear appeals and completely overturn decisions
  • Preventing appeals of secondary plans, including Yonge and Eglinton which is now under review, for two years
  • Requiring the OMB to send “significant new information” arising from a hearing back to council for re-evaluation before rendering a decision
  • More actively promoting mediation to settle disputes, preventing adversarial hearings
  • Better training for OMB members, who are appointed by the Province
It is expected that the Province will move forward with legislation this year. I will be sure to update you as this important review progresses and new information is available.

City Staff to Defend Community at OMB Against Yonge & St. Clair Development

At Toronto and East York Community Council this week, my colleagues supported my motion to ensure the neighbourhood will be represented by City Planning and City Legal to oppose the inappropriate development proposal at 1417-1431 Yonge Street, just south of St. Clair. 

This file has had a long history and several iterations. On November 24, 2015, the applicant appealed City Planning’s refusal of their application for a 42-storey building to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). On August 2, 2016 at an OMB pre-hearing, the applicant informed the Board of a revised proposal for its site. Completely ignoring the community, the new proposal is for 46 storeys.

While I strongly agree that the Yonge & St. Clair area is in need of revitalization, this specific development proposal is inappropriate from functional and aesthetic perspectives. City Planning Staff have stated that the building is too tall and dense for the site, leaving very little room on the sidewalk and no additional public space, which is typical for a building of this size. As well, this condo would put added stress on the already overcrowded rear laneway. There is even concern that delivery vehicles, taxis, cars, and other vehicles accessing the proposed site could interfere with the St. Clair streetcar where it turns into the station.

The OMB hearing is scheduled for June of this year.

REMINDER: Let's Design Ward 22's Two New Park Spaces Together: Second Public Meeting

In early December 2016, I held an initial public meeting to gather residents' feedback on potential designs and uses for our two new parks on Manor Road East that we fought for together (the former Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club site and the corner of Manor Road and Forman Avenue). Since that meeting, the project design consultant has been busy developing design concepts based on that feedback and will be ready to share these drawings with the community shortly.

Please join me and your neighbours on Monday, February 27 to review and comment upon these concept designs for our two new parks! The meeting will be held at 6:30pm in the newly renovated sanctuary at Manor Road United Church (adjacent to one of our new park spaces at 240 Manor Road East). City of Toronto Parks staff will also be in attendance.

Independent Toronto Airspace Noise Review Public Meeting

In early 2012, NAV Canada changed the flight patterns of aircraft approaching and leaving Toronto Pearson International Airport. Many residents have contacted me and reported disturbances from increased air traffic noise including during overnight hours. Some have described the noise as living under an "air super-highway" and find the volume and frequency of flights intolerable.

I brought a motion to City Council to have City of Toronto officials meet with representatives from NAV Canada, the federal Ministry of Transportation, and other relevant bodies to find a less intrusive flight path that respects the needs of Toronto residents to live without excessive noise pollution. I continue to work together with the Toronto Aviation Noise Group (TANG) to advocate for the Federal government to address these concerns directly.

Next month, there will be an opportunity for you to have your voice heard on this issue. HELIOS, the UK-based aviation consulting company hired by NAV CANADA to conduct the independent Toronto Airspace Review, has scheduled the next round of public consultation meetings for early March.

The meeting date with the location closest to most mid-town Toronto residents is:

Saturday, March 4, 2017
10:30am to 12:30pm
Novotel North York
3 Park Home Avenue
North York
M2N 6L3

For more information, please click here.

Time for Torontonians to Get Ready to Register for Spring/Summer Recreation Programs

The City of Toronto offers recreation programs for all ages, skill levels and interests. Registration for spring and summer general programs, spring skating and swimming, and summer camps begins in two weeks. 

Registration dates
Registration is by district and starts at 7am on each date:
Etobicoke York: Saturday, March 4
Scarborough: Sunday, March 5 
North York: Tuesday, March 7 
Toronto and East York: Wednesday, March 8

Residents should visit http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun before registration day to build wish lists (program titles and bar codes) and have a few options ready in case they don’t get their first choice.

Those who want to register for programs will need to set up an account. Residents can call 416-338-4386, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or speak with staff at a City community centre to get a family number and a client number.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation will offer extended customer service call centre hours on March 1, 2, 3 and 6 from 7:30am to 6:30pm to assist with account information and answer questions about registration for spring/summer programs.


Welcome Policy yearly credit
The Welcome Policy credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. People receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. You can visit http://www.toronto.ca/wp for more information about the yearly credit.

Free programs
Many community centres offer free recreation programs including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information about free and low-cost programming options is available here.

Older adult discounts
Older adults (60 plus years) who register for adult recreation programs receive a 50 per cent discount off the regular price of those programs.

Access to Art Programs and Workshops - Seniors Arts Engagement Program

The AGO invites visitors of all abilities to experience our collections in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Make the AGO yours and discover your creativity!
  • Creativity is proven to support emotional well-being
  • Creativity reinforces the brain cells responsible for memory
  • Creativity cultivates a positive approach to life that enhances the immune system
  • Creativity promotes social interactions that help combat depression

Seniors Community Grant Program

The Seniors Community Grant Program, the first grant program in Ontario dedicated solely to seniors, is designed to give our elder population more opportunities to participate in their communities by providing funding to not-for-profit community groups for projects that encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement for seniors.

This grant program will make $2 million available for projects across Ontario that will help more seniors become socially engaged and feel part of their communities. Grants range from $1000 to $8000.

For your convenience, here are the program guidelines and application form.

For more information:
Applications will be accepted between November 25, 2016 and March 3, 2017.

Projects must not start prior to June 15, 2017 and be completed by March 31, 2018.

New Green Bins Arrive in Ward 22 Soon

The City continues to phase in delivery of the new Green Bins and the neighbourhoods in the northern part of District 3, east of Yonge Street and west of Victoria Park Avenue, will start receiving their new bins beginning March 9. It will take about three months to complete this distribution. The City will deliver to one collection route per day, which represents approximately 1,500 households. On the same day that residents get their new Green Bin, the old one will be taken away and recycled. If collection crews miss removing your old bin that day, set it out EMPTY on your next collection cycle and it will be picked up then (those who miss this second opportunity may contact 311 to arrange removal).

