Toronto Council Renewal Project

TCRP Recommends Both Josh Matlow and Joe Mihevc

Boundaries: Eglinton Ave. E. to the north; Mount Pleasant Rd., the Don River Tributary and Yonge St. to the east; CPR rail to the south; Dufferin St., Winona Dr. and Ossington Ave. to the west. 

Demographics: There are 107,900 people with an average age of 43. The average household size is two people with a median household income of $70,665. The percentage of visible minorities in the ward is 28%. [ Info Toronto Star | Sept 24]

Ward 12 - Toronto St. Paul's

Artur Langu:
Coffee shop owner Langu is running for council a second time. He likes to quote Einstein when he describes his view of City Council.  "It is insane to elect the same people over and over again and expect different results." Laugu is "tired of the city politics, the backstage, and the indifference that current and previous city councillors have shown... tired of the failures of the city council on every aspect of our lives."

One of the priorities for Langu is affordable, accessible childcare and after-school programs across the city for young families who are burdened by long waiting lists and high costs. He would introduce a Municipal Rent Control Policy to put a stop to excessive rental increases and malicious evictions of tenants. He believes that cutting red tape will help local small businesses.  

Langu.ca

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Elizabeth Cook
Ian Lipton
Bob Murphy

 

 

Josh Matlow (Incumbent):
Two-term councillor Matlow has distinguished himself on City Council by combining compassion, pragmatism and a strong penchant for evidence-based planning. He has been one of the Toronto Star’s “Newsmakers of the Year” and Now Magazine’s “Top Activists of the Year”. 

Matlow has spearheaded studies to determine the best approaches for his ward and for the city as a whole. His Midtown in Focus Review for the Yonge-Eglinton area demonstrated that social services and hard infrastructure have not kept pace with the rapid growth in the community. The study provides up-to-date policy to guide growth in the area and identifies necessary capital upgrades including basic pipes and wire capacity and expanded social services. Comparable plans have been developed for Yonge and St. Clair and Forest Hill Village.

On a city-wide level, Matlow has successfully advocated for better practices for zoning and replacing the Ontario Municipal Board, which often favoured developers in key decisions, and replaced it with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.  He has been a strong advocate for evidence-based planning for transit, pointing out the practicality of spending less money for more transit in Scarborough by replacing the proposed Scarborough subway with multiple LRT lines.

Popular with media, he has written articles and opinion pieces for the Toronto Sun, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and Town Crier Newspapers, Post City Magazines, and was a weekly co-host on Toronto talk-radio stations, AM 640 and CIUT.

Boards and Committees: Toronto and East York Community Council, Audit Committee, City-School Boards Advisory Committee, Chair, Parks and Environment Committee, Tenants Issues Committee, Chair, Central Eglinton Community Centre Board of Management, Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena Board of Management.

Matlow has an excellent attendance record, missing just 2.6% of recorded council votes.

Key votes for Matlow:

  • in favour of keeping bike lanes on Bloor
  • against considering child care space reductions
  • in favour of a long-term financial plan for the city
  • against the Scarborough subway extension
  • against considering budget cuts that would impact quality of life for Toronto Community Housing Corporation residents
  • in favour of exploring the feasibility of a Toronto sales tax
  • in favour of adding 1,000 new beds in the 2018 Shelter Infrastructure Plan
  • in favour of full funding for TransformTO, the city's long-term climate action plan
  • against naming a stadium after Rob Ford.

JoshMatlow.com


 

 

 

Candidates: 

Joe Mihevc (Incumbent):
Since amalgamation, Mihevc has been a progressive councillor who has worked to get along with others who have differing views.  

Mihevc has been a long-time member of the Toronto Transit Commission. He is a champion of the St. Clair Avenue streetcar right-of-way. The $100 million investment in new streetcar lanes, hydro undergrounding, new gas lines, and public realm improvements has led to a rejuvenation of the St. Clair West neighbourhood.

In previous administrations he has chaired the Board of Health and has been vice-chair of the TTC. Holding a PhD in Theology and Social Ethics, Mihevc brings a strong interest in social justice to his role as councillor and is behind numerous initiatives to help the disadvantaged such as Second-hand Sunday and Supper With Syria. 

He advocates for strong neighbourhoods, healthy communities, a clean environment and safe streets. His

campaign issues have included income inequality, youth unemployment, increasing seniors' services and support for the proposed Light Rail Transit system. 

Mihevc's family was originally from a small village in Slovenia. They became refugees in Canada in 1948. Mihevc obtained a PhD in theology and became an adjunct professor of ethics at the University of Toronto. He is a strongly progressive Catholic.

Boards and Committees: Toronto and East York Community Council, Board of Health (Chair), Budget Committee, Civic Appointments Committee, Community Development and Recreation Committee, Tenant Issues Committee, Homes First Society and Toronto Transit Commission.
Mihevc's attendance record is very good, missing just 5.4% of recorded council votes.

Key votes for Mihevc:

  • in favour of keeping bike lanes on Bloor
  • against considering child care space reductions
  • in favour of a long-term financial plan for the city
  • against the Scarborough subway extension
  • against considering budget cuts that would impact quality of life for Toronto Community Housing Corporation residents
  • in favour of exploring the feasibility of a Toronto sales tax
  • against adding 1,000 new beds in the 2018 Shelter Infrastructure plan
  • in favour of full funding for TransformTO, the city's long-term climate action plan
  • against naming a stadium after Rob Ford.

JoeMihevc.ca

 


Either way, the city loses a great councillor
 

Because Ford reduced the number of city wards, voters in Ward 12 will have a tough time deciding who to support on October 22. With just about half the number of wards originally planned, two progressive, hard-working incumbents – Josh Matlow and Joe Mihevc – are running against each other.

Either way the city loses one terrific, public-minded councillor. Our advice to the winning councillor is to embrace the other. With the expanded wards, the work has doubled and an experienced, forward-looking councillor is always needed. That way, all that knowledge will not be lost to the city or the voters of Ward 12. 

Having said that, we are a little peeved that one of the two isn’t running in a ward where a conservative, pro-Tory, pro-Ford needs ousting. Our goal is to have progressives take control of council, and that won’t happen with good candidates trying to knock off each other.

These two men are both so exceptional that we couldn’t decide which one to support. This is a decision voters will have to make.

 

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