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Welcome

Dear residents and friends,

 

I deeply appreciate your support and confidence and I look forward to an ongoing dialogue with you on the many issues, challenges and opportunities we'll face together as a community here in Ward 22, St. Paul's and as a city.

 

I'm advocating for a more thoughtful, creative and responsible new approach for city council. I want council to engage our city's residents with an inspiring plan and make informed decisions that are based on evidence, community consultation and the merits of arguments - rather than ideology or left or right-wing partisanship.

 

My staff and I are here to assist you with any concerns or questions you may have. We're also working every day to improve our local neighbourhoods- along with supporting the many valued services Torontonians rely on every day. You are always welcome to contact me at 416-392-7906 or by email at councillor_matlow@toronto.ca.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Josh

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City of Toronto launches consultation for Seniors Strategy

The number of seniors living in Toronto will increase dramatically during the next decade. The City of Toronto is working with the Toronto Seniors Forum and other key partners to create a Seniors Strategy intended to help ensure that Toronto remains a safe, affordable, accessible and enjoyable city for people of all ages.

 

Individuals and groups are encouraged to use the City’s online Consultation Workbook to have a voice in the creation of the Seniors Strategy.

 

“Toronto is anticipating a 38 per cent increase in the number of seniors by 2031,” said Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22 St. Paul’s), Chair of the Seniors Strategy Subcommittee. “It is vital that we act now to create a proactive and comprehensive strategy to meet the needs of our aging population and their families.”

 

The Consultation Workbook poses questions to stimulate thought, discussion and input on matters such as housing, health, recreation, community programs, transportation, diversity, accessibility, safety/security and civic engagement. The public input will help to identify service priorities and may include innovative ideas to ensure Toronto’s seniors have what they need at each stage of their lives.

 

Residents can participate by visiting the toronto.ca/seniors website to use the Consultation Workbook.

 

The City will accept submissions through the online workbook until September 30.

 

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Ward 22's new farmers' market, newest park and other notices and events

Dear Residents,

 

The new Davisville Village Farmers' Market


I'm delighted to announce the opening of Ward 22's first community farmers' market at June Rowlands (Davisville) Park on Tuesday, June 5th from 3:00 to 7:00 pm! Our market will be run by Appletree Markets, a local, Ward 22 non-profit organization that is dedicated to maintaining a farmers' market for the community, with an emphasis on local produce with an effort to promote green living in an urban neighbourhood. Read more...

 

The new Dunfield/Soudan Park: Public naming contest!

 

I'm also excited to welcome a new park to Ward 22 for residents to enjoy. Complete with a brand new playground, the park at Dunfield and Soudan will be officially opened on Thursday June 14, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. As this is a brand new park, I'm holding a public naming contest to ensure that the neighbourhood has a say. Please consider names that you believe reflect the community and let me know your suggestions by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

And as always there are many interesting events going on in Ward 22, and important notices,  that I am pleased to let you know about. Please keep reading below for a more information about these events.

 

For more updates and information on our community and city hall, please feel free to explore my website.

 

Sincerely,

Josh Matlow
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22-St.Paul's
www.joshmatlow.ca

 


 

More information on The Davisville Village Farmer's Market


Working with Appletree Markets founders Chris Trussell and Lesley Stoyan, I asked City Staff to find an appropriate location for a farmers' market, on a trial basis, to serve our ward. They identified the south west corner of the park, close to Davisville Avenue and Acacia Road by our new splash pad, as the most feasible venue. This season trial will run until mid-October. The market will operate every Tuesday from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm.  I intend to revisit the success of this market based on feedback that I receive from the surrounding neighbourhood.

 

I believe this proposal will be a very positive addition to our community. It will provide a place for families and friends to come together and animate their local park. This contributes to a safer neighbourhood. The emphasis on providing local produce will provide more opportunities for people to support local farmers and producers and purchase local food conveniently.

 

I look forward to seeing you there!