Here are some of the New Green Bin's key features:
  • It is animal-resistant so it can be stored outside or placed at the curb the night before collection with the lid in the locked position
  • It is larger and can hold more organics; plus, it meets automated collection requirements
  • Set out is important. Place the bin with the dial in the locked position with the arrows on the top of the lid facing the street to receive collection and please remember to leave space (0.5 metres) between bins for automated collection
More tips on using your new bin will be delivered with the bin. It is important to start using your new bin on your next collection day, as the City will no longer be able to collect from the old one.

You can check the bin delivery progress in our area on the City's Solid Waste Management webpage at www.toronto.ca/greenbin. These maps are updated weekly and are a useful tool to refer to if you have inquiries on the delivery status of the new Green Bins.

For questions or concerns about your new Green Bin, or to order an additional one, please contact 311.

Updated Ward 22 Development Page

To ensure you are informed and engaged about development proposals being proposed for sites near your neighbourhood, I've created an interactive webpage

My webpage listing all the proposed developments in Ward 22 has recently been updated to reflect current development applications and, as always, contains locations, staff reports and public meeting notices. Additionally, the map now shows the boundaries of the Urban Growth Centre surrounding Yonge and Eglinton, as well as the designated Avenues (portions of Eglinton Avenue West, St. Clair Avenue West, Yonge Street, Mt. Pleasant Road and Bayview Avenue). These are all areas where the Province is directing growth. Clicking on any of them will provide links to more information about the ward's Avenues/Urban Growth Centre, as well as links to the City's Official Plan and local secondary plans.
For ongoing council and community news, my contact information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.caClick here to read my previous city hall and community updates.
 

City Hall and Community Update for February 3rd 2017

Toronto’s Heritage Protection Policies Must Be Strengthened

Toronto has a shameful record when it comes to protecting its architectural heritage.

The wanton demolition of the Bank of Montreal building at 2444 Yonge Street last month, and the Stollery's Building at Yonge and Bloor in January 2015, are just two of the most recent examples of the City's inability to stay ahead of development applications. We need to implement a more proactive mechanism to protect better protect Toronto's built heritage before. That's why I moved a motion in 2015 to strengthen our heritage policy framework.

Currently, for a building to have protection, it must be either “listed” or “designated” under the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA). A very lengthy process is required for a property to become listed, including a full evaluation and completed Staff research report, followed by consideration by both Community Council and City Council. Only following City Council approval does a property become eligible for protection under the OHA, including demolition protections under the Ontario Planning Act. This review process can take up to five months to complete for a single property. For a property to become fully designated, the process can take up to eight months. There is nothing to save a heritage property from the wrecking ball while this process is taking place.

My motion asked City Planning staff to report back to Planning and Growth Management Committee on the feasibility of establishing a new tier of heritage designation that is more inclusive, proactive and expeditious. This new category would protect properties that have been identified but not yet evaluated for listing or designation.

We are still waiting on the Chief Planner to take action on this Council direction.

You can read more about the current challenges facing the City's heritage policy and my efforts to improve them in this article.

Also, for your convenience, I have created an interactive map of all heritage properties located in Ward 22.


City Staff Proposing Massive Fee Hikes for Patios

Small business owners across the city are sounding the alarm over a proposal from Licensing and Standards Staff that would see fees for some patios increase by over 1000%. While some adjustment might be reasonable, I will not support any measure that provides a disincentive for business owners to provide outdoor seating in appropriate locations.

Patios contribute to more fun and vibrant streets, our local economy and community residents' quality of life. Where residential neighbors aren't adversely impacted, the City should be working to encourage more patios instead of making them prohibitively expensive.

For more information on this issue, please read this article.


REMINDER: Community Skating Party with Josh Matlow, Rob Oliphant & Carolyn Bennett!

I'm excited to be co-hosting a community skating party with our local MPs, Rob Oliphant and Carolyn Bennett at Hodgson Ice Rink (East of Mt. Pleasant, entrance off Millwood/Harwood, behind Hodgson PS). 

Please join us from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday, February 12th for a fun, family-friendly afternoon with free coffee and hot chocolate.

I look forward to seeing you there!


REMINDER: Councillor Josh Matlow's 2017 City of Toronto Budget Town Hall Meeting

On Wednesday, February 8th at 7pm, I will be hosting my 2017 Budget Town Hall for Ward 22 residents at Christ Church Deer Park, Elliott Hall, 1570 Yonge Street.

The City of Toronto's budget will affect virtually every City service and your feedback is very important to me. I hope you will be able to attend.

If you would like more information on the proposed 2017 City of Toronto Budget in advance of my Town Hall meeting, please click here.


REMINDER: Let's Design Ward 22's Two New Park Spaces Together: Second Public Meeting

In early December 2016, I held an initial public meeting to gather residents' feedback on potential designs and uses for our two new parks on Manor Road East that we fought for together (the former Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club site and the corner of Manor Road and Forman Avenue). Since that meeting, the project design consultant has been busy developing design concepts based on that feedback and will be ready to share these drawings with the community shortly.

Please join me and your neighbours on Monday, February 27 to review and comment upon these concept designs for our two new parks! The meeting will be held at 6:30pm in the newly renovated sanctuary at Manor Road United Church (adjacent to one of our new park spaces at 240 Manor Road East). City of Toronto Parks staff will also be in attendance.


Midtown in Focus Study Continues

As part of our Midtown in Focus study, the City of Toronto is developing an area-wide vision for parks and public spaces in the Yonge-Davisville area. As a follow up to a successful workshop in the fall, myself and City Planning Staff are reconvening for another public meeting at 7pm on Wednesday, February 22nd at Northern District Library (40 Orchard View Boulevard). We would be pleased to hear your feedback and ideas on creating a safer and more vibrant public realm in the community!

