Councillor Josh Matlow

Josh at City Hall

1 02, 2019

Mayor Tory’s Housing Now Plan Must be Improved

2019-02-08T19:51:40+00:00

I applaud Mayor Tory for starting this term with a strong statement that providing affordable homes is a top priority through his Housing Now initiative. The strategy leverages public land in addition to waiving city taxes and fees to incent developers to build new housing. I completely agree with the mayor that this approach is [...]

1 02, 2019

Homelessness crisis in Toronto

2019-02-08T19:49:50+00:00

Homelessness crisis in Toronto Spiraling rents, historically low vacancy rates, long wait lists for social housing, inadequate mental health supports, and other factors, have created a housing and homelessness crisis in Toronto.  The City's Public Health Division recorded 145 deaths of individuals experiencing homelessness, from January 1, 2017 to June 30th 2018. Four homeless residents [...]

1 02, 2019

Doug Ford Backs Down from Opening up Greenbelt to Industry Lobbyists

2019-02-08T20:31:56+00:00

Doug Ford Backs Down from Opening up Greenbelt to Industry Lobbyists As I wrote in my newsletter to you late last year, I worked with Councillors Mike Colle, Mike Layton, and Gord Perks to advocate against the Province's exemptions in Bill 66 allowing companies to override important environmental protections, without consultation or public notice, including the: Clean Water [...]

1 02, 2019

Metrolinx Affirms that Relief Subway Line Needed Before Yonge St North Extension

2019-02-08T21:32:24+00:00

Metrolinx Affirms that Relief Subway Line Needed Before Yonge St North Extension Metrolinx has acknowledged that the Relief Subway Line must be built before expanding north into York Region. In a report released on Thursday, the regional transit agency stated: "Transit network forecasts show that Relief Line South needs to be in operation before the [...]

30 01, 2019

Preventing Water Pipes From Freezing During Extremely Cold Weather

2019-02-13T18:36:24+00:00

With extreme cold temperatures forecast over the coming few weeks, the City of Toronto is reminding residents how to prevent drinking water pipes in their home from freezing. There are also steps that residents can take if they have no water and suspect their pipes are already frozen. Frozen water pipes can lead to significant [...]

30 01, 2019

City of Toronto Program Offering Community Grants for Innovative Ideas to Reduce Waste

2019-02-13T18:34:40+00:00

Applications are now being accepted for the City of Toronto’s 2019 Waste Reduction Community Grants Program. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support innovative community-based projects that reduce residential waste and/or increase participation in the City’s waste diversion programs. The Waste Reduction Community Grants Program is part of the City’s Long Term Waste [...]

10 12, 2018

Update on Premier Doug Ford’s Upload of Toronto’s Subway

2019-01-03T21:00:33+00:00Tags: , , |

I oppose being drawn into a process to help Premier Ford upload Toronto’s subway system, its land value and potential air rights. I support moving forward to improve the existing system, address overcrowding, repairs & build evidence-based transit to connect our city & region. Last week, City Council debated how to engage with the Province with regard to [...]

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