Dear friends and residents,
Thank you for electing me as your new city councillor for Ward 22, St. Pauls. I deeply appreciate your confidence and I look forward to an ongoing dialogue with you on the many issues, challenges and opportunities we’ll face together.
During the course of the election, I promised you that I’d advocate 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 the merits of arguments – rather than ideology or left or right-wing partisanship.
As our city councillor for Ward 22, St. Paul’s, I will offer you service that:
• is proactive.
• sets priorities.
• is fiscally accountable.
• responds quickly to local residents’ needs, concerns and questions.
• ensures that our residents are genuinely involved in the decision-making process.
I will hold regular ward-wide and local neighbourhood meetings and have already begun meeting with individual residents, ratepayer and tenant associations and BIAs to seek their advice and to be of assistantance. I will also work to ensure that residents are true partners in decision making processes that affect their homes and neighbourhoods, rather than be subject to them.
I am guided by a solemn commitment to listen to and advocate for the residents of my ward and will make sound decisions based on evidence. I will be accessible to you and share all information I receive that is of import to our communities.
A New Approach to Development Issues
Over the years, many commercial and residential development projects in midtown have been pushed through without meaningful input from local residents. As your councillor, I will always invite a representative from the local ratepayers association to participate in any conversation I have with a developer regarding a project proposal. Our goal will always be to find a resolution that will be in the interest of residents- even before a development application has been submitted, whenever possible. I will advocate, on your behalf, to ensure that new structures are beautifully designed and genuinely respect the fabric and character of our neighbourhoods. Moreover, I will continue advocating for the unelected and unaccountable Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to be finally abolished from having jurisdiction over local planning decisions in Toronto.
Eglinton Crosstown Underground Line Update
I feel very strongly that an efficient and modern public transportation is a vital service for Toronto. I’ve heard from residents in our community that moving forward with underground rapid transit along Eglinton Avenue is a top priority.
As a council, we would be doing the residents of Toronto a disservice to make them wait any longer than they already have to construct new transit infrastructure. Toronto is already several decades behind building a transportation system that has the capacity to serve our growing city.
The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is already approved, designed, and funded by the provincial government. The boring machines for the underground tunnel have been purchased and site work has already begun. In addition, I look forward to working with you to ensure that this project continues to move forward. To read my Toronto Star column on the Eglinton Crosstown, click here.
Oriole Park Update
Oriole Park is the largest green space in the ward, adjacent to thousands of residents that unfortunately had to endure a summer of construction in 2010. My office is already working with city staff to ensure that contruction in the activity area will be fully completed by spring. In addition, we recently facilitated a meeting with a number of local residents seeking to establish the Oriole Park Neighbourhood Group. This new group’s mandate will be to ensure that all new plans for Oriole Park come from the local community.
If you live near one of Ward 22’s parks, and would like to initiate a local park group with your neighbours, please contact my office.
Avenue Road Watermain Construction Update:
The Avenue Road Watermain Construction Project is necessary but closed lanes, and a two-year project, is frustrating to local residents, like myself, who rely on Avenue Road as a through fare. Therefore, one of the first meetings I arranged as our new councillors with the City Manager for the project.
In this meeting I expressed my priorities to re-open the traffic lanes along Avenue Road and Oriole Parkway as soon as possible, and to improve how and when information is communicated to local residents that are most impacted by this project.
Both the City’s Project Manager Jeff Flewelling and the Public Consultation Coordinator Maogosha Pyjor were very agreeable to working with my office on these priorities, and I look forward to making progress on both fronts. In the meantime, if you do need more information on this project please click here.
This information will also be going up on my website at ww.joshmatlow.ca
Clearing our Roads of Snow:
Yes, it’s wintertime. As soon as the snow begins, Transportation Services sends out its fleet of salt trucks to the expressways, main roads and local roads. If the City receives five centimetres of snow, the plows are sent to the expressways and main roads and plowing will take place for the duration of the storm.
When the snow stops and if the snow accumulation reaches eight centimetres, plows will be sent to the local roads. Normally, local road plowing will be completed between 14 and 16 hours after the storm has ended. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Seniors and Disabled residents can get their sidewalks cleared of snow by the city. To see if you are eligible and to get a form or for any more information on snow clearing, please click here.
I have heard from many residents of Ward 22 who are disappointed with the abundance of illegal postering along many of our major intersections including from Yonge and St. Clair all the way up to Yonge and Eglinton.
I share your concerns, and I intend to work with City Staff to get this cleaned as quickly as possible to discourage the practice of postering on an ongoing basis. I was shocked when my office was initially told that any work orders through 311 would take up to 6 weeks to get resolved. After following up with staff from Municipal Licensing and Standards, any complaints the time frame for investigating complaints about illegal postering has now been brought down to five days.
My office will continue to stay on top of this issue, and I will work with City Staff to find realistic solutions to prevent the practice of illegal postering along our City Streets. In the meantime, please continue to report these issues both to our office and to 311.
Your Ward 22 team
I’m delighted to announce my staff, Andrew Athanasiu, Blake Webb and Katharine Hancock, who will be working with me to serve the needs of Ward 22 residents. Please click here for their contact information.
Your St. Paul’s community website
Please visit www.joshmatlow.ca for updates, information on services, public meeting notices and much more. This site will be updated in the new year to be more interactive and we will post information, such as staff reports, proposed secondary plans, news articles, etc. that may be of interest to you.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions on how to improve this site for your needs!
I wish you and your family my very best for the holidays and I hope you have a very happy and fulfilling new year.
Please do not hesitate to contact me whenever I, or a member of my office, can be of assistance to you by phone at: 416-392-7906 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councillor Josh Matlow
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen St. W.
2nd Floor, Suite B26
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2