If you have any questions please feel welcome to contact myself or the City Planner Paul Farish at 416-392-3529 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Updated Ward 22 Development Page

To ensure you are informed and engaged about developments being proposed for sites near your neighbourhood, I've created an interactive webpage

My webpage listing all the proposed developments in Ward 22 has recently been updated to reflect current development applications and, as always, contains locations, staff reports and public meeting notices. Additionally, the map now shows the boundaries of the Urban Growth Centre surrounding Yonge and Eglinton, as well as the designated Avenues (portions of Eglinton Avenue West, St. Clair Avenue West, Yonge Street, Mt. Pleasant Road and Bayview Avenue). These are all areas where the Province is directing growth. Clicking on any of them will provide links to more information about the ward's Avenues/Urban Growth Centre, as well as links to the City's Official Plan and local secondary plans.



Please click here to learn more about what you can do to help free Toronto from the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

   
   

City Hall and Community Update for January 20, 2017

Councillor Josh Matlow's 2017 City of Toronto Budget Town Hall Meeting

It's very important to me that I accurately reflect our community's priorities, and represent you, when I vote on our behalf on the City of Toronto's budget. On Wednesday, February 8 at 7pm, I'll host my 2017 Budget Town Hall for Ward 22 residents. The meeting will take place in Elliott Hall at Christ Church Deer Park (1570 Yonge Street).

The City of Toronto's budget will affect virtually every City service and encourage your feedback. I hope you will be able to attend.

If you would like more information on the proposed 2017 City of Toronto Budget in advance of my Town Hall meeting, please click here.

Annual Community Skating Party with Josh Matlow, Rob Oliphant & Carolyn Bennett!

I'm excited to be co-hosting a community skating party again this year with our local MPs, Rob Oliphant and Carolyn Bennett at Hodgson Ice Rink (east of Mount Pleasant Road, on Davisville Avenue behind Hodgson Sr. Public School). Please join us from 2-4pm on Sunday, February 12 for a fun, family-friendly afternoon of skating and hot chocolate.

I look forward to seeing you and your family there!

New Tenant Protection Legislation Approved

I am very pleased to report that my colleagues supported moving forward with a new program to provide much needed protection for Toronto renters. This success was the result of years of hard work with local tenant advocates and city-wide organizations, including the Federation of Metro Toronto Tenants’ Associations, ACORN, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, and community legal clinics.

At present, far too many renters live in sub-standard housing.  The City’s Multi Residential Audit Building (MRAB) program has found over 58,000 deficiencies in approximately 1000 buildings since Building Audits began.  Leaking roofs, stained carpets, non-functioning elevators, and pest infestations are far too common.  And these violations are mostly from just the shared areas in buildings and don’t capture the serious problems tenants face inside their units.

Some landlords have ignored City orders to fix their properties for years with little consequence; they treat the small fines as the cost of doing business, drag out performing the repairs through court appeals, and are even granted time extensions.

The system certainly doesn’t give tenants the same leniency when their rent is due.

This comprehensive new by-law includes several motions I moved to address some of these concerns, including:

  • A “Rentsafe” rating program for buildings modelled off of the “Dinesafe” program for restaurants that requires landlords to post a colour-coded sign that displays the City's rating in a prominent, publicly identifiable location, along with posting the same information on the City's website
  • Request the Province to grant the City the power to fine landlords for property standards violations
  • Establish guidelines for when the Property Standards Committee can grant time extensions on work orders for violations and to limit those criteria to situations that are only extraordinary circumstances
  • Develop standard operating procedures for City enforcement officers which provide targeted timelines by violation category to bring landlords into compliance with City by-laws from the date an order is issued, and make the standards available to the public on the City website

These measures, and many others contained in the program, were the result of extensive consultation with tenants across the city.

For more information, please see this Toronto Star article.


Ending the Tax Rebate for Vacant Stores

There are far too many empty storefronts on our main streets. They hurt neighbouring businesses and adversely impact our communities. That’s why I strongly support, and commend, Mayor Tory for his support for eliminating the City’s backward policy of providing tax rebates to landlords of vacant units.

For more information on how this measure could lead to more vibrant shopping areas in Midtown, please see this North Toronto Post article.


Toronto’s Climate Change Plan Moves Forward

In 2007, the City of Toronto adopted the target of reducing our greenhouse gas by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050. So far, we have reduced our emissions by 24%, but it is projected that Toronto will not meet our goal without significant further action.

There is an 8.7 million tonne gap between our projected GHG emissions in 2050 and our low-carbon target. Over the next 34 years, transformative changes to the City’s core urban systems - transportation, building design & operation, energy systems and waste management – will be necessary.

To read the full TrasformTO report, please click here.


Toronto Seniors Strategy 2.0 Hospital Consultation at Sunnybrook

Over the next two decades, the number of seniors in Toronto will more than double. To prepare for this, the City adopted its first age-friendly plan – the Toronto Seniors Strategy – in 2013. With 86 of the original 91 recommendations now implemented, the City and I, in my capacity as Toronto's Seniors' Advocate, are working with older Torontonians, caregivers, agencies and other orders of government to co-create the next version – "2.0".

As part of this next phase in the strategy, I proposed to City staff that we consult with older adults who are patients at Toronto's hospitals. Hospitalized seniors can often feel more like patients than citizens of our city. Today, we brought the City to them at Sunnybrook Hospital, where I was delighted to learn about the best ways to help them. I look forward to participating in subsequent consultations at our hospitals to gather further thoughtful feedback from in-patients on how we can improve their quality of life and connectedness to their city, as we develop Toronto's Seniors Strategy.



Let's Design Ward 22's Two New Park Spaces Together: Second Public Meeting

In early December 2016, I held an initial public meeting to gather residents' feedback on potential designs and uses for our two new parks on Manor Road East that we fought for together (the former Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club site and the corner of Manor Road and Forman Avenue). Since that meeting, the project design consultant has been busy developing design concepts based on that feedback and will be ready to share these drawings with the community shortly.

Please join me and your neighbours on Monday, February 27 to review and comment upon these concept designs for our two new parks! The meeting will be held at 6:30pm in the newly renovated sanctuary at Manor Road United Church (adjacent to one of our new park spaces at 240 Manor Road East). City of Toronto Parks staff will also be in attendance.

