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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…

    240 votes
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  2. 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…

    327 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

  3. 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.

    84 votes
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  4. 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…

    137 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.

    41 votes
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  6. Revisit the idea of having chickens in Barrie.

    Chickens are beneficial for many reasons, fresh eggs, free fertilizer, pest control, weed control in addition to a source of therapy. The city can put a cap on the amount of chickens and/or if roosters are permitted.

    57 votes
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  7. 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.

    34 votes
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  8. 35 votes
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  9. 9 votes
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  10. 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…

    22 votes
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  11. Weekly garbage pick up in summer months.

    During summer heat it is utterly disgusting to have to keep garbage around for two weeks. The smell, maggots, flies and rodents are health issue. Simply adding weekly garbage pick up for July and August would be help.

    126 votes
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  12. Art Centre for at risk youth: Mzfadz Art Centre

    Barrie is a beautiful, creative and developing city. The City of Barrie is very family and community oriented. With beautiful scenery, this city is filled with artistic and creative potential. Opening an organization that will further develop the community through helping at risk youth and families by providing a creative platform, will not only have a positive impact on the community but also the future itself!

    According to the Barrie Homeless Hub there was estimated 7500+ homeless people in Barrie in 2011. This number has not decreased much over the last 7 years . Youth Haven serves about 200 homeless…

    140 votes
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    Creative Economy staff have reached out to discuss next steps for MzFadz in order to get the organization where it needs to be to be eligible for City of Barrie cultural grants.

    The City’s Cultural Grants Program provides ongoing support to not-for-profit arts organizations in Barrie through two types of grants: Operating and Project. The Cultural Grant Guidelines are available for download at www.barrie.ca/CulturalGrants.

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

  13. red light camera's on major intersections in Barrie.

    To many people running red lights in the city of barrie.

    18 votes
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  14. multi month bus pass

    Offer a bus pass that is valid for a few months at a time (4-6), like a semester pass but for non-student residents. This would be more convenient for bus riders as they can ride for multiple months before having to purchase a new pass. It would also help reduce the issue of people trying to ride the bus with an expired pass.

    12 votes
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  15. IMPROVEMENT TO YOUR RECYCLING PRODUCTS

    since the window of recycling is so big (7am - 6pm), to avoid the stuff to blow all over the place, into my driveway and yard, why don't you create recycle bins with an easy close lid so to keep it in???????????? Just like a storage bin you buy with the two sides closer together. This would eliminate everything blowing out.

    17 votes
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  16. Pay homeless to pick up city garbage

    Pay the homeless to help clean up the city...give them benefits...and help set them up warmth transitional housing....saw a video on Facebook where they are doing this in numerous cities and it is working for both the people and the city. Let’s lirerally clean up our streets!

    61 votes
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  17. 27 votes
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  18. Notificaton of water outages on this website

    We woke up this morning and we have no water. immediately went to the website for Barrie water and could not locate emergency notification section to inform residents that there is a water outage in the Dean and Grace area.

    8 votes
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  19. Diwali firework

    Diwali is a popular Indian Festival celebrated with fireworks. It should be allowed on the day of Diwali. Yes the residents should seek permission from the city of Barrie which should allow depending on the subdivision. City should also encourage people to celebrate the firework on a wider drive way or community parks in the area.

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  20. Barrie should expand its bylaw enforcement capacity.

    Complaints about noise, smoke and dogs off-leash routinely go unanswered. In spite of paying taxes, residents are restricted in the use of both private and public spaces. These issues are not just nuisances; they represent real health and safety problems for Barrie residents. The city seems to have given up and abandoned its citizens to the abuses of those neighbours who choose to ignore the bylaws.

    44 votes
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