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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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Councillor Josh Matlow is proud to be a Dance Ambassador

Dear Residents and Friends,

 

On April 19, the Dance Manifesto was publicly unveiled by myself, and Guillaume Côté, principal dancer for the National Ballet, at the launch of the Canadian Dance Assembly’s I love dance/J’aime la danse National campaign and opening of Canada’s first National Dance Week held at Canada’s National Ballet School.

 

In accepting the nomination of dance Ambassador for I love dance/J’aime la danse, I was asked to share an inspiring testimonial for dance:

 

For me, dance is a language that defies boundaries. It's an expression of one's soul, culture, emotion and identity. Since I was a child, music and dance have played an important role in my life. Dance played a role in some of my greatest celebrations and contributed to my courtship of my wife. I deeply value the institutions and community in Toronto that support this art – one that reflects the vibrant diversity of our city.

 

Josh

 

 

Video: Dance Manifesto - Josh Matlow and Guillaume Côté


 

 

 

Photos from the Opening of Canada’s first National Dance Week and the Launch of the “I love dance/J’aime la danse” National Campaign, April 19, 2012


 

 

 

For more information on the Canadian Dance Assembly's I Love Dance National Campaign, you can visit their website at: http://www.cda-acd.ca/en/programs-services/national-campaign

 

Important update on Toronto's school pools

For many years, I've worked closely with parents, students, dedicated residents, parent-led groups such as Let's Make Waves, and friends such as former mayor David Crombie to protect Toronto's school pools from closure.

 

I am delighted to announce that the City of Toronto and Toronto District School Board have finally reached a 5-year funding agreement.

 

Our city's school pools are deeply valued by our communities. They support our childrens' education, assist in teaching life-saving skills, contribute to recreational opportunities and our quality of life- for youth to seniors, and everyone in between.

 

This agreement will come to the City of Toronto's Community Development and Recreation Committee on April 24th and then to Council on May 8th for a decision.

 

If you would like to make an oral or written deputation to committee, please click here to learn how. To learn more about the agreement, please click here. We have been successful thus far in keeping our school pools open, but its more important than ever that your voice continues to be heard.

 

Thank you to everyone of you who have been part of this important campaign.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Josh

 

 

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

   
   

Upcoming Ward 22 community meetings

April 13, 2012

 

Dear Residents,

 

Keeping our community engaged and informed has always been a top priority for me. There are a number of community events and consultation meetings coming up in the next few weeks that I want to ensure that you're aware of. On an ongoing basis, please always feel welcome to visit my website at www.joshmatlow.ca for daily and weekly updates.

  1. Oriole Park Participatory Budgeting Meeting. Monday, April 16, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Christ Church Deer Park, Elliott Hall, 1570 Yonge Street.
  2. Friends of the Beltline Clean Up. Saturday, April 21, 9:30 am. Robert Bateman Parkette, Russell Hill and Chaplin Crescent
  3. Preliminary Design Open House for Chaplin Station (Crosstown LRT). Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Forest Hill Collegiate Institute.
  4. Rathnelly Residents Association Annual General Meeting. Friday, May 11, 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Church of the Messiah, Avenue Road and Dupont.
  5. Davisville and Balliol Community Consultation. Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street
  6. South Eglinton Rate Payers' and Residents' Association Annual General Meeting. Thursday, May 17, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Manor Road United Church, 240 Manor Road E.
  7. Age Friendly Town Hall/Seniors Forum. Thursday, May 24, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, 200 Eglinton Ave W.

I'm grateful for the time that many of you have taken to contact me to let me know your views on the issues that matter most to you. I look forward to continuing our conversation.

Sincerely,

 

Josh

Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22 – St. Paul's
www.joshmatlow.ca

 


1. Oriole Park Participatory Budgeting Meeting. Monday, April 16, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Christ Church Deer Park, Elliott Hall, 1570 Yonge Street.

I'm excited to move forward with a pilot project for Oriole Park that will have the community determine future spending priorities for their local green space at a town hall meeting.

I have secured funding for improvements for the park and the adjacent portion of the beltline. This money will be allocated by the community through Participatory Budgeting.

This innovative process will involve proposals by local residents that could include amenities such as community gardens and seating areas or new recreational facilities such as a basketball court, soccer pitch or chess table. These proposals will be costed by City Parks staff and voted on by the neighbourhood.

If you live close to Oriole Park please join us at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. (entrance on Heath St.) on April 16th  6:30-8:30

 

2. Friends of the Beltline Clean Up. Saturday, April 21, 9:30 am to 12:00pm. Robert Bateman Parkette, Russell Hill and Chaplin Crescent.

Join your fellow Friends of the Beltline making this neighbourhood treasure as beautiful as it can be. Toronto Urban Forestry will attend and supply gloves and tools. Beverages provided, compliments of Effie & Tony of Second Cup (518 Eglinton Ave. W). Bottled water compliments of Sage Real Estate Ltd.

 

3. Preliminary Design Open House for Chaplin Station (Crosstown LRT). Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Forest Hill Collegiate Institute (cafeteria), 730 Eglinton Avenue West.