390-398 Spadina Road Development Town Hall Meeting

City Planning issued a refusal report to construct a 9-storey mixed-use building at 390-398 Spadina Rd, consisting of 46 residential units. Unfortunately, the developer has appealed this decision to the OMB.

While this development is actually located in Ward 21 (on the west side of Spadina Road), it will obviously impact many Ward 22 residents directly across Spadina Road and throughout the Ward 22 portion of Forest Hill Village. In fact, it threatens the very unique character of the Forest Hill Village.

In February 2014, I successfully moved a motion requesting City Planning Staff to study Forest Hill Village (located along Spadina Road) and prepare Urban Design Guidelines to protect the small town feeling of this distinctive area. The mandate for the Forest Hill Village Urban Design Guidelines is to maintain the small town character of the area by identifying the appropriate urban character, materials and building rhythm and articulation for future developments and/or renovations within the study area. This includes a Staff recommendation for a maximum of a four storeys street wall for the Village.

These new guidelines will help strengthen City Planning’s position when assessing future development applications for the Village. To learn more about the new guidelines, please see this City report that was approved today by Toronto & East York Community Council. To speak to the planner directly, please contact David Driedger at 416-392-7613 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

I look forward to joining my colleague, Councillor Joe Mihevc, and the South Forest Hill Residents' Association (SFHRA) for a community meeting about this proposal at 7:30pm in the West Tower Party Room at 400 Walmer Road. To view the full meeting flyer, please click here.

I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of the South Forest Hill Residents' Association (SFHRA) in fighting the current development proposal, their shared passion to preserve the character of the Village and to ensure that any development at this location is an appropriate one. For more information about SFHRA, please click here.

Ward 22 Cycle Toronto Welcomes you to a New Member's Night

Are you interested in finding more about bike advocacy in Midtown over drinks and pub food? Do you want to join a talented team of local community cycling activists? On January 26, Ward 22 Cycle Toronto is holding a social meeting for new members and anyone interested in finding out more about what the group does, priorities for 2017 and how you can get involved. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm at The Abbot on Eglinton, between Spadina and Avenue.

For more information, contact Ken Brown:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Opportunity for Toronto Community Housing Tenants to Participate in the City's Tenants First Advisory Panel

If you're a Toronto Community Housing Tenant who has community leadership experience and is interested in helping shape the future of TCH and the non-profit housing sector, the City is looking for you to get involved with the Tenants First Implementation Plan. This plan focuses on creating transformative change within TCH through a number of actions based on recommendations from City staff, the Mayor's Task Force and consultation with tenants.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Tenants First Advisory Panel and want more information, you can attend an information meeting on Tuesday, January 24 at 6-8pm Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen West, 2nd Floor, Committee Room 4.

Alternatively, you can receive more information by visiting the Tenants First Project Websitehere or contact Carmen Smith at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by telephone at (416) 338-5716

Applications for the deadline are due by 5pm on February 3, 2017.

A Successful Ecumenical Food Drive in 2016

Through the support of many of you, the Drive was another success with some 16,000 items collected, slightly less than last year, but still remarkable for one day! In addition, over $3,000 in cash donations were received for further bulk purchases by the food banks to meet their special needs. A sincere thanks to all those who contributed and also to the many hard working volunteers who made this wonderful community event happen once again.

Free Mental Health Resources for Youth in the Community

The Delisle YouthCan Impact Walk-in provides free mental health and substance use counselling services for all youth between the ages of 13 to 21. Counsellors are there to discuss and provide support for a number of issues including depression, anxiety, bullying, sexual orientation, stress, substance abuse or other concerns.

The walk-in clinic is located at 40 Orchard View Blvd, Room #102 and operates at the following times:
  • Tuesday: 2pm-5pm (Please arrive by 3:30pm)
  • Wednesday: 4pm-7pm (Please arrive by 5:30pm)
  • Thursday: 2pm-6pm (Please arrive by 4:30pm)
  • Saturday: 10am-2pm (Please arrive by 12:30pm)
More information about this service can be found on their website here.
Updated Ward 22 Development Page

To ensure you are informed and engaged about development proposals being proposed for sites near your neighbourhood, I've created an interactive webpage

My Proposed Developments webpage has recently been updated to reflect current development applications and, as always, contains locations, staff reports and public meeting notices. Additionally, the map now shows the boundaries of the Urban Growth Centre surrounding Yonge and Eglinton, as well as the designated Avenues (portions of Eglinton Avenue West, St. Clair Avenue West, Yonge Street, Mt. Pleasant Road and Bayview Avenue). These are all areas where the Province is directing growth. Clicking on any of them will provide links to more information about the ward's Avenues/Urban Growth Centre, as well as links to the City's Official Plan and local secondary plans.
   

City Hall and Community Update for December 2, 2016

REMINDER: Public Meeting to Design Ward 22's Two New Park Spaces!

Working together as a community, we successfully fought to preserve green space at the former Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club site. We also worked amicably with the Manor Road United Church to create public space rather than a townhouse development at their site.

Now the fun part begins! Please join me and your neighbours to discuss potential designs and uses for our two new parks at 6:30pm on Tuesday, December 6 in the gymnasium at Maurice Cody Jr Public School. City of Toronto Parks staff will also be in attendance.

Please click here to view the event flyer.


Ward 22's Hodgson Ice Rink is Now Open for the 2016/2017 Skating Season!

I am happy to announce that our community ice rink at Hodgson is now open for your skating pleasure! 

I am pleased that the 2016/17 skating year will once again feature expanded community hours at Hodgson ice. The agreement with the TDSB reached last year will see the rink open for community hours starting at 11:30am (rather than 4:30pm) every weekday.

For more information regarding hours of operation and specific programming, please visit thiswebsite.


Manor Road United Church Grand Re-Opening Celebration

Manor Road United Church is celebrating the Grand Opening of their renovated space on Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11 and everyone is welcome!  

The church has several events planned over the course of the weekend, including the 3rd annual Santa’s pancake breakfast at 9:30am - 11am on Saturday, a Christmas Concert and Carol Sing at 7pm on Saturday, and a Celebration Service at 10:30am on Sunday. I look forward to giving opening remarks and congratulations at the official Open House celebration at 11:45am on Sunday. I hope to see you there!


