Josh Matlow is a resident of Ward 22, St. Paul’s in midtown Toronto where he lives with his wife, Melissa and daughter, Molly. He was elected to Toronto City Council on October 25th, 2010, and re-elected for a second term on October 27th, 2014.
Councillor Matlow has been a radio broadcaster, writer and co-director of Earthroots, a Toronto-based environmental non-governmental organization where he championed efforts to achieve protection legislation for the Oak Ridges Moraine – the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act.
As St. Paul’s School Trustee (2003-2010), he initiated a “Green Grid” project for renewable energy generators (such as solar panels) on school rooftops, homework policy reform, campaigned to keep Toronto’s school pools open, advocated for governance and accountability reform, demanded genuine consultation processes for his community, initiated an “Financial Literacy” curriculum to teach students about matters including credit cards, budgets and the stock market, worked with his community to rebuild North Toronto Collegiate Institute and championed initiatives to curb youth violence.
As a community advocate and city councillor, Councillor Matlow has fought for the protection of local green space, championed tenant protection legislation, lead efforts to build a 24-stop rapid transit network rather than a 1-stop Scarborough Subway support for local business areas, farmers markets and arts and cultural events, revitalization of neighbourhoods and parks, abolishment of the Ontario Municipal Board from Toronto, a strategic plan for Toronto’s seniors to create an age-friendly city, protecting physical and cultural heritage, campaigned for urgent, honest and evidence-based plans for public transit and for solutions to gridlock, co-founded the Midtown Yonge BIA, has advocated for governance reform at every level of government and is always active working with residents on several local priorities and initiatives. Councillor Matlow holds regular town hall meetings with the residents of Ward 22.
Josh Matlow has been a Toronto Star’s “Newsmakers of the Year” and “People to Watch”, The Village Post and North Toronto Post Magazines: Toronto’s Best Public Official, Town Crier’s “Pillar of the Community” and Now Magazine’s “Top Activists of the Year”. He has written articles, columns and opinion pieces for the Toronto Sun, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and Town Crier Newspapers, Post City Magazines, and was a weekly co-host on Toronto talk-radio stations, AM 640 and CIUT. Josh wrote a weekly column, City Hall Diary, about City Hall in the Toronto Star and hosted the Newstalk 1010 radio show, The City with Josh Matlow.
Councillor Matlow is a member of the following Committees, Boards and Agencies:
- Toronto and East York Community Council
- Chair, Tenant Issues Committee
Central Eglinton Community Centre, Board of Management
Forest Hill Village BIA
- Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena, Board of Management
Mount Pleasant Village BIA
- North Toronto Memorial Arena, Board of Management
The Eglinton Way BIA
Chair, Tenant Issues Committee
Licensing and Standards Committee
and has served on:
- Colborne Lodge/Spadina House/Mackenzie House Community Museum Management Board
- Metro Toronto Police Pension Plan, Board of Trustees
- Casa Loma Board of Directors
- Community Development and Recreation Committee
- Seniors’ Strategy Subcommittee
- Toronto Arts Council
- Toronto Preservation Board
- Toronto Foundation for Student Success
- L’Association française des municipalités de l’Ontario
- Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) – Consultative Committee