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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 tenant issues related to the Residential Tenancies Act, December 18 2013.

Councillor Josh Matlow spoke regarding development charges, October 9, 2013.

My statement on Mayor Rob Ford's conduct

 

Dear residents,

 

Yesterday, in the face of new details of his conduct about to be revealed, Mayor Rob Ford finally acknowledged that he did indeed smoke crack cocaine in the past year.

 

Mayor Ford has been lying to Torontonians for months, if not longer. He and his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, have also unfairly and maliciously attacked anyone who has dared to question his behaviour or honesty on almost a weekly basis.

 

While he apologized for smoking crack, he did not explain his actions (other than "being in a drunken stupor"), his association with criminals or allegations that he made racist and homophobic slurs in the infamous crack video.

 

He did, however, use his press conference yesterday to campaign for re-election. Councillor Ford wildly demanded Police Chief Bill Blair's resignation earlier in the day.

 

This whole issue really saddens me. Very few of us haven't made mistakes in life we regret. But most of us when asked about our lives are honest with our responses. Most importantly, we truly learn from our mistakes because we want to be better people and be responsible to those we love.

 

As for Mayor Rob Ford, his ongoing circus of deceit, shameful conduct, distraction and dishonesty must finally come to an end.

 

There is no legislation that allows Council to remove a mayor from office- I know many of you have asked me about that. The only ways I know of that an elected municipal politician in Toronto can be disqualified from office is if they are no longer a Canadian citizen or a resident of Toronto, miss three consecutive city council meetings or be convicted of an indictable offence.

 

However Rob Ford can remove himself from office.  I believe he must resign and put the people of Toronto before his own interests. That would be leadership. If he doesn't, I will support every effort within Council’s authority to hold him to account and prevent him from doing any further damage to our city.

 

I also believe that Toronto is a strong and vibrant city that I’m proud to call home- we’ve survived even greater challenges. We'll pull through this experience well if we make the right choices as a community of 2.8 million people. I hope the next mayor we elect will be thoughtful, fiscally responsible and one that celebrates the diversity of our city; a mayor who will focus on our priorities, be honest with residents and bring us together. That person is clearly not Rob Ford.

 

Meanwhile, as your city councillor, I will continue to focus on our community and work with my colleagues on Council to ensure that the business of our city is done efficiently, that services are delivered well, that tax dollars are spent wisely and we do not allow ourselves to be distracted from our city’s real priorities.

 

Councillor Matlow's Community Update for October 31, 2013

Dear Residents,

 

I'm delighted to announce three new initiatives I'm taking action on and advocating for change in our city. Each one focusses on issues that I know are significant priorities to many residents in our community and our city as a whole.

 

I have also included some other important community updates for your information.

 

I'm sure that by now, many of you have heard the latest news about the mayor. Police Chief Bill Blair has confirmed that the alleged video in which Mayor Ford appears to be smoking crack cocaine and making racist and homophobic slurs indeed exists and will be shown in court. Please visit my website to read my statement.

 

I wish you and your family a very safe and happy Halloween this evening.

 

Best regards,

 

Josh

 

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Free Toronto from the OMB! Stop Inappropriate Development

 

The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is an unelected and unaccountable provincial body which has the final say on all planning decisions in the province of Ontario that often gives the development industry an unfair advantage at "appeals" hearings over the interests of our communities and the City of Toronto's Official Plan.

 

The OMB has a history of contributing to inappropriate development in our city. Toronto's midtown neighbourhoods are facing an unprecedented amount of new developments, many of which are condos, and it's putting an unjustifiable strain on our community without the adequate infrastructure, including transit and public realm, to keep up with the growth in population.

 

For more information on how to get involved and take action, please visit my page on the OMB.

 

Stop Unfair Rent Increases

 

Above the Guideline Increases (AGIs) for basic upkeep and repairs have pushed rents that were already steep into the unaffordable range in recent years.

 

Landlords can apply for AGIs through the Landlord and Tenant Board. Repairs should be included as part of a landlord's overall expenses and paid for from the rent they already receive. It is clear that tenants, often seniors who have fixed pensions, are being unfairly burdened for the landlord’s basic cost of doing business.

 

For more information and to learn how you can take action against spiralling rent increases and unexpected fees, please visit my page on AGIs.

 

Build the Relief Subway Line Now

 

The Relief Subway Line would provide an alternative within our existing subway system, which is already overcrowded during rush hours. It would also curb gridlock on our city’s streets and increase access to jobs and attractions. It is the evidence-based subway expansion project that would most improve Toronto’s economy and residents’ quality of life.

 

To take action and learn more about the proposal, please visit my page on the Relief Subway Line.