 


 

Other Notices and Events


  1. Extreme Heat Alerts
  2. Community Pools
  3. Bells on Yonge Group Bike Ride
  4. Complaints Process
  5. Heritage Toronto Walks 2012
  6. Heritage Toronto Awards – Call For Nominations
  7. Cancer Screening Survey

 


 

1. Extreme Heat Alerts


With the arrival of summer, extreme hot weather can become an issue for many of our senior and disabled residents. In cases of extreme hot weather, a cooling centre will be available for people in need at Castleview Wychwood Towers, 351 Christie Street from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. More information on the program is available at toronto.ca/health/heatalerts.

 

2. Community Pools


And speaking of the heat, summer provides a great opportunity for ward residents to use our public pools, among which are the indoor and outdoor facilities at North Toronto Memorial Community and Recreations Centre. In addition, the pools at Sir Oliver Mowat CI and Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI are available to the public after 6:00 pm every day. For a full list of programs and schedules, please visit http://www.toronto.ca/parks/prd/swimming/index.htm.

 

3. Bells on Yonge Group Bike Ride


Interested in building a safe bikeway from North Toronto to downtown? Join up with fellow cyclists on June 2nd  at 1:30 PM for a gentle group bike ride parallel to Yonge Street. The route will run from Duplex Parkette all the way down to Queen's Park. Both Councillor Karen Stintz and I will be speaking at stops along the ride. For route information and more, go to www.bellsonyonge.ca.

 

4. Complaints Process


The city complaints procedures have changed for both the Toronto Water and Toronto Revenue Services. For the complete complaint procedures, go to www.toronto.ca/customerservice/divisional_complaint_protocols.htm

 

5. Heritage Toronto Walks 2012


For the 18th year in a row, Heritage Toronto is leading free neighbourhood walking tours of our city.  These tours allow both visitors and residents the opportunity to discover and deepen their appreciation of our city's unique neighbourhoods. This year, the tours will aim to highlight two significant anniversaries in the history of Toronto – the bicentenial of the War of 1812 and the 175th anniversary of the 1837 rebellion. For a full summer schedule, please visit Heritage Toronto's website at www.heritagetoronto.org/discover-toronto/walk.

 

6. Heritage Toronto Awards – Call For Nominations


The 38th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards celebrate contributions, both by professionals and volunteers, in the promotion and conservation of Toronto's heritage landmarks. Heritage Toronto is now calling for nominations for significant achievements made in 2011. Nominations can be made for a number of categories, including short publications, architectural conservation, books, media, and community heritage. For nomination forms, please visit the website at www.heritagetoronto.org.

 

7. Cancer Screening Survey


A team of researchers are using a short, 5 minute on-line survey to find out more about the cancer screening practices and beliefs of all Ontarians. The survey is open to men 50 and older and women 18 and older, living in Ontario. An optional draw for an iPad at the end of the survey is offered for all participants. Early cancer detection through screening is an effective way to save lives and lower health care costs. Healthy people make healthy communities. To fill out the survey, please visit the website at www.getscreened.ca/screeningsurvey.

   

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Public Consultation on Future Uses for Casa Loma


Public Consultation on Future Uses for Casa Loma


In August 2011, City Council created the Casa Loma Corporation (CLC) for the purpose of managing the continuing operations of Casa Loma on an interim basis until its future ownership and management direction could be determined.

The CLC has begun a process of identifying and considering options for Casa Loma's future. The public and other stakeholders have important feedback and advice to contribute to this process. Building on consultations held to date with a range of stakeholders, a public workshop will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2012. At the public workshop, the CLC will present and seek feedback on the process being undertaken and potential directions being considered.

 

Councillors Joe Mihevc, Ward 21 and Councillor Josh Matlow Ward 22, will co-host the evening.


