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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.

It's time to move forward for the good of Toronto

Dear residents,

 

It's now time to entirely focus on Toronto's many priorities. We have challenges other than the mayor that must be met including transit, curbing gridlock, housing, childcare, neighbourhood improvements and so much more.

 

Today, Council took substantive action, within its authority, to respond to residents' justifiable concerns about Mr. Ford's dishonest & reckless behaviour that has had an unprecedented adverse impact on the functions of the City of Toronto and on our city's global reputation.

 

This seemingly endless saga must finally come to an end.

 

I believe the time has come to now turn him off and not provide the attention that he and his brother desire. As a Council, we must work together on an honest, thoughtful, positive and fiscally responsible agenda. As a city, let us focus on the things that really count- like improving our city, our communities, fixing our problems and spending quality time with our friends and families.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 

Councillor Matlow's Community Update for November 15, 2013

Dear Residents,

 

The last few days have seen more shocking revelations, along with the video of him appearing to smoke crack cocaine and make homophobic and racist remarks, about Mr. Ford including serious allegations by his own staff about drinking at city hall, illegal drugs, prostitutes and harassment, to name just a few. Mr. Ford has also recently made very offensive comments about women including a former staff member of his and his own wife. This ongoing circus must come to an end.

 

While there is no legislation that allows Council to remove a mayor from office, my colleagues and I have worked closely together to mitigate further damage Mr. Ford can do to our city and  do everything possible within Council's authority including allocating many of the mayoral functions and resources to the Deputy Mayor for the remainder of the Council term, including:

 

 

I still believe that the best and most honourable resolution to this awful situation is for Mr. Ford to resign, put the residents of Toronto first and seek the help he needs. His statements, unfortunately, indicate that isn't likely. As a result, Council is using all the tools at its disposal to ensure that the important business of Toronto continues and your tax dollars are spent wisely.

 

On a positive note, I have seen councillors from across the city and the political spectrum work together in this difficult time like never before to meet this unprecedented challenge. My colleagues and I have cooperated to form a consensus in response to this challenge and have voted in near unison on the items regarding Mr. Ford. It is my hope that this spirit of collaboration and respectful dialogue will carry forward to matters of public policy, such as transit and housing, for the good of Toronto.

 

Our city is greater than any one person. We are a vibrant community of 2.8 million people who make Toronto one of the best places to live in the world. Together, will continue to work to make it even better.

 

Please see some important meeting notices and updates below for your information.

 

Sincerely,

Josh


St. Paul's Summit: Livable Cities


Please join me and other St. Paul's elected representatives for a discussion on what makes our city livable and how the government can contribute to sustainable communities within it.

 

Livability is determined by a variety of factors which need to appeal to everyone in a city as diverse as Toronto. These factors include but are not limited to things like healthcare, education, culture, safety and the environment. This year, Toronto was ranked as the world's fourth most livable city!

 

The summit will feature several panelists, including myself:

 

  • Hon. Carolyn Bennett, M.P. for St. Paul’s
  • Dr. Eric Hoskins, M.P.P. for St. Paul’s
  • Joe Mihevc, City Councillor for St. Paul’s West, Ward 21
  • Shelley Laskin, TDSB School Trustee
  • Jo-Ann Davis, TCDSB School Trustee

 

I welcome you to come out and join us on Sunday, November 17, at 1:30 pm at Oakwood Public Library, 341 Oakwood Avenue (at Rogers Road).

 

REMINDER: Meeting to discuss improvements to the playground at Charlotte Maher Park

 

Please join me on Tuesday, November 19 at Northern Secondary School (851 Mount Pleasant Road) to discuss and provide your feedback on playground improvements at Charlotte Maher Park. The meeting will be held in the library and will begin at 7 pm. Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have.

 

REMINDER: Meeting to discuss improvements to parkettes on Belsize Drive

 

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

 

REMINDER: 124 Belsize Drive Public Meeting


An application has been submitted to City Planning to permit the redevelopment of 124 Belsize Drive with six new 3-storey semi-detached dwellings with a common underground garage. Please join me at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 26 at the North Toronto Community Church, located at 7 Eglinton St. East, for a meeting to discuss the proposed development. City Planning staff will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have.

