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  1. Create more indoor court facilities

    The city is lacking sufficient indoor space for court sports programs outside of city run programming. I propose the development of a sportsplex to address the needs of volleyball and basketball

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  2. Children need Crossing Guards in City of Barrie

    Did you know that the City of Barrie is by far the LARGEST city in Ontario that does not have Crossing Guards in School Zones?
    As one of many concerned parents of school children in elementary school, I am frustrated and discouraged by the lack of a Crossing Guard Program in Barrie, one of the fastest growing cities in Ontario.

    The population of our city is projected to grow by 60,000 in the next ten years (to well over 200,000 people), which means more cars on the roads and more children walking to and from school, crossing major intersections.
    Having…

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    The status of this suggestion has been updated to “Gathering Feedback” (see meaning of forum statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8 ).

    The last time a crossing guard program was considered by the City was 2015/2016. Staff recommended a program in a Staff Report on November 16, 2015 ( https://bit.ly/30Jeuhj ). The Staff Report was referred to the Infrastructure, Investment and Development Services Committee for further consideration.

    The Infrastructure, Investment and Development Services Committee received the Staff Report for information and requested staff report back to Council with the technical warrant criteria for the determination of crossing guards locations ( https://bit.ly/3reCQKL ).

    Staff reported back in a memo on January 4, 2016: https://bit.ly/3FTne3p

    On January 11, 2016, the following motion was approved by Council: “That Staff Report RFP009-15 be received and the implementation of a School Crossing Guard Program be considered by General Committee at such time as a financial partner representing 50% of…

  3. Bike Pump Park at Lampman

    Lampman Park in Barrie has become a hub for the whole city. I think an excellent addition would be a pump park (this is a bike trail area). Wasaga Beach has an excellent one that is a huge success. Lampman park has huge areas of undeveloped grass to add this in. I would be happy to help fundraise and procure this.

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  4. City should address Snow Plows Leaving pile of snow on Homeowners driveway

    City should let the drivers know that this is not acceptable, what is the need of clearing the road and blocking the homeowners from accessing the cleared road? What is worth doing at all is worth doing well... if the snow plows are going to live me with more work, I had rather not have them clear it in the first place. The pile they left behind is harder to clear than the initial snow received see pictures attached.

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  5. Allowing a Chicken Rental Program for Residents

    While the city of Barrie unfortunately turned down residents having their own backyard chickens in 2021, I would like to make a proposal/offer a solution.

    Myself and a few others, that reside outside of Barrie, offer "Chicken Coop Rentals" to areas that allow chickens. This is a great program that allows people to raise chickens from spring until fall, without worrying about winter care. I deliver the coop, 2-3 chickens, feed, and bedding in May, and pick up the chickens and supplies in October.

    Some positive notes that would make keeping chickens easier within city boundaries:

    • Less smell: the design…

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  6. Holly Community ~ Holly Park; updates, splash pad, skate/bike/scooter park? use the rarely used back parking lot.

    Ive seen similar ideas, however i felt i needed to add to and include my own input.

    south-west barrie needs a splash pad, skate/bike/scooter park (like Lampman lane), and updates/upgrades. Over the past few years residing in the Holly community, Ive noticed on a regular occasion that the rear parking lot is rarely if ever used. This area would be perfect to create this splash pad and skate park.

    As per the rear soccer field (by the play structures). ~ i have a suggestion to add a running track surrounding it (400m?). there is an un-maintained trail surrrounding the rear…

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    Learn more about City services and share what is important to you through the budget allocator tool, open until October 27. In addition to the budget allocator tool, homeowners can also learn how the City invested their 2021 tax dollars with a personalized, estimated receipt that provides a breakdown of how their money was used to fund City and partner services.

    Budget allocator results will be shared with City Council during the 2022 Business Plan & Budget deliberations, which will help provide insight into the public’s priorities. Subject to Council’s discussions, the budget is scheduled to be approved on December 6, 2021.

    To share your feedback through the budget allocator tool or to try the taxpayer receipt, visit www.BuildingBarrie.ca/budget

  7. Highway 400 Lighting

    I understand this is likely the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transportation, but the City of Barrie should ask the Ministry to install lighting for Highway 400 within city limits (even better if we can get Innisfil on board to push for lighting beginning at Innisfil Beach Road). This would greatly improve safety, especially for the many residents who need to commute on the highway during winter months or under heavy precipitation.

    Tall lights were recently installed up to King City from Vaughan, and the same should definitely be done for a city of our size. The highway widening work…

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  8. Implement an Idling Control Bylaw, limit car idling to 1 minute every hour

    Vehicles should not be permitted to idle for more than 1 minute every 60 minutes. Vehicle emissions are a contributing factor in climate change. By reducing unnecessary idling we can improve air quality.

