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 email@example.com.
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.
To those of you in our Ward 22, St. Paul's community who will be celebrating Christmas with friends and family this weekend, I want to personally wish you a Merry Christmas. And to those who are celebrating the festival of lights, Channukah, I wish you each a Chag Chanukkah Sameach.
And Happy Festivus to everyone!
Warm wishes for the season,
In response to a motion by Councillor Josh Matlow, seconded by Councillor Mike Layton, the City of Toronto's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee will be considering moving forward with increased fines and enforcement to Relieve Rush Hour Congestion Due to Unlawful Stopping, Standing, and Parking.
Councillors Matlow and Layton are committed to taking action on improving the mobility of Torontonians no matter whether they drive a car, take public transit, ride a bicycle or are a pedestrian.
Traffic congestion is a significant problem for Toronto's motorists, public transit users and cyclists. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently noted that the Greater Toronto Area suffers from the longest work commute times in North America. This congestion costs the region's economy an estimated $3.3 billion per year while negatively impacting on the quality of life of our residents. The long-term solutions to this problem include building a more accessible, extensive and efficient public transportation system in addition to encouraging car-pooling and cycling.
In the meantime, council can take small, but important, measures to alleviate traffic congestion. One such measure is to provide sufficient deterrents to motorists and delivery drivers that stop, stand, park illegally or otherwise obstruct traffic on arterial roads during rush hour. Far too often, entire lanes of major roads are blocked due to an individual pulling over to grab a coffee in the morning or a delivery vehicle choosing the afternoon rush period to drop off their goods. Drivers along arterials often use bicycle lanes as a parking lane, forcing cyclists to dangerously merge into traffic. During rush hour this creates very unsafe conditions for cyclists. While currently not permitted, it is clear that current fines and levels of enforcement are not sufficient to deter such activities.
This motion seeks to improve traffic flow during the morning and afternoon rush hour periods by increasing the fines and level of enforcement for individuals that obstruct other motorists, public transit users and cyclists.
Dear Friends and Residents,
Thank you again for the privilege of being able to serve our community at Toronto City Council. This past year has been one of many achievements for Ward 22 and I've deeply enjoyed working closely with so many you in every midtown neighbourhood. I still believe that Toronto needs an approach to its governance that is thoughtful, evidence based, fiscally responsible, creative, non-ideological and always keeps the best interests of our residents in mind. I will continue advocating for this.
In this update, I'm providing you with:
- A notice about my upcoming 2012 Budget Town Hall,
- Information about a rent rebate for tenants,
- Wishing Katharine Hancock well on her new adventure - Welcome to Chloe Richer.
I wish you and yours the very best for the holidays and 2012. I look forward to continue working with you for our community and a better Toronto.
Ward 22 – St. Paul's
1. Notice of my upcoming 2012 Budget Town Hall
Date: Wednesday, January 11
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, 200 Eglinton Ave W (at Lascelles Blvd)
I will be hosting my 2nd annual Budget Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, January 11th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre. City Staff will be available to answer any budget related questions you might have. The decisions Council will make in January on the 2012 Budget will impact every Toronto resident. I believe that it is vital that you are informed, engaged and given the opportunity to make your voice heard.
2. Information about a rent rebate for tenants
I am pleased to inform you that some multi-residential buildings in our community have had their property tax decreased by more than 2.49% which will result in a minor rent reduction for 2012. Official notices from the City of Toronto have already been sent by mail to those that will receive a reduction. It is important to note that you do not have to ask your landlord for permission or apply to receive this reduction. The letter will outline how to calculate your new rent. This document provides a list of Ward 22 buildings that will have their rents reduced next year.
Unfortunately, this municipal rent reduction will not offset the 3.1% guideline increase allowed by the provincial government for 2012. While I am appreciative of the Province's new legislation to cap guideline rent increases at 2.5% starting in 2013, this measure does not support overburdened tenants this year. I am urging the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to reconsider this exceedingly high increase. I continue to strongly advocate for our community's tenants and real rent control. It is also very important that tenants have access to information about their rights.
