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  1. Make Johnsons Beach a DOG FRIENDLY BEACH PARK

    As we have no dog friendly beaches and this end of the city has no dog park near or easily accessible to those unable to walk a steep trail I would like it considered that Johnson's beach is the perfect location to designate a dog friendly beach. It's small, remote from other beaches enough that it would cause no issues and yet easily accessible to everyone by walk, driving or bus. Leash laws could still be intact which means no fencing would be needed while allowing dogs to cool down especially on those severely hot days.
    Poop and scoop laws…

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      gathering feedback  ·  46 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Let Sunrise Dispensary stay..for these reasons

      I have been a Legal Licenced Medical Marijauna ( Licenced by the Canadian Govt) user. I am not sure why you would choose this business as an example. I have had many, many dealing with "dispensaries".. And I would say most are fronts for dealing to anyone.. SUNRISE MEDICINAL was not like this. They were professional, knowledgeable and helpful. I Never saw anyone underage, intoxicated or using in their establishment. I can't say that about the the other "dispensaries " At no time was I ever charged money for a fake doctor to give me a permit..or did the staff…

      235 votes
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        16 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Interest has been demonstrated and the status of this suggestion has been updated to “Gathering Feedback” (meaning of status: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8).

        Sunrise Medicinal states its operation is a consultation/private members club under the City’s Zoning By-law. This type of facility does not fall within City licensing categories, and therefore does not require a business licence. Any sale or distribution of marijuana on site is considered an illegal activity under the Criminal Code; the City cannot supersede Provincial or Federal laws already in place. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to gather feedback via this forum, which is meant to serve as a democratic tool for Barrie residents to fairly have their say, and to be a reflection of popular opinion.

      • Permeable paving in downtown Barrie

        Permeable paving is like interlocking unistone, but permeable paving allows rain to filter though the rocks in between the unistone. This allows the water to filter down into the ground. One benefit of this to Barrie will be the stopping of storm runoff into Lake Simcoe. Also permeable paving lasts longer and is cheaper then regular paving. We could try permeable paving in some areas that need to be re-paved as it is cheap, environmentally friendly and is economically inclined.

        169 votes
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          gathering feedback  ·  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Healthy Food Options at Rec Centre Canteens

          We have just started using the recreation centres around Barrie now that our oldest is eligible for some of the programs.
          I suggest the canteens that offer cooked food and snacks be upgraded and the menus be revised to eliminate some of the truly unhealthy options and provide a much broader selection of healthy food choices.

          144 votes
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            gathering feedback  ·  7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Northend indoor playplace!

            Turn former Bayfield Future Shop location into an indoor playplace.

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              gathering feedback  ·  13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 120 votes
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                gathering feedback  ·  4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Not Ban ALL Pythons And Boas In Barrie

                I think that not all Pythons and Boas should be banned in Barrie.
                Take for example Ball Pythons. They are the most popular reptile in the pet trade. Heck, they get their name because they're so docile! They get the name "Ball Python" because they always curl up in balls and are calm. They only get 4-6 feet full grown, and wouldn't survive if they were let loose. Now some pythons and boas do get huge, (Some 20+ feet), but maybe just placing a permit on them is all that'd be needed.

                The Reptile Trade is a multi-million dollar business!…

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                • Restrict parking to ONE side of residential streets

                  There are way too many cars being parked on residential streets, it's not only a nuisance it's dangerous, there are times that school buses and emergency vehicles can barely get down the street and I can sometimes barely get out of my driveway without almost hitting a parked car.

                  108 votes
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                  • A small scale bike share system around downtown barrie and surrounding areas

                    A lot of Barrie residents rely on either public transportation or personal vehicles to travel such small distances around downtown barrie. A bike share system would allow residents to bike to nearby places for work or even just for recreation.

                    Bicycles are more cost efficient, do not pollute our air, take up less space (reduced demand for parking downtown), and help to promote a healthy active lifestyle within our city.

                    Bike share systems are used in cities such a Toronto and Hamilton and are used by a substantial amount of people. A bike share system would also draw in more…

                    75 votes
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                      gathering feedback  ·  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Change the way Barrie traffic lights operate

                      I would like to propose that the City of Barrie change the way traffic lights operate within the City as follows:

                      1. During quiet times, such as overnight (e.g. 12 midnight to 5 AM, or similar), traffic lights in quiet areas of the city flash red in all directions, making the intersection a four-way stop instead of a traffic light controlled intersection.

