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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
After the seemingly never-ending winter we endured, our neighbourhoods have finally come alive again with several events over this past month. Since the beginning of May, I've enjoyed seeing so many of you at countless community fun fairs, fundraisers and activities in every corner of our Ward 22 community including:
· Davisville Village Farmer's Market at June Rowlands (Davisville) Park
· Beltline Cleanup
· Brown Public School Garden Fête fundraiser
· Doors Open Walking Tour
· Eglinton Way BIA Social
· Forest Hill Homeowners' Association AGM
· Jane's Walk
· Meals on Wheels outreach
· Oriole Park Community Garden Opening
· Oriole Park Public School Parents' Night Out fundraiser
· Rathnelly Area Residents' Association AGM
· Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground Naming Ceremony and concert
· South Eglinton Residents' and Ratepayers' Association AGM
· YWCA Women of Distinction Awards
A special thanks to all the parent and resident volunteers whose hard work makes these community-building events and fundraisers possible. June will also be a very busy month and I look forward to seeing you at one of the many Midtown events, including:
· My Community Environment Day at Eglinton Park
· Deer Park Residents' Group AGM
· Forest Hill Jr/Sr Fun Fair
· Glebe Manor Square East park public meeting
· Relief Subway Line Public Information Meeting
· School graduations
· St. Clair West Planning Study Public Meeting
(See some dates and locations below in this e-newsletter)
These events are not only a wonderful chance to meet my neighbours but a great opportunity to receive feedback, suggestions and new ideas. Please always feel welcome to share your thoughts with me.
You're Invited to a Public Meeting on the Relief Subway Line!
The City of Toronto and the TTC are starting to plan for a Relief Subway Line. Please join me and City experts to discuss possible route alignments, how this project could help ease congestion on the overburdened Yonge-University-Spadina subway line and more.
REMINDER: Councillor Josh Matlow's Community Environment Day
On Thursday, May 29 from 4 pm to 8pm, I will be hosting my annual Community Environment Day. The event will take place in the parking lot of North Toronto Memorial Arena at 174 Orchard View Blvd. Please drop off any unwanted art supplies, books, toys, and used sports equipment. Facilities will be available to dispose of computers and other hazardous household waste, or even replace your damaged green bin.
Reducing the Cost of Paid-Duty Police Officers
As a member of the Council's Audit Committee, I set a process in motion to reduce the number of paid-duty police officers the City needs to hire at construction and work sites.
I, along with many residents, find it frustrating and wrong to see uniformed police officers standing by work sites while other budgets to important City services are being cut.
At Audit Committee today, my colleagues adopted my motion that requests the province to follow Vancouver's lead by ensuring that lower-paid enforcement officials are monitoring construction sites. If permitted, this initiative will save the City of Toronto, businesses and community organizations millions of dollars while ensuring that the police are focused on what they're best at - serving and protecting us.
For more information please see this article.
Community Opposes Completely Inappropriate Development
Earlier this month I co-hosted a public meeting with City Planning regarding 33 Holly Street and 44 Dunfield Avenue. I was joined by the many residents in attendance in condemning this proposal.
This is the most egregious infill application I have seen since becoming your Councillor. The developer is proposing to build two condo towers, at 32 and 24 storeys, on a site that already has two large "slab" apartment buildings. If built, pedestrians would face a continuous and imposing wall along both Holly and Dunfield. In addition, the plan envisions placing an extra 5 storeys on "stilts" above each of the existing apartments. To make matters worse, new amenity spaces are proposed for the top of each of the existing apartment buildings that will be off-limits to the tenants below.
The local planner and myself have told the developer that drastic revisions are necessary. If a more reasonable proposal is not submitted, I will aggressively oppose this development at Council and, if need be, the Ontario Municipal Board.
For more information please see this article.
Documentary Screening: Cyber-Seniors
On Friday, May 30th, the new documentary Cyber-Seniors will be premiering at the Carlton Theatre. Directed by Toronto's Saffrom Cassaday, Cyber-Seniors has been described as a "humorous and heartwarming documentary." The film chronicles the journey of a group of older adults as they discover the world of the internet through the mentorship of teenagers. The film's goal is to raise awareness of the digital divide currently facing older adults, and inspire a call to action for local tech-savvy youth to give back to their community.
