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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

Latest Videos

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.

It's time to move forward with building transit

February 5, 2012

 

Dear Residents,

 

 

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.

 

Read more

 

City of Toronto and CUPE 416 arrive at a tentative deal

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.

 

Sincerely,

Josh

Toronto City Councillor

Ward 22 - St. Paul's

www.joshmatlow.ca

   

Statement on Mayor Ford's regrettable comments

Thank you to the many residents who have written to me regarding the Mayor's regrettable comments yesterday.

 

It is unfortunate that Mayor Ford decided to use such an offensive comparison during a radio interview. I hope that he takes the time to learn more about the reprehensible individual he compared his colleagues to and realizes why it was inappropriate.

 

My focus continues to be on working respectfully with fellow councillors from every political perspective on a realistic and responsible transit plan, finding solutions for those seeking affordable housing, removing Toronto from the Ontario Municipal Board's purview, protecting tenants from escalating rents and tackling gridlock while serving the residents of my community every day.

 

I hope that Mayor Ford will decide to join the rest of Council in discussing how we can move forward with these important issues, along with many others, together.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

   

A Responsible & Compassionate 2012 City of Toronto budget approved

Dear Friends and Residents,

 

On Tuesday, January 17th, City Council approved a responsible and compassionate budget that reflected the voices of Ward 22 residents, and the majority of Torontonians. I am very pleased that Council was able to come together and save many important municipal supports for children, seniors, the less fortunate and the environment. These services were protected by the efforts of many councillors that I worked with day and night over the past weeks to achieve a better outcome for Toronto. I am pleased to have helped bring together colleagues from different political stripes and areas of the city to protect childcare, transit, recreational facilities and many other social supports. The specific programs and services protected today include:

 

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Upcoming Budget Town Hall and Important 2012 Budget Updates

Dear Friends and Residents,


Yesterday, the Budget Committee approved a $9.4 billion operating budget and a $2.8 billion capital budget for the City of Toronto in 2012. Their recommendations will go to Executive Committee and full Council on January 17th, 2012. While I am pleased that several important programs were saved, I am still concerned over many of the cuts that remain.  Many of the remaining cuts are a direct result of the Mayor's request to cut 10% from the budgets of every City Department, Agency, Board and Commission. I have expressed my concern about the arbitrary nature in which this process has been conducted in a previous newsletter.  These mandated reductions have forced City staff to take Draconian measures that do not consider the importance of services to local residents that rely upon them.

 

In this update, I'm providing you with:

 

  • A notice about my upcoming 2012 Budget Town Hall
  • Important information on the 2012 Budget
  • Green Toronto Awards

 

Warm regards,

 

Josh

 

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

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Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukkah!

Dear friends,

 

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,

 

Josh

 

 

   

City Council to take action on rush hour gridlock

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.


You can see the January 4th, 2012 agenda item by clicking here. Click here to read the Globe and Mail's Marcus Gee on on Curb hogs and click here to read the Toronto Star story on our progress.


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.

   

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