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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.

 
   

Community Update for May 12, 2014

 

Thank you to the hundreds of people who celebrated and honoured North America's beloved children's music trio last Saturday at the naming ceremony and concert for our new Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground.

 

Ward 22's Davisville Village Farmers’ Market opens for another season!

 

AppleTree Markets, a local Ward 22 non-profit organization, will once again be transforming June Rowlands Park into a temporary town square for the third year of their popular farmers’ market. I am delighted to support this community-building initiative at June Rowlands (Davsiville) Park. The market has been a place where you are sure to see friends and neighbours, while buying fresh produce, fish, meats, chocolate, and so much more. This season, the market begins on May 13 and will operate weekly on Tuesdays between 3 and 7pm. I look forward to seeing you there!



 

Celebrating the New Oriole Park Community Garden

 

In April 2012, I held a participatory budgeting meeting to ask residents of the Brentwood Towers, Deer Park and Chaplin Estates how they would like to allocate community benefit funds to improve Oriole Park. The local community voted to direct these Section 37 funds toward a community garden. I am very happy to report that my motion to deliver this funding was approved this year by Council. Construction of the garden began in April (in time for the gardening season), and we will be celebrating the opening of the community garden on Saturday, May 24 at 11am in Oriole Park. Please feel very welcome to join us.



 

REMINDER: Councillor Josh Matlow's Community Environment Day


On Thursday, May 29 from 4 pm to 8pm, I will be hosting my annual Community Environment Day. The event will take place in the parking lot of North Toronto Memorial Arena at 174 Orchard View Blvd. Please drop off any unwanted art supplies, books, toys, and used sports equipment. Facilities will be available to dispose of computers and other hazardous household waste, or even replace your damaged green bin.



 

A Relief Subway Line for Toronto


Please read my column in this month's Town Crier about why this transit expansion project is the top priority for our city and region. To learn more information and about how to take action, please click here.




 

For ongoing council and community news, my contact information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.ca. Click here to read my previous community updates.

   

Upcoming Community Meetings and Events

Rathnelly Area Residents Association AGM

 

Please join me on Thursday, May 8 at 6:30 pm for the Rathnelly Area Residents' Association's Annual General Meeting. This year the meeting will be held at The Mabin School, 50 Poplar Plains Road. I'll be discussing local issues and priorities for our city as well as rail safety concerns.



 

SERRA AGM

 

On Wednesday, May 14 the South Eglinton Ratepayers' and Residents' Association (SERRA) is hosting their Annual General Meeting. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 9 pm in the Manor Road United Church’s Main Hall at 240 Manor Road East.

If you live in the South Eglinton Community (bounded by Yonge Street to the west, Eglinton Avenue in the north, Bayview Avenue in the east, and Merton Street in the south), this is an opportunity to discuss what is happening in your neighbourhood and to make sure your voice is heard. Along with myself, other invited guests are Trustee Shelley Laskin, representatives from the Eglinton LRT project, officers from 53 Division, and representatives from the Mount Pleasant Village BIA. Topics of discussion will include tackling local crime, progress on the Eglinton LRT, and condo developments in the area.



 

REMINDER: Community Playground Naming Ceremony for the Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground at June Rowlands Park

 

Last year, my motion was approved to have the playground at June Rowlands Park named after the celebrated Toronto-based children’s music and entertainment trio, Sharon, Lois & Bram. On Saturday, May 10 at 1 pm, I’ll be hosting a community playground naming ceremony at the Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground to celebrate these beloved members of our midtown community. I hope to see you and your family there for a few songs performed live by Sharon, Lois & Bram!



 

Community Environment Day

 

On Thursday, May 29 from 4 pm to 8 pm, I will be hosting my annual Community Environment Day. The location is the North Toronto Memorial Arena at 174 Orchard View Blvd. Please bring any unwanted art supplies, books, toys, and used sports equipment. Facilities will be available to dispose of computers and other hazardous household waste. You can also replace your damaged green bin.



 

Doors Open Toronto

 

Doors Open Toronto, one of the city's most popular annual events, provides free access to buildings of architectural, historic, social and cultural significance to a diverse, all-ages audience.  Launched in May 2000 by the City of Toronto, this award-winning event has attracted over 2 million visitors.