 

Halloween Trick-or-Treating Tips

 

To ensure you have a safe and fun Halloween with your family, I’m sharing the following trick-or-treating best practices and driver safety tips from Toronto Police Services.

 

1) Put strips of reflective tape on the front and back of the costumes to make them more visible to drivers.

 

2) Your child's costume shouldn't drag on the ground — it's too easy to trip over. Shoes should be well-fitting and sturdy.

 

3) Don't allow children to carry sharp objects. Swords, knives, and any other accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.

 

4) If your child wears a mask, make sure it fits securely and has eye holes large enough so that he or she can see.

 

5) Make sure that treat bags are light-colored for easy visibility. Decorate them with reflective tape (you can find it in hardware, bicycle, or sporting goods stores).

 

6) No child should go trick-or-treating alone. Always accompany your younger children; older children can go in groups.

 

7) Allow children to go trick-or-treating early but avoid the evening rush hour. It's harder for motorists to see clearly during twilight than at any other time of day.

 

8) Give children specific neighborhood boundaries for trick-or-treating. Set a firm curfew for your children.

 

9) Remind children to walk on sidewalks and be cautious when crossing streets.

 

10) Tell children to only go to homes and neighbors they know and only to houses with lights on.

 

11) Tell children to turn down all invitations to enter homes. Period.

 

12) Tell children to avoid even normally friendly neighborhood dogs, who can be startled by kids they know who are dressed in unfamiliar costumes.

 

13) Drivers: remember children may be preoccupied with the trick-or-treating and may not be paying attention to the rules of the road. Keep vehicle speeds at or below the posted limits, and scan the road for children attempting to cross streets mid-block.

 

Ikea Monkey Molly

 

(My daughter Molly celebrating her first Halloween today as Darwin the Ikea Monkey)

 

Davisville Village Pumpkin Parade

 

Bring your jack-o-lanterns to Glebe Manor East Parkette on Belsize Drive between Harwood Road and Forman Avenue for a spooky parade Friday, November 1, beginning at 7 PM! Click here to view the event poster.

 

Eglinton Crosstown Station Design Meeting

 

On Thursday, November 7, Metrolinx is hosting a station design update meeting regarding the preliminary station designs from Avenue Road to Bayview Avenue for the Eglinton Crosstown. The meeting will be an open house format with opportunities to view displays, and speak one-on-one with staff.

 

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Northern Secondary School, 851 Mount Pleasant Road.

 

"Ecofair at the Barns" at Wychwood Barns

 

The Artscape Wychwood Barns is hosting an Ecofair on Sunday, November 10 featuring eco exhibits, interactive demos, eco-themed book swaps, test drives, and activities for kids.

 

The Ecofair runs from 12:00 to 4:00 pm, and admission is free. The Artscape Wychwood Barns is located at 601 Christie St.

 

Meeting to discuss improvements to parkettes on Belsize Drive

 

I believe that the median parkettes on Belsize Drive are in need of important design improvements. Please join me to discuss options and to provide your feedback on Wednesday, November 20 from 7 to 9 pm at Greenwood College School (443 Mount Pleasant Road). The meeting will be held in room 103. Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff will attend the meeting to answer any questions you may have.

 

Avenue Road Arts School is offering 35 new mini-courses in celebration of anniversary

 

In celebration of their 20th anniversary, the Avenue Road Arts School is offering a brand new assortment of 35 mini-courses for people who might be unable to take full-time courses due to a busy lifestyle. The courses will cover a large variety of arts, from Life Drawing and iPad Art to Sing and Sign to Music Video Performance.

 

To see a complete list of the available workshops and courses available, please visit the Avenue Road Arts School website.

 

Happy Anniversary!

Dear Residents,

I'm delighted to announce three new initiatives I'm taking action on and advocating for change in our city. Each one focusses on issues that I know are significant priorities to many residents in our community and our city as a whole.

I have also included some other important community updates for your information.

I'm sure that by now, many of you have heard the latest news about the mayor. Police Chief Bill Blair has confirmed that the alleged video in which Mayor Ford appears to be smoking crack cocaine and making racist and homophobic slurs indeed exists and will be shown in court. Please visit my website to read my statement.

I wish you and your family a very safe and happy Halloween this evening.

Best regards,

Josh


Free Toronto from the OMB! Stop Inappropriate Development

The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is an unelected and unaccountable provincial body which has the final say on all planning decisions in the province of Ontario that often gives the development industry an unfair advantage at "appeals" hearings over the interests of our communities and the City of Toronto's Official Plan.

The OMB has a history of contributing to inappropriate development in our city. Toronto's midtown neighbourhoods are facing an unprecedented amount of new developments, many of which are condos, and it's putting an unjustifiable strain on our community without the adequate infrastructure, including transit and public realm, to keep up with the growth in population.

