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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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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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Councillor Matlow's Tenants' Town Hall Update

 

Dear residents,

 

Thank you to everyone who attended my Tenants' Town Hall. I hosted this community meeting to inform you of your rights and to discuss with you what action is needed to protect them. It was a pleasure seeing so many tenants actively engaged in our community.

 

Many of you have asked that information from the meeting be available online. Click here for a copy of my handout listing important resources. Click here for a copy of keynote speaker Kenn Hale's speech. To see photos of the event, please click here.

 

I would also like to thank the insightful speaker and panelists:

 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the services listed above regarding any relevant issues you may be having.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

   

Toronto is moving forward with building transit

Dear residents,

 

Toronto's city council made a historic decision to finally move forward with building transit for Toronto and to truly connect our city. I want to extend my deepest appreciation to each of you who have supported this honest, evidence-based and fiscally responsible plan.

 

Next steps must start now

 

Now that underground and at-grade LRT projects are approved for Eglinton, Finch and Sheppard, I look forward to beginning substantive work to see transit projects including a Downtown Relief Subway line, improvements to current overcrowding on the Yonge line, dealing with state of good repair shortfalls and extending the Eglinton Crosstown line to Pearson Airport with a realistic plan and viable funding sources through to fruition. This hard work must start now.

 

To those of you who would like to learn more about the recent transit vote, please click here to listen to my analysis on CBC Radio's Here and Now.

 

For more information, please visit my website by clicking here.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 

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

   

Minister's Statement on Toronto City Council Vote on Transit

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

preference.

 

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."

   

Toronto Public Library workers go on strike

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

   

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Sheppard Ave. Advisory Panel Report Released

Dear residents,

 

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.

 

You can read the full report of the Advisory Panel here, and you can read more about transit issues here.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

   

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