News from our Councillors

The city's Parks, Forestry and Recreation division is currently partnering with the Toronto Botanical Garden on an initiative called Reimagining the Gardens. In consultation with the public, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and other City of Toronto divisions, PF&R and the TBG is developing a master plan which outlines long-term physical, environmental and program improvements for the gardens, as well as a Management Plan to guide implementation and operations for the future. The goal is to think holistically about long-term plans for Edwards Gardens, the ravine system and the TBG complex within Edwards Gardens to help elevate them to the level [...]
Mon, Jul 10, 2017
Jaye Robinson, City Councillor Ward 25 – Don Valley West
Rest in Peace, My Friend and Colleague, Councillor Pam McConnell Today at City Council, we were informed of the passing of Ward 28's Councillor Pam McConnell. Pam was a veteran city councillor and a caring and effective advocate for her community. She courageously lead the efforts to revitalize Regent Park, fought to protect the architectural heritage of neighbourhoods including Cabbagetown and St. Lawrence and championed the City of Toronto's Poverty Reduction Strategy, among many other significant accomplishments.As her seatmate at Toronto & East York Community Council, I knew Pam as a loving mother and grandma. We would very often discuss [...]
Fri, Jul 07, 2017
Josh Matlow, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 22, St. Paul
2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for Toronto's Vision Zero Road Safety Plan. Since 2015, as Chair of Public Works & Infrastructure, I've championed the creation of a comprehensive strategy to improve safety on our roads. Last summer, City Council unanimously adopted Toronto's Road Safety Plan and since then, we've been implementing safety improvements on streets and at intersections across the entire city. In the coming months, we're focusing on improving safety for seniors and children, our most vulnerable road users. Since the winter, city crews have been fast-tracking the creation of 12 Seniors Safety Zones across Toronto. These zones [...]
Fri, Jul 07, 2017
Jaye Robinson, City Councillor Ward 25 – Don Valley West
The Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood is experiencing some of the most extreme intensification in the entire city – by 2030, between 24,000 and 28,000 new residents are expected to live in the area. The Ontario Municipal Board has continued to approve development after development without considering whether there is the infrastructure capacity to handle such a huge increase of development and the impacts to the existing community. The OMB-approved 35-storey building at 18-30 Erskine Avenue – right next to John Fisher Junior Public School – is the ultimate example of this irresponsible and narrow-focused provincial planning process. While I'm encouraged by the [...]
Wed, Jul 05, 2017
Jaye Robinson, City Councillor Ward 25 – Don Valley West
In my first term, based on feedback from residents, I moved several motions urging the city to improve its response to residential infill construction sites and ensure that our neighbourhoods are protected and respected when undergoing development. In response, last year city staff developed a multi-faceted strategy to minimize the negative impacts of residential infill construction and streamline how the city deals with problem properties. Since the approval of this strategy, we've made significant headway in encouraging good construction practices and ensuring proper enforcement, including: A new introductory inspection to clarify the city's expectations with the builder A policy for expanding the use of [...]
Mon, Jul 03, 2017
Jaye Robinson, City Councillor Ward 25 – Don Valley West
For the past six years, one of my main goals at City Hall has been to make the Committee of Adjustment (CoA) more effective, accountable and transparent. In 2014, I placed multiple motions with specific recommendations to overhaul the Committee of Adjustment, including: The establishment of professional training for CoA members Better engagement of residents Improvements to the public notices and notification process While there's still a long way to go, I'm happy to share that improvements are underway on all three fronts. This year, there are plans to hold training sessions for CoA members in all four districts. This training will focus on the Neighbourhoods [...]
Fri, Jun 30, 2017
Jaye Robinson, City Councillor Ward 25 – Don Valley West
Reimagining Yonge and Eglinton's Canada Square / TTC Bus Barns Public MeetingFor too many years, the TTC Bus Barns property at the southwest corner of Yonge and Eglinton was left as a derelict eyesore in the heart of our community. More recently, this site has been actively used as a construction staging area for Metrolinx's Eglinton Crosstown LRT.I believe it's time to ensure that there is a plan in place so that these lands, along with rest of the Canada Square property, can be thoughtfully redeveloped when the LRT is completed. Leaders of our local residents' associations and I have [...]
Wed, May 31, 2017
Josh Matlow, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 22, St. Paul
14 year old Sarah and 11 year old Claire challenge neighbourhoods in the City of Toronto to give back and make a difference in their community WHAT: SARAH & CLAIRE'S 10TH ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE (2017) Sarah Jordan (14) started a food drive when she was in Grade 1, after hearing a story about Daily Bread Food Bank and their Thanksgiving Food Drive, on CBC Radio. Now entering its 10th year, the food drive, run by Sarah and her sister Claire (11) has raised over 290,000 pounds of food and has involved thousands of students in Toronto (last year alone, [...]
Wed, May 24, 2017
Josh Matlow, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 22, St. Paul
Tue, May 23, 2017
Josh Matlow, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 22, St. Paul
Tue, May 23, 2017
Josh Matlow, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 22, St. Paul

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