The theme for 2014 is Secrets and Spirits… Exploring the Mystery Behind the Door. Secret spaces and stories exist all over Toronto; from the underground bowling alley in one downtown church to the secret tomb in another. Hidden nooks and crannies in the buildings at the University of Toronto hide hundreds of years of history, and little known ghosts haunt the Distillery.

Participating Doors Open 2014 buildings and walking tours located in Ward 22 are:

·         City of Toronto Archives (255 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2V3)

·         High Level Pumping Station (235 Cottingham St, Toronto, ON M4V 1C6)

·         Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens (285 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2V5)

·         Upper Canada College (200 Lonsdale Rd, Toronto, ON M4V 1W6)

·         Mt. Pleasant Cemetery: Where Soldiers Rest in Peace (walking tour)

This year's event takes place on Saturday May 24 and Sunday, May 25, 2014. Please click here for a complete list of buildings, tours and hours of operation.



 

For ongoing council and community news, my contact information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.ca. Click here to read my previous community updates.

   

Councillor Josh Matlow to Host Performance by Sharon, Lois & Bram

For immediate release

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

May 7, 2014

 

Councillor Josh Matlow to Host Performance by

Sharon, Lois & Bram

 

Residents invited to naming ceremony

for Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground at June Rowlands (Davisville) Park

 

City Hall - Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22) invites Torontonians to attend the naming ceremony for the Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground at June Rowlands (Davisville) Park at Davisville and Mt. Pleasant. The ceremony will run from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 10th and will include a performance from the famous children's music trio.

 

“Like many Torontonians, I grew up listening to Sharon, Lois and Bram and I invite parents from across the city to introduce their kids to these wonderful entertainers," said Matlow. "Naming a children's playground after the group is a fitting way to recognize their lifelong work as artists and humanitarians."

 

The celebrated, Toronto-based children’s music and entertainment trio have been performing quality children's music and entertainment for over thirty-five years and continue to be cherished and loved by many generations of children around the world.

 

Their contributions are not only cultural; Sharon, Lois & Bram have been avid supporters of UNICEF since 1988 and were appointed National Ambassadors by UNICEF Canada in 1989. They used their television appearances to support the annual trick-or-treat penny drive campaign and received the Order of Canada in 2002 for their commitment to improving the lives of children around the globe. Sharon Hampson, Bram Morrison and Lois Lilienstein are all local residents of midtown Toronto.

 

Toronto & East York Community Council passed a motion on January 15th, 2014 to name the playground after the performers.

 

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Media contact: Chloe Richer, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 416-392-7906

   

Rob Ford on leave, Deputy Mayor assumes full responsibilities

Dear residents,


Rob Ford advised the City Clerk today that he is taking a personal leave of absence due to his ongoing problems with substance abuse. I wish Mr. Ford, and his family, well if he is trying to improve himself.


However, his recorded bigoted comments toward the LGBTQ community, his racial slurs and his sexist and misogynistic remarks regarding Councillor Karen Stintz are completely inexcusable. As Torontonians, we are proud of our remarkable diversity and are committed to equality. We should expect our leaders to reflect our values.


Mr. Ford did not indicate how long he intends to be on leave. But it is my opinion that he should resign immediately. If he truly loves this city, and cares about its residents, he would put the well being of Toronto before his own interests.


To help you understand what this change means to the governance of our city, I'm providing you with the following information.


During Mr. Ford's absence, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly will assume the full duties and responsibilities of mayor. This shift, while seemingly dramatic, is an easier transition due to Council having already taken necessary steps to remove many of his powers and staff last November and reassign them to the Deputy Mayor. Moreover, Rob Ford will no longer officially represent our city at official functions, here at home or abroad, during his absence.


Deputy Mayor Kelly continues in the role of Deputy Mayor. All official documents will bear the title "Deputy Mayor". Deputy Mayor Kelly continues to serve as the Member of Council for Ward 40. He also now has all of the duties and responsibilities of the mayor that Rob Ford had before he started his leave, including:

  • The power to appoint and remove standing committee chairs and the deputy mayor
  • The power to appoint nominating panels for appointments to City corporations
  • Various powers and duties under the Emergency Management chapter of the
  • Toronto Municipal Code (Chapter 59)
  • The power to appoint and chair the selection panels for the selection of
  • Accountability Officers
  • The duty to chair the Executive and Striking committees
  • Various duties under the Debenture chapter of the Toronto Municipal Code.
  • The right to lead and conduct agenda briefings for Council meetings
  • The right to call special meetings of City Council
  • Chair the Executive Committee.

