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Councillor Matlow's letter to Davisville PS community regarding the TDSB's proposed redevelopment

Dear Davisville Public School parents and local residential community,

Over two years ago, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) began a process to explore redeveloping the Davisville Public School property. At that time, serving as our local school trustee, I was able to obtain a written commitment from Dr. Chris Spence, the TDSB's Director of Education, that no redevelopment plan would be brought to the school board for consideration unless a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the TDSB, the parent school council and the local residents' associations – the South Eglinton Residents and Ratepayers' Association and the Oriole Park Association.

I also made a request of the TDSB to be upfront with parents and residents as to their financial requirements for redevelopment of the Davisville site. I wanted to ensure that the funding envelope, and scope of what was possible, be established before the school community invested their time and energy into designing a new school. Unfortunately, the Board has taken the opposite approach and has wasted considerable time in the process.

As your City Councillor since December, 2010, I have been closely following the TDSB's work towards a development proposal that would ultimately come to City Hall. Soon after taking office, I met with Trustee Shelley Laskin and Board staff to discuss their options for redevelopment. I informed the TDSB representatives that Davisville PS is located in a Neighbourhood designated zone under Toronto's Official Plan. This designation allows for a maximum of 4 storeys, though there may be a little flexibility as the Salvation Army building just east of the site is 6 storeys.

Since that time, I have been made aware that the TDSB is exploring proposals that could see several condominiums on the Davisville site, with one of the buildings at 20 storeys.

The Official Plan was a compromise, of sorts, with the residents of Toronto. To accommodate the provincially-mandated growth targets, the City not only directed but confined growth to the downtown, major nodes and avenues. Despite significant intensification from condos, single-family home areas would be protected. Since the Official Plan was adopted in 2002, Neighbourhoods designated zones have not been compromised by the City and have been consistently upheld by the Ontario Municipal Board. I believe protecting the stability of Toronto’s neighbourhoods must be a priority for the City of Toronto.

As a former two-term Trustee I fully understand the very real financial pressures that the TDSB is facing to provide excellent programming in quality facilities that our children, parents and teachers deserve. That's why I've been working with Trustee Laskin, TDSB staff, and City Planners to find a solution that meets the Board's important needs while respecting Toronto’s Official Plan. Recently, there have been constructive conversations regarding the possibility of an institutional exemption from the Official Plan for the TDSB. While promising, this is an issue of city-wide significance that will need significant review by City staff and Council. In short, this is not an overnight solution and may not be supportable by Council even if considered.

The North Toronto Collegiate redevelopment near Yonge and Eglinton is a great success that I am proud to have played a role in. The students, staff and parents now have a state-of-the-art facility while the board received much-needed funds for the redevelopment of the deteriorating school building and field. The planning context, however, was very different for that site as North Toronto CI is located in an Apartments designated area of the Official Plan where residential buildings of significant heights are permitted.

I am committed to working with the TDSB, and my colleagues at City Hall, to support the Davisville school community along with students, parents and residents across Toronto. We will look at every possible avenue towards supporting a new facility for our children. However, I will not jeopardize the stability of our neighbourhoods or allow for new development precedents that could adversely affect the quality of life in our midtown community.

Please feel welcome to contact me if you wish to discuss this important issue further.


Josh Matlow
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22-St.Paul's

Fun Fairs, Transit Success, Park Opening and more - Councillor Josh Matlow Community e-Newsletter

Dear Residents,

I am pleased to inform you that with your support, my motion to move forward with a regional transit funding strategy for Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe was (amazingly) approved yesterday by the Mayor's Executive Committee. I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to everyone of you who signed the petition, wrote emails, and made deputations including representatives from the Toronto Board of Trade, the Toronto Environmental Alliance and Paul Bedford, former City of Toronto Chief Planner.

If this motion passes Council next month, we will take a vital step towards finally creating a realistic funding strategy to improve and expand our transit system. The motion is expected to come before City Council next month where I am hopeful that it will be passed. To encourage Councillors to support this motion please send an email to [email protected].

Over the past few weeks, I've been delighted to attend sevral spring fairs at some of the amazing local schools we have in Ward 22, including Oriole Park Junior Public School, Cottingham Junior Public School, Maurice Cody Public School and Davisville Public School. I encourage all of you to attend Eglinton Junior Public School's Fun Fair this coming Saturday June 16 from 11am to 3pm. As well, I look forward to attending a number of graduation ceremonies at local schools over the next two weeks. Congratulations to all of this year's graduates. And to our parents, school administrations and staff- job well done!

Moreover, I hope to see many of you at the official opening of the new Dunfield/Soudan Parkette tomorrow night, Thursday June 14 at 5pm. Thank you to all of you who have suggested names for the park - I'll be announcing the winning suggestion soon.

