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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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Councillor Matlow spoke on options for the Scarborough Subway, March 31, 2016.

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Councillor Josh Matlow with Seniors Champion Charlotte Maher at the launch of Seniors' Month. Continue reading below to learn aboutToronto's new initiative to create a Strategic Plan for Toronto's Seniors.

 

Councillor Matlow's May 2011 Update: Northern Field, Garbage Debate, Works Projects, Etc.

1. Funding for Northern School Field Approved By Community Council

2. Garbage Debate Far From Over

3. Avenue Road Watermain Update.

4. Toronto Service Review

5. Doors open Toronto

 

1. Funding for Northern School Field Approved By Community Council

I'm happy to report that today at City Hall, Toronto East York Community Council approved a development on Roehampton Avenue that will result in $500,000 toward a new field at Northern Secondary School, along with an additional $500,000 toward a new local park. The funding will be secured through a section 37 agreement between the City of Toronto and K & G Construction, owner of 299 Roehampton.

The Clarke Pulford Field, named after a former Northern physical education teacher, has long been in need of revitalization. The playing surface is patchy, full of holes and can be unusable at times. While working with the Northern community as a School Trustee, I saw first -hand the passion and dedication that students, alumni and parents have for this project. Through countless fundraising events including a "taste of the town" evening, raffles for Maple Leafs tickets and a 24 hour camp out on the field, the Northern Secondary School Foundation has remarkably raised over $1 million.

The new field will consist of a 400-metre, four-lane running track and a full football and soccer field built to professional standards. The grass will be replaced by high-quality artificial turf while bike racks and fencing will also be installed. The playing area will be used by physical education classes, Northern's many successful athletic teams and will provide recreational opportunities for the wider community. Through hard work, a consensus was reached on a Community Use Agreement at a recent meeting at City Hall with the support of Shelley Laskin, our School Trustee, the Sherwood Park Residents' Association as well as Northern students, staff, parents and alumni. When not in use for school activities, the field will be available for neighbourhood residents to play soccer, frisbee, running and many other activities.

I am honoured to be in the position to complete this project through City Council next month where I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that the remaining $500,000 needed for the field is approved.

We're nearing the end of a long journey to create a field that will merit the excellence of Northern's athletes and will be accessible to local residents. Thank you to our entire school and residential community for your support.

2. Garbage Debate Far From Over

Despite media reports that have suggested otherwise, garbage pick-up has not been privatized. Council voted to allow staff to issue a Request for Quotations (RFQ) from private bidders. Once those bids are received Council will vote on whether to accept, reject or amend the contracts.

Please read my column from Monday's Toronto Star for further information:

http://joshmatlow.ca/josh-in-the-news/city-hall-diary.html

During last week's debate on whether to accept private bids for waste collection, all four of my amendments were supported by Council. They helped to ensure that the environment, public service and taxpayer protection would be paramount if we choose to go down this path. I believe these amendments reflected much of the feedback I've received from residents.

Please click this link to view the amendments:

Motions by Councillor Matlow

3. Avenue Road Watermain Update.

I have some good news with regards to the Avenue Road Watermain reconstruction project.  While this is a necessary project for our city's infrastructure, it has also greatly impacted the amount of gridlock in the area and has understandably frustrated many local residents – including myself.

I can report that as of last week several lanes were re-opened to traffic including:

1) Along Avenue Rd. from Poplar Plains to just south of Balmoral

2) Along Avenue Rd. from just north of St. Clair to Lonsdale

3) Along Lonsdale from Avenue Rd. to Oriole Parkway

4) Along Oriole Parkway from Lonsdale to just north of Wilberton

There are lanes that are still closed along Avenue Road across the intersection of St. Clair.  These should be re-opened until work is completed in that area by the end of June.

I have been informed by Water that the City was considering replacing watermains on Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton West

I have requested that the construction be finished on Avenue before either one of the other projects begins and, if possible, to wait for the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown before moving ahead with that project so the work can be done at the same time.

City staff has confirmed that those projects will be delayed.

4. Toronto Service Review

To address Toronto's 2012 budget gap of $774 million, City Council has launched a review of all of its services and implemented a multi-year financial planning process.The City of Toronto is reviewing the services it provides and looking at how they can best be delivered to Toronto residents.

As part of the review, a public consultation process has been launched called the Toronto Service Review.  This is your chance to send a strong signal to City Councillors and the Mayor about the kind of Toronto we want to live in and pass on to our children.  To find summary and detailed information on each service, facts and figures about the City's budget and decision-making processes, please go to:  http://www.toronto.ca/torontoservicereview/.  You can also fill in the online feedback form to directly provide your input.

5. Doors open Toronto

Finally I would encourage you to participate in Doors Open Toronto on Saturday and Sunday May 28th and 29th.  This is one of the city's most popular annual events, which provides free access to buildings of architectural, historic, social and cultural significance.

Some of the buildings you can visit in Ward 22 include;

City of Toronto Archives at 255 Spadina Road

Empress Building -  at 124 Merton Street

Fire Station 311 -  at 20 Balmoral Avenue

Frontier College -- Gzowski House at 35 Jackes Avenue

Grace Church on-the-Hill at 300 Lonsdale Road

Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens at 285 Spadina Road

Most buildings will be open from 10:00am – 5:00pm on both days – but some building hours do vary so please visit the Doors Open website at www.toronto.ca/doorsopen/buildings.htm

I particularly would like you to join me at Fire Station 311 at 20 Balmoral.  The station is celebrating its 100th Anniversary – and I will be there for a special ceremony at 1pm.

