Hey, I’m Matt. You might know me as GraphicMatt on Twitter. I’m the guy with the hair. This is my newsletter.
I’m an award-winning journalist. I’ve covered the stuff Toronto City Council does for eight years. I was the first person to start fact-checking Mayor Rob Ford’s claim to have saved Toronto one billion dollars, a fact-check that drew international attention. I track Council votes so you know what your city councillor is up to. After starting as an independent blogger, my work appeared in Metro News for six straight years. I contribute City Hall analysis to the Toronto Star and CBC Toronto.
This newsletter is my new thing.
City Hall Watcher comes to your inbox (and also the web) every Monday, right around 5 p.m. It includes deep dives into the reports on Council’s agenda, providing much-needed context for whatever the hell it is politicians in this city are trying to do.
You’ll learn about evolving transit plans. You’ll stay informed about the city’s budget process. You’ll see so many charts you might literally email me and ask me to, please, stop sending you charts. You’ll be sick of the charts. But the charts will continue.
You can sign up for City Hall Watcher for just five bucks a month. An annual subscription is even cheaper — just $50 a year. The newsletter is managed by Substack and payments are securely processed by the experts at Stripe.Subscribe
City Hall Watcher subscribers include mayors, city councillors, senior level staff at City Hall, provincial and federal representatives and hundreds of other engaged GTA residents who use this newsletter to stay informed. In addition to news and analysis, readers also get access to these regular features:
What are they up to?
Each month, Lobbyist Watch takes a close look at Toronto's Lobbyist Registry, letting you know the issues and people getting lobbied hardest.
Tracking the votes
How often is your councillor voting with the mayor? Who's on the losing end of important votes? The scorecard keeps track — with a colourful spreadsheet
Agendas, Minutes & Reports
Each issue includes a weekly calendar that takes a deep dive into important agenda items and points to stuff that might have otherwise gone overlooked.
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