Please Join Me in Celebrating the Holiday Season with our Mount Pleasant Village and Midtown Yonge BIAs this Weekend!

On Saturday, December 3, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, their elves and more will be on hand to celebrate the Mount Pleasant Village BIA Christmas Fair. The day will be filled with fun activities, as well as in-store promotions. New for this year will be a scavenger hunt! The event will take place along Mount Pleasant Road between Eglinton and Davisville from 10am to 4pm.

Full event details are available here.

Also, come enjoy some local shopping and holiday fun on Yonge Street between Soudan and Davisville. The Midtown Yonge BIA are ringing in the season at the intersection of Yonge Street and Lola Road with a 20ft Christmas tree, carolers & Santa himself. This event will take place on Saturday, December 3 and 10 from 1pm to 4pm.

Please click here to view the Midtown Yonge BIA event flyer.


Annual 58th Toronto Scouts Christmas Tree Sale

If you'll be looking for a Christmas tree, our local kids with the 58th Scouts, Cubs & Beavers have one for you! For over 60 years, local Boy Scouts have been selling fresh, Ontario-grown Christmas trees & wreaths to neighborhood residents. The sale starts November 26 and, as always, they can be found on the main lawn at the Church of the Transfiguration (111 Manor Rd East). Open weekdays 6am -9pm (weather permitting) and Sat-Sun 9am-6pm. Deliveries available. Call or text 647-970-0947 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please click here to view the flyer.


Rosehill Reservoir Rehabilitation Project

As many of you are aware, the City of Toronto will be carrying out waterproofing and structure rehabilitation work on the Rosehill Reservoir at David Balfour Park. These necessary upgrades will help to ensure the structural integrity of the reservoir, extend its service life, and bring the infrastructure to a state of good repair. I have been pleased to work with my colleague, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, City staff and local Residents' Associations on honing this restoration plan.

I certainly support the work that a core group of engaged residents has been doing toward the Vision Plan. We all want this park to be remarkable once the rehab work is completed, and I look forward to working together with the community on that front. 

Also, City staff had originally planned to host a Public Open House in November 2016 to discuss the project plans further with local residents. However, in response to comments received from the community so far, they have decided to postpone this event in order to allow for additional work to be completed. I will share the full meeting details with you for the Public Open House, once confirmed, via my e-newsletter and website. This event is anticipated to take place early in the New Year.


390-398 Spadina Road Development Proposal Update

City Planning recently issued a refusal report to construct a 9-storey mixed-use building at 390 Spadina Rd, consisting of 46 residential units. Unfortunately, the developer has appealed this decision to the OMB.

While this development is actually located in Ward 21 (on the west side of Spadina Road), it will obviously impact many Ward 22 residents directly across Spadina Road and throughout the Ward 22 portion of Forest Hill Village.

In February 2014, I successfully moved a motion requesting City Planning Staff to study Forest Hill Village (located along Spadina Road) and prepare Urban Design Guidelines to protect the small town feeling of this distinctive area. The mandate for the Forest Hill Village Urban Design Guidelines is to maintain the small town character of the area by identifying the appropriate urban character, materials and building rhythm and articulation for future developments and/or renovations within the study area. This includes a Staff recommendation for a maximum of four storeys  street wall for the Village.

These new guidelines will help strengthen City Planning’s position when assessing future development applications for the Village. To learn more about the new guidelines, please see this City report that was approved today by Toronto & East York Community Council. To speak to the planner directly, please contact David Driedger at 416-392-7613 or' ); // -->This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " target="_blank" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #2baadf; text-decoration: underline;" mce_style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #2baadf; text-decoration: underline;"> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of the South Forest Hill Residents' Association (SFHRA) in fighting the current development proposal, their shared passion to preserve the character of the Village and to ensure that any development at this location is an appropriate one. For more information about SFHRA, please click here.

I look forward to joining SFHRA and my colleague, Councillor Joe Mihevc, for a community meeting about this proposal in the New Year. I will be sure to share details of that meeting with you via my e-newsletter and website, once known.

City of Toronto Invites Residents to Have their Say on Long-Term Financial Plan

The City of Toronto is hosting four public consultation meetings from December 5 to 8, in addition to an online survey that is available from December 5 to 23, to gather the public's input on how the City can manage expenses, raise revenue and optimize its assets as part of the development of its Long-Term Financial Plan.

Public meeting details:
  • Monday, December 5, Etobicoke Olympium, 590 Rathburn Rd.
  • Tuesday, December 6, Chinese Cultural Centre, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E.
  • Wednesday, December 7, Mitchell Field Community Centre, 89 Church Ave.
  • Thursday, December 8, Toronto Reference Library (Epic Hall), 789 Yonge St.
Each meeting features an open house session starting at 6pm. A staff presentation that begins at 7pm provides the context for table discussions, followed by an "open-mic" session for participants who want to make a brief statement. Pre-registration is requested athttp://www.investinginto.ca.

Live webcasts of the meetings will be available on the website for those who cannot attend in person, along with learning and background materials and the online survey. Consultation toolkits can be downloaded for those who want to conduct their own community meetings.

To keep Toronto strong and vibrant, there are some key issues that require attention, including transit, housing, investment in poverty reduction, and social cohesion. City Council has adopted economic, social and environmental strategies that can lead Toronto forward. A Long-Term Financial Plan will ultimately present options and create a road map to achieve long-term financial sustainability through multi-year expenditure and revenue strategies while supporting the City's ability to fund its city-building and policy aspirations.

Findings from the consultation process will be considered by the City Manager as he provides advice to Council on the development of the plan. A second phase of the consultation process, including another round of public meetings and an additional survey, will take place in 2017. Members of the public are also invited to join the conversation on social media, using the hashtag #InvestinginTO.

Winter Season Programming in Toronto

The City of Toronto offers affordable community recreation programming for the winter season. Residents of all ages can register for winter skating programs, swimming programs and March Break camps.

Get ready!
Registration begins at 7am on Saturday, December 3 for Etobicoke/York and Scarborough Districts, and 7am on Tuesday, December 6 for North York, Toronto and East York Districts.