And as always there are many interesting events going on in Ward 22, and important notices,  that I am pleased to let you know about. Please click here or keep reading below for a more information about these events.

For updates and information on our community and city hall, please visit my website at


Josh Matlow
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22-St.Paul's

Upcoming Events and Public Meetings

  1. Holiday Shopping Consultation
  2. Davisville Village Farmers' Market
  3. Spring Newsletter
  4. Calling all Ward 22 gardeners
  5. Canada Day with our MP, Carolyn Bennett and a Garden Party at Spadina Museum
  6. Eglinton Way Sidewalk Sale

1. Holiday Shopping Consultation.

The City of Toronto is asking residents to provide the City with feedback on the current Holiday Shopping By-law by taking part in an online survey and public consultation sessions. The City's current holiday shopping regulations require some retail businesses to close on designated public holidays while other businesses are permitted to open.

The public can provide feedback through a public opinion telephone poll, online survey and public consultation meetings.

Holiday shopping public consultation sessions will take place around the city, including at the following locations which are closest to Ward 22:


• Monday, June 18 - 7 to 9 pm
North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., Council Chamber
• Monday, June 25 - 7 to 9 pm
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Rotunda

Space is limited. Pre-registration is available by calling 416-392-8671 or emailing [email protected]

Residents and businesses can also provide their views via an online survey available at:


2. Davisville Village Farmers' Market a big success.

The first two weeks of the new Davisville Farmers' Market at June Rowlands Park (Mount Pleasant and Davisville), our Ward 22 community's first, have been a great success. We put a lot of work into this initiative and its a great pleasure to see so many local residents enjoying it. A big thank you to the Market organizers, and Davisville Village residents, Chris Trussell and Lesley Stoyan of Apple Tree. The market will be held every Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm until October 16, 2012.


3. Spring Newsletter arriving at your doors.

Please check your mailboxes for new edition of my newsletter. It contains updates on many important issues that I've been working on and resources for residents to access services provided by the City of Toronto. You can also download a PDF version of the newsletter on my website by clicking here.

4. Calling all Ward 22 gardeners.

There is a new interactive website that has been launched to help connect gardeners throughout the city by facilitating the sharing, trading, and selling of the extra garden items and services that they have available. Visit for more information.

As well, residents interested in community gardening might be interested in visiting City's website on community gardens or the website of the Toronto Community Garden Network.


5. Canada Day with our MP, Carolyn Bennett and a Garden Party at Spadina Museum. Sunday, July 1, Noon to 4pm, Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Road.

Please join me at Dr. Carolyn Bennett's annual Canada Day picnic at Wells Hill Park (470 St. Clair Ave West 4-6PM!


Also- Celebrate Canada's Diamond Jubilee and party like it's 1927!  Come in 1920s garb (check out the Spadina Museum facebook page for ideas), participate in our costume contest, purchase period appropriate refreshments, learn to Charleston, and enjoy the jazz music of Beverly Taft and the Swell Fellas Trio and Bob De Angelis Brass Quartet.   Enjoy crafts, games and make strawberry ice cream.  Solve a 1920s era mystery in our beautifully restored mansion.  Admission is FREE thanks to the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Celebration Canada Grant.


6. Eglinton Way Sidewalk Sale. Saturday, June 23, 11am - 4pm

Starting at 11 am, come out and check out the festivities! The Eglinton Way Business Improvement Area (BIA) will have family-friendly activities for the kids, food samples from participating restaurants and our local merchants will be showcasing their best shopping deals! Visit for more information.

Ward 22's new farmers' market, newest park and other notices and events

Dear Residents,

The new Davisville Village Farmers' Market

I'm delighted to announce the opening of Ward 22's first community farmers' market at June Rowlands (Davisville) Park on Tuesday, June 5th from 3:00 to 7:00 pm! Our market will be run by Appletree Markets, a local, Ward 22 non-profit organization that is dedicated to maintaining a farmers' market for the community, with an emphasis on local produce with an effort to promote green living in an urban neighbourhood. Read more...

The new Dunfield/Soudan Park: Public naming contest!

I'm also excited to welcome a new park to Ward 22 for residents to enjoy. Complete with a brand new playground, the park at Dunfield and Soudan will be officially opened on Thursday June 14, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. As this is a brand new park, I'm holding a public naming contest to ensure that the neighbourhood has a say. Please consider names that you believe reflect the community and let me know your suggestions by emailing [email protected].

And as always there are many interesting events going on in Ward 22, and important notices,  that I am pleased to let you know about. Please keep reading below for a more information about these events.

For more updates and information on our community and city hall, please feel free to explore my website.


