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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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Celebrating Northern Secondary School's Clarke Pulford Field

Dear residents,

 

Hail dear Old Northern.

 

This Saturday, October 6th, at 11am, Northern Secondary School's newly improved Clarke Pulford Field will be officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the entire community. Named after a former Northern physical education teacher, the field has long been in need of revitalization. The playing surface was patchy, full of holes and was unusable at times.

 

This is the culmination of a long journey that took the dedication of many students, parents, alumni and local residents to see the project through to completion. While working as our area's School Trustee, I saw first-hand the passion and devotion that the Northern community had for this project. Through countless fundraising events including a "taste of the town" evening, raffles for Maple Leafs tickets and a 24 hour camp out on the field, the Northern Secondary School Foundation and our school community raised much of the needed funds.

 

As our new City Councillor, I was honoured to be able to complete this fundraising initiative through City Council last September where I worked with my colleagues to ensure that the remaining $630,000 needed for the field was approved by Council for the school and local community.

 

The new field consists of a 400-metre, four-lane running track and a full football and soccer field built to professional standards. The grass will be replaced by high-quality artificial turf while bike racks and fencing will also be installed. The playing area will be used by physical education classes, Northern's many successful athletic teams and will provide recreational opportunities for the wider community. Through hard work, a consensus was reached on a Community Use Agreement with the support of Shelley Laskin, our School Trustee, the Sherwood Park Residents' Association, Northern students, staff, parents and alumni. When not in use for school activities, the field will be available for neighbourhood residents to play soccer, frisbee, running and many other activities.

 

All of the hard work put in by dedicated volunteers has paid off with the creation of a field that will merit the excellence of Northern's athletes and will be accessible to local residents. Thank you to our entire school and residential community for your support – I hope you are able to join us on Saturday to celebrate this remarkable achievement!

 

I also wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 

City Council supports a Toronto Museum at Casa Loma

Dear residents,

 

I am very pleased to report to you that Toronto City Council took an important and critical step today toward establishing a Toronto City Museum at Casa Loma by supporting motions I put forward along with motions regarding its governance by Councillor Mihevc.  While moving on ways to better operate and preserve Casa Loma, a historic Toronto icon, Council endorsed our idea to ask for expressions of interest from Torontonians to create a space to share our city's history.

 

For over 40 years, successive Councils and prominent residents have debated various venues for a City Museum; unfortunately none of the sites have ultimately been deemed appropriate. Casa Loma presents an exciting opportunity to house Toronto's artifacts in a building that merits their importance.

 

I deeply appreciate the support and thoughtful suggestions I have received from many of you since our proposal was put forward a couple weeks ago. I would also like to thank former Mayor David Crombie and historian Mike Filey for their guidance. In fact, this has been a long-running passion of Mayor Crombie's who put forward a motion to establish a City Museum as a Councillor in 1970 and was instrumental in the creation of a digital site to exhibit our past through the Toronto Museum Project.

 

While today's approval at Council is an important first step, the hard work has just beginning. To join New York, Chicago, Montreal, Vancouver and most other major, global urban areas that have a city museum, we will need to capture Torontonians' imaginations and support.

 

It's now time that together we city-build, protect and celebrate our heritage and offer vision for Toronto. For our city's history and Casa Loma's future, let's create Toronto's first City Museum.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Josh

   
   

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Councillor Josh Matlow's Community Update for September 12th, 2012

Dear Resident,

 

I hope this finds you well and that "back to school/work/life/real world/you've been working through the summer but are still busy" has been a positive experience for you and your family :)

 

For those of you who will be celebrating the Jewish High Holidays this month, I wish you and your family a Shana Tova.

 

Keeping you informed and engaged in our community and city has always been a priority for me. Please read below for a list of public meetings and events I've prepared for you. As your advocate, I deeply value your feedback and I hope that you'll be able to attend any meeting that is of interest to you.

 

Best regards,

 

Josh

 

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

 


Beltline Contact Information


Thank you to everyone who attended the City of Toronto's Public Meeting regarding the Beltline Trail on Monday evening. If you have any additional feedback about the Beltline, or were unable to attend the meeting, please contact Wendy Strickland (Natural Environment Specialist with the City of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 416-392-7111. You can also visit www.toronto.ca/beltline.

 

Meeting to discuss the TDSB's proposed redevelopment plan for Davisville PS


The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is in the process of considering redevelopment of the Davisville Public School property. As your City Councillor, I have been closely following the TDSB's work towards a development proposal that would ultimately come to City Hall, as it will have an enormous impact on both our community and the stability of our neighbourhoods.

 

I have been made aware that the TDSB is exploring proposals that could see several condominiums on the Davisville site, with one of the buildings at 20 storeys.

 

The Davisville PS is located in a Neighbourhood designated zone under Toronto's Official Plan. This designation allows for a maximum of 4 storeys. The south side of Davisville is located in an Apartment Neighbourhood, with an allowance for higher structures.

 

Having served our community as a two-term school trustee, I fully understand the financial pressures the TDSB is facing to provide excellent programming in quality facilities our children, parents and teachers deserve. I have been working with Trustee Laskin, the TDSB and City Planners to find a solution. However, I have significant concerns with how the TDSB has gone about their process and want to ensure that parents and residents are fully informed about what the school board can, and cannot, do on the site.

 

Today (Wednesday, September 12th) from 7 pm to 9 pm I will be hosting a public meeting regarding the proposed Davisville PS redevelopment. The meeting location is Christ Church Deer Park, Elliot Hall, at 1570 Yonge Street. Please join me and City Planning Staff to discuss this important issue further. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and voice your concerns. I look forward to seeing you.