For more information on how to get involved and take action, please visit my page on the OMB.

Stop Unfair Rent Increases

Above the Guideline Increases (AGIs) for basic upkeep and repairs have pushed rents that were already steep into the unaffordable range in recent years.

Landlords can apply for AGIs through the Landlord and Tenant Board. Repairs should be included as part of a landlord's overall expenses and paid for from the rent they already receive. It is clear that tenants, often seniors who have fixed pensions, are being unfairly burdened for the landlord’s basic cost of doing business.

For more information and to learn how you can take action against spiralling rent increases and unexpected fees, please visit my page on AGIs.

Build the Relief Subway Line Now

The Relief Subway Line would provide an alternative within our existing subway system, which is already overcrowded during rush hours. It would also curb gridlock on our city’s streets and increase access to jobs and attractions. It is the evidence-based subway expansion project that would most improve Toronto’s economy and residents’ quality of life.

To take action and learn more about the proposal, please visit my page on the Relief Line.

Halloween Trick-or-Treating Tips

To ensure you have a safe and fun Halloween with your family, I’m sharing the following trick-or-treating best practices and driver safety tips from Toronto Police Services.

1) Put strips of reflective tape on the front and back of the costumes to make them more visible to drivers.

2) Your child's costume shouldn't drag on the ground — it's too easy to trip over. Shoes should be well-fitting and sturdy.

3) Don't allow children to carry sharp objects. Swords, knives, and any other accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.

4) If your child wears a mask, make sure it fits securely and has eye holes large enough so that he or she can see.

5) Make sure that treat bags are light-colored for easy visibility. Decorate them with reflective tape (you can find it in hardware, bicycle, or sporting goods stores).

6) No child should go trick-or-treating alone. Always accompany your younger children; older children can go in groups.

7) Allow children to go trick-or-treating early but avoid the evening rush hour. It's harder for motorists to see clearly during twilight than at any other time of day.

8) Give children specific neighborhood boundaries for trick-or-treating. Set a firm curfew for your children.

9) Remind children to walk on sidewalks and be cautious when crossing streets.

10) Tell children to only go to homes and neighbors they know and only to houses with lights on.

11) Tell children to turn down all invitations to enter homes. Period.

12) Tell children to avoid even normally friendly neighborhood dogs, who can be startled by kids they know who are dressed in unfamiliar costumes.

13) Drivers: remember children may be preoccupied with the trick-or-treating and may not be paying attention to the rules of the road. Keep vehicle speeds at or below the posted limits, and scan the road for children attempting to cross streets mid-block.


(My daughter Molly celebrating her first Halloween today as Darwin the Ikea Monkey)

Eglinton Crosstown Station Design Meeting

On Thursday, November 7, Metrolinx is hosting a station design update meeting regarding the preliminary station designs from Avenue Road to Bayview Avenue for the Eglinton Crosstown. The meeting will be an open house format with opportunities to view displays, and speak one-on-one with staff.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Northern Secondary School, 851 Mount Pleasant Road.

"Ecofair at the Barns" at Wychwood Barns

The Artscape Wychwood Barns is hosting an Ecofair on Sunday, November 10 featuring eco exhibits, interactive demos, eco-themed book swaps, test drives, and activities for kids.

The Ecofair runs from 12:00 to 4:00 pm, and admission is free. The Artscape Wychwood Barns is located at 601 Christie St.

Meeting to discuss improvements to parkettes on Belsize Drive

I believe that the median parkettes on Belsize Drive are in need of important design improvements. Please join me to discuss options and to provide your feedback on Wednesday, November 20 from 7 to 9 pm at Greenwood College School (443 Mount Pleasant Road). The meeting will be held in room 103. Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff will attend the meeting to answer any questions you may have.

Avenue Road Arts School is offering 35 new mini-courses in celebration of anniversary

In celebration of their 20th anniversary, the Avenue Road Arts School is offering a brand new assortment of 35 mini-courses for people who might be unable to take full-time courses due to a busy lifestyle. The courses will cover a large variety of arts, from Life Drawing and iPad Art to Sing and Sign to Music Video Performance.

To see a complete list of the available workshops and courses available, please visit the Avenue Road Arts School website.

Happy Anniversary!

   
   

My statement on the allegations about Mayor Ford's conduct

I'm sure that by now, many of you have heard the latest news about the mayor. I've been asked to make a statement about today's allegations.

 

Toronto deserves a mayor who will put our city's residents before himself. Mayor Ford should honestly answer questions or resign immediately. For the good of the Toronto, I hope that the mayor will step aside so that he can focus on his own challenges while Council can focus on the business of the city.