Josh Matlow
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22-St.Paul's

More information on The Davisville Village Farmer's Market

Working with Appletree Markets founders Chris Trussell and Lesley Stoyan, I asked City Staff to find an appropriate location for a farmers' market, on a trial basis, to serve our ward. They identified the south west corner of the park, close to Davisville Avenue and Acacia Road by our new splash pad, as the most feasible venue. This season trial will run until mid-October. The market will operate every Tuesday from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm.  I intend to revisit the success of this market based on feedback that I receive from the surrounding neighbourhood.

I believe this proposal will be a very positive addition to our community. It will provide a place for families and friends to come together and animate their local park. This contributes to a safer neighbourhood. The emphasis on providing local produce will provide more opportunities for people to support local farmers and producers and purchase local food conveniently.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Other Notices and Events

  1. Extreme Heat Alerts
  2. Community Pools
  3. Bells on Yonge Group Bike Ride
  4. Complaints Process
  5. Heritage Toronto Walks 2012
  6. Heritage Toronto Awards – Call For Nominations
  7. Cancer Screening Survey

1. Extreme Heat Alerts

With the arrival of summer, extreme hot weather can become an issue for many of our senior and disabled residents. In cases of extreme hot weather, a cooling centre will be available for people in need at Castleview Wychwood Towers, 351 Christie Street from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. More information on the program is available at

2. Community Pools

And speaking of the heat, summer provides a great opportunity for ward residents to use our public pools, among which are the indoor and outdoor facilities at North Toronto Memorial Community and Recreations Centre. In addition, the pools at Sir Oliver Mowat CI and Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI are available to the public after 6:00 pm every day. For a full list of programs and schedules, please visit

3. Bells on Yonge Group Bike Ride

Interested in building a safe bikeway from North Toronto to downtown? Join up with fellow cyclists on June 2nd  at 1:30 PM for a gentle group bike ride parallel to Yonge Street. The route will run from Duplex Parkette all the way down to Queen's Park. Both Councillor Karen Stintz and I will be speaking at stops along the ride. For route information and more, go to

4. Complaints Process

The city complaints procedures have changed for both the Toronto Water and Toronto Revenue Services. For the complete complaint procedures, go to

5. Heritage Toronto Walks 2012

For the 18th year in a row, Heritage Toronto is leading free neighbourhood walking tours of our city.  These tours allow both visitors and residents the opportunity to discover and deepen their appreciation of our city's unique neighbourhoods. This year, the tours will aim to highlight two significant anniversaries in the history of Toronto – the bicentenial of the War of 1812 and the 175th anniversary of the 1837 rebellion. For a full summer schedule, please visit Heritage Toronto's website at

6. Heritage Toronto Awards – Call For Nominations

The 38th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards celebrate contributions, both by professionals and volunteers, in the promotion and conservation of Toronto's heritage landmarks. Heritage Toronto is now calling for nominations for significant achievements made in 2011. Nominations can be made for a number of categories, including short publications, architectural conservation, books, media, and community heritage. For nomination forms, please visit the website at

7. Cancer Screening Survey

A team of researchers are using a short, 5 minute on-line survey to find out more about the cancer screening practices and beliefs of all Ontarians. The survey is open to men 50 and older and women 18 and older, living in Ontario. An optional draw for an iPad at the end of the survey is offered for all participants. Early cancer detection through screening is an effective way to save lives and lower health care costs. Healthy people make healthy communities. To fill out the survey, please visit the website at

Next steps for the Eglinton - Scarborough Crosstown

Dear Residents,

This month, if you're a Ward 22 resident living in a neighbourhood south of Eglinton Avenue, I'll be coming to your door to speak with you directly about the upcoming construction of the Eglinton – Scarborough Crosstown LRT- an exciting project that will run underground through midtown and connect our community to the rest of the city. As your local city councillor, I want to ensure that you are informed and engaged in this process.

While a new Eglinton Avenue rapid transit line will be a remarkable asset to our community and city, to be candid, like any construction project I expect there will be some challenges. While most of the tunnel boring work will not affect at-grade activities, at intersections where the new underground stations will be built, there will be cuts to the street and some temporary lane closures. To simply put it, there will be frustrating periods for all of us during construction.

To avoid increased lane closures and traffic disruptions, the TTC property (former bus depot) near the southwest corner of Yonge and Eglinton will be used as an off-street staging ground. After The Crosstown construction is completed, this site will be redeveloped and will include a new public square. In the meantime, I’ve asked the TTC for some aesthetic improvements to the periphery of the site- it’s been left as a derelict eyesore for far too many years.

Please be assured that I will be working closely with our community and the Eglinton Way Business Improvement Area in an effort to mitigate adverse construction impacts of the work being underground and at the station locations. There must be a plan to support local businesses and to assist local residents when they need immediate questions answered.

