Please see below my note to you about this week's City of Toronto budget meeting and an upcoming Metrolinx consultation on how we can move forward with expanding public transit for Toronto and our region.
On a personal note, my wife, Melissa and I are delighted to share with you some very special news in our lives. On January 4th, 2013, our daughter, Molly was born. We are deeply happy and feel very fortunate to have such a supportive and caring community around us. Molly has also given the work I'm doing for our neighbourhoods and city even more meaning to me as, like every parent, I think about my daughter's well being in everything I do. To simply put it, our kids will inherit the world we build today.
Here's a photo Molly with her happy and tired dad from last week.
Melissa and I look forward to introducing her to you in the coming months on Ward 22's streets, parks and playgrounds and wish you and your family our very best this new year.
2013 City of Toronto Budget
The 2013 budget will be debated by City Council over the next few days. Thank you so much for the feedback I've received over the past several weeks on our community's priorities for our ward and our city. I believe this budget must address the services residents value and rely on every day, be responsible with every tax dollar and invest surplus funds in reserves rather than budget based on one-time infusions. I look forward to working with my colleagues on doing this well and I intend to represent, and reflect, what I've heard directly from ward 22 residents.
Metrolinx Public Roundtable Meetings
Next month, Metrolinx will be hosting public roundtable meetings regarding The Big Move, a plan to rebuild transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. For more information on the Toronto meeting dates, please visit http://www.bigmove.ca/roundtable. Improving our city and region's transportation network is an issue I have actively worked on for a long time and I support the direction Metrolinx is taking with The Big Move. To read more about my advocacy for improved and expanded transportation, please visit click here.
For ongoing council and community information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.ca.