Residents should visit toronto.ca/torontofun prior to registration day to:
  • Find out district registration dates
  • Build a list of choices (program titles and barcodes) using the website or the printed FUN Guide
  • Get a family number and client numbers to log in and register
  • Have a payment method ready or credit on the account, if fees apply

Residents can use the "Search Programs" options at toronto.ca/funguide to build wish lists and have a few options ready in case they don’t get into their first choice.

Using the website efun.toronto.ca is the easiest and fastest way to register for winter recreation. In September, 90 per cent of users were able to log in to the registration system in less than 11 minutes and, on average, once logged in, each registration was completed in just over seven minutes.

Those who wish to register for programs will need to set up an account. Call 416-338-4386, e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or speak with staff at a City community centre to get a family number and a client number, update your account information, put a credit on your account or request information on the Welcome Policy.

Welcome Policy yearly credit
The Welcome Policy credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. People receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. More information about the yearly credit is available at toronto.ca/wp.

Free programs
Many community centres offer free recreation programs including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information about free and low-cost programming options is available at toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation.

Older adult discounts
Older adults (60+ years) who register for adult programs receive a 50 per cent discount.

#WelcomeTOwinter
Winter is arriving in Toronto’s parks, community centres and natural environments. Visittoronto.ca/winter for more information on winter activities and events.

Snow Clearing for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Toronto

If you are a senior or disabled resident of Toronto, the City will clear snow from the sidewalk in front of your home in those areas where the service is not provided by machine.

The City of Toronto provides sidewalk snow clearing in most of Toronto, however, there are some areas where equipment is unable to clear sidewalks due to insufficient sidewalk width for the plows, lack of boulevard space for snow storage, and on-street parking. Most of these areas are in the older, central parts of the city.

Seniors and people with disabilities living in areas where the city does not clear sidewalks can contact the City at 311 to register for the program. The service applies to the sidewalk in front of the home only. It does not include driveways or walkways leading to homes. All participants in the program must renew annually to continue to receive the service.


You can read more about this program, view a map of the areas where the city provides mechanical sidewalk snow clearing, and access the printable application here.

Take Steps to Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter

The pipes in your home can freeze in cold weather. This can leave you with no water or cause
your pipes to burst, leading to expensive property damage. If your pipes are prone to freezing,
you may wish to contact a plumber for advice. Here are some other tips to protect your home:

Know your Pipes
  • Ensure you know where the main water shut-off valve is in your home and how it operates (in case your pipes burst)
  • Insulate pipes: wrap foam pipe insulation around pipes most at risk, especially near outside walls and in crawl spaces, the attic and garage
  • Eliminate drafts: seal air leaks in your home and garage to stop cold air from getting in
  • Check around windows and doors, electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes
  • Drain and shut the outdoor water supply: outdoor faucets are the first to freeze
  • Unscrew any hoses, turn off the outdoor water supply and let the taps drain
When the Weather Drops Well Below Zero
  • Keep your pipes warm: keep areas that contain indoor pipes above 8 degrees C, especially near the water meter
  • Turn on the tap: for your own peace of mind, you can choose to run a pencil-thin stream of water to ensure some movement of water in the pipes. However, you will be charged for the water used if you choose this step.
For more information, visit toronto.ca/frozenpipes.

Annual 58th Toronto Scouts Christmas Tree Sale

If you'll be looking for a Christmas tree, our local kids with the 58th Scouts, Cubs & Beavers have one for you! For over 60 years, local Boy Scouts have been selling fresh, Ontario-grown Christmas trees & wreaths to neighborhood residents. The sale starts November 26 and, as always, they can be found on the main lawn at the Church of the Transfiguration (111 Manor Rd East). Open weekdays 6am -9pm (weather permitting) and Sat-Sun 9am-6pm. Deliveries available. Call or text 647-970-0947 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please click here to view the flyer.

   
   

City Hall and Community Update for November 15, 2016

Make Your Voice Heard: OMB Review Public Meeting Tonight

Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is an unaccountable, unelected and anti-democratic provincially-appointed body that has final say over our city's planning decisions.

The provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs and the Attorney General announced this week that they will begin a long overdue review of the way the OMB operates. As many of you know, I have been a long-time advocate of freeing Toronto from the OMB’s purview.

While the Province has stopped short of eliminating the OMB altogether, there are a number of very positive reforms proposed in the consultation document that would significantly improve the planning process for Toronto, including:
  • Only allowing the OMB to hear appeals on the “validity of the decision” by council, limiting the OMB’s ability to hear appeals and completely overturn decisions
  • Preventing appeals of secondary plans, including Yonge and Eglinton which is now under review, for two years
  • Requiring the OMB to send “significant new information” arising from a hearing back to councils for re-evaluation before rendering a decision
  • More actively promoting mediation to settle disputes, preventing adversarial hearings
  • Better training for OMB members, who are appointed by the Province
To learn more and have your say on this important issue to our community, you are welcome to attend a meeting hosted by the provincial government tonight:  

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Room 201
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: Registration and Open House 5-6pm/Town Hall 6-9:30pm

If you cannot attend, there are several other ways you can get involved, including:
Ontario Municipal Board Review
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Provincial Planning Policy Branch
777 Bay Street, 13th Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 2E5

The deadline for feedback is December 19, 2016.

Please click here to learn more about what you can do to help free Toronto from the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

Revised SmartTrack Approved Despite Lack of Basic Information

Council voted last week to spend at least $71 million on pre-construction work, including planning analysis and property acquisitions, related to the revised SmartTrack plan.

As I wrote in my letter to you last week, Council made this decision to spend time and money without knowing if the Eglinton Crosstown West extension will connect to the airport, how many people will ride the new line, how it will be paid for and other basic information typically provided to Council before advancing a transit project.

Despite my concerns regarding the process and the potential utility of this project, I do think this initiative has merit. I have long been a supporter of extending the Crosstown to the Pearson airport and the concept of adding Toronto stations on GO lines makes a lot of sense as the Province electrifies its lines.  However, it is unfathomable to me that we would move forward without even knowing if the former is possible or any context of where this project fits in Toronto’s transit priorities.

