Councillor Josh Matlow

Josh Matlow: Keeping an Open Mind by Steve Paikin

Josh Matlow: Keeping an Open Mind

Posted on: 09 May 2011 by Steve Paikin

How’s this for a rarity in politics.

Toronto City Council is going to consider whether to privatize some of its garbage collection services. The mayor’s side is gung-ho in favour of doing this.  Council’s left-wing is opposed. And there’s a small group in the middle that would actually like to hear both sides of the debate before voting.

Can you imagine?

Josh Matlow is one of those undecided councillors. And a couple of weeks ago, he came up with a novel idea. He asked proponents for each side in this issue to come to a public meeting he would organize, and make their case to his constituents.

And he asked me to moderate that debate between Ward 34 city councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (in favour of privatization) and Hugh Mackenzie, research associate from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.  I thought it was such a neat and unusual idea, I agreed.

The debate is Tuesday, May 10 at North Toronto Collegiate Institute. And Matlow, who’s undecided on the issue, says he hopes the debate will help him decide how to vote when the issue comes before council.

Meantime, to learn more about Josh Matlow’s rookie year on council, click on the interview here.


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