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  1. Allow Backyard Hens

    Let's make Barrie a sustainable city by allowing backyard hens for the purpose of household egg consumption.
    Many major North American cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, New York, Seattle, Chicago and Los Angeles, together with Ontario communities such as Niagara Falls, Brampton, Newmarket,
    and Guelph, allow the small-scale raising of hens. Now it's Barrie's turn to join this positive and growing trend.
    Hens have existed in cities since the dawn of time an
    d continue to thrive in communities around the world to this day. The benefits of raising them include:

    * Fresh, healthy and delicious home-grown eggs, free…

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      18 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Interest has been demonstrated and this suggestion is now classified as “Gathering Feedback”. Please note another suggestion for “Backyard Hens” was previously (2016) classified as “Received for Information” after being considered by the Community Services Committee. For information please refer to the admin responses within that suggestion: http://bit.ly/1RZSRdq

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

    • Install Rainbow Crosswalks for the 2018 Pride Celebration in the City of Barrie

      You’re beautiful, Barrie!
      And you’re getting better every year... our beloved little bedroom city is more cultured and diverse- more inclusive and comfortable- than ever! Nowhere is this more evident than in the growing Barrie Pride organization, and the LGBTQ2S+ community around which it is built.

      We’ve come a long way! Thank you for growing alongside us, and for helping us develop a meaningful relationship to our city: with more important support and services; a better network of businesses; and a warm community of wonderful, compassionate people.

      There is something you can do though. One small gesture that would make…

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      • Ban residential fire works

        The city of Barrie needs to ban the use of residential fire works. Not only are they dangerous, they are an inconvenience to those with sleeping children. They scare animals. Adults who have to get up early for work are unable to get sleep as well. A 24 hour noise bylaw should be in effect 365 days a year.

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        • Crossing Guards

          We need crossing guards throughout the City of Barrie.
          It is unbelievable that a city like our does not already have this in place. All crossings that are frequently used by elementary school children should have crossing guards in the morning , during lunch and after school. It is also suggested that this be a paid position primarily taken by seniors.

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          • Come up with a viable idea to clean up the downtown of vagrants and drug users.

            Move services these individuals require away from the downtown and to a localized spot in a less congested area. Thus they can still receive the help they need, while making the downtown area less desirable to “hang around” for transients. I Know this will offend some people and I understand that, as poverty and addictions are a hard cycle to break, but we need to revitalize downtown and draw more people to do business here. And to the people whom are angry at my comments, I ask, “are we to wait till it gets so bad that downtown businesses go…

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            • stop allowing fireworks before holiday

              The current bylaw of allowing the setting off of fireworks I believe 5 days before a holiday and the day of needs to end. I do understand that yes it is fun for some to watch them go off but they forget about the people around them. A lot of them don't follow safety when doing this. Several times I have had neighbours set them off in their backyard or the middle of our street. We are a subdivision, the houses are close and people park on the street. Then the garbage that is left on other people's properties is…

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              • name the Harvey Road overpass after British Admiral Sir Robert Barrie

                Many people do not know the history of our great city and who Barrie was named after. I think the naming of the bridge over Highway 400 could inspire citizens and visitors alike to learn more about the rich history of our city.

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                • Make Barrie Transit More reliable on weekends And Evenings for people who work for a living

                  I think Barrie transit should be more reliable all week, including weekends and evenings! This is very frustrating, as times collides, no one can get to work on time, you ca'nt plan your trip, because some buses do'nt run on the same time as others. I'm sure tons of other people working feel the same. Earlier departure times, regular service...get rid of this hourly service on evenings and sunday. And start running the buses regularily like other places. It's not fair to peole who work for a living, students getting to and from school. More consideration for the public would…

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                      8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Please be reminded that the the deadline to apply for appointment to the new Sports Events/Facilities Advisory Committee is Thursday, March 29, 2018.

