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General Issues

The City of Toronto's Submission to the Government of Canada on the Federal Long-Term Infrastructure Plan

Dear residents,

 

For your information, please click here to review the City of Toronto's Submission to the Government of Canada on the Federal Long-Term Infrastructure Plan.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

 
   

My letter to Governor Cuomo regarding signage for Toronto on the New York State Thruway

September 13th, 2012

 

 

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of New York State

NYS State Capitol Building

Albany, New York 12224

 

 

Dear Governor Cuomo,

 

The City of Toronto is Canada's largest city and a global center for finance, culture and tourism. It is also the capital city of Ontario which, as you know, borders your great state.

 

Currently along the New York State Thruway, there are signs on the I-87 indicating the distance northward from New York City to Montreal, Quebec. However, driving west from Albany on the I-90, the signs suggest that Buffalo is literally the end of the road and don't provide drivers with information about how many miles they'd expect to drive to Niagara Falls and Toronto- both important destinations and frequently visited by millions of New Yorkers.

 

Posting signage will let travellers know how far they are from Toronto, which is only 103 miles from Buffalo. This could be very useful to both Canadian tourists returning home from New York and American tourists on their way to Toronto.

 

Please let me know if there are any steps that can be taken to have signage posted along the Thruway, specifically indicating how many miles travellers are from Toronto and the Niagara Region.

 

I very much appreciate your attention to this matter. If you have any questions or comments, I can be reached at 416-392-7906 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Sincerely,

 

Councillor Josh Matlow

Ward 22- St.Paul's

City of Toronto

   
   

Councillor Matlow's letter to the TCDSB regarding establishing appropriate room temperatures in schools

August 16th, 2012

 

Bruce Rodrigues

Director of Education

Toronto Catholic District School Board

80 Sheppard Avenue East

North York, ON

M2N 6E8

 

Dear Mr. Rodrigues,

 

As you may have heard, I recently put a motion before City Council related to the issue of establishing appropriate room temperatures in rental apartment buildings.

 

Currently, the Municipal Code states that landlords must turn on the heating in their units from September 15th to June 1st in an effort to maintain an average room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius. Due to recent changes in climate and seasonal temperatures, it has become increasingly obvious that enforcing temperature by date rather than by external temperature is neither efficient nor effective. Unseasonably warm temperatures throughout spring often result in uncomfortably hot units, as well as pose health risks to elderly tenants and those with medical conditions.

 

It is for these reasons that I presented the motion to Council earlier this month. The motion would allow for changes to the Municipal Code that would accurately reflect the climatic reality of the city, and the fact that it passed near unanimously demonstrates Council's recognition of the importance of such a change in City policy.

 

In addition to the widespread support we've received from residents backing the motion, there have also been multiple suggestions that this policy should be extended to schools. I am therefore writing to you on their behalf to gain your perspective on whether such a change should be put into effect in TCDSB schools.

 

Thank you very much for taking the time to consider the question residents have raised. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh Matlow
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22 - St. Paul's

   
   

Councillor Matlow's letter to the TDSB regarding establishing appropriate room temperatures in schools

July 27th, 2012

 

Dr. Chris Spence
Director of Education
Toronto District School Board
5050 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
M2N 5N8

 

Dear Dr. Spence,

 

As you may have heard, I recently put a motion before City Council related to the issue of establishing appropriate room temperatures in rental apartment buildings.

 

Currently, the Municipal Code states that landlords must turn on the heating in their units from September 15th to June 1st in an effort to maintain an average room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius. Due to recent changes in climate and seasonal temperatures, it has become increasingly obvious that enforcing temperature by date rather than by external temperature is neither efficient nor effective. Unseasonably warm temperatures throughout spring often result in uncomfortably hot units, as well as pose health risks to elderly tenants and those with medical conditions.

 

It is for these reasons that I presented the motion to Council earlier this month. The motion would allow for changes to the Municipal Code that would accurately reflect the climatic reality of the city, and the fact that it passed near unanimously demonstrates Council's recognition of the importance of such a change in City policy.

 

In addition to the widespread support we've received from residents backing the motion, there have also been multiple suggestions that this policy should be extended to schools. I am therefore writing to you on their behalf to gain your perspective on whether such a change should be put into effect in TDSB schools.

 

Thank you very much for taking the time to consider the question residents have raised. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh Matlow
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22- St. Paul's

   

Working Together - Establishing a City of Toronto - Toronto School Boards Working Group

Dear Residents,

 

There are many public issues that the City of Toronto and our city's school boards share in common, including school pools, field and park permitting, land use, nutrition programs, school traffic zones, etc.

 

However, aside from ad hoc meetings between bureaucrats, our governance model is such that there's currently no formal way for our respective institutions to problem-solve together for our common constituency - Toronto.

 

Therefore, I am bringing this motion to the May 8th and 9th City Council meeting for consideration. With Council's support, I look forward to a new relationship between our City and school boards based on mutual understanding, goals and working closely together for the best interest of our communities.

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

   

Important update on Toronto's school pools

For many years, I've worked closely with parents, students, dedicated residents, parent-led groups such as Let's Make Waves, and friends such as former mayor David Crombie to protect Toronto's school pools from closure.

 

I am delighted to announce that the City of Toronto and Toronto District School Board have finally reached a 5-year funding agreement.

 

Our city's school pools are deeply valued by our communities. They support our childrens' education, assist in teaching life-saving skills, contribute to recreational opportunities and our quality of life- for youth to seniors, and everyone in between.

 

This agreement will come to the City of Toronto's Community Development and Recreation Committee on April 24th and then to Council on May 8th for a decision.

 

If you would like to make an oral or written deputation to committee, please click here to learn how. To learn more about the agreement, please click here. We have been successful thus far in keeping our school pools open, but its more important than ever that your voice continues to be heard.

 

Thank you to everyone of you who have been part of this important campaign.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Josh

 

 

Josh Matlow
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22-St.Paul's
www.joshmatlow.ca

   

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