 

Vision for the Village Town Hall Meeting for Forest Hill Residents


On Thursday, September 13th from 7 pm to 9 pm, I will be hosting a Forest Hill Town Hall meeting where you can discuss your priorities for your neighbourhood and city. The meeting location is the Grace Church on-the-Hill at 300 Lonsdale Road in the Parish Hall and Reception Room.

 

Women Are City-Builders Workshop


On Sunday, September 23rd, Women in Toronto Politics will be hosting a one-day workshop called Women are City-Builders at the Academy of the Impossible.

 

The workshop will bring 30 diverse Toronto women together to discuss ideas for improving the City of Toronto, and translate those ideas into specific recommendations. Women in Toronto Politics will then make an upcoming budget deputation to City Council based on these recommendations. The workshop will be facilitated by design workshop gurus Exhibit Change. Applications are due Friday, September 14th.

 

The workshop cost is $20, with 5 subsidized and 5 free seats available. For more information, please visit http://impossible.ws/witopoli.

 

Oriole Park Garage Sale


The Oriole Park Association is organizing a community garage sale on Saturday, September 15th from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. This is a great chance to clear out the house before winter. Simply place your articles on your front lawn starting at 8:30 and get ready to bargain!

 

For more information, please visit www.orioleparkassociation.com.

 

Toronto Trails Festival 2012


On this Saturday, September 15th at 10 am I look forward to attending the launch of the Toronto Trails Festival at the Starbucks at 446 Spadina Rd.

 

The event will include "Walk the Cedarvale Ravine," a 30 minute yoga season, and "Walk the Kay Gardner Beltline Park," including a stop at the Robert Bateman Parkette.

 

I look forward to seeing you there! For more information, please visit http://torontotrailsfestival.ca.

 

City Cider at Spadina Museum


Spadina Museum in partnership with Not Far From the Tree present this fall harvest event on Sunday, September 16, 12 to 4 pm. Not Far From the Tree will demonstrate proper heritage apple picking methods and press apples from the Spadina Orchard into cider for serving. There will be children's activities, music, and tours of the historic gardens led by Spadina Museum's heritage gardeners. Experiment with silhouettes, a popular craft of the War of 1812 era, honouring this year's War of 1812 Bicenntennial. Admission is $5 per person over 12 yrs.

 

Free for children 12 and under. Includes admission to the historic house.

 

The new Dunfield/Soudan Park


On Thursday, June 14th I welcomed a new park to Ward 22 for residents to enjoy, complete with a brand new playground. I've announced a public contest to name the new park 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 . The submission deadline is October 1st, 2012.

 

Toronto's Next Great Food Product Contest 2012


Are you an entrepreneur with an idea for a new delicious commercial food or alcoholic beverage? If so, come compete in Toronto's Next Great Product Contest at the 2012 Small Business Forum. The contest will take place on October 16th, 2012. Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their products to three celebrity judges: Dufflet Rosenberg, Christine Cushing, and John Mastroianni. Great pitches win great prizes, including a free trade show spot in the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association Show. The deadline for applications has been extended until September 17th. More information, please visit www.enterprisetoronto.com.

 

Ward 22 Toronto Community Housing Town Halls


During the months of September and October, I'm meeting with residents of every TCHC building in our community to actively listen to their needs and priorities. Please see the calendar at www.joshmatlow.ca for upcoming dates and locations.

 

Through the Garden Gate, Spring 2013


The Toronto Botanical Garden's famous garden tour is looking for gardens in the Forest Hill area for next spring's event. If you have received a letter from the garden scouting team and you are interested in being on the tour, please respond by emailing or calling the contact person on the letter. If you have a garden that you think the team should evaluate and haven't yet received a letter from the TBG, please contact Doryne Peace at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A master gardener and a volunteer assistant will be placed in each garden. The home owner is not required to be home.

 

This is the 26th year of the tour and it occurs on June 8th and 9th, 2013. The money raised by the event goes toward the programs operated by the TBG. Happy Gardening!

 

St. Clair West Community Website and Facebook Page


The St. Clair West Community is now on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Clair-West-Community /182855901816744. Links to events and information about the neighbourhood are provided.

 

Families in Transition


Families in Transition (FIT), a department of the non-profit Family Service Toronto, provides support for child adjustment when parents separate, divorce or remarry. Their semi-annual brochure, Coping With Change, is now available. Further information on support programs can be found on their website at www.familyservicetoronto.org/programs/families.html.

 

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

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Councillor Matlow's letter to the TCDSB regarding establishing appropriate room temperatures in schools

August 16th, 2012

 

Bruce Rodrigues

Director of Education

Toronto Catholic District School Board

80 Sheppard Avenue East

North York, ON

M2N 6E8

 

Dear Mr. Rodrigues,

 

As you may have heard, I recently put a motion before City Council related to the issue of establishing appropriate room temperatures in rental apartment buildings.

 

Currently, the Municipal Code states that landlords must turn on the heating in their units from September 15th to June 1st in an effort to maintain an average room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius. Due to recent changes in climate and seasonal temperatures, it has become increasingly obvious that enforcing temperature by date rather than by external temperature is neither efficient nor effective. Unseasonably warm temperatures throughout spring often result in uncomfortably hot units, as well as pose health risks to elderly tenants and those with medical conditions.

 

It is for these reasons that I presented the motion to Council earlier this month. The motion would allow for changes to the Municipal Code that would accurately reflect the climatic reality of the city, and the fact that it passed near unanimously demonstrates Council's recognition of the importance of such a change in City policy.

 

In addition to the widespread support we've received from residents backing the motion, there have also been multiple suggestions that this policy should be extended to schools. I am therefore writing to you on their behalf to gain your perspective on whether such a change should be put into effect in TCDSB schools.

 

Thank you very much for taking the time to consider the question residents have raised. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

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

   

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