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  1. Make Johnsons Beach a DOG FRIENDLY BEACH PARK

    As we have no dog friendly beaches and this end of the city has no dog park near or easily accessible to those unable to walk a steep trail I would like it considered that Johnson's beach is the perfect location to designate a dog friendly beach. It's small, remote from other beaches enough that it would cause no issues and yet easily accessible to everyone by walk, driving or bus. Leash laws could still be intact which means no fencing would be needed while allowing dogs to cool down especially on those severely hot days.
    Poop and scoop laws…

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      gathering feedback  ·  48 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Let Sunrise Dispensary stay..for these reasons

      I have been a Legal Licenced Medical Marijauna ( Licenced by the Canadian Govt) user. I am not sure why you would choose this business as an example. I have had many, many dealing with "dispensaries".. And I would say most are fronts for dealing to anyone.. SUNRISE MEDICINAL was not like this. They were professional, knowledgeable and helpful. I Never saw anyone underage, intoxicated or using in their establishment. I can't say that about the the other "dispensaries " At no time was I ever charged money for a fake doctor to give me a permit..or did the staff…

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        16 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Interest has been demonstrated and the status of this suggestion has been updated to “Gathering Feedback” (meaning of status: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8).

        Sunrise Medicinal states its operation is a consultation/private members club under the City’s Zoning By-law. This type of facility does not fall within City licensing categories, and therefore does not require a business licence. Any sale or distribution of marijuana on site is considered an illegal activity under the Criminal Code; the City cannot supersede Provincial or Federal laws already in place. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to gather feedback via this forum, which is meant to serve as a democratic tool for Barrie residents to fairly have their say, and to be a reflection of popular opinion.

      • Restrict parking to ONE side of residential streets

        There are way too many cars being parked on residential streets, it's not only a nuisance it's dangerous, there are times that school buses and emergency vehicles can barely get down the street and I can sometimes barely get out of my driveway without almost hitting a parked car.

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          gathering feedback  ·  18 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Blocker arm on snow plows for residential streets.

          Since we pay so much taxes how about putting a blocker arm on the snow plows so they stop screwing up our driveways and blocking us in!?

          32 votes
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          • Replace the current recycling bins with bigger bins with lids.

            Replace the current recycling bins with bigger bins with lids.
            Agree that the current system is counterproductive whena little bit of wind causes litter to blow around the neighbourhood. Most days we spend time searching for our bins, garbage lids and cleaning up what garbage has blown into our yard. Also, the amount of garage space that is taken up with blue bins, grey bins, green bin and a garbage can, leaving little space to park our vehicle. Make it easier for residents to recycle and keep the waste out of the landfill and out of our neighbor hoods we…

            30 votes
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            • Run a shuttle for the CP Holiday Train from Barrie to Midhurst

              The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has been stopping in Midhurst since 2004-2006. It is a fairly popular event, but more can be done.

              Currently, the only way one can get there is by car, so those without a car can't go there or the schedule is too inconvenient for them.

              What I propose, is a shuttle bus, that would preferably be from Barrie Transit, from either Downtown or Allandale Station to Midhurst that would take people to the CP Holiday Train and back to Barrie. The bus would make possible stops at Allandale Station, Downtown, and either Lampman or East…

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              • Mandatory discussion of ideas with over 300 votes

                The highest voted idea on this site recently went to council. And they voted against talking about it. If this site is to be of any use, there should be a mandatory review of ideas that get many votes. This seems like a total waste of resources if it's just for citizens to think they have spoken, but just be brushed off and ignored.

                If this doesn't get implemented, the city should stop wasting money on this website.

                20 votes
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                • make buses more useful with more frequent service-earlier and later service and smaller buses with an all day fare ie

                  The bus fare could be $5 or $6 ;but we could use it as much as needed for the whole day. If the routes and services were more efficient and people are consulted, I believe Barrie could become a healthier city with less co2.

                  17 votes
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                  • The City support a youth employment initiative

                    We have a generation of young people getting up to no good and with very few options. Two months of summer vacation for kids too old for camp and too young for work are spent idle or unsupervised. This is not beneficial to any of us in this city. Employers find it hard to keep retail and food service staff especially when the college kids are gone and yet they are no longer able or wiling to offer jobs to youth. At 13 years of age, children are forming identity, confidence and a sense of value, purpose and community. They…

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                    • Snow maintenance events starting at 5pm

                      Currently, most snow maintenance events happen after midnight on city streets. My suggestion is that when we are dealing with melting and re freezing of snow/slush, that the city declare a snow maintenance event for 5pm, this way, citizens will have a chance to clear the end of their driveway before it really freezes over night.

