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.
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.
If Mayor Ford can articulate a realistic transit plan to city council and Toronto residents that is fiscally responsible, facts-based and considers all evidence including density and ridership projections, and can provide rapid transit service without delay to Eglinton, Finch and Sheppard Avenue residents, he'll earn my support for it.
Please see this map from national transit blog The Transport Politic that shows, after governments have left us decades behind, we're finally making progress building a mix of new rapid transit lines. Read this page for a thoughtful article, and comment discussion, on Toronto's transit debate seen through the eyes of the third person.
February 5, 2012
For too many years, the question of how to improve and expand Toronto’s transit system has shamefully been used as a political football. One government sets out a plan, the next scraps it, and then the next commissions yet another report.
I believe Torontonians are relying on us to move now, and without delay, on a realistic transit plan that will benefit this generation and beyond.
Dear Friends and Residents,
I'm happy to report to you that after a marathon round of negotiations that went all night and into this morning, the City of Toronto and CUPE 416 (outside workers) arrived at a tentative contract that will now have to be ratified by both the union and city council. Therefore, I do not expect disruption to our city services.
I would like to thank Mayor Ford, Deputy Mayor Holyday, the City's negotiating team and CUPE 416 for their commitment to arriving at a fair deal. I look forward to seeing all details in the coming days.
The City of Toronto continues to negotiate with its other employee groups.
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22 - St. Paul's
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