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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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      15 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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      • 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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            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.

          • 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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            • 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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              • 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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                • 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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                  • 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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                    • Not ticketed for partially covering sidewalk during winter if tires are not on sidewalk

                      Homeowners should not be ticked during the winter months if they are partially blocking sidewalks as long as their tires are not on the sidewalk. It’s very difficult if you live in an area where the sidewalk restricts the number of vehicles in your driveway and you cannot park overnight on the street. Some residents don’t have enough driveway space even bumper to bumper and may hang over sidewalk. As long as there is a proper distance for pedestrians to walk, and the sidewalk is shoveled by home owner, they should not be penalized for parking in their driveway during…

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                      • Offer Bus rides to Canada’s Wonderland

                        Reasoning onto why is cause Many other major cities in the GTA offer ride services to York Region Canada’s Wonderland and which we should offer the same for those who live in Barrie. It’ll be convient and more people would be able to enjoy the day at wonderland. For the cost of the trip should be $5/person. Also offer this during the season openings. It’ll be convient for those who can’t afford go transit and other city transit that come to Barrie

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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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                          • clean snow from the ends of driveways for seniors

                            please seniors need thier driveways at the end where your plows go by as it is way too heavy for us too lift ! please we need your help ! thanks

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                            • We need a second bingo hall

                              We need a second bingo hall in barrie

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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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                                • Clear catwalks of snow to promote children to walk to school

                                  In efforts to reduce traffic around school and promote healthy lifestyles - it would be great if catwalk routes were cleared by the city as safe walking routes to school for students & families.

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                                    • Build more splash pads across the city

                                      Lampman Lane is currently our only option, it is great however, our city could use more. Based on population and use we are under-represented. Currently residents drive to Orillia to use their many splash pads.

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                                      • Modify 400 north on ramp from mapleview

                                        Too much traffic is backing up into the “ square” while cars wait to get onto 400 north on mapleview. Cars coming off 400 south are backed up onto the highway waiting to turn east but too many people are in the way waiting to get on the 400. Suggestion is modify light or remove concrete at the box to make it 2 lane directly at the start of the lane

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                                        • Offer FREE membership for Seniors over 65 at Barrie Recreation Centres

                                          Offering free memberships to seniors over the age of 65 at all Barrie Recreation Centres would encourage them to be more physically and mentally active which would in turn improve their health. This would help reduce doctor visit, hospital visits, combat obesity rates, reduce diabetes, and have an overall improvement in the lives of seniors who may feel isolated. So many seniors are on a fixed income and cannot afford to pay the membership fees every year. If they had a place to go associate with other seniors that was free, they would get out more to exercise and have…

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