Councillor Josh Matlow

City Hall Diary

During his first year as a City Councillor, Josh wrote a candid weekly column, appearing Mondays, about City Hall in the Toronto Star called City Hall Diary.

21 02, 2011

City Hall Diary: It’s a tweet life at city hall

2017-05-29T19:25:58+00:00

Josh MatlowCity Hall Diary Now that I’ve been a city councillor for three months, it’s time to confess something I’ve only recently been able to admit to myself. I am a Twitter addict. I faintly remember a time when if something interesting happened in my life I would rush to tell my wife about it. I [...]

City Hall Diary: It’s a tweet life at city hall2017-05-29T19:25:58+00:00
14 02, 2011

City Hall Diary: Pushing all the right buttons

2017-05-29T19:25:59+00:00

Josh Matlow City Hall Diary This panel of buttons is found on the council chambers desks of Toronto councillors and is used to ask questions and cast votes. PHOTO: JOSH MATLOW/SPECIAL TO THE STAR Perhaps the most important thing I’ve learned as a new city councillor is how to push the right button. I’m certainly [...]

City Hall Diary: Pushing all the right buttons2017-05-29T19:25:59+00:00
8 02, 2011

It’s an adventure and a privilege…and sometimes surreal

2017-05-29T19:25:59+00:00

Josh Matlow, City Hall Diary Two months into a new job as a city councillor, life feels like a perpetual motion machine.At City Hall, there’s a busy schedule of committee meetings that go on for hours. Behind the scenes, councillors and their staff visit each others’ offices daily to seek support for motions, discuss issues [...]

It’s an adventure and a privilege…and sometimes surreal2017-05-29T19:25:59+00:00
31 01, 2011

City Hall Diary: Cuts? Slow and thoughtful, please

2017-05-29T19:25:59+00:00

Josh Matlow City Hall Diary If you live in Toronto, drive or bike, use public transit, utilities or recreation centres, have a social conscience or pay taxes, the decisions made at City Hall affect your life. Although some of the most seasoned reporters and politicians have told me that how council actually makes its decisions [...]

City Hall Diary: Cuts? Slow and thoughtful, please2017-05-29T19:25:59+00:00
24 01, 2011

Tragic death brings divided city together

2017-05-29T19:26:00+00:00

Josh Matlow’s City Hall Diary, Toronto Star To suggest that the Toronto Police Service has had a challenging year is an understatement. Between serious questions left unanswered surrounding its actions during the G20 and its recent request of City Hall for a substantial increase to it’s nearly $billion budget, our police suddenly replaced the TTC [...]

Tragic death brings divided city together2017-05-29T19:26:00+00:00
17 01, 2011

Deciphering Toronto’s municipal budget

2017-05-29T19:26:00+00:00

Josh Matlow City Hall Diary Over the past week, I’ve quickly learned that the City of Toronto’s budget is like a huge jigsaw puzzle that’s missing a few critical pieces. I arrived at my first city hall budget committee meeting without any documents to review. Because of this year’s expedited timeline, staff worked around the [...]

Deciphering Toronto’s municipal budget2017-05-29T19:26:00+00:00
10 01, 2011

Will Rob Ford become Toronto’s Arts champion?

2017-05-29T19:26:02+00:00

At a local café in my ward, I recently met with a bike-riding, midtown resident and supporter of Toronto’s arts and culture community who admitted that she voted for Rob Ford. Why, I asked her, did she make such a choice? She told me that although Mr. Ford’s politics weren’t typically her cup of tea [...]

Will Rob Ford become Toronto’s Arts champion?2017-05-29T19:26:02+00:00
4 01, 2011

Holidays bring calm before the storm

2017-05-29T19:26:02+00:00

After a long election and then starting a busy job at City Hall, I enjoyed the holidays with family and friends. Here are some of my highlights: SANTA FORD The day before City Hall shut down for the holidays, Mayor Ford visited each councillor’s office handing out Caramilk bars. I ate mine, and some cookies [...]

Holidays bring calm before the storm2017-05-29T19:26:02+00:00
27 12, 2010

All politics is local

2017-05-29T19:26:02+00:00

The evening before our most recent city council meeting, I drove home up Avenue Rd. during rush hour. For many months, traffic has moved painfully slowly in midtown Toronto due to a major water main replacement project; consequently I had plenty of time to consider the current issues making the headlines at City Hall. I [...]

All politics is local2017-05-29T19:26:02+00:00
19 12, 2010

Eglinton line something we can all agree on

2010-12-19T23:32:34+00:00

Soon after I was elected to city council, a reporter called me to find out whether I support subways or streetcars. I responded by inquiring into what route I was being asked about. “I just want to know what side of the debate you’re on,” the reporter replied. I explained that I wasn’t aware of [...]

Eglinton line something we can all agree on2010-12-19T23:32:34+00:00
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