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  1. 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…

  2. Properly address the void to Arts and Culture in Barrie created by terminating the lease of Georgian College Theatre.

    Recently City of Barrie terminated its lease with Georgian College Theatre, which effectively turned its back on many key performing arts groups in the area. This leaves NO reasonable performance space in Barrie till at least 2025/2026 when Fisher Auditorium redux is anticipated for completion.

    Engage with the key stakeholders, the arts organizations of Barrie, to facilitate a more thoughtful and robust solution.

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    The City of Barrie’s Performing Arts Centre Task Force is asking for feedback to help inform the planning process for a new performance facility in downtown Barrie.

    The Performing Arts Centre Task Force is mandated to report to General Committee by the end of 2021 with a plan to construct a modern performance facility in the city core to replace Georgian Theatre and Fisher Auditorium.

    The survey is available via www.barrie.ca/PerformingArtsCentre until Sunday, October 31.

  3. 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…

    33 votes
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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

  4. Snow removal needed on 'cut throughs' from Windsor Crescent and Kennsington Trail to Hewitt's Creek PS

    There are two 'cut throughs' from Windsor Crescent and Kennsington Trail to Hewitt's Creek school that are used by a lot of children and adults each day. During the Winter these were treacherous and my own children slipped and fell many times (especially when it turned to ice). I am not sure why there are barriers up that would prevent the small side street snow plough from clearing this pathway. However, I really feel that this should be cleared by the city as a priority for school access.

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    On May 10, 2021, City Council approved the following motion regarding the investigation of maintenance of pedestrian walkways:

    “That staff in the Operations Department investigate the current interconnected walkway system in the City to address resident safety and accessibility concerns, and the feasibility of facilitating both the summer and winter maintenance to increase pedestrian year-round access and report back to Accessibility Advisory Committee.”

    Learn about the Accessibility Advisory Committee: http://bit.ly/2JpH9JC

    Staff are determining multiple options for consideration. When the report is available, an update will be posted within this forum.

    Related Links:

    • Council & Committees: https://www.barrie.ca/committees
    • Legislative Information Portal: https://barrie.legistar.com

  5. 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…

    8 votes
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  6. 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

  7. 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…

    7 votes
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  8. Raise the Poppy Flag and do not lower it for any reason! Keep our Canadian Flag raised high unless absolutely necessary.

    Canadians are proud people who pride themselves on integrity. We will not be silent while our values are tampered with. The Poppy Flag is to honor those who fought for the freedoms we`ve been losing everyday for almost 2years. The flag should have been fully raised yesterday and left at full mast.
    Our Canadian Flag should be at full mast and not lowered unless absolutely necessary. Canadians are growing weary of these attempted guilt trips for things we had no part in or control over.

    3 votes
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  9. Better pedestrian access for Barrie South GO

    In Southern Barrie development is happening quickly, and as a result Barrie South GO is/will be seeing a lot more traffic. There is one problem with this: the station has 1 entrance resulting in trips being much more inconvenient, people walking on the tracks, and driving to the station instead resulting in even more pressure on the one entrance creating a choke point that is unsafe for cars, buses, bikes, and pedestrians. With better pedestrian access, the communities popping up around the station will be made more walkable, transit friendly, and take some traffic, how big or small it may…

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  10. free hop on, hop off bus

    In order to get people from the beaches to the downtown AND to allow current residents greater ease accessing the city without using their car or having to walk in bad weather has anyone ever considered the use of free hop on, hop off buses? the bus would loop around from points near the beach to the tall condos along Toronto st/ lakeshore. stopping off at major points all along the downtown going as far as Berczy st at the edge of the intensification corridor. you can hop/off at random, hitting any area you want or stay on until you…

    5 votes
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  11. Raise the Flags

    Time to clean up the Spirit Catcher, and raise our flags to full mast again. We have all been through a lot, there is great healing to go through, and in the spirit of strength, hope, and unity, we need to start establishing morale in our community. Sometimes, the more we draw attention to wrongs of our past, the more indefinite the division grows. It’s time to restore our horizon of positivity and light.

