Gear­ing up for an­nual town hall

Midtown Post - - News | Lo­cal Pol­i­tics - Josh Mat­low Ward 22 Coun­cil­lor

Ev­ery day, I en­joy the many con­ver­sa­tions I share with res­i­dents at our lo­cal shops, parks and on our neigh­bour­hood streets, and I wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to hear di­rectly from our com­mu­nity on sev­eral lo­cal and city­wide pri­or­i­ties. Please feel wel­come to join me at these up­com­ing events.

Ev­ery year, I hold a town hall meet­ing be­fore I vote on the city’s an­nual bud­get. It’s im­por­tant to me that I feel con­fi­dent that I’m re­flect­ing and rep­re­sent­ing the pri­or­i­ties and opin­ions of the ma­jor­ity of Ward 22’s res­i­dents. I’ve in­vited a se­nior mem­ber of the city’s fi­nance depart­ment to pro­vide a de­tailed pre­sen­ta­tion and take your ques­tions. The 2017 bud­get will af­fect vir­tu­ally ev­ery City of Toronto ser­vice, and I en­cour­age your feed­back. It will be held on Feb. 7, 2017, 7 p.m., at Christ Church Deer Park, El­liot Hall, 1570 Yonge St.

I worked closely with lo­cal res­i­dents to en­sure our lo­cal skat­ing rink was not only re­built, but would have newly ex­panded com­mu­nity hours. To­gether, we did it. I’m de­lighted to be co-host­ing a com­mu­nity skat­ing party with our lo­cal MPs, Rob Oliphant and Car­olyn Ben­nett. Let’s cel­e­brate and have fun to­gether on Feb. 12, 2 to 4 p.m., at Hodg­son Ice Rink.

Over the past cou­ple years, I have worked with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and city staff to save sig­nif­i­cant por­tions of Glebe Manor Lawn Bowl­ing Club and Manor Road United Church from town­house de­vel­op­ments. We were able to se­cure the sites as new park­land. Please join us for our next meet­ing to dis­cuss their de­sign on Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m., at 240 Manor Rd. E.

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