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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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      18 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

    • 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.

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      • 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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        • 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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          • Crossing Guards

            We need crossing guards throughout the City of Barrie.
            It is unbelievable that a city like our does not already have this in place. All crossings that are frequently used by elementary school children should have crossing guards in the morning , during lunch and after school. It is also suggested that this be a paid position primarily taken by seniors.

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            • Art Centre for at risk youth

              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…

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              • 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!

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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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                    12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    This suggestion is now classified as “Gathering Feedback” as interest has been demonstrated. Learn more about ideas’ statuses on this forum: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

                    Homelessness and drug-use are both complex, ongoing issues that face many urban centres throughout Canada. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple solution. The downtown core is policed by Barrie Police Community Response Unit (CRU), a team that specifically patrols the downtown and surrounding area. It is a collaborative effort between the City’s Enforcement Services and the County of Simcoe to ensure the safety for all who choose to visit and/or live in the downtown core.

                    In the event you see any illegal activity please contact the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 or remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-TIPS (8477).

                    When a suggestion on this forum reaches 500 votes, it is noted as “Under Review” and a memo is drafted for City Council. Learn more: …

                  • stop allowing fireworks before holiday

                    The current bylaw of allowing the setting off of fireworks I believe 5 days before a holiday and the day of needs to end. I do understand that yes it is fun for some to watch them go off but they forget about the people around them. A lot of them don't follow safety when doing this. Several times I have had neighbours set them off in their backyard or the middle of our street. We are a subdivision, the houses are close and people park on the street. Then the garbage that is left on other people's properties is…

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                    • Not to infringe upon the Freedom of Speech.

                      The employees of the Corporation of the City of Barrie think that I have no right to free speech and that it is their's to moderate.

                      If this city were to have any integrity at all, they would not send my phone text threats aligning by date and time and particular things mentioned, to the removal of a post in regards to human rights violations.

                      This city is corrupt, racist and operates outside of common law.

                      You can "moderate" the truth but you can't deny it.

                      #Corruption
                      #FreedomofSpeechViolation
                      #Prejudice
                      #CityofBarrie

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                      • name the Harvey Road overpass after British Admiral Sir Robert Barrie

                        Many people do not know the history of our great city and who Barrie was named after. I think the naming of the bridge over Highway 400 could inspire citizens and visitors alike to learn more about the rich history of our city.

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                        • Prevent parking on both sides of the street in residential streets. Majesty blvd. & Prince William. Fire truck can’t get past!!!

                          There have been close calls with children running between cars out into the road. Cars can’t pass each other. The biggest concern is emergency vehicles can’t make it between the cars. There should only be parking if any on one side of the road. It’s insane how people park on Majesty Blvd. Dangerous!

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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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                            • 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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                              • Have officers patrolling waterfront area on weekends handing out tickets for polluting.

                                I have noticed on weekends there is a lot of garbage strewn on the ground in our beautiful waterfront areas and on the rocks by the jetty! Perhaps, the city could invest in more garbage cans, so the existing garbage cans will not be overflowing on a busy weekend: Secondly, perhaps undercover officers could lay polluting charges to the offenders and set a precedence, that polluting on our newly beautified waterfront is frowned upon and illegal. I don't enjoy going to our downtown waterfront on a weekend, as it ticks me off to see how disgusting, lazy, and ignorant people…

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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.

                                  • Restrict number of cars allowed to park on side streets in rental situations

                                    More and more homes are being sold, renovated and used as rental properties. The principal owner doesn't live there. The number of tenants have so many cars that they park on the street in front of other peoples homes, not cool. In the past cars have run into on this street.

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                                    • Allow parking on grass

                                      I would like to be able to park on my own lawn without being told that I’m not allowed or I could be fined. There’s not enough room for multiple vehicles or for visitors to park especially over night during the winter.

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                                      • If Bell builds a big project near the TV station, I think it's very important that they be refused antennas.

                                        If Bell put antennas near the TV station they could create a media monopoly for themselves around this area. Their antennas would be high on a hill between the city and the air waves most of us want to receive from the south and from the CTV. What they plan for antennas is very important to settle before they build.

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                                        • Revitalize Bradford St.

                                          The city needs more development for Bradford St South East past the Dairy Queen. Theres so much potential for this area and I'm surprised that nothing is in the works. With a blend of the historic neighbourhoods and the close proximity to the waterfront this could be similar to the "Beaches" in Toronto.
                                          Now that the new Concert Hall, event centre is coming, It would be great to see some more infrastructure in this part of town. This is the heart of Barrie!

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