                      At City Council’s March 5th meeting, the terms of reference for this committee were approved by Council. One of the committee’s mandates is to consider new competitive, elite facilities, along with new major sports events and tournaments. The advisory committee will be comprised of two members of City Council (Councillors Mike McCann and Doug Shipley) and five Barrie citizens with a background in sports and/or tourism. Tourism Barrie will be asked to participate in the advisory committee’s meetings.

                      Please visit www.barrie.ca/CommitteeVacancies for the full notice and application details.

                    • Turn vacant lots into mobile urban gardens.

                      Using milk crates, mobile urban gardens can be easily set up on vacant lots around Barrie (ie: NW corner of Five Points). This initiative would be volunteer driven by anyone who is interested in growing and maintaining a community garden. This would also be a great idea for local restaurants who may not have the room to grown their own vegetables and herbs, the opportunity to have fresh produce at their access. I would be interested in discussing this idea further to those who are interested.

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                      • Prevent parking on both sides of the street in residential streets. Majesty blvd. & Prince William. Fire truck can’t get past!!!

                        There have been close calls with children running between cars out into the road. Cars can’t pass each other. The biggest concern is emergency vehicles can’t make it between the cars. There should only be parking if any on one side of the road. It’s insane how people park on Majesty Blvd. Dangerous!

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                        • If Bell builds a big project near the TV station, I think it's very important that they be refused antennas.

                          If Bell put antennas near the TV station they could create a media monopoly for themselves around this area. Their antennas would be high on a hill between the city and the air waves most of us want to receive from the south and from the CTV. What they plan for antennas is very important to settle before they build.

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                          • Participate in the Waze Connected Citizens Program!

                            Toronto and Montreal have both become smart cities by signing up for the free Waze Connected Citizens Program. The program would benefit Barrie drivers and city planners at absolutely no cost whatsoever.

                            Example 1:
                            City planners will know where potholes, roadkill, icy roads, debris, and other hazards are frequently reported. City workers can fix problems faster. This benefits drivers (even non-waze drivers) by keeping them safe and reducing possible costs associated with road hazards.

                            2. Waze users and website visitors will be redirected around road closures when reported by the city. In most cases, this can be connected to existing…

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                            • Restrict number of cars allowed to park on side streets in rental situations

                              More and more homes are being sold, renovated and used as rental properties. The principal owner doesn't live there. The number of tenants have so many cars that they park on the street in front of other peoples homes, not cool. In the past cars have run into on this street.

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                              • Allow online bill payment of taxes/tickets and access to property tax receipts for income tax

                                Most cities and municipalities allow you to pay online and check outstanding amounts. We should not have to travel to city hall to pay any fees or get receipts for taxes or mortgages. We can pay taxes from bank but don't get a receipt.

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                                • should add tap-to-pay machines on all buses.

                                  I feel that Barrie should invest in Debit/Tap To Pay machines to pay for bus fare so riders with debit cards or Apple Pay don't have to carry coins. I always have the issue of finding $3.00 worth of coins when I know I have $3.00 in my account!

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                                  • Companies dontating to dog park

                                    If any companies want to place their advertisements at the dog parks, hey should have to make a minimum donation which can be used towards the park. More trees, a small play ground, etc. Recycling bins.

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                                    • Reduce police budget please, its way to big a chunk of my taxes

                                      Reduce the budget for policing by a fair margin. Too much of the city's budget goes to policing. The police are taking more from Barrie residents in the form of tickets to recoup their own super high costs for the city which further hurts the people. Do a review and adjust please! Crime/domestics do not justify the huge chunk of where our taxes go. Also in this come up with a strategy to clean up downtown from all the shady people hanging out there, i'm sure other towns have done something about this not just policing.

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                                        • Downtown Parking Multi-level parking

                                          Parking is at a premium downtown, are there plans for a multitired parking lot somewhere close? With the increasing events near Heritage Park we are in dire need for additional parking. I'm a senior and cannot walk the several blocks to get to many of the events. I realize this is a budget buster, however for a minimum charge, you'd be able to recoup some money and it will increase business to downtown.

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