I'd like to share with you some information from Metrolinx and the TTC about The Crosstown, to give you a sense of what you can expect.

Construction of The Crosstown has already begun and the tunnelling from Black Creek Drive to Laird Drive is scheduled to begin this summer. The entire line will run from Jane Street to Kennedy Road, a distance of 25km, and riders will be able to transfer to the Yonge/University/ Spadina subway at Eglinton and Eglinton West stations and at Kennedy station riders will be able to connect to the Scarborough RT, the Bloor/Danforth subway, and the GO train. The Crosstown is scheduled to be operational in 2020.

There will be twenty-six stations along The Crosstown, including stops at Bathurst, Chaplin, Avenue, Eglinton and Bayview. Metrolinx and the TTC are in the preliminary design stage for Chaplin Station and it is important to them to get your feedback before the architectural design theme is finalized. There is an online survey available at The Crosstown website (listed below) which is available until May 9, 2012. There will also be a wider consultation meeting about The Crosstown on May 24 (see meeting notice below). Construction work related to tunnelling is scheduled to begin at Chaplin in late 2013. The station itself will begin construction in 2015.

Detailed information on The Crosstown can be found at the project's website: As well, you can contact Metrolinx, the provincial organization responsible for the project, at 416.874.5900 and the TTC at 416.393.3030, and visit their websites at and

Together, we were successful at ensuring The Crosstown would be built. This line will help connect our city and relieve overcrowding on the current subway line. It is a project, in my opinion, which is frankly a generation overdue.

However, now that the project has begun, we must challenge Metrolinx and the TTC to do it well - on time, within budget, and working closely with local residents and businesses and to learn from past mistakes.



Toronto City Planning Division - Meeting Notice

Community Consultation Meeting - Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown Planning Study

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012

Location: Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd. (northwest of Yonge Street and Eglinton Ave. West)

Time: Meeting begins at 7:00 pm and ends at 9:00 pm

Over the next two years, the City of Toronto will undertake a comprehensive planning study of the Eglinton Avenue corridor to create a community-led vision that will help to anticipate future growth and redevelopment along the corridor resulting from the Crosstown line.  The study is being led by City Planning staff and will be completed with the financial support of Metrolinx, the regional transportation agency of the Province of Ontario.

City Planning staff is holding three Community Consultation Meetings to introduce the objectives of the study, discuss guiding principles and provide an opportunity for the community to provide feedback.  If you cannot attend any of the meetings, you can still make your views known or get on our update list by contacting the study team at:

Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown Planning Study

Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 22nd Floor

Toronto, Ontario M5V 3C6

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 416-392-2691

Fax: 416-392-3821

Further information on the planning study can also be obtained by visiting the City’s website at Be sure to check this website often for news and coming events.  For general information on the transit project, visit

Moving Forward: Improving Public Transit and Relieving Traffic Congestion through a Regional Funding Strategy

Dear Residents,

To fund the expansion and improvement of public transportation and relieve traffic congestion for Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH), it is imperative to move forward with a regional funding strategy.

Our transit needs are too urgent to continue relying on one-time provincial funding. Gridlock has become so severe that the status quo, traffic congestion that costs the GGH $6 billion a year and which has an adverse impact on our residents' quality of life, is unacceptable.

As we move forward with improving public transit for residents, we need to continue expanding our rapid transit system, including a connection with Toronto Pearson International Airport, relief subway lines to help ease the burden on the already overcrowded Yonge-University-Spadina subway line, priorities from across the City of Toronto and support state of good repair. Together, we must also reflect the transit needs of residents, including commuters, in Toronto and across the GGH region.

Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency, is currently preparing a funding strategy for their regional transit plan, The Big Move. There are a variety of funding mechanisms that may be considered including the feasibility of implementing road tolls or a regional sales tax dedicated to transit priorities.

This motion requests the City Manager to work with Metrolinx to explore a variety of regional funding mechanisms with officials from across the GGH to achieve these aims. Any funding initiative should be done on a regional basis to mitigate unintended consequences including job loss and consumer avoidance. Ultimately, we want the City of Toronto to have a leading seat at the table with its partners as Metrolinx's process moves closer to fruition.

Cities like New York already have regional transit authorities that have the ability to raise revenue to support their transit systems. Of course, if we as a city are satisfied with the status quo, a conversation about realistic ways to fund transit projects won't be necessary.

However, if we truly want a faster, reliable and more accessible public transportation system, we must have the courage to finally create a realistic way to fund it.



Working Together - Establishing a City of Toronto - Toronto School Boards Working Group

Dear Residents,

There are many public issues that the City of Toronto and our city's school boards share in common, including school pools, field and park permitting, land use, nutrition programs, school traffic zones, etc.