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  9. system for text/ email updates for when drop in programs have schedule changes

    The swim drop in schedule is constantly changing lately. Why not have a texting or email system to alert anyone that signs up. Choose which alerts you would like to receive ie. Drop in swimming, fitness etc.

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  10. Promote this site so more people are aware of it

    This is a great site, but could be better if more people knew about it. I found out from a stranger on a Facebook group. Every tax payer/ barrie resident should be apart of this group.

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  11. Saving on public transportation cost

    Public buses serving on Big Bay Point, Hurst are being used at very low capacity. We have never seen them having more than 5 passengers in.
    It might be cost effective to sell those big buses to larger cities and replace them with smaller capacity transportation vehicles.

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  12. Change garbage company

    Hopefully when carefully selecting the next garbage company you consider going with a Canadian company. Too much revenue flowing south to Texas, not enough in return!! Say NO to Waste Connections!!

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  13. Splash pad near Catherine Park

    Have splash pads or something’s for the kids to do in the summer near catherine park
    We don’t have anything for the children to enjoy on this end of Barrie

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  14. Increase Transfer Ticket Duration + Seamless Bus Transfer at Downtown Barrie Terminal

    City of Barrie must improve their public bus transit scheduling. A family member is in her late 50s and her commute home can take up to one hour simply to travel from North Barrie to South Barrie.

    It is unreasonable for a daily commute to be this long just traveling within the city. Additionally. a person should not have to pay the bus fare 2 times for one trip. The issue occurs when a north-end bus arrives at the Downtown Barrie Bus Terminal, and the bus heading south departs the platform within the same instant. This prevents passengers from making…

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  15. Provide a more efficient for people to find a family doctor

    HealthCareConnect works well in Toronto, where there are many doctors available (COVID crisis aside).
    There seems to be a general shortage of doctors in Barrie, and being on a HealthCareConnect waiting list that doesn't move is not very efficient nor does it inspire hope.

    Having an area in the City of Barrie Portal (or other official site) where residents can look for doctors accepting new patients / register for a waiting list directly with that practice might help put the control back into the hands of the residents. Direct contact with the practices accepting patients / working through waiting lists…

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  16. Defund the Barrie Police

    Over the last 30 years we have continuosly taken money from places like education, homelessness and mental health support in order to fund and properly train our police force. Look at what is has gotten us, police are forced to deal with all of these areas now since we have neglected them for so long. We need to re-invest in our education, and especially mental health support and allow the people trained to help, help. This idea of having super police isn't the answer, just look at conviction rates from 1996 until now. Numbers have gone down from almost 90%…

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    Learn more about City services and share what is important to you through the budget allocator tool, open until October 27. In addition to the budget allocator tool, homeowners can also learn how the City invested their 2021 tax dollars with a personalized, estimated receipt that provides a breakdown of how their money was used to fund City and partner services.

    Budget allocator results will be shared with City Council during the 2022 Business Plan & Budget deliberations, which will help provide insight into the public’s priorities. Subject to Council’s discussions, the budget is scheduled to be approved on December 6, 2021.

    To share your feedback through the budget allocator tool or to try the taxpayer receipt, visit www.BuildingBarrie.ca/budget

  17. Immediately remove city councillors

    Barrie City councillors who are charged with, investigated for or facing court action for sexual harassment or assault should immediately have their position terminated! When will this sickening activity be dealt with in an appropriate manner? The City of Barrie is becoming an embarrassing city to live in!

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  18. RE: Homeless population. Tabs need to be kept on OW and ODSP workers

    OW and ODSP are in the habit of "accidently" cutting people off their benefits causing them to become homeless. They assume no responsibility and actually have recipients sign that they assume responsibility for the workers actions or "errors". Many have been forced out on the streets due to the abuse of authority from these two offices. Our current MPP does nothing when contacted!

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  19. Put a Traffic Camera at the intersection of Cundles Rd East and Lion's Gate Blvd.

    We live on Lion's Gate Blvd and almost every time we use that intersection (coming from Lion's Gate Blvd and turning left onto Cundles Rd East) a car(s) goes through the red light at high speeds. We hesitate to go now until we are assured all cars on Cundles have stopped. Just this morning we prevented a high speed accident by laying on our horn to warn a driver coming out of the North Barrie Crossing Shopping Centre to stop proceeding through the green light we had because a car on Cundles, that was 200 metres away from the lights…

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  20. Bring back registration for drop in swim sessions

    Bring back online registration for swim sessions so that families are not turned away at the rec centres!

    Online registration allowed us to guarantee a spot which was much easier when coming with little ones. Showing up to long lines or no spaces when you have a small child ready for swimming is a major disappointment and hassle!

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