I hope you found this informative. For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (416) 392-7906 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Best Wishes,

Josh

   

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: Eglinton Crosstown Community Update Meeting

Eglinton Crosstown Community Update Meeting

When: Tuesday, April 26 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Where: St. Clement's School, Auditorium 21 St. Clements Avenue (north of Yonge and Eglinton)

This meeting is for members of the community to learn more about the Crosstown, which will provide rapid underground transit across the Eglinton corridor, linking subway lines and replacing the Scarborough RT with modern, reliable service.  The update will be provided by the TTC and Metrolinx, followed by a moderated Q&A session.

This event is brought to the community by Councillors Josh Colle, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, John Parker, Jay Robinsion and TTC Chair Karen Stintz.

   

Cars being vandalized in St. Paul's related to the federal election

Update: Streets where reports have come from- Mann, Soudan, Hoyle, Bayview, Davisville, Forman and Duplex

Cars being vandalized in St. Paul's related to the federal election

Dear residents of St. Paul’s in Ward 22,

There have been reports of cars being vandalized at homes posting lawn signs for the Liberal Party candidate running in the federal election.

This criminal activity is not only an affront to our democratic principles but endangers our residents.

I have been in contact with 53 Division and understand that the residents targeted have had their cars parked in their driveways or parking pads.

Obviously, each resident posting a political lawn sign has an option to remove it if they are concerned. Participating in an election, and demonstrating support for a candidate or party, is an integral part of our democratic process. I urge you to do what makes you feel comfortable.

However, I want to contribute an option for Ward 22 residents who wish to keep their lawn signs posted.

If you are a resident of my ward who has chosen to post a lawn sign on your property for any candidate or party participating in the federal election, and are concerned about the safety of your property due to the recent attacks, I invite you to park your car on your street overnight until 8am, even if you do not have street permit parking, until election day on May 2nd, 2011.

Parking enforcement will continue tagging cars that do not belong on your street and you may still receive a ticket. If you are tagged, please call my office at (416) 392-7906 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will arrange with Parking Enforcement to withdraw your ticket.

Please feel welcome to share this information with your neighbours.

In addition, if you witness any criminal activity or something suspicious that is not an emergency please call Toronto Police Service 53 Division at (416) 808-5300.

I do hope this measure will be of assistance to you.

Sincerely,

Josh Matlow
City Councillor
Ward 22, St. Paul’s

www.joshmatlow.ca.

   

Thank you to Forest Hill PS students for having lunch with me at City Hall!

by Ward 22 artists (Forest Hill PS students) Maya Abramson & Hannah Bernstein

   

Update on Toronto Transit Plan

Dear residents,

This morning, Premier McGuinty and Mayor Rob Ford announced a new plan for rapid transit expansion in Toronto. The mayor’s plan replaces the previous Transit City initiative which would have seen Light Rapid Transit (LRT) lines on Eglinton, Sheppard, Finch and through Scarborough with some portions built underground.

Mayor Ford has put forward a transit plan that will put the entirety of the Eglinton LRT line underground and a replace the Scarborough Rapid Transit line with an LRT. The Mayor has also proposed to construct a $4 billion subway on Sheppard Ave using private financing.

The original Metrolinx plan for the Eglinton LRT, funded by the provincial government, called for the line to be underground from Black Creek to Laird. The difference between the plans is that an 8km portion of the Eglinton line from Laird east to Kennedy will now also be underground at an additional cost of $2 billion. To bury this portion of the line, Toronto will have to reallocate funds away from the proposed Finch West LRT, as the City would no longer have the capital dollars to construct a rapid transit line there. However, there is some discussion about enhancing bus service along that route.

It is important to note that there is no additional money from the Province towards today's announcement. The City will be required to fund the Sheppard subway on its own. The Mayor has mused about various private financing schemes but has yet to provide formal details. While I strongly support transit expansion for Toronto, without ensuring that the revenue needed for the ongoing operating costs can be found, I am concerned that constructing subways through suburban areas of Toronto with low densities will become a long-term liability for taxpayers. The current stretch of the Sheppard subway is already subsidised by our property taxes due to low ridership.

I applaud the provincial government’s commitment to fund rapid transit expansion for our city and am delighted that work will begin on the Eglinton line this year- something we’ve been waiting for far too long. In addition, when funding is made available, I'd like to see the Eglinton line extend to Pearson airport and beyond as part of a regional transit strategy.

I am concerned, however, about the process in which this plan has been delivered as Toronto residents have not been consulted and there is no surety that this plan, nor its finances, will be debated at Council. It is also prudent to consider the estimated $49 million that Toronto will have to pay to cancel the Transit City plan at a time when there is a projected $784 million gap in the 2012 City operating budget.

Public transportation is the primary mode of travel for many of us and affects the planning of our neighbourhoods. Toronto residents deserve an opportunity to provide their input regarding the future of transit as it is an integral part of our lives.

Ultimately, I believe we need to have a thoughtful, evidence-based debate at Council to achieve a financially feasible transit plan with a detailed, transparent budget that will be accessible to as many Torontonians as possible.

To ensure your ability to have your voice heard, I plan to co-host a town hall meeting on transit in the coming weeks with fellow midtown city councillors to hear your feedback and answer any questions you might have. We will send you details about the date and location very soon along with posting on my website at: www.joshmatlow.ca. Meanwhile, always feel free to send me an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sincerely,

Josh Matlow
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22, St. Paul’s

   

Josh and the Oriole Park Association

Photo- Richard MacFarlane

Councillor Matlow meeting with the Oriole Park Association to discuss community priorities and city-wide issues

If you live in Ward 22's Chaplin Estates neighbourhood and would like to get involved with or learn more about your local ratepayer's association, please click here.

   

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