How Can We Pay For It?

Most Torontonians agree the city could use better public transit. The real question is who will foot the bill? That question was the focal point of a packed town hall meeting in midtown Oct. 22. We’re arriving at long last at a critical, but far more intelligent moment,” said Ward 22 councillor Josh Matlow, who hosted the panel discussion on … [Read more...]

Art Shoppe Site Sold

The storied Art Shoppe furniture store on Yonge Street has been sold for more than $40 million. Documents obtained from Toronto’s land registry office show the property was transferred from a numbered company that lists Martin Offman (CEO of the Art Shoppe) as its president to a numbered company that lists Peter Freed (president of Freed … [Read more...]

Was Developer’s Letter Manipulative?

A purchasing offer from a local developer has rubbed some residents of Soudan Avenue the wrong way. Ward 22 councillor Josh Matlow was contacted by a resident who had received a letter from Compten Management Inc. offering her $750,000 for her semi-detached on Soudan Avenue. The resident, who declined to comment because she didn’t want to … [Read more...]

Casa To Become Casino?

How does Casino Loma sound? Don't bet on it just yet. It may sound farfetched, but at least one member of the public with ties to the historic castle has visions of Toronto’s second most popular attraction potentially becoming a whole lot more popular. Real estate broker Trelawny Howell, whose great uncle Sir Henry Pellatt built the castle, … [Read more...]

UPDATE: Last Call For Mint

Illegal nightclub Mint has closed down after its landlord, The Unicorn Pub, terminated its lease.    The decision comes after a battle with the city that saw Mint’s owner plead guilty to operating a venue without a proper licence.The club faced two further charges in March for operating with fewer seats than required to operate as a restaurant … [Read more...]

Proposed Box Project Irks Councillor

Ward 22 councillor Josh Matlow calls an application to build two apartment buildings on Davisville Avenue and Balliol Street one of the most offensive proposals he’s seen since being elected councillor. The St. Paul’s representative is stiffly opposed to a proposal to build a 12-storey apartment building with 176 units at 87-107 Davisville Ave. … [Read more...]

Last Call For Mint Nightclub?

Ward 22 councillor Josh Matlow says he is going to do everything he can to shut down the nightclub Mint, which has been operating illegally on Eglinton Avenue near Mount Pleasant Road. The St. Paul’s representative says he is fed up with the club, which is in an area zoned for bars and/or restaurants, for not cooperating with the city and … [Read more...]

City Calling A Club A Club?

Councillor Josh Matlow says it’s time for Mint Bar Lounge to stop the music — after 11 p.m. that is. That’s because the Ward 22 councillor says the establishment, zoned as a bar and/or restaurant, has been illegally operating as a nightclub since it opened in April 2010. Apart from being zoned incorrectly, the city is taking Mint to court in … [Read more...]