Josh Matlow

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Josh Matlow
Toronto City Councillor
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 1, 2010
Preceded by Michael Walker
Constituency Ward 22, St. Paul's
Toronto Public School Trustee
In office
December 1, 2003 – November 30, 2010
Preceded by Shelley Laskin
Succeeded by Shelley Laskin
Constituency Ward 11, St. Paul's
Personal details
Born (1975-11-27) November 27, 1975 (age 38)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Spouse(s) Melissa Christine Matlow
Profession Toronto Councillor, journalist and broadcaster, environmental advocate
Website http://www.joshmatlow.ca

Josh Matlow (born November 27, 1975) is a community activist and Toronto City Councillor for Ward 22, St. Paul's. He served as a school trustee representing the midtown Toronto riding of St. Paul's between 2003-2010 at the Toronto District School Board. On October 25, 2010, he was elected to Toronto City Hall.

Background[edit]

Matlow was a co-director of Earthroots, an Ontario environmental non-governmental organization. He also worked for the Canadian Peace Alliance, organizing against the war in Iraq.[1] He lives in Toronto with his wife, Melissa and daughter, Molly. His father, Ted Matlow is a federally appointed judge and his mother, Elaine Mitchell is a retired High school teacher.

Matlow has written articles for several local newspapers as well as the Toronto Sun and Toronto Star. He hosted a call-in radio show on University of Toronto station CIUT, was a weekly contributor and co-host on Toronto talk-radio station AM 640 and CFRB. He hosted a talk radio show called The City with Josh Matlow on Toronto radio station Newstalk 1010 and was a weekly columnist for the Toronto Star.[2]

Matlow faced a charge of driving over 80 in 2006 but the charge was subsequently withdrawn.

Politics[edit]

In 2002 Matlow, at the age of 26, was asked by the Ontario Liberal Party to run as their candidate in Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey in a by-election against Progressive Conservative Premier Ernie Eves. He lost by 3,560 votes.

In 2003 he was acclaimed as a Toronto District School Board trustee and elected to the same position in 2006. He worked on a number of initiatives including installation of solar panels on school rooftops,[3] keeping Toronto's school pools open,[4] and helping students to achieve 'economic literacy'.[5] He spoke against a proposal to create an Africentric school in Toronto.[6]

In 2010 he was elected to Toronto city council where he has become known as a political centrist [7] and has been working on issues such as creating a Toronto Seniors Strategy,[8] a regional transit plan,[9] removing the Ontario Municipal Board's (OMB) purview over Toronto planning decisions,[10] Toronto's arts & culture sector [11] and combating gridlock.[12] He supported local MPP Eric Hoskins in his successful re-election bid for the provincial election in 2011.[13]

Election results[edit]

Municipal[edit]

2010 Toronto election, Ward 22[14]
Candidate Votes  %
Josh Matlow 11,892 52.39%
Chris Sellors 8,037 35.40%
Elizabeth Cook 1,900 8.37%
William Molls 869 3.82%
Total 22,698 100%

Provincial[edit]

2002 by-election for riding of Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Ernie Eves 15,288 46.59 -
Liberal Josh Matlow 11,728 35.74 -
New Democratic Doug Wilcox 2,633 8.02 -
Green Richard Procter 2,017 6.15
Family Coalition Dave Davies 1,025 3.12 -
Independent John Turmel 120 0.37

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CBC News - Canada - Anti-war protests held around the globe". Cbc.ca. 2003-01-19. Retrieved 2010-09-09. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Toronto City Councillors, Councillor Josh Matlow". City of Toronto. 
  3. ^ Porter, Catherine (2007-06-25). "Toronto schools to power up rooftops". thestar.com. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  4. ^ Brown, Louise (2008-04-10). "Trustee urges more debate on pool closings". Toronto: thestar.com. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  5. ^ Kate Hammer (2009-03-24). "Dollars 'n' sense courses urged". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. p. A11. 
  6. ^ Kate Lunau (2008-01-31). "What's next for Toronto's Africentric school? | Macleans.ca - Canada - Features". Macleans.ca. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  7. ^ Jackson, Emily (20 February 2012). "With TTC head Gary Webster likely to be sacked, Karen Stintz asks why now?". Toronto Star. 
  8. ^ http://www.toronto.ca/seniors/strategy.htm
  9. ^ http://www.openfile.ca/toronto/blog/2012/exec-committee-asks-staff-work-metrolinx-and-other-gta-cities-transit-funding
  10. ^ The Star (Toronto) http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1215914--omb-good-for-developers-bad-for-cities |url= missing title (help). 
  11. ^ http://www.globaltoronto.com/councillors+look+to+increase+arts+funding/6442766765/story.html
  12. ^ http://metronews.ca/news/toronto/25833/getting-road-hogs-off-the-curb/
  13. ^ "Dr. Eric Hoskins Campaign Office Grand Opening". Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  14. ^ "St. Paul's, Ward 22, Councillor". City of Toronto. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 

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