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.
We have made a successful effort towards reforming Toronto's planning process. This past week my colleagues on the Planning Growth management committee supported our request to ask Queen's Park to free Toronto from the OMB. Please read details below. I'm also including a variety of updates and public meeting notices for your information.
- Remembrance Day – City of Toronto Ceremonies
- City Committee Unanimously Supports Abolishing the OMB
- Urban Forestry Planting in Roycroft Park
- Avenue Road Watermain Project Update
- Toronto Police 53 Division Annual Town Hall Meeting
- Heritage Town Hall Meeting – Official Plan Review
- Toronto Hydro Town Hall Meeting
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and I have submitted a motion to free Toronto’s planning decisions from the purview of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) – the quasi-judicial, anti-democratic body that has final say over local planning decisions.
This motion will be debated at the Wednesday, November 8th meeting of the Planning and Growth Committee. At this meeting, there will be an opportunity for you to provide input to that committee by making a deputation or, if you cannot attend, email or letter. To sign up to make a deputation, or for further information, you can contact the clerk on the committee's website.
It is time to protect the fabric and character of our local neighbourhoods and allow our elected representatives to have the final say on the future of Toronto's neighbourhoods. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard!
Authorization to Release Section 37 Funds to Toronto District School Board for Capital Improvements to Hodgson Senior Public School Grounds - by Councillor Josh Matlow, seconded by Councillor Karen Stintz
Councillor Josh Matlow, seconded by Councillor Karen Stintz, recommends that:
Public-private competition for long term best value
By: Beth Goodger
The issue of private versus public collection of municipal waste has been in the news recently. This year, the City of Windsor, Ontario privatized waste collection services and Toronto City Council approved privatizing waste collection for 165,000 households in that city's west end. In April 2011, Hamilton City Council gave approval to explore expanding its competitive model to recycling collection.
At the heart of the debate is the desire to achieve cost-effective service delivery and whether or not privatizing waste collection (an important service) is the only way to achieve this.
Architect Jonathan Kearns & fellow KMAI associates, and special guests Councillors Josh Matlow & Joe Mihevc were all on hand for the official ribbon-cutting
Over the next several weeks the Toronto Public Library Board will be considering service reductions to dozens of libraries across Toronto. I believe the Mayor's demand of a 10% cut from the Toronto Public Library is arbitrary, far too simplistic, and lacks context. Therefore, I will not be supporting service reductions to a system that so many of our residents value. The proposed reductions will have an unnecessarily adverse effect on our Public Library system – a system that has seen growing demand and must be protected.
Gridlock is a serious 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 - costing our region's economy an estimated $3.3 billion per year while negatively impacting on our quality of life.
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