However, aside from ad hoc meetings between bureaucrats, our governance model is such that there's currently no formal way for our respective institutions to problem-solve together for our common constituency - Toronto.

Therefore, I am bringing this motion to the May 8th and 9th City Council meeting for consideration. With Council's support, I look forward to a new relationship between our City and school boards based on mutual understanding, goals and working closely together for the best interest of our communities.



Important update on Toronto's school pools

For many years, I've worked closely with parents, students, dedicated residents, parent-led groups such as Let's Make Waves, and friends such as former mayor David Crombie to protect Toronto's school pools from closure.

I am delighted to announce that the City of Toronto and Toronto District School Board have finally reached a 5-year funding agreement.

Our city's school pools are deeply valued by our communities. They support our childrens' education, assist in teaching life-saving skills, contribute to recreational opportunities and our quality of life- for youth to seniors, and everyone in between.

This agreement will come to the City of Toronto's Community Development and Recreation Committee on April 24th and then to Council on May 8th for a decision.

If you would like to make an oral or written deputation to committee, please click here to learn how. To learn more about the agreement, please click here. We have been successful thus far in keeping our school pools open, but its more important than ever that your voice continues to be heard.

Thank you to everyone of you who have been part of this important campaign.



Josh Matlow
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22-St.Paul's

Upcoming Ward 22 community meetings

April 13, 2012

Dear Residents,

Keeping our community engaged and informed has always been a top priority for me. There are a number of community events and consultation meetings coming up in the next few weeks that I want to ensure that you're aware of. On an ongoing basis, please always feel welcome to visit my website at for daily and weekly updates.

  1. Oriole Park Participatory Budgeting Meeting. Monday, April 16, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Christ Church Deer Park, Elliott Hall, 1570 Yonge Street.

  2. Friends of the Beltline Clean Up. Saturday, April 21, 9:30 am. Robert Bateman Parkette, Russell Hill and Chaplin Crescent

  3. Preliminary Design Open House for Chaplin Station (Crosstown LRT). Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Forest Hill Collegiate Institute.

  4. Rathnelly Residents Association Annual General Meeting. Friday, May 11, 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Church of the Messiah, Avenue Road and Dupont.

  5. Davisville and Balliol Community Consultation. Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street

  6. South Eglinton Rate Payers' and Residents' Association Annual General Meeting. Thursday, May 17, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Manor Road United Church, 240 Manor Road E.

  7. Age Friendly Town Hall/Seniors Forum. Thursday, May 24, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, 200 Eglinton Ave W.

I'm grateful for the time that many of you have taken to contact me to let me know your views on the issues that matter most to you. I look forward to continuing our conversation.

March 2012 Update from Councillor Josh Matlow for Ward 22 residents

Dear Friends and Residents,

The past few months have been, to understate it, very busy at City Hall. Discussions about the City's budget and transit planning have dominated the agenda. However, each day I receive hundreds of emails and phone calls from residents about the day-to-day issues that affect our lives.

In this e-newsletter, I'd like to let you know more about the some of the projects and issues that my staff and I have been working on, and also to share with you other news from around the community.

  1. Best of Midtown
  2. Tenants Town Hall Recap
  3. Participatory Budget Meeting for Oriole Park
  4. Opening of new parkette and playground at Soudan and Dunfield
  5. 33 Tarlton Road Ontario Municpal Board Appeal
  6. Mint Nightclub Update
  7. Avenue Road watermain update
  8. Friends of the Belt Line Clean Up
  9. Other news and events from around Ward 22

Thank you for all of your feedback, both supportive and critical. I look forward to having many more conversations in the coming weeks and months. More immediately, don't forget that this Saturday, March 31th at 8:30pm is Earth Hour. I hope you'll join in and turn off the lights for an hour to help remind us all of the energy we consume on a daily basis. More than anything, Earth Hour can be a fun way to remind ourselves to practice conservation for not just one hour a year, but every day of every year.



Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22 – St. Paul's

1. Best of Midtown

There are so many remarkable small and local businesses in Ward 22 that contribute to the vitality of our community. My "Best of Midtown" awards are about recognizing the valuable role that these businesses play in our local economy and our quality of life.  Look out for the "Best of Midtown" certificates in businesses around the Ward, and stop in to see why they deserve this recognition. For a full list of the "Best of Midtown" establishments please visit my website by clicking here.

2.     Tenants Town Hall Recap

It's become difficult to be a renter in Toronto. Ward 22 has the highest percentage of tenants in the city at 63% and I consistently hear from many that their budget is being squeezed tighter every month.