I will provide updates on this project as they become available.

New Ward Boundaries

The Toronto Ward Boundary Review, initiated to help ensure that each person is fairly represented, was approved by Council last week. The team from the Canadian Urban Institute that conducted the Review looked at the number of people living in each ward, as well as other factors such as geographic communities of interest and neighbourhoods, major physical and natural boundaries and population trends, to ‘draw the lines’ among Toronto’s wards.

Council adopted the recommendation from the outside team to add 3 new wards, following recent changes by the federal and provincial governments to add the same number of new representatives to address Toronto’s growing population. Any changes that occur as a result of the review will likely come into effect for the municipal election that takes place in 2018.

To read more about this issue and the upcoming changes, please click here.

Make Your Voice Heard: Public Consultation Meeting on Potential City of Toronto Museum at Old City Hall

Since 2012, I have been actively working to establish a City of Toronto Museum. Toronto is one of the few cities of its size in North America not to have a place to showcase its history.

I originally advocated for the museum to be at Casa Loma's under-utilized North Campus, there is no question that Old City Hall is a more desirable place for this purpose from a geographic, historical, and functional perspective. With the Province opting not to renew its lease for provincial courts, we have a rare opportunity to finally move forward with a City Museum in a building that merits Toronto's dynamic history.

Last Year, City Council supported my request to reject suggestions that Old City Hall be turned over to mostly retail uses in favour of a museum. You are welcome to attend the following meeting to have your say on this issue:

Location: Metro Hall, 55 John Street
Date: Tuesday November 22, 2016
Time: 6:30–9pm

Exciting Improvements on the Way for Glenn Gould Park!

Many of you have written to me about the construction activity that has recently commenced at Glenn Gould Park. Following the public consultation I held with Parks staff in September 2015, I am pleased to announce that this park will be receiving some much-needed enhancements including new playground equipment, a water bottle filling station and ornamental fencing to better protect children at play from this busy intersection. Patterning for the new playground curbing and surfacing will be piano-themed, as a nod to the late internationally-renowned pianist and Ward 22 resident after whom the park is named.

It is anticipated that construction on the park improvements will be completed in late Fall, though this is a weather dependent timeline. I will be sure to share any further updates about progress on the park, as I receive them.


Let's Design Davisville's Two New Park Spaces!

Working together as a community, we successfully fought to preserve green space at the former Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club site. We also worked amicably with the Manor Road United Church to create public space rather than a townhouse development at their site.

Now the fun part begins! Please join me and your neighbours to discuss potential designs and uses for our two new parks at 6:30pm on Tuesday, December 6 in the gymnasium at Maurice Cody Jr Public School. City of Toronto Parks staff will also be in attendance.

Save the Date: Oriole Park Association AGM

Please join me for the Oriole Park Association's Annual General Meeting at 6-9pm on November 16, 2016 at North Toronto Memorial Community Centre (200 Eglinton Avenue West).

The meeting will commence with the President's report, followed by the election of board members and presentation of the Garden of the Year award. Upcoming community events will also be discussed.
I will be giving an update to attendees on local and City-wide priorities at the meeting. Following that, Steve Paikin, anchor of TVO's "The Agenda", will talk about his recent book Bill Davis: Nation Builder and Not So Bland After All. The evening will conclude with a book signing.

Davisville Parks and Public Realm Workshop

As part of the Midtown in Focus study, the City of Toronto is developing a vision for parks and public spaces in the Yonge-Davisville area.  Please join me and City Planning staff at a workshop at 1-5pm on Saturday, November 19th at Greenwood College School (443 Mount Pleasant Road). The event will include an overview presentation, walking tours and group activities focused on opportunities for developing a safer, better connected, more inviting and beautiful public realm.  

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Paul Farish at 416-392-3529 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by November 15th, 2016.  To learn more about the Midtown in Focus study, please visit www.toronto.ca/planning/yongeeglinton.

Rosehill Reservoir Rehabilitation Project Update

The City of Toronto will be carrying out waterproofing and structure rehabilitation work on the Rosehill Reservoir at David Balfour Park. These necessary upgrades will help to ensure the structural integrity of the reservoir, extend its service life, and bring the infrastructure to a state of good repair. I have been pleased to work with my colleague, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, City staff and local Residents' Associations on honing this restoration plan.

City staff have provided the following update on the project:

In recent weeks the Rosehill Reservoir Rehabilitation project team has received many comments and questions from local residents. The City is grateful for the time and effort the community is dedicating to this project, and appreciates the feedback provided.

The project team had originally planned to host a Public Open House in November 2016. However, in response to comments received from the community we have decided to postpone this event in order to allow for additional work to be completed. We apologize for this change in schedule, but feel this will afford the project team more time to incorporate feedback. We will provide updates when a Public Open House date has been set. This event is anticipated to take place in early 2017.

For more information on this project, which is being updated throughout the construction process, please click here.


The Jeff Mann Scholarship - Fundraising Call to Action

Lost too early, Jeff Mann was a beloved teacher at Deer Park Public School, a dedicated coach, mentor and friend to many. Mr. Mann inspired students to reach their potential while instilling positive values of strong character and good citizenship. A scholarship has been created to celebrate Mr. Mann's legacy and continue his memory.

Each year starting in June 2017, two scholarships of $2500 will be awarded to one male and one female grade twelve graduate who will continue post-secondary studies. Scholarship recipients will be Deer Park graduates who demonstrate leadership and contribution through sport. Applicants will demonstrate a passion to improve, tenacity, a competitive spirit, and inspire those around them to be better.

$50,000 is being raised to make the scholarship a reality.  Help celebrate Mr. Mann's legacy with a generous donation. Donations of $25 or more are eligible for tax receipts. All donations are appreciated.

