Councillor Josh Matlow

Support Taking Action on the Roots of Youth Violence at City Hall: Please Save the Date!

When: Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:30 am

Where: Toronto City Hall, 2nd Floor, Committee Room 1


Dear friends,


It is time for the City of Toronto to take thoughtful and proactive measures to deal with youth violence no matter what neighbourhood it is found in. We cannot wait for another tragedy to spur more calls for blue ribbon panels and simplistic reactions. There have been many good reports that have already provided us with recommendations on how to move forward including The Review of the Roots of Youth Violence by Dr. Alvin Curling and The Honourable Roy McMurtry. Genuine, evidence-based action is needed now and without delay.


Please join us on at Toronto City Hall on Wednesday, June 26, at 9:30 am in support of the first steps of an action plan, in response to my motion that was approved unanimously by Council in February 2013 to reduce youth violence in our city, that will be considered by the Community Development and Recreation Committee.


Please save this date, as this is the only official opportunity for public feedback before a vote at City Council later in the summer. It is vitally important that Mayor Ford, the rest of City Council, and the wider community hear your voice and understand how important it is for us to finally take real action to stop youth violence. We can’t do this without you. It is also important to share this message. We can’t let this opportunity quietly pass us by.


In addition to contacting your local councillor and Mayor Ford, please reach out to your neighbours, co-workers, and colleagues who are working to address the many roots of youth violence or are troubled by its impacts in our community. I would also appreciate your insights and feedback on the City’s staff report once it is completed. I’ll be sure to follow up with you as June 26 approaches, and I will also post any additional information on my website.


Most sincerely,



Josh Matlow

Toronto City Councillor

Ward 22 – St. Paul’s

Tel: 416-392-7906


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