Date:  Thursday, May 10, 2012

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Location:   Grace Church on the Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto


Casa Loma is an iconic tourism and heritage landmark, designed by Canadian architect E. J. Lennox for use by industrialist Sir Henry Pellatt as his family residence. The Pellatts took up residence in 1913 but lost Casa Loma in 1924 due to Sir Henry's financial situation. In 1933, the city of Toronto took ownership of the property. From 1936 through 2011 Casa Loma was operated by the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma as a tourist attraction and event venue.

   

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Next steps for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT

Dear Residents,

 

This month, if you're a Ward 22 resident living in a neighbourhood south of Eglinton Avenue, I'll be coming to your door to speak with you directly about the upcoming construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT- an exciting project that will run underground through midtown and connect our community to the rest of the city. As your local city councillor, I want to ensure that you are informed and engaged in this process.

 

While a new Eglinton Avenue rapid transit line will be a remarkable asset to our community and city, to be candid, like any construction project I expect there will be some challenges. While most of the tunnel boring work will not affect at-grade activities, at intersections where the new underground stations will be built, there will be cuts to the street and some temporary lane closures. To simply put it, there will be frustrating periods for all of us during construction.

 

To avoid increased lane closures and traffic disruptions, the TTC property (former bus depot) near the southwest corner of Yonge and Eglinton will be used as an off-street staging ground. After The Crosstown construction is completed, this site will be redeveloped and will include a new public square. In the meantime, I’ve asked the TTC for some aesthetic improvements to the periphery of the site- it’s been left as a derelict eyesore for far too many years.

 

Please be assured that I will be working closely with our community and the Eglinton Way Business Improvement Area in an effort to mitigate adverse construction impacts of the work being underground and at the station locations. There must be a plan to support local businesses and to assist local residents when they need immediate questions answered.

 

I'd like to share with you some information from Metrolinx and the TTC about The Crosstown, to give you a sense of what you can expect.

 

Construction of The Crosstown has already begun and the tunneling from Black Creek Drive to Laird Drive is scheduled to begin this summer. The entire line will run from Jane Street to Kennedy Road, a distance of 25km, and riders will be able to transfer to the Yonge/University/ Spadina subway at Eglinton and Eglinton West stations and at Kennedy station riders will be able to connect to the Scarborough RT, the Bloor/Danforth subway, and the GO train. The Crosstown is scheduled to be operational in 2020.

 

There will be twenty-six stations along The Crosstown, including stops at Bathurst, Chaplin, Avenue, Eglinton and Bayview. Metrolinx and the TTC are in the preliminary design stage for Chaplin Station and it is important to them to get your feedback before the architectural design theme is finalized. There is an online survey available at The Crosstown website (listed below) which is available until May 9, 2012. There will also be a wider consultation meeting about The Crosstown on May 24 (see meeting notice below). Construction work related to tunnelling is scheduled to begin at Chaplin in late 2013. The station itself will begin construction in 2015.

 

 

Detailed information on The Crosstown can be found at the project's website: www.thecrosstown.ca. As well, you can contact Metrolinx, the provincial organization responsible for the project, at 416.874.5900 and the TTC at 416.393.3030, and visit their websites at www.metrolinx.ca and www.ttc.ca.

 

Together, we were successful at ensuring The Crosstown would be built. This line will help connect our city and relieve overcrowding on the current subway line. It is a project, in my opinion, which is frankly a generation overdue.

 

However, now that the project has begun, we must challenge Metrolinx and the TTC to do it well - on time, within budget, and working closely with local residents and businesses and to learn from past mistakes.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 

 


 

 

Over the next two years, the City of Toronto will undertake a comprehensive planning study of the Eglinton Avenue corridor to create a community-led vision that will help to anticipate future growth and redevelopment along the corridor resulting from the Crosstown line.  The study is being led by City Planning staff and will be completed with the financial support of Metrolinx, the regional transportation agency of the Province of Ontario.

 

Further information on the planning study can also be obtained by visiting the City’s website at www.toronto.ca/eglinton. Be sure to check this website often for news and coming events.  For general information on the transit project, visit www.thecrosstown.ca.

   

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