This year's high guideline rent increase, coupled with Above the Guideline Increases (AGI) for basic upkeep and repairs have pushed rents up through the roof. In addition, the low vacancy rate has made it near impossible to find lower-cost alternatives elsewhere.

I heard these concerns, and many others, at a tenants' town hall I hosted on March 22nd. Renters from across midtown had questions answered by experts I invited from the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board, Federation of Metro Toronto Tenants' Associations, Greater Toronto Apartments' Association, Advocacy Centre for Tenants and City staff from Municipal Licensing and Standards.

Renters were able to voice their concerns and provide constructive policy ideas to support a more balanced relationship with landlords. I will continue to work with local tenants and advocacy groups from across the City to make rental housing more affordable.

3.     Participatory Budget Meeting for Oriole Park

I'm excited to move forward with a pilot project for Oriole Park that will have the community determine future spending priorities for their local green space at a town hall meeting.

I have secured funding for improvements for the park and the adjacent portion of the belt line. This money will be allotted by the community through Participatory Budgeting.

This innovative process will involve proposals by local residents that could include amenities such as community gardens and seating areas or new recreational facilities such as a basketball court, soccer pitch or chess table. These proposals will be costed by City Parks staff and voted on by the neighbourhood.

If you live close to Oriole Park please join us at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. (entrance on Heath St.) on April 16th  6:30-8:30

4.     Opening of new parkette and playground at Soudan and Dunfield & public naming contest

As spring brings us more consistently warm weather, we will welcome a new park to Ward 22 for our residents to enjoy.  Complete with a brand new playground, the Dunfield Parkette will officially be opened soon.

Public naming contest

As this is a brand new neighbourhood park, I would like to ask for your help in naming this new addition to the neighbourhood.

If you have any suggestions for a name, to honour someone who truly merits this recognition, please forward them to my office.

5. 33 Tarlton Road Ontario Municpal Board Appeal

I recently accompanied several residents at an Ontario Municipal Board hearing, to attend an appeal for a proposal to build a new home at 33 Tarlton.  The property was purchased by a developer, who was seeking permission to tear down the existing home, and build a new one that did not comply with the City's Zoning bylaw.

I along with the local residents did not feel that this proposed new home was in keeping with the character of the neighbourhood.  We successfully made this argument at the Committee of Adjustment, but like many similar situations before, the OMB over turned the decision of the Committee of Adjustment and approved the required variances to the zoning bylaw.

I am very concerned that the stability of our neighbourhoods is being threatened by developers who are buying more properties throughout the ward, demolishing the existing dwellings, and replacing them with houses that exceed the limits prescribed by the zoning bylaw.  The Committee of Adjustment in many cases has said no to such proposals, only to see its decisions over turned with relative ease of before the OMB.  It is for this reason that I along with Councillor Wong-Tam successfully brought forward a motion to initiate planning reform with Queen's Park.

Please read more about this initiative on my website by clicking here.

6.     Mint Nightclub Update

I have been working on behalf of several local residents with regards to the ongoing disruption the Mint Bar has had on the Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton community.

In January 2011 the City of Toronto laid a charge against the owners of the Mint Bar for operating a nightclub without the proper license.  After two requests for adjournment, the owners finally entered a guilty plea to this charge.

There are two more charges coming to court in April, one for violations of the noise bylaw and the other for again operating a nightclub without a proper license.  We have asked staff to continue enforcement.

In December I met with the owners of Mint Night Club to express the community's concerns with their current operation.  They indicated that they would be reconsidering the operations in light of the charges against them and their impact on the neighbouring residents.  I advised them that as long as they continued to operate as a nightclub - and to impact the neighbourhood with unreasonable noise from both inside and outside the club - I will continue to work with staff to ensure full enforcement. 

It is important to note that the requirement for a special Nightclub license is a relatively new provision in the City of Toronto.  Through this experience we are discovering that there are areas of this provision that need to be improved in order to better support the residential communities that the provision was designed to protect.  I will be taking these experiences forward with the appropriate staff at both the bureaucratic and political levels to help bring about the changes required.

Please click here to learn more.

7.     Avenue Road water main update

I have had many conversations with residents, the media and of course city staff with regards to this certainly necessary - yet frustrating project.  The Avenue Road Watermain project has been ongoing since before I was elected to city council in 2010. The good news is that we are getting closer and closer to the completion of the section of the project within Ward 22.  It has been an incredible exercise in patience for many residents who live in close proximity to affected sections of Avenue Road, throughout the many phases of the project.

For the most part the major construction is behind us.  There will be some slip-lining work done on Avenue Road between McMaster and Poplar Plains from June through until August, and some odds and ends work to be completed in the general vicinity through until the fall.

