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  1. The city needs to take action against invasive plant species

    There are invasive plant species along the NST and the city that are choking out native plants. Our native plants are important for pollination and healthy waterways as well as for creating natural habitat for many species of birds and insects. Phragmites, garlic mustard and dog straggling vine are just a few of the invasives we have that are challenging to eradicate. Cities all over the province are dealing with this problem. This problem will get harder to manage the longer it is neglected. Barrie needs solid policy and an action plan to eliminate this threat to our natural environment…

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    • Art Centre for at risk youth: Mzfadz Art Centre

      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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        Creative Economy staff have reached out to discuss next steps for MzFadz in order to get the organization where it needs to be to be eligible for City of Barrie cultural grants.

        The City’s Cultural Grants Program provides ongoing support to not-for-profit arts organizations in Barrie through two types of grants: Operating and Project. The Cultural Grant Guidelines are available for download at www.barrie.ca/CulturalGrants.

        Information about the meaning of forum statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

      • 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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          25 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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          • Barrie should expand its bylaw enforcement capacity.

            Complaints about noise, smoke and dogs off-leash routinely go unanswered. In spite of paying taxes, residents are restricted in the use of both private and public spaces. These issues are not just nuisances; they represent real health and safety problems for Barrie residents. The city seems to have given up and abandoned its citizens to the abuses of those neighbours who choose to ignore the bylaws.

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              4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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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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                • have a Nativity Scene display in Barrie to celebrate Christmas

                  Many Christians live in Barrie and there are many tourists who visit our city during the Christmas season. The City of Barrie can help celebrate the birth of Jesus with a life sized Nativity scene displayed on the Lakeshore or at Barrie City Hall.

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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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                      7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                        15 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: …

                      • 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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                        • How about a % discount for up front payment of total property taxes due each year?

                          Some of us can pay our whole muni tax property bill at first billing. how about a 5% break on the tax? would get more $$ in faster?

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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.

                            • Create pickleball courts. It’s a very popular sport for seniors. The tennis courts at Queens park could easily accommodate such courts.

                              The tennis courts at Queens Park on Ross street are seldom full. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing and popular sports for seniors. I suggest some of the tennis courts be changed to accommodate pickleballers.

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                              • Monitor to ensure dogs aren't in parks

                                Many waterfront parks have dogs on the property and in the water despite signs prohibiting them. I've seen city workers out in the parks but no one enforcing what's posted on the signs. This creates hazards in our parks and waters, especially for children. Perhaps designate some non-waterfront parks for dogs and their walkers.

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                                • Start volunteer programs to take seniors out to city events

                                  So many seniors are alone, so many events are happening in our beautiful city. Why not organize outings with those who can't make it out on their own. Maybe a bus could pick them up and volunteers can help with this and getting them back home.

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                                  • 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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                                    • 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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                                        • Digital Calendar

                                          An ics or ical filetype that we can subscribe to digitally with our CalDav to stay up to date on various Barrie events

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