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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Today, Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli issued the following statement on the Toronto City Council vote in favour of light rail transit:
"A majority of Toronto City Council voted today to build light rail transit along Sheppard Avenue East.
Last year, the Province signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mayor Rob Ford to build a subway along Sheppard, on the condition that the plan be approved by council.
This government respects the will of the city's democratically elected councillors and they sent a message today to the Province and to Metrolinx that light rail transit is their
The Finch West LRT, Eglinton Crosstown and Scarborough RT upgrade received an overwhelming endorsement by Council in February. Today, council finalized their proposal for Sheppard Avenue East.
Metrolinx will now review that plan and then Cabinet will have the opportunity to further consider all advice.
Through the McGuinty government's $8.4-billion transit commitment, we are investing in keeping this city moving."
Library branches closed during labour disruption: Most website services available
TORONTO (Sunday, March 18, 2012) – A settlement has not been reached between the Toronto Public Library Board and the Toronto Public Library Workers’ Union Local 4948. As of 5:01 pm today, library staff began a legal strike.
During the labour disruption:
• All library branches and facilities are closed, and bookmobile and home library services are suspended.
• No fines will be charged during the labour disruption on overdue library materials.
• All book drops are closed. Borrowers are asked to hold onto their library materials until the labour disruption is over.
• All scheduled meetings and events are cancelled during the labour disruption. Room rental charges will be refunded, as appropriate.
• Most website services are available during the labour disruption. Please check the website for further updates www.torontopubliclibrary.ca
This morning the Expert Advisory Panel Regarding Transit on Sheppard Avenue East released its report and has recommended the building of Light Rail Transit (LRT) on Sheppard. The report was commissioned by Council on February 8, 2011 in order for Councillors to be better able to make an informed decision about rapid transit for Sheppard Avenue East.
Many of you have contacted me about the possibility of a Toronto casino. In recent weeks, I have taken the time to review and study research documents from both Canada and abroad on the economic and social impacts of casinos and problem-gambling. While I recognize the need to find sources of revenue to pay for our city's priorities, I do not believe that the long-term impact on Toronto, its neighbourhoods, its economy and its people are worth the gamble. I would far rather Council give serious consideration to road tolls or other infrastructure-related revenue sources before taking such a desperate act. Therefore I will not be supporting any proposal to place a casino in our city, nor any other proposals that contribute to the adverse social and economic impacts that gambling has.
An inspiring visit with some of our community's future leaders
Please click here to see the presentation on the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown.
For more information on Councillor Matlow's position on expanding Toronto's transit system with a realistic and fiscally-responsible plan, please visit www.joshmatlow.ca.
The following slides were part of a handout that was available our Transit Town Hall. Many of you were unable to obtain a copy due to the large turnout. I hope this information provides some context for the recent public debate about putting LRTs versus subways. I believe this is a false debate, as the preferred choice should always be what makes sense depending on where the line is planned for and what funds are available. In fact, for Scarborough residents, the real choice they've been offered is either Light Rapid Transit in dedicated lanes or the status quo using buses in mixed traffic. The mayor has not provided a subway plan for Sheppard other than saying, "he likes subways". He's failed to explain to taxpayers how he'd pay for them.
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