Screenings will take place at the Carlton Theatre (20 Carlton St., just east of Yonge) at 2 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm & 9 pm daily from May 30 to June 5. Q and A and contest draws will take place at the Friday 7 pm screening and the Saturday 2 and 7 pm screenings.
Spadina Museum Launches New Historic Landscape Tour and Owlery
Spadina Museum will be opening a new self-guided landscape tour which includes historical facts and images relating to local history. Its official launch will feature reproduction owlery by Alex Moyle and live owls to meet, provided by Mountsberg Conservation.
The event will be hosted from 1 to 3 pm, on Saturday, May 31, and all admission to the grounds are free.
Seniors Month at Nathan Phillips Square
In celebration of Seniors Month, the Toronto Seniors Forum is hosting an event on Tuesday, June 3 from 11 am to 2 pm at Nathan Phillips Square. Join us to learn more about seniors' services in Toronto and the City of Toronto's Seniors Strategy. There will also be live entertainment and an opportunity for networking.
Lead in Drinking Water Update
Last week, following a story published by the Toronto Star, I heard from many concerned residents regarding lead in drinking water. I've been advised by Toronto Water staff that lead does not exist in Toronto's source water, Lake Ontario, or in the City's drinking water distribution system. Rather, lead is a concern for homes built before the mid-1950s when residential water service pipes were commonly made of lead. As these pipes corrode or break down, lead can enter drinking water.
If you live in a home built before the mid-1950s, the City offers free lead testing. You can call 311 to pre-register for a water testing kit. For more information, please visit the Toronto Water website.
Rathnelly Area Residents Association AGM
Please join me on Thursday, May 8 at 6:30 pm for the Rathnelly Area Residents' Association's Annual General Meeting. This year the meeting will be held at The Mabin School, 50 Poplar Plains Road. I'll be discussing local issues and priorities for our city as well as rail safety concerns.
On Wednesday, May 14 the South Eglinton Ratepayers' and Residents' Association (SERRA) is hosting their Annual General Meeting. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 9 pm in the Manor Road United Church’s Main Hall at 240 Manor Road East.
If you live in the South Eglinton Community (bounded by Yonge Street to the west, Eglinton Avenue in the north, Bayview Avenue in the east, and Merton Street in the south), this is an opportunity to discuss what is happening in your neighbourhood and to make sure your voice is heard. Along with myself, other invited guests are Trustee Shelley Laskin, representatives from the Eglinton LRT project, officers from 53 Division, and representatives from the Mount Pleasant Village BIA. Topics of discussion will include tackling local crime, progress on the Eglinton LRT, and condo developments in the area.
REMINDER: Community Playground Naming Ceremony for the Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground at June Rowlands Park
Last year, my motion was approved to have the playground at June Rowlands Park named after the celebrated Toronto-based children’s music and entertainment trio, Sharon, Lois & Bram. On Saturday, May 10 at 1 pm, I’ll be hosting a community playground naming ceremony at the Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground to celebrate these beloved members of our midtown community. I hope to see you and your family there for a few songs performed live by Sharon, Lois & Bram!
Community Environment Day
On Thursday, May 29 from 4 pm to 8 pm, I will be hosting my annual Community Environment Day. The location is the North Toronto Memorial Arena at 174 Orchard View Blvd. Please bring any unwanted art supplies, books, toys, and used sports equipment. Facilities will be available to dispose of computers and other hazardous household waste. You can also replace your damaged green bin.
Doors Open Toronto
Doors Open Toronto, one of the city's most popular annual events, provides free access to buildings of architectural, historic, social and cultural significance to a diverse, all-ages audience. Launched in May 2000 by the City of Toronto, this award-winning event has attracted over 2 million visitors.
The theme for 2014 is Secrets and Spirits… Exploring the Mystery Behind the Door. Secret spaces and stories exist all over Toronto; from the underground bowling alley in one downtown church to the secret tomb in another. Hidden nooks and crannies in the buildings at the University of Toronto hide hundreds of years of history, and little known ghosts haunt the Distillery.