Metrolinx and the TTC invite you to attend an Open House for Chaplin Station (a stop on the new Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT line) to learn more about the preliminary station design and the City’s Eglinton planning study, and to share your input with the design team.

For more information visit http://www.thecrosstown.ca/sites/default/files/Open-House-Notice-Chaplin-web.pdf.

 

4. Rathnelly Area Residents Association Annual General Meeting. Friday, May 11, 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Church of the Messiah, Avenue Road and Dupont.

More information about the Rathnelly Area Residents Association can be found at http://www.rathnellyrepublic.com/.

 

5. Davisville & Balliol Community Consultation. Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street

The City Planning Department is holding a community consultation meeting about a property development near Davisville and Yonge. The meeting relates to a rezoning application to permit the redevelopment of the sites municipally known as 87-107 Davisville Ave and 108-128 Balliol Street for the purposes of a 12 storey rental apartment building fronting onto the south side rental apartment units complete with 285 vehicular parking spaces located in a below grade parking facility. The existing 21 townhouse rental apartment units located on the sites would be demolished to accommodate the proposal. For more information please see the following document: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-45408.pdf

 

6. South Eglinton Rate Payers' and Residents' Association Annual General Meeting. Thursday, May 17, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Manor Road United Church (Main Hall upstairs), 240 Manor Road E.

Invited guest speakers include myself, MP Dr. Carolyn Bennett, MPP Dr. Eric Hoskins, and TDSB Trustee Shelley Laskin and TCDSB Trustee Jo-Ann Davis. For more information visit http://southeglinton.ca/.

 

7. Age Friendly Town Hall/Seniors Forum. Thursday, May 24, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, 200 Eglinton Ave W.

I'm co-hosting this Town Hall with SPRINT to provide an opportunity to discuss how the City of Toronto can support its growing senior population here in North Toronto and across the city. We will be joined by local activist Charlotte Maher, and City Staff who are working on a City of Toronto Seniors Strategy.

   
   

March 2012 Update from Councillor Josh Matlow for Ward 22 residents

 

Dear Friends and Residents,

 

The past few months have been, to understate it, very busy at City Hall. Discussions about the City's budget and transit planning have dominated the agenda. However, each day I receive hundreds of emails and phone calls from residents about the day-to-day issues that affect our lives.

In this e-newsletter, I'd like to let you know more about the some of the projects and issues that my staff and I have been working on, and also to share with you other news from around the community.

  1. Best of Midtown
  2. Tenants Town Hall Recap
  3. Participatory Budget Meeting for Oriole Park
  4. Opening of new parkette and playground at Soudan and Dunfield
  5. 33 Tarlton Road Ontario Municpal Board Appeal
  6. Mint Nightclub Update
  7. Avenue Road watermain update
  8. Friends of the Belt Line Clean Up
  9. Other news and events from around Ward 22

Thank you for all of your feedback, both supportive and critical. I look forward to having many more conversations in the coming weeks and months. More immediately, don't forget that this Saturday, March 31th at 8:30pm is Earth Hour. I hope you'll join in and turn off the lights for an hour to help remind us all of the energy we consume on a daily basis. More than anything, Earth Hour can be a fun way to remind ourselves to practice conservation for not just one hour a year, but every day of every year.

Sincerely,

 

Josh

Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22 – St. Paul's
www.joshmatlow.ca

 

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Best of Midtown

Buy local. Support small businesses.

 

These slogans are becoming increasingly prevalent as large retail companies have gradually taken up more real estate on our main streets. But is there substance behind the sayings? Does shopping at midtown's independent stores have any real benefits?

 

In a word, yes. For starters, significantly more money stays in the community when you shop at locally-owned businesses. Buying local also helps support the growth of other businesses and the local tax base. One recent study shows that locally-owned businesses generate a premium in enhanced economic impact. For every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $45 goes right back into the community, compared to only $14 at a chain store.

 

Locally-owned businesses are more likely to hire architects, tradesmen, accountants and other ancillary service providers from the neighbourhood as chain stores generally keep those functions in-house.

 

Independent stores make a retail strip a community main street. Along with being an important part of our local neighbourhoods, Torontonians do come from all across the city to visit the Eglinton Way, Forest Hill Village and Mt. Pleasant BIAs because of unique destinations such as the Mad Bean, Little Dollhouse Co, Five Doors North, Zen Beginnings and Forest Hill's art galleries.

 

To honour the important contribution that local, small and independent business owners make to our quality of life, I started a "Best of Midtown" award to celebrate their contributions to our community- and to thank them.

 

We've recognized people like Mira Bunda and her family who've run The Bread and Butter restaurant on Mt. Pleasant Rd. for the past two decades and Elinor Lefave, the owner of Mabels' Fables. I have also discussed creating an initiative to support small, independent bookstores and cinemas- many of which have disappeared from our main streets over the years.

 

If you know of a small business owner in Ward 22 who you'd like to recognize, call 416 392-7906 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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