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                      • Posts to tie your dog to in plazas

                        Simple post to tie leashes to while you go into a store. Merchants do not like dogs tied to garbage cans or other means of disposal for us it's to close to the store. Ppl can then not access this cause they don't want to go near the dog. Ppl walk there dogs everywhere but can not enter store to purchase anything cause there's no where to leave their dog. It's simple it's cost efficient and would greatly serve the public

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                        • have no overnight parking during the summer months

                          People have 4 or 5 cars and have no respect for neighbors trying to get out. People should not be allowed to park their trucks/cars on the road. Some of these neighbours have 4 or 5 cars and are blocking us to get out of our own driveway. These people should buy a triple driveway because it is an inconvenience trying to look to get out of our driveway. They people parking overnight should park infront of their own property and not other property. Its a hassel trying to get out and both sides of the street having these vehicles…

                          16 votes
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                          • Look into an overpass at Lockhart Road.

                            I believe it would be more beneficial to the City of Barrie to look into building an overpass at Lockhart Road over to Salem Road. This would alleviate the traffic chaos on Mapleview Drive immensely in my opinion.
                            Once construction of new homes begins on Lockhart Road all that extra car traffic would benefit from this overpass not to mention the traffic that comes into south Barrie from Innisfil and surrounding area.

                            Harvie overpass will do nothing to alleviate traffic on Mapleview for the south end of Barrie by itself.

                            16 votes
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                            • Accept Kitty Litter and Pet Waste in Green Bin!

                              Currently, you are not allowed to put pet waste in your Green Bin in Barrie. The City of Toronto specifically allows this in their Green Bin and I know this would cut down a lot of garbage use for almost all of our residents (half of my garbage is just cat litter). It will also promote residents to actually use the Green Bin. In addition, the amount of garbage would also be greatly reduced if diapers were accepted.

                              14 votes
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                              • Ward Beautifying Challenge

                                Once again the city residences are faced with the weeds and side lot maintenance issues. I would like to suggest that we initiate a WARD CHALLENGE whereas the councilors would take a personal interest and participate in beautifying there wards. This would be putting each ward against each other to come up with a winning ward in the fall and accredit the councilor of the ward with some type of city sponsored trophy and aka lade. In the end the councilors and citizens would be enthusiastic and the city would look a lot better.

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                                • Convert the old BCRY rail spur into a multi-use trail

                                  Through the completion of an Environmental Assessment for the re-development of Huronia Road, a multi-use trail on the east side of Huronia Drive from Lockhart Rd to Loon Ave is to be implemented. I propose that the city should acquire the dis-used rail spur where it meets Huronia Drive a few metres north of Loon Ave, and convert it into a multi-use trail for walking and cycling, thus extending this already anticipated trail northerly to the existing waterfront trail network.

                                  This rail spur currently runs parallel to Huronia Road as it heads north terminating at the Allandale Waterfront GO Station.…

                                  13 votes
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                                  • Purchase land on Little Avenue before Hurst. Make a park.

                                    This is a beautiful big field I used by a lot of nearby residents. It will get turned into a cement parking lot and attached homes.
                                    Please don't let Barrie lose all its green space. Which is what is happening.

                                    12 votes
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                                    • in waterfront parks there needs to be more benches!

                                      along the boardwalk and walking paths more benches are needed to rest, to watch to enjoy the waterfront and the environment

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                                      • Build an out door running track

                                        It would be amazing for children, youth, adult, and master track and field/xc running/triathlon athletes to have a track closer than Midland or Toronto to train on.

                                        I have heard that the City may be willing to partner with a private organization/business or group but I am surprised I haven't heard more on the subject.

                                        It would also make it easier not only for young athletes to develop while in school but also for local schools to host meets/events.

                                        10 votes
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                                        • Grove and Oak Street Cross walk

                                          I would like a set of lights at Grove and Oak for pedestrians (the kind that only turns red when someone pushes the button to cross) right by the park. It's a busy street and I have 3 small children and it's not fun to take them there with the traffic situation. Plus one of my sons is disabled and walks too slow for traffic, and it's a real safety hazard for us, and will become a bigger issue when he is older and I can't pick him up anymore.

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