This spring, the work up at Oriole Parkway and Kilbarry and in and around Oriole Park will also be completed.  The section of Oriole Park at Chaplin and Oriole Parkway that was taken over by this project will soon be reinstated.  This includes improvements to the park, with new plantings and landscaping.  I am currently reviewing the new park plans with City Staff.

8. Friends of the Belt Line Clean Up:

Once again I will be participating with the Friends of the Belt Line Clean up on Saturday April 21st.  Last October I had the pleasure in participating in the first "Friends of the Belt Line" clean-up day, and I look forward to doing this once again.  I will send out more details as we get closer to the date, and I encourage people to come join us for what should once again be a fantastic day.

9.     Other news from around Ward 22

a.     David Wright, future Olympian, needs your help

Toronto resident David Wright recently qualified to represent Canada and our great city at the Olympic Games this summer in London, England. David, an eight year member of the Canadian Sailing Team in the Men's Singlehanded division, confirmed his position on the team with his first World Cup podium performance and will be looking to maintain that performance level at the Olympic regatta.

Like other full time athletes preparing to represent us he has limited resources and must actively fundraise through both individual donations and corporate partnerships to pay for competition, travel and equipment expenses. You can follow his journey and get involved in his campaign by visiting his website

b.     Toronto Youth Cabinet seeking candidates

The Toronto Youth Cabinet is holding its next elections this spring. The Toronto Youth Cabinet (TYC) is a youth-driven advocacy organization which strives to improve the quality of life of Toronto’s youth. In working together with City Councillors and through fostering partnerships among youth organizations, the Cabinet is dedicated to providing young people with a forum in which they are able to build an equitable, youth-friendly Toronto. TYC membership is open to any youth between the ages of 13 and 24 who live, learn, work, or play in the City of Toronto. Membership is composed of youth that are reflective of Toronto’s youth population, in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, geography, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and economic status. For a detailed list of Executive positions, the TYC's electoral protocol and nomination form please visit:

c.     Nominations open for City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards

Do you know someone who is working to eliminate violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, homelessness, hate crimes, hunger, poverty or illiteracy in Toronto? Do you know someone who is building a city where everyone can participate in the social, cultural, economic, recreational and political life of Toronto? Recognize a human rights champion by nominating them for a City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights Award.

The City of Toronto recognizes the ongoing work of residents in five categories: Aboriginal Affairs; Disability Issues; Status of Women; Race Relations, and; Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual and Two Spirited Issues.

Find out more at, by calling 416-392-8592, or by emailing [email protected].

The deadline for nominations is Monday, May 7, 2012.

d.     Northern Secondary School champions teen mental health awareness

Northern Secondary School has been making significant efforts to raise awareness about mental health issues affecting teens. Please consider attending the following event.

Northern WellNSS- “Mental Health Matters” presents a collaboration evening with The New Mentality discussing and sharing about Mental Health and Stigma

Where: Northern Secondary School Resource Centre –Basement (851 Mt. Pleasant Rd.)

When: Tuesday April 10th, 2012 – 7:00 – 8:00pm

The Adolescent years are a critical period of adjustment for both teens and families. Teenagers go through many physical changes during adolescence, but they are also dealing with many mental and emotional changes as well. As parents and as community members it is important to be aware and understand how teens develop the challenges that youth face, and the ways in which family can help them stay as physically and mentally healthy as possible.

Talking to teens about the issue of mental health can be difficult, but it is the best way to understand what they are going though and if they need to get help. The New Mentality engages youth, parents and professionals to improve mental health services and reduces the stigma of mental illness.

Join us for an interactive and informative discussion and sharing experience with two young speakers from The New Mentality – Molly and Shannon , as they share their personal stories of mental illness, and implications to whichstigma affected their journeys.

This is a Free parent workshop and information session

e.     Free income tax clinic at Central Eglinton Community Centre

Central Eglinton Community Centre is hosting a free Income Tax Clinic*, March 1, 2011 – April 23, 2011. Let Central Eglinton Community Centre's trained volunteers prepare your income tax return. Income tax returns will either be prepared by hand for you to mail, or filed electronically by computer, depending on availability. Various morning, afternoon, evening and Saturday appointments offered. No death returns. You must book an appointment to access the clinic.  No walk-ins.

Central Eglinton Community Centre is located at 160 Eglinton Avenue East, at Redpath (near Yonge & Eglinton). Call 416-392-0511 ext. 0 to book your appointment on or after February 14, 2011

*For those with modest incomes only. Certain income guidelines will apply.  The clinic cannot process returns involving business, or self-employment, bankruptcy/post bankruptcy, rental income, or capital gains.

f.      Town hall meeting on new sports field permit fees for youth

Following the motion adopted at the March 5 City Council meeting, a Parks and Recreation report about the new City sports field permit fees for youth will be debated at the April 10 City Council meeting.