                      This would enable motorists to reduce the time wasted waiting for lights to change at intersections where there are no other cars as well as reducing the amount of pollution from the car sitting, waiting, needlessly, for the…

                      53 votes
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                      • Buy Prince of Wales public school building from the SCDSB before it gets demolished as part of a new development.

                        Buy the building. Possible uses; school museum, farmers market, endless possibilities

                        39 votes
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                        • We NEED MORE community gardens

                          There is really great unused space at Cheltenham Rd and Highway 93, there are NO community gardens in this area! We are a family of five, and struggle with the prices of food, we would LOVE to head this project!!

                          39 votes
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                          • Help your neighbour

                            Help your neighbor would be a new social media-backed way to ask for volunteer help and to volunteer that help. I would like to see it run within City Hall itself and be staffed by volunteers.
                            Example: Mr. Jones is on a limited income and cannot afford to have his driveway shoveled. He may be in ownership of a snowblower but is no longer in physical condition to run it. he would then apply using the City run website "help your neighbor" (again staffed by volunteers) for help. Volunteers, on the other hand, would be able to log into the…

                            37 votes
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                            • Designate green areas within the city that can't be sold off to developers.

                              Off Ferndale there used to be an Eco area. There were turtles and deer and it was a lovely space in the city. Now it's been parcled up and there are condos on it. Surely Pratt Homes doesn't need every patch of green in the city! We love walking the the woods behind our house, seeing the trilliums and the deer. How about we leave a few green spaces where wildlife can take refuge and people can enjoy a walk.

                              35 votes
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                              • we have to stop people asking for money at some of our major intersections

                                These people are at the 400 off ramps at both Mapleview and Bayfield as well as Tiffin and Lakeshore.. These people are collecting on an average of 2 dollars at every light change thats 60 dollars an hour tax free.. If they do it for 4 hours for 5 days that's 1200 a week more than I make . Lets stop our city from becoming another Toronto with begging at every street corner.

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                                • I suggest Barrie stop allowing Penetang Jail to drop off convicts at the bus terminal on a daily basis

                                  This city has turned into a dumping ground for convicts. There seems to be way more homeless people and drug addicts populating the downtown core. However, they do not limit their turf to downtown, they can now be found at off ramps on highways, digging through recycling bins for empties and apparently now stealing from unlocked cars in the suburbs. For a city who prides itself on it's waterfront, it isn't providing a very safe environment for the tax payers that pay to keep it beautiful.

                                  The city needs to step up and stop allowing the jail to dump convicts…

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                                  • Allow on street parking on Edgehill Drive between Ferndale and Miller

                                    Living on Edgehill, between Ferndale and Miller is a non stop parking issue. The street is more than wide enough to allow for on street parking. I'd ask that parking be allowed on the road to relieve some of the traffic headaches on this road. Thank you.

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                                    • Help bring down the cost of renting. Split level dwellings are driving prices up!

                                      Recently split level dwellings were made legal in all areas but Ward 1, unfortunately this has drastically changed our housing markets as the majority of property owners have now converted single family dwellings into legal duplexes. All is great for those who own, however now the market is flooded with over-priced split level houses asking for as much as an entire house would cost. Now, what do you think that has done for the cost of full house rentals? People are spending 2/3 of their income just to live in this town.

                                      This is a major issue given the state…

                                      23 votes
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                                      • Remove bright LED Street lights

                                        The new street lights that Barrie has implemented are so bright I have to buy new curtains for my house. Its crazy how bights these lights are which is just awful. Ive had people out playing football and frisbee on the streets drunk at 2 am because now the streets are a playground late at night. Please do away with these horribly blinding things.

                                        21 votes
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                                        • Having Solo singing competitions at the Water front for ages 14-24

                                          I believe Barrie should have solo singing competitions because I think it would be a great way for people who love to sing to be able to come out and show their talent. It's a great way to be able to perform in their local community. Having this will also bring so many people downtown to watch the show. The best part is singing cover songs by their favorite artists which will show their vocal ranges. Include prizes for the final round of the competition, having it last up to 4 days max of the competition. First round includes all…

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