3. Wishing Katharine Hancock well on her new adventure – Welcome to Chloe Richer!
Katharine Hancock, my talented, overachieving Constituency Assistant, has been offered an opportunity to return to the career path of her choice- a teacher. I have accepted her resignation, with deep regret, but wish her the best of success and happiness in her next adventure. December 16th will be her last day with us here at City Hall.
Katharine, a resident of my ward and friend, came with me to city hall after last year's election and has been an integral member of our office family. Like all of you who have had the opportunity to know and work with her, I will miss seeing her every day at city hall.
Chloe Richer joins my team as a recent graduate of the University of Toronto's Master of Science in Planning program, where she also participated in the Community Development Collaborative Program. Chloe has a breadth of experience with local planning issues and has worked with residents in communities such as Regent Park, Mimico and Parkdale. She is a resident of Ward 22 and appreciates the fantastic services and amenities our neighbourhood offers. Like the rest of my team, Chloe will be there to meet your needs.
I just received this note from staff and wanted to ensure you were informed.
"Councillors – today Drainstar Contracting signed a six month license agreement to use a portion of the TTC former bus terminal lands at Eglinton and Duplex to store equipment and materials associated with a water main replacement and decommissioning project along Avenue Road and Duplex Avenues.
Dear Friends and Residents,
I believe that when decisions are being made at City Hall that affect any neighbourhood or street in our ward, it is vital that those residents are informed. When it comes to the 2012 City of Toronto Budget, Council's decisions will have an impact on not only one community, but the entire City.
Following up on my newsletter regarding the proposed cuts and service reductions contained in the 2012 budget, I am providing you a brief update on some of the specific details that were released yesterday afternoon. The following list is not exhaustive as I have just received 4 binders containing over 1,000 pages of information pertaining to the City's finances for the next year.
I will be spending the next month going over the documents and picking out items of interest to our community in order to provide a detailed list of proposed changes at a Budget Town Hall meeting I am hosting on January 11, 2012, 7:00pm at the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre.
Preliminary list of facilities that are proposed to be closed or have service reductions in or directly adjacent to Ward 22 include:
- Brown Public School: Elimination of programming at the shared-use community centre
- Davisville Public School: Reduction in Student Nutrition Program funding
- Central Eglinton Community Centre: Staffing level reduction that will cause a reduction in programs offered to community
- Deer Park Public Library – reduce the number of hours from 62 to 56 hours per week, a 6 hour reduction (equivalent to two mornings)
- Northern District Public Library – reduce the number of hours from 69 to 59.5 per week, a 9.5 hour reduction (equivalent to approximately three mornings)
- Forest Hill Public Library – reduce the number of hours from 62 to 56 per week, a 6 hour reduction (equivalent to two mornings)
There are no school pools proposed for a reduction in funding in Ward 22. However, across the city, the following school pools are slated for elimination of City programming:
- Bedford Park
- Gordon A. Brown
- SH Armstrong
- Sir Wilfred Laurier
Other City-wide recreational service reductions that may be of interest to Ward 22 residents include:
- Phil White Arena: arena operations ceased between 7am and 4pm, Monday to Friday
- High Park Zoo: closure
- Far Enough Farm (Toronto Island): Closure
- Closure of Fairhaven and Stanley Park outdoor pools
I will provide you with a more detailed analysis once I have completed reviewing the entirety of the budget documents I've received. I recognize that some hard decisions will have to be made given the ongoing structual deficit the City of Toronto has been saddled with since amalgamation. However, I will continue to advocate for and protect the services that Torontonians value and rely on every day.
Ward 22 – St. Paul's
City Council committee agendas can be viewed at: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyList.do?function=prepareDisplayDBList
If you'd like to send an email directly to the members of the Budget Committee, these are the Councillors who sit on this committee.
Dear Friends and Residents,
To ensure that you are informed on the decisions being considered at Toronto City Hall, I've prepared the following updates for you.
Please feel welcome to send me your feedback as hearing from the residents of Ward 22 assists me in advocating on our community's behalf at Council.
Please click here to read the details about the TTC service reductions and additions planned for 2012. I will continue to advocate for a public transit system that is reliable, accessible and affordable, with quality service, for every Torontonian.
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