Public deputations or statements are not allowed at City Council meetings so a group of Councillors has organized a Town Hall to give sports associations and their members an opportunity to tell all of us about the impact these new fees have on their ability to run quality programs for Toronto's youth.

You are invited to attend the Town Hall on New Sports Field Permit Fees For Youth on Tuesday, April 3, in Council Chambers, starting at 7:00 pm.

g.     Child Care Matters to Me campaign

A message from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care:

As you may be aware, we are in a state of change in the world of early learning and child care. High quality, safe and affordable child care matters to the future of Ontario and we need your support to share the message with families and the community.

Does Child Care Matter to You?

Safe and affordable licensed child care matters to Ontario’s children, families and to our economy. It matters to Ontario’s future. Only an immediate investment and fix to the funding model will keep our licensed, non-profit child care centres and licensed home child care spaces from eroding. Tell your MPP to stand up for high quality child care that gives our kids the best start in life and protects Ontario's already fragile economy.

How you can help:

  • Go to and spread the message that Child Care Matters to You.
  • Sending out e-mails to MPPs and spreading the word is a click away – go to the website
  • Like the Facebook Page so we can build support as quickly as possible.
  • Share the message and the website with your contacts and colleagues.

Spread the message: Child Care Matters to Me

h.     Global News' News from the Neighbourhood

A new segment and initiative is being launched by Global News in Toronto. Their plan is to reach out and connect with as many community groups, residents associations, BIAs and individuals as possible in order to help tell their story. If you as an individual or as a member of a community group have a message or a story to get out, you may be interested to read the following message about this initiative.

"This is news right where you live; it’s over the fence, across the street, around the corner, in your community. These are the stories of your Toronto - your wins, your losses and your determination to fight another day. Your stories need to be told. Global’s Mark McAllister is the guy to tell them.

NEWS FROM THE NEIGHBOURHOOD gives voice to the issues, the concerns and causes that matter to you.

Tell us your story so we can share it on air and online!  Contact Global Toronto via e-mail [email protected] or by phone 416-446-5319.  You can find Mark on Twitter by using the hashtag #NFTN or send a ‘tweet’ to @MarkMcAllGlobal anytime.  A special section will soon be set up on our website as well."

i.      New Automated Water Meters are coming to Ward 22

The City of Toronto is beginning the second phase of a six-year project to install automated water meters across the city. Our ward is part of phase two, and will be begin to receive new meters beginning in April.

Under the mandatory Water Meter Program, approximately 465,000 customers across the city will either receive a meter or have an existing meter replaced. The new automated meters will be more efficient and will be able to remotely transmit water meter readings for billing, eliminating the need for City staff to enter homes to obtain readings.

Once the new meter is installed, billings will be based on actual water use. This includes flow that may be related to leaking household fixtures. Therefore, it is important to ensure that plumbing is in good working order and leaks are repaired prior to the meter being installed. Following some simple tips can help you conserve water, be more efficient and save money. Visit to learn more.

Watch your mailbox for details about the program. Installers will typically be in an area for two weeks, so it’s important to schedule an appointment when you receive an Appointment Notice Request. Appointments can only be scheduled once you have received this booklet.

j.      City of Toronto website helps residents, visitors navigate city roads

The City of Toronto has a website that makes it easier for motorists to find their way around City streets.

The site,, shows on-going and emergency road construction, existing travel conditions on City roads and a variety of special events taking place.

The goal is to help residents and visitors get around the city as easily as possible.  By making this site one of your favourites and checking it before you leave home, you can find the best route for where you want to go.

Of course, Toronto is known for its wide range of special events and community activities and using this website will help you get to these locations more easily.  If you are trying to get somewhere else, however, we can also help you steer clear of busy areas in the city so that you can get to your destination, hassle free.

The City is also offering those interested the opportunity to receive e-mail information about emergency road closures as they happen.  To subscribe to receive these updates, visit

Toronto Public Library workers go on strike

Library branches closed during labour disruption: Most website services available

TORONTO (Sunday, March 18, 2012) – A settlement has not been reached between the Toronto Public Library Board and the Toronto Public Library Workers’ Union Local 4948. As of 5:01 pm today, library staff began a legal strike.

During the labour disruption:

•   All library branches and facilities are closed, and bookmobile and home library services are suspended.
•   No fines will be charged during the labour disruption on overdue library materials.
•   All book drops are closed.  Borrowers are asked to hold onto their library materials until the labour disruption is over.
•   All scheduled meetings and events are cancelled during the labour disruption.  Room rental charges will be refunded, as appropriate.  
•   Most website services are available during the labour disruption. Please check the website for further updates

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