 

REMINDER: Ecumenical Christmas Food Drive

 

This upcoming community event takes place on November 23 (to hand out flyers) and November 30 to collect donations which are then sorted, packed in boxes and immediately delivered to recipient food banks and agencies. The households canvassed are in Rosedale, Moore Park, Bennington Heights and Leaside. There are two locations - Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, St. Clair Avenue East, one block west of Mount Pleasant Road and Leaside Presbyterian Church, Eglinton Avenue, just east of Bayview Avenue.

 

Times on both days are from 9:30 am until about noon. Upwards of 300 volunteers are required and generous community hours are available for high school students. It is also a fun and rewarding family experience.

 

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.

 

Please contact 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 if further details are required.

 

New Outdoor Learning Centre at Davisville School on its way!

 

I had the privilege this Council meeting to move a motion in support of Davisville Public School with $75,000 toward a new outdoor classroom entirely paid for through developer funds. The new outdoor area will feature a vibrant learning and social environment with extra seating, a recycled art installation and music wall, environmentally sensitive play areas and a community library. In addition, upgraded play structures and new fencing for safety. Further, the play areas will incorporate picnic tables and existing components such as the greenhouse and gardens will be accessible for wider community use during non-school hours. It was a pleasure to work with Trustee Laskin and the Davisville PS community!

 

Fresh Gift Baskets for Silent Auctions

 

I am pleased to announce that Fresh is now open at Yonge and Eglinton (90 Eglinton Avenue East). Fresh is Toronto's original source for modern vegetarian food and made-to-order juice. The folks at Fresh are excited to connect with our community and would be happy to provide a Fresh gift basket for silent auctions, raffles or other uses for local organizations. If your organization is interested in receiving a basket, please contact Barry Alpers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Progress on Toronto Museum at Casa Loma

 

Yesterday, Council took a significant step forward toward supporting a museum of the City of Toronto at Casa Loma by selecting a new operator for the main portion of Casa Loma and approving funding for a feasibility study for a city museum in the north campus. The City selected the Liberty Grand Group, which has a proven track record of restoring heritage properties for the purposes of an event space. The new operator has expressed great enthusiasm toward a museum and is even installing some exhibits within the main portion that will begin to tell Toronto's story. I will share further information when the feasibility study is completed.

 

Smoking in Public Places and Patios Restricted

 

To align the City with provincial laws announced recently, Council has banned smoking from many public spaces and publicly accessible establishments including:

  • public building entrances and exits
  • outdoor sports fields and parks amenities
  • swimming beaches
  • public squares
  • public parklets
  • bar and restaurant patios
  • hospital grounds

 

59 Heath Street West Update

 

This week at City Council I successfully moved that 59 Heath Street West be officially designated as a heritage property. This designation came at the result of some concerns by local residents in the Deer Park community that this 19th century home could potentially be lost to redevelopment after it went up for sale earlier this year. Working with residents and city staff, we were successful in not only having the property added to the inventory of heritage properties, but also designated as a heritage property this week.

 

The new owner had already proceeded with getting a building permit to build an addition to the home and work has already started. By and large, the design already respects the heritage value of the home. Now city staff can work with the new owner (who has been very cooperative to date) to further ensure that before any further work progresses, as much of the heritage elements as possible are preserved.

 

More Information on the Hodgson Ice Rink Repairs

 

At my meeting last week with local parents regarding a natural ice rink (as the Hodgson ice rink will be undergoing needed repairs this season), I committed to sharing information on why the repairs are needed and what next steps will be taken. Please click here for the answers to frequently asked questions I have received about the rink from the City of Toronto. Should you have any further questions, please feel welcome to email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or to call my office at 416-392-7906.

 

I look forward to working with so many parents and residents who have volunteered to work with me on ensuring our local kids have a place to skate this winter! Thank you so much.

 

   

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.

   
   

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