Participating Doors Open 2014 buildings and walking tours located in Ward 22 are:
· City of Toronto Archives (255 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2V3)
· High Level Pumping Station (235 Cottingham St, Toronto, ON M4V 1C6)
· Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens (285 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2V5)
· Upper Canada College (200 Lonsdale Rd, Toronto, ON M4V 1W6)
· Mt. Pleasant Cemetery: Where Soldiers Rest in Peace (walking tour)
This year's event takes place on Saturday May 24 and Sunday, May 25, 2014. Please click here for a complete list of buildings, tours and hours of operation.
For immediate release
May 7, 2014
Councillor Josh Matlow to Host Performance by
Sharon, Lois & Bram
Residents invited to naming ceremony
for Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground at June Rowlands (Davisville) Park
City Hall - Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22) invites Torontonians to attend the naming ceremony for the Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground at June Rowlands (Davisville) Park at Davisville and Mt. Pleasant. The ceremony will run from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 10th and will include a performance from the famous children's music trio.
“Like many Torontonians, I grew up listening to Sharon, Lois and Bram and I invite parents from across the city to introduce their kids to these wonderful entertainers," said Matlow. "Naming a children's playground after the group is a fitting way to recognize their lifelong work as artists and humanitarians."
The celebrated, Toronto-based children’s music and entertainment trio have been performing quality children's music and entertainment for over thirty-five years and continue to be cherished and loved by many generations of children around the world.
Their contributions are not only cultural; Sharon, Lois & Bram have been avid supporters of UNICEF since 1988 and were appointed National Ambassadors by UNICEF Canada in 1989. They used their television appearances to support the annual trick-or-treat penny drive campaign and received the Order of Canada in 2002 for their commitment to improving the lives of children around the globe. Sharon Hampson, Bram Morrison and Lois Lilienstein are all local residents of midtown Toronto.
Toronto & East York Community Council passed a motion on January 15th, 2014 to name the playground after the performers.
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Rob Ford advised the City Clerk today that he is taking a personal leave of absence due to his ongoing problems with substance abuse. I wish Mr. Ford, and his family, well if he is trying to improve himself.
However, his recorded bigoted comments toward the LGBTQ community, his racial slurs and his sexist and misogynistic remarks regarding Councillor Karen Stintz are completely inexcusable. As Torontonians, we are proud of our remarkable diversity and are committed to equality. We should expect our leaders to reflect our values.
Mr. Ford did not indicate how long he intends to be on leave. But it is my opinion that he should resign immediately. If he truly loves this city, and cares about its residents, he would put the well being of Toronto before his own interests.
To help you understand what this change means to the governance of our city, I'm providing you with the following information.
During Mr. Ford's absence, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly will assume the full duties and responsibilities of mayor. This shift, while seemingly dramatic, is an easier transition due to Council having already taken necessary steps to remove many of his powers and staff last November and reassign them to the Deputy Mayor. Moreover, Rob Ford will no longer officially represent our city at official functions, here at home or abroad, during his absence.
Deputy Mayor Kelly continues in the role of Deputy Mayor. All official documents will bear the title "Deputy Mayor". Deputy Mayor Kelly continues to serve as the Member of Council for Ward 40. He also now has all of the duties and responsibilities of the mayor that Rob Ford had before he started his leave, including:
- The power to appoint and remove standing committee chairs and the deputy mayor
- The power to appoint nominating panels for appointments to City corporations
- Various powers and duties under the Emergency Management chapter of the
- Toronto Municipal Code (Chapter 59)
- The power to appoint and chair the selection panels for the selection of
- Accountability Officers
- The duty to chair the Executive and Striking committees
- Various duties under the Debenture chapter of the Toronto Municipal Code.
- The right to lead and conduct agenda briefings for Council meetings
- The right to call special meetings of City Council
- Chair the Executive Committee.
As your city councillor for Ward 22, I am dedicated to working respectfully and productively with Deputy Mayor Kelly and Council to move our city forward and focus clearly on Toronto's real priorities.
As always, please feel welcome to contact me or my staff if we can be of assistance to you.
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