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  1. endorse a motion to combat extremism with the following wording:

    Whereas the threat of racist, including, specifically, white supremacist racism, xenophobic, and bigoted extremism, to a healthy, diverse, and multicultural society is clear, and

    Whereas such extremism has been shown to be on the rise in Canada and in many parts of the world, and

    Whereas reprimanding a Councillor for a post addressing the rise of such extremism and requiring that said post be removed may give the wrong impression regarding Barrie’s stance toward it.

    Whereas all too often denunciations of such extremism come only after extremists have committed harmful acts, and

    Whereas the City of Barrie should be proactive…

    266 votes
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    Part of this matter was dealt with by Council on June 12, 2019. Council received the report on this matter from the City’s Integrity Commissioner, Suzanne Craig on May 22, 2019. City Council gave final approval on the report and recommendation on June 12, 2019.

    Full information about the meaning of forum statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

  2. 127 votes
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  3. The city needs to take action against invasive plant species

    There are invasive plant species along the NST and the city that are choking out native plants. Our native plants are important for pollination and healthy waterways as well as for creating natural habitat for many species of birds and insects. Phragmites, garlic mustard and dog straggling vine are just a few of the invasives we have that are challenging to eradicate. Cities all over the province are dealing with this problem. This problem will get harder to manage the longer it is neglected. Barrie needs solid policy and an action plan to eliminate this threat to our natural environment…

    378 votes
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    Significant work is scheduled to start on the Climate Change Action Strategy in 2020, subject to approval of the resources for staff to develop a plan and action the issue. The strategy has a recommendation to “develop partnerships and funding strategies to control invasive species”. In the interim, staff are mapping and monitoring known locations of invasive species. The full report is available online at www.barrie.ca/ClimateChange

    Full information about the meaning of forum statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

  4. BAN THE BAG BARRIE! …It’s Time!

    BAN THE BAG BARRIE! …It’s Time!

    Single-use plastics in the retail marketplace have a significant environmental impact and provide only a short-lived service that can be met more effectively and environmentally soundly, through the adoption of re-usable bags.

    Reusable grocery and retail bags will avoid the petroleum resources needed to make single-use plastic bags, and the pollution caused by those processes.

    Reusable bags will drastically help keep ‘throw-away’ plastics out of landfills and out of our sensitive ecosystems, making just one important, small step to reduce the negative impacts of single-use packaging.

    136 votes
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  5. Repaint the lines on roads.

    Repaint the lines on the roads in Barrie, especially mapleview, ESSA rd, FAIRVIEW rd. The lines are faded, making it hard to see what lane you are in.

    59 votes
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  6. Lower Student Bus Fares

    Offer a discount monthly bus fare for students who are registered in school. Student will be required to show a valid student card to receive this pass or discounted fare.

    Fare prices a month $25.00 with a valid student card
    Ride fare - $2.00

    15 votes
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  7. create a climate change mitigation plan

    The City has created a plan for how we might prepare for some climate change impacts, but has not yet made a comprehensive plan for how we can prevent catastrophic climate change to begin with! If global greenhouse gas emissions continue on the path that we're currently on, the amount of climate change we will experience in this century will be too much for many of us to adapt to. Therefore, adaptation alone is not enough--we must also work to reduce our emissions. Canadian municipalities have influence over up to fifty percent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions. That means that…

    164 votes
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    On October 7, 2019, General Committee approved a motion that the City of Barrie officially declare a climate emergency, look at an approach for creating a climate change mitigation plan and consider a business case in the 2021 budget that secures resources required to develop a plan.

    The motion also reaffirms action on climate change as a strategic priority by requiring future City staff reports to report on ‘environmental and climate change impact matters’ as a replacement to the current ‘environmental matters’.
    And that the cost implications of implementing the climate change mitigation plan right through the 2050 net zero carbon emission goal, or as far a time line as staff can plan for in regards to the cost of necessary retrofits and capital investments, was also approved by General Committee. This motion is sponsored by Councillor Keenan Aylwin. See the full agenda: http://barrie.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=724130&GUID=CFA269AF-AB79-4E54-98AC-0222585175F2&Options=info&Search=

  8. That College Heights Park become Barrie's next great forest reserve!

    After consulting the Barrie Ward 1 Community Board, I've decided to enter in the following suggestion:


    • College Heights Park is ~1.7 acres, northeast of Duckworth Plaza with Bernick Drive forming a ring around it. As one bikes, walks or drives east on Bernick from Duckworth, a view of the park opens up showing a mostly dry, barren field. A playground sits on the northwest corner.


    • Because the park is not designed for group sport activities and is not a busy park, I'm suggesting it be densely planted with saplings to become a beautiful forest over the coming decades.


    • In the…

    31 votes
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  9. North end dog park

    Responsible pets owners need an accessible off leash dog park in the north end of the city. Sunnidale DOLRA is off limits to many with mobility issues and is not a place seniors or others feel safe. Molson park DOLRA is too far for those in the north end of Barrie. Pets are an important parts of many families lives and a place to throw them a ball or frisbee off leash is much needed. The human/animal bond has proven benefits for the health and well-being of pet owners. Support a new north end off leash dog park.

    50 votes
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  10. 46 votes
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  11. Put no parking signs on Fox Run between Leacock and Hemmingway

    Residence park on both sides creating only one lane for traffic to get through. It is an accident waiting to happen as you can not always see if there is on coming traffic.

    2 votes
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  12. 31 votes
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  13. Bike corral or bike check

    When we have festivals there should be a large fenced-in corral where people can check their bikes for parking (like a coat check). It would encourage people to bike downtown without worry that there won’t be anywhere to park their bike or that it will get stolen.

    22 votes
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  14. Only warm pool program in Barrie (RVH) just discontinued after 21 yrs. suggest Barrie run one of its community pools as a warm pool program.

    Many people have medical conditions that could benefit from warm pool exercise and therapy. After 21 years the Arthritis society had to discontinue it’s program due to inability to get insurance requested by RVH. Suggestion is for the City to designate 1 of it’s community pools as a warm pool (90 degrees) and provide exercise programs to keep people who need this active and healthy!

    11 votes
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  15. Eliminate buttons at traffic lights. Instead always have the 'walk' signal come on with the green light. this is much safer for pedestrians.

    Eliminate buttons at traffic lights. Instead, have the 'walk' signal come on each time the light turns green. This would be much safer for pedestrians. So often I get to the light just before it turns green and press the button, but the 'walk' signal doesn't come on. I cross on the green light, but have had drivers yell at me that I should not be crossing. Also, the buttons are in inconvenient locations and I don't want to touch them as they are really dirty. Just have the 'walk' signal come on each time the light turns green. There…

    50 votes
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  16. Should accept cryptocurrency for taxes and other bills.

    Our company has an app, that allows the merchant, this case the city to accept payment in Bitcoin, Ethereum or KBC at no cost to the city, and will exchange it directly to cash so no risk of loss due to volatility nature of crypto.

    18 votes
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  17. Boil water alerts to our phones.

    It would be good to know when there is a water main leak or something in our areas, as soon as possible to make sure and avoid anyone ever getting sick.

    3 votes
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  18. We need a true waterfront restaurant

    For residents and boaters, it would be great to have a restaurant right on our waterfront - not across the street like the Farmhouse or Pie or ******* (!) but something truly on the waterfront, overlooking the bay, with boat slips etc. Like Friday Harbour sort of.

    20 votes
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  20. Please, please improve the wifi at Allandale Rec Centre.

    The wifi at Allandale Rec Centre never works when I am there. The staff said they even end up using their own data most of the time. The City of Barrie suggest I post my concerns here...

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