As your city councillor for Ward 22, I am dedicated to working respectfully and productively with Deputy Mayor Kelly and Council to move our city forward and focus clearly on Toronto's real priorities.


As always, please feel welcome to contact me or my staff if we can be of assistance to you.


Sincerely,


Josh


For ongoing council and community news, my contact information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.ca. Click here to read my previous community updates.

   

Community Update for April 25, 2014

Yonge Eglinton Bus Barns


The TTC's bus barns site at the south west corner of Yonge and Eglinton has been left as a derelict eyesore for too long. While the area will now be used as a staging ground for the Eglinton Crosstown construction, there is no excuse for the condition in which the TTC has left it for the past decade.


I'm happy to report that I have been successful in working with Metrolinx and the TTC to erect new hoarding with well-designed panels informing the community about the coming Crosstown line. This is a temporary solution during the construction phase. I will continue working to ensure that eventual development on this site is kept within the height and density parameters designated by the community and the City's Official Plan, and that a beautiful public space, preferably on the corner, is part of any plan going forward.


 


 

Clean Toronto Together - Community Clean-Ups


This weekend, I will be attending our annual Clean Toronto Together community clean-ups, including:

  • Rathnelly Area Residents Association on Saturday, April 26 at 9:30 am. The meeting location will be the corner of Rathnelly and McMaster.
  • Cottingham Square Community Association on Saturday, April 26 at 10 am. Please note: there is no specific meeting location for this clean-up.
  • Beltline East clean-up on Saturday, April 26 at 3 pm. The meeting location will be the Beltline gate for 119/139 Merton Street.

If you are part of a group that has organized a clean-up for this year and would like any waste bags and gloves, please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 416-392-7906. I would be happy to attend your clean-up and help keep Toronto green!



 

St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church Spring Fair & Sale


On Saturday, April 26 from 11 am to 2 pm, St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church (located at 1399 Bayview Avenue) is having their annual spring fair featuring an art gallery, baking, books and soups, crafts, electrical, jewellery, kitchenware, knitting, odds & ends, quilting, sewing, stamps, toys, and other treasures! The event will also include a barbecue and free activities for children.



 

Gardiner Expressway Closed This Weekend for Spring Maintenance


The Gardiner Expressway will be closed in both directions from Carlaw Ave to Highway 427 from 10 pm. on Friday, April 25 to noon on Sunday, April 27. Full closure of the Gardiner is needed to ensure safety for the public and for crews working at the site. Crews will be performing maintenance activities and setting up for future construction work.


Motorists can use Lake Shore Blvd, the Queensway, Richmond Street, Adelaide Street, King Street, and Queen Street as alternative routes during the closure. Please allow for extra time to get to and from their destination. Whenever possible, people are encouraged to consider other modes of travel as a convenient alternative.



 

Community Consultation Meeting: 33 Holly Street


City Planning is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about the proposed development for 33 Holly Street, ask questions and share your comments. The development application includes new 24 and 32 storey residential towers alongside the two existing 14 storey rental buildings, together with an additional 5 residential storeys on top of each of the existing buildings, and a new 6 storey purpose built rental apartment.


The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 29 at 7 pm at the Salvation Army North Toronto Community Church (7 Eglinton Avenue East).

 


 

Community Playground Naming Ceremony for the Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground at June Rowlands Park- May 10th at 1pm!


Last year, my motion was approved to have the playground at June Rowlands Park named after the celebrated Toronto-based children’s music and entertainment trio, Sharon, Lois & Bram. On Saturday, May 10 at 1 pm, I’ll be hosting a community playground naming ceremony at the Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground to celebrate these beloved members of our midtown community. I hope to see you and your family there for a few songs performed live by Sharon, Lois & Bram!



 

53 Division's 10th Annual Open House


Also on Saturday, May 10, from 11 am to 4 pm, will be 53 Division's 10th Annual Open House at 75 Eglinton Avenue West. The day will include a barbecue, vintage police car and Court Services car displays, mounted officers on horses, the Emergency Task Force and Police Dog Services, children’s games and a bicycle rally with Community Response Unit officers.



 

Weather Emergencies Public Consultation


Next month, the City Manager's Office will be hosting public consultation meetings regarding weather emergencies. The City is looking for public input on responses to the July 2013 flood and December 2013 ice storm, and how residents can be supported in future weather emergencies. On Tuesday, May 14 at 6 pm a meeting will be held in the City Hall Rotunda (100 Queen Street West).