 

I believe the Mr. Ford is entitled to, like any resident, fair and due process. However, the allegations about his conduct are so concerning that I believe the public also deserves an honest response about the facts and details of these allegations from our city’s mayor. Police Chief Bill Blair has confirmed that the alleged video in which Mayor Ford appears to be smoking crack cocaine and making racist and homophobic slurs indeed exists and will be shown in court.

 

Despite these very disturbing and serious allegations, I am committed to continue working with Council on Toronto's priorities and ensuring that residents are well served. We are fortunate to live in a remarkable city that I'm very proud to call home. However, I also expect that honesty and accountability must prevail.

   
   
   

Upcoming Community Meetings & Toronto Police Notice

NEW MEETING LOCATION: Hodgson Natural Ice Rink Public Meeting

 

Please join me on Monday, October 21 at Maurice Cody Junior Public School’s library (364 Belsize Drive) to discuss the City's temporary repairs of Hodgson Rink for the 2013-14 season. I've asked Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff to join us to discuss creating a natural rink at June Rowlands (Davisville) Park. We must ensure our kids have a local place to skate until the Hodgson Rink is repaired and upgraded for next season.

 

REMINDER: Upcoming Neighborhood Town Halls with your city councillor

 

Hosting and attending community meetings and other events in Ward 22 is very important to me to both engage and inform residents. I want to know that I'm reflecting your priorities. Throughout the fall, I'm hosting a community town hall in every Ward 22 neighbourhood. Please save the dates for the October meetings listed below. I hope to see you there!

 

The next neighbourhood meetings are:

 

For Rathnelly and the Upper Annex Area residents: Thursday, October 24 from 7 to 9 pm

De La Salle College, JP II, 131 Farnham Avenue


For Cottingham Area and Summerhill residents: Wednesday, October 30 from 7 to 9 pm

The Linden School, Gymnasium, 10 Rosehill Avenue

 

Feeling Congested? Ward 22 Focus Group

 

The City of Toronto’s Planning Division is hosting focus group sessions across the city as part of the Feeling Congested? campaign to update the transportation policies in our Official Plan. These policies will help the City to manage congestion on streets, sidewalks, and transit.

 

The sessions will have two focuses: the concept of developing a transportation network, and a proposed new structure for making decisions around prioritising transportation projects within that network. This is a great opportunity for Ward 22 residents to learn about some of the changes Planning staff are proposing and to lend your voice to the planning process.

 

The Ward 22 Focus Group session will take place on Wednesday, October 23 at North Toronto Collegiate Institute (17 Broadway Avenue) from 7 to 9 pm, in classroom 215. I hope to see you there!

 

The Oriole Park Association Annual General Meeting

 

This year, the Oriole Park Association's Annual General Meeting will be taking place on November 7 in the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre’s Multi-Purpose Room (200 Eglinton Avenue West). The meeting is scheduled for 7 to 9 pm and this year's topic is Transit and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. For more information on the Oriole Park Association, please visit their website.

 

REMINDER: Ecumenical Christmas Food Drive

 

Churches in Rosedale, Moore Park and Leaside are again sponsoring a Christmas Drive (the 42nd consecutive) to assist local food banks and agencies that are in urgent need of help at this time of year. Flyers are delivered to area households on Saturday, November 23 and donations are then picked up on the following Saturday, November 30. There are two locations – Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (OLPH), on St. Clair Avenue East, one block west of Mount Pleasant Road and Leaside Presbyterian Church on Eglinton Avenue, just east of Bayview Avenue.

 

Times on both days are from 9:30 am until noon. Donations are sorted and packed at OLPH with same day delivery to recipient food banks and agencies. In 2012 about 16,000 items were collected and it is hoped to better this figure this year as unfortunately the demand for this service is still great. Upwards of 300 volunteers are required and community hours are available for high school students.

 

In addition, two area Sobeys stores (St. Clair Avenue just east of Yonge Street and Wicksteed Avenue near Laird Drive) are again supporting this effort by holding in-store drives throughout the Christmas season. These sources typically add another 10,000 to the overall total.

 

It is a fun event for both families and young persons and is in aid of a worthwhile cause to benefit the less fortunate members of our community. Many thanks for your caring.

 

If further information is required, please contact the Campaign Chair, Brian Kearney, at 416-972-0585 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Toronto Police Services News Release Concerning Wanted Man

 

I've received notice that Toronto Police Services are requesting assistance in locating a man, Simon William Gares, wanted for making threats towards elementary school children. He has threatened death as well as made non-specific threats related to the safety of children, and is described as white, 32, 5'11", with a medium build and short brown hair. When he was last seen, he was unshaven and wearing black baggy jeans with a white symbol on the pockets, a black polar fleece jacket and sunglasses. If you see this man, do not attempt to interact with him and please call 9-1-1 immediately.

 

For more information and to view a photograph, please click here.

   

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