To donate online visit:  squareup.com/store/jeff-mann-scholarship-fund
For more information:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (416)-508-5005
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JeffMannMemorial/


(Jeff Mann)


Ecumenical Christmas Food Drive

Churches in Rosedale, Moore Park and Leaside are again sponsoring a Christmas Drive (the 45th consecutive) to assist local food banks and agencies that are in urgent need of help at this time of year. Flyers are delivered to area households on Saturday, November 19 and donations are then picked up on the following Saturday, November 26. There are two locations. The first is Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church  (OLPH) on St. Clair Avenue East, one block west of Mount Pleasant Road. The other is St. Cuthbert’s Church on Bayview Avenue, south of Millwood Road near Humphreys Funeral Home.

Times on both days are from 9:30 am until around 1 pm. Donations are sorted and packed at OLPH with same day delivery to recipient food banks and agencies. In 2015 about 18,000 items were collected and it is hoped to better this figure this year as the demand is still great. Financial donations are also welcome and tax receipts are available. About 300 volunteers are required and community hours (generous ones) are available for high school students who require for graduation or other reasons.

In addition, two area Sobeys stores (St. Clair Avenue just east of Yonge Street and Wicksteed Avenue near Laird Drive) are once more supporting this effort by holding in-store drives throughout the Christmas season. These sources typically add another 10,000 or so to the overall total.

It is a fun event for both families and young persons and is in aid of a worthwhile cause to benefit the less fortunate members of our community. 

If further information is required, please contact the Campaign Chair, Brian Kearney, at 416-972-0585 or by e-mail at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Toronto Seniors Strategy: Older Torontonians, Caregivers and Community Agencies Serving Seniors... We Want to Hear From You!

Over the next two decades the number of seniors in Toronto will more than double. To prepare for this, the City adopted its first age-friendly plan – the Toronto Seniors Strategy – in 2013. With 86 of the original 91 recommendations now implemented, the City is working with the older Torontonians, caregivers, agencies and other orders of government to co-create the next version – "2.0".

As we prepare the strategy's next phase, City staff would like to drop in on existing meetings in the community to talk about how the City and its partners can make Toronto more age-friendly. This community engagement phase will continue until the end of 2016.

If you are interested in having City staff come to one of your upcoming community meetings, please contact the Project Lead, Andrea Austen at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 416-392-5140.

Support Heritage Toronto & Promote Pride in Our City's Old Homes

Heritage Toronto's Century House Plaques are a unique way for homeowners to show pride in their homes and their place in Toronto's history. These hand-made steel and enamel markers are produced locally and available to owners of any house within the City of Toronto that is over 100 years old.

A great gift idea for the upcoming holidays, a Century House Plaque serves as an elegant address marker that can be installed either in a garden or on a building itself.

The purchase of a Century House Plaque also greatly supports important Heritage Toronto programs, such as neighbourhood tours, and new programming promoting heritage education like their upcoming Heritage Primer series.

For more information on the Century House Plaques, and to promote their purchase as holiday gifts, please click here.

Adopt-A-Street Tree!

Healthy trees offer many environmental, economic and health benefits while also bringing beauty and nature into our neighbourhoods. Trees growing on urban streets face harsh conditions which can negatively affect their health – but we can all help! LEAF and the City of Toronto are excited to release the Adopt-a-Street-Tree Manual, a guide for Torontonians on how to care for commercial street trees in their communities. Come learn about existing Adopt-a-Street-Tree pilot projects and find out what resources are available to help you start your own. Connect with other groups across Toronto interested in helping our street trees thrive.

This information session will take place on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 1-3pm in the Gladstone Library Community Room (1101 Bloor Street West). To learn more and register, please click here.

Pop-Up Consultations on Facilities, Permits and Sport Programs

Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PFR) is working on a number of initiatives to improve City parks and recreation facilities and services for residents. You may be interested in learning more about three projects that PFR will be consulting the public about over the next two months.

Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan (FMP)
The FMP will prioritize investment in parks and recreation facilities over 20 years. It will guide the creation of new facilities, the renewal of existing facilities, and recommend strategies to optimize facility use to meet local and city-wide needs. Learn more about the FMP and its consultation process: www.toronto.ca/parks/facilitiesplan

City of Toronto Sport Plan
The Sport Plan will guide the planning and delivery of City sport programs and services. Developed with the Toronto Sports Council, this five-year plan aims to advance sport by increasing awareness of and participation in sport programs, and by strengthening Toronto's network of community sport organizations. Learn more about the Sport Plan and its consultation process: www.toronto.ca/cityofsport

Parks and Recreation Permit Process Review
The Permitting Process Review is part of our commitment to improving the systems and business processes that are at the center of our work. The review will identify opportunities to improve the customer experience and reduce the amount of time required to obtain a permit. Learn more about the Permit Review Process and its consultation process:
www.toronto.ca/makingpermittingbetter

Consultation Details
From Saturday November 5 to Wednesday November 30, staff will be located in fourteen busy locations across the city to discuss issues and consult with people in-person. This approach is a convenient and interactive way for residents to learn about and provide feedback on the three projects.

For consultation meeting information, please click here.

These consultations are just one of several engagement tactics being used by each of these projects to gather public and stakeholder input.

For more information, please feel free to contact the project staff:

Public Consultation on Toronto's Long-Term Financial Plan

The City of Toronto is launching its public consultation on the development of its Long-Term Financial Plan. Information about the consultation, including background reports and engagement opportunities, a series of online surveys and two rounds of community meetings, is available here.

The City is asking for the public's input on some challenging questions about how the City can manage expenses, raise revenue and optimize its assets. I encourage you to share your input, ideas and solutions at a series of public meetings or by participating online.

Updated Ward 22 Development Page

To ensure you are informed and engaged about development proposals being proposed for sites near your neighbourhood, I've created an interactive webpage

My Proposed Developments webpage has recently been updated to reflect current development applications and, as always, contains locations, staff reports and public meeting notices. Additionally, the map now shows the boundaries of the Urban Growth Centre surrounding Yonge and Eglinton, as well as the designated Avenues (portions of Eglinton Avenue West, St. Clair Avenue West, Yonge Street, Mt. Pleasant Road and Bayview Avenue). These are all areas where the Province is directing growth. Clicking on any of them will provide links to more information about the ward's Avenues/Urban Growth Centre, as well as links to the City's Official Plan and local secondary plans. 
For ongoing council and community news, my contact information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.caClick here to read my previous city hall and community updates.
   

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