 

Eglinton Connects


Eglinton Avenue is the only street in Toronto that traverses all six pre-amalgamation cities. It exhibits every type of built form and streetscape to be found in our City. While that diversity could be considered an asset when evaluating the entirety of Eglinton, this lack of continuity creates an unattractive local streetscape in Ward 22. The Eglinton Crosstown LRT, running underground through Ward 22, is scheduled to open in 2020. This investment of more than $5 billion has created an impetus to study Eglinton Avenue and develop a long-range plan for its intensification and beautification called Eglinton Connects.


The Eglinton Connects Planning Study is the comprehensive planning review of Eglinton Avenue which responds to the opportunity presented by the LRT. It proposes a Plan for Eglinton Avenue that is based on a long-term vision of a green, beautiful linear space that supports residential living, employment, retail and public uses in a setting of community vibrancy. Widened sidewalks, more trees in improved planters, separated bike lanes and additional seating are just some of the improvements coming to Eglinton Ave.


Please click here to view an invitation for a public information session on the Eglinton Connects plan to be held next month.



 

53 Division is Participating in the Toronto Police Service's Stationary Bike Race in support of the United Way


Our local police division has entered a team in Toronto Police Service's stationary bike race in support of United Way Toronto. On Thursday, May 22, teams will compete to amass the most team kilometres, as well as for the title of Best Costume and Best Team Name, among others.


To support our local team, D53, please visit the sponsorship website and choose a member that you would like to sponsor. Supporting D53 also supports United Way Toronto, a leading organization that empowers individuals and promotes well-being through a variety of community services, ensuring that people have access to support, regardless of where they live.



 

Heritage Walk - Mount Pleasant Cemetery: Where Soldiers Rest in Peace


Walk through Toronto’s largest cemetery and see the tombs of soldiers buried here - veterans of conflicts ranging from the American Civil War to World Wars One and Two. Hear about some military burial and commemoration traditions, explore why the Imperial Munitions Board was located in Toronto, and learn how wars shaped Toronto’s home front.


This walk, sponsored by the University of Toronto, occurs as part of Doors Open Toronto with walks scheduled for 2pm on Saturday, May 24 and 2pm on Sunday, May 25. Please visit the City's website to register and for more information!



 

Toronto Takes Step Forward Toward Freeing Food Trucks


Council took a significant step forward toward offering a greater diversity of street food in Toronto by easing restrictions on food trucks. While there certainly will be more mobile vendors on the streets in new locations this summer, I believe Council could have gone even further to free the food trucks. The following are just some of the restrictions my colleagues imposed on food trucks during the April 1st meeting:

  • Limit of 2 Mobile Food Vending Permit holders on any one block
  • No Mobile Food Vending Permit holders shall vend within 50 linear metres of an eating establishment licensed pursuant to Chapter 545, Licensing, of the City of Toronto Municipal Code during those hours when the establishment is operating and open to the public
  • No Mobile Food Vending Permit holders shall operate within 25 linear metres of a designated vending area on the sidewalk
  • No Mobile Food Vending Permit holders shall operate for more than 3 hours on the same block within a 24 hour period

Concerns from some councillors were not based on evidence from other cities around the world. In fact, the experience in cities such as Los Angeles show that businesses, and residents' quality of life, benefit from the animated streetscape that food trucks can provide. I will continue pushing for fewer restrictions on street food in the coming years with my colleagues Mary-Margaret McMahon and Josh Colle (both have been very strong and leading advocates), along with promoting more opportunities for public performers and patios. While responsible health and safety regulations are always important, Toronto has a history of being timid and bureaucratic when it comes to many creative and entrepreneurial ideas. Policies become unnecessary red tape. I believe an animated public realm, and a fun and diverse variety of street food options, enhances our quality of life while increasing foot traffic for local businesses.



 

A Reminder – Appropriate Disposal of Pet Waste


I have recently received a number of complaints regarding inappropriate disposal of dog waste. Please ensure that instead of dropping your pet’s waste on neighbourhood yard waste bags or leaving it in our community’s green space, to dispose of excrement in your green bin. This helps keep our neighbourhoods and parks clean for all to enjoy! For more information, please visit the City’s Solid Waste Website.



 

For ongoing council and community news, my contact information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.ca. Click here to read my previous community updates.

   

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