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  12. Schools for new developments

    I'd like for all the new development to all have schools with walkable distances and that are designed with safe rout for children in mind

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    The City is embarking on planning for our future and creating a new Official Plan in Barrie. The updated Official Plan will improve our city by embracing leading practices, forward-thinking approaches and community priorities. This will help us effectively take advantage of the current opportunities we have while adopting new methods to enhance the great quality of life that we all enjoy.

    The New Official Plan will provide clarity of the urban structure needed for better planning of a complete community, provide certainty for investment, and introduce a level of policy direction that ensures residents, businesses, and the City share an aligned vision for Barrie’s future.

    Following the latest round of consultation on Draft Two of the Official Plan, which included an Open House on May 19, 2021, and a Public Meeting on June 2, 2021, the City has captured all suggestions in a comment matrix and created an updated…

  13. Have the bus fare payable via Debit/Credit tap as well as change

    Have the bus fare payable via Debit/Credit tap as well as change. Most vending machines have this why don't our buses? Especially useful during the pandemic.

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  14. Enforce no Boulevard parking where it causing dangerous obstruction

    Unfortunate a vehicle went through the front of the house at Cundles & Cartwright however, these people ALWAYS have vehicles parked in the lower portion of the driveway/boulevard/city side and it dangerously blocks the sight line for heavy traffic on Cundles. Traffic that is often speeding while school children are walking & biking to school and crossing the various side streets - without crossing guards - because budget cuts, right?
    It’s a wonder no one has been hurt yet.
    Pulling out onto Cundles from Cartwright is dangerous given the cars/trucks are always parked there. Maybe parallel park across the bottom…

    3 votes
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  15. Restrict on street parking longer than 3 hour

    parking is out control and needs to be controlled lots of cars park for weeks without moving because their owners find the streets better than using their driveway

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  16. Stop the police from beating up kids

    The police shouldn't be able to beat kids, or anyone else for that matter, like a dictator. Used to think Canada was better than this but I guess a gang with a badge is the same on either side of the border. Disgusting.

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  17. install more garbage cans at bus stops

    Every morning we walk along Livingstone and see piles of garbage at every bus stop, especially the one near Walmart. The city should install more public garbage cans as there is only one and it’s a kilometre from the stop. The garbage seems to accumulate quite quickly.

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  18. Bus stops equipment.

    There are many bus stops that are not pedestrian friendly. Example the stop 700 at Welington plaza. That stop doesn’t have any pathway to the bus. People have to enter the bus through the newly seeded “green” area. During the rain or snow it is a mess. The problem can be solutioned by placing the appropriate cement boarding platform. There are many bus stops like that around the city, where people have to guess where is bus stop and jump over the mud and dust. I want a better public transportation service in Barrie, so it could be an alternative…

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    The concrete solid landing surface at stop #700 was removed as part of the nearby Anne Street bridge reconstruction; the concrete pad will be reinstalled as part of site rehabilitation.

    Regarding bus stops in general, Transit staff are currently in the process of building a Bus Stop Infrastructure Improvement Plan, in line with the Transit Vision Project. With the service improvements that will come with the Transit Vision Project, extensive bus stop infrastructure improvements will be looked at for all bus stops throughout Barrie.

    Learn more about the Transit Vision Project: https://www.buildingbarrie.ca/transitvision

  19. Close Dunlop Street totally for summer.

    Extending larger patios onto the road giving downtown businesses a chance to recoup some lost revenue.
    When the cottage traffic diverts through Dunlop Street in Summer. Its
    Noisy, Dangerous and the pollution emitted is offputting.

    20 votes
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  20. Create a ‘Children’s Play Area’ just outside the south Barrie Dog Park. Families can keep all members happy!

    A Children’s Play Area just outside the south Barrie Dog Park would allow all members of a family to be occupied. I have noticed kids are ready to go way before the dogs are. After a walk together the children could play on the equipment & the dogs could still run in the fenced in open area.

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