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  1. Create more indoor court facilities

    The city is lacking sufficient indoor space for court sports programs outside of city run programming. I propose the development of a sportsplex to address the needs of volleyball and basketball

    179 votes
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  2. For transparency and accountability, record and publish each vote made by City Council

    To increase transparency and accountability, it would be great if each vote cast by a member of City Council was recorded and made public in an easily consumable fashion.

    When city council meetings were virtual, a citizen could easily determine how each member of council voted on each item. However now that meetings are being held in person, this is simply not possible. Even in person, the individual votes are not always clear from the gallery.

    Here are a couple of examples of how other municipalities have done this:

    • the City of Toronto provides a searchable system to show all…
    38 votes
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  3. Allow Backyard Hens in Barrie to support a Healthier Community!

    It is understood that until December 2001, when council passed a by-law to ban the birds, a resident could have up to 20 hens on a property.

    Many local and comparable municipalities have permitted backyard hens in recent years including Orillia, Newmarket, Georgina and Toronto.

    Generally, the number of hens are limited for each residential property and there are coop/enclosure size and setback requirements clearly set out through the application or by-law to ensure there are no negative impacts. As an example, roosters are not permitted.

    Backyard hens were brought forward in 2020 to General Committee as an Item for…

    18 votes
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  4. Improve our Recreation Facilities and Build More

    The current state of our recreation facilities are in need of repair.
    Considering the monthly fees and lack of amenities/offerings inside of our current recreation facilities. I'd like to propose that we:
    - assess the needs of the recreation centers we currently have and repair/update as needed.
    - create 2 additional recreation centers to address the influx of our community population and have the 2 new recreation centers focused more on swimming, gym, etc rather than hockey. Our current facilities are congested due to the ongoing tournaments etc which becomes very disruptive for those who pay monthly fees to be…

    6 votes
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  5. Preserve our Allandale Train Station and Turn it into a Heritage Museum that includes honoring the indigenous roots

    It would be amazing to see the Allandale Train Station turned into a heritage museum that features past photos of our city and how much it has evolved over the years along with a museum dedicated to and honoring the indigenous roots of our community.
    The station can also have a cafe, souvenir shop, and room designated for guest speaking events, crafts and workshops. Profits from the souvenir shop can go towards the heritage society or downtown BIA to help us continue to preserve any historical landmarks petitioned to be saved.

    7 votes
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  6. Allow backyard chickens in Barrie.

    This has been an ongoing issue, get it together Barrie.
    Backyard hens allow for sustainability in helping keep down bug and pest population, enrich soil vegetation and also give back eggs!! They are not only easy to care for, but help provide fun in learning and caring for animals for kids and families to enjoy.
    I don't know why Barrie is so against this? Or they keep hesitating to move forward the motion to approve it???! Get with the times Barrie; what is the harm in having a little bit of country in your backyard? Its better than the sprawling…

    50 votes
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  7. Make Cleaner Air Park Areas

    I dont like how Barrie has no clean air big parks, For example in Woodbridge ont. They have Boyd Park. It is about 300 acres and it is all way below street level. So vehicle pollution is never smelled when in park. It is the cleanest spot in Woodbridge. We have no areas where you cant smell inhale Fire smoke from tons of chimneys or vehicle pollution due to lack of trees blocking or level land with road. Our Beach at the waterfront is a joke. There more pollution there than highway 400. Due to massive parking lot right next…

    3 votes
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    A Park Use Survey is open until Friday, March 24, 2023. Please provide your feedback, which will help inform the City’s Parkland Needs Assessment Report and help us plan for the future of Barrie’s parks and outdoor recreation facilities. The Parkland Needs Assessment Report will be complete by fall 2023.

  8. Cheaper transit for high school students or expand the school bus zones

    I am just out of reach from the school bus zone to get a bus to school so I must walk 45 minutes or take transit which I do, my sister and I pay a total of 60$ sometimes twice a month for just two passes!!

    12 votes
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  9. Build a Lighthouse

    With Barrie fronting Kempenfelt Bay, making us a coastal town, I believe that it would be beneficial to have a surplus lighthouse (nonfunctional lighthouse), lookout point in Downtown Barrie located in the Centennial Beach- Heritage Park area. This is because lighthouses are prominent tourist destinations that can add significant value to the community economically aesthetically, and historically.

    Socially, coastal communities with infrastructure acknowledging and trading off of their nautical roots gain vast social media exposure. Content containing lighthouses get millions of likes, views, comments, shares, tweets, pins, etc each month, worldwide. If our city is shared enough under this category,…

    5 votes
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  10. Stop installing speed bumps. There are better ways

    Speed bumps are a poor method of traffic control that nobody likes and I find embarrassing. Instead Barrie should be looking at creating chicanes, corner extensions, lane narrowing, median barriers, traffic islands, half closures, and raised crosswalks as a more pleasant and less ugly way to improve road safety.
    This would have the added benefit of improving cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, something Barrie forgets about the moment you step off the lakeshore.
    To keep a long list of references short here are only a few
    -NACTO publication of urban bikeway design guide
    -Traffic Calming Benefits, Costs, and Equity Impacts. (1999).…

    12 votes
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  11. Splash pads

    We need more splash pads in Barrie near Mapleview and huronia

    14 votes
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  12. Swipe Card System for Waterfront Bathrooms

    Many people utilize the beautiful Barrie waterfront year round. I myself am down there at least 3 or 4 times a week walking my dog. it's incredibly frustrating that the bathrooms are locked. Would the city consider putting in a paid "swipe card" system for those who wish to purchase a card for access to the bathrooms in the "off season" I myself would be more than willing to pay $20+ a month for access. The state of the bathrooms is absolutely disgusting complete with used needles etc between high season and before the bathrooms are locked for the winter.…

    2 votes
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  14. Ban Free Newspapers Being Delivered and Left On Driveways

    The Barrie Advance is delivered every week to Barrie households by being left on the drive ways in a plastic bag year round. During the winter these newspapers get covered in snow if not picked up right away, and can get caught in snow blowers, possibly damaging them. The rest of the year, they are left on the drive ways and become wet and flattened by cars, eventually turning into litter on the street.

    It is the year 2023, and the Barrie Advance is available online, and is updated several times a day with news. Why are we still receiving…

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  15. Make Recycling Bags Mandatory

    Every afternoon after the recycling is picked up I see small pieces of plastic, styrofoam and other small light items blowing around the neighborhood. These are seldom picked up by residents because "it isn't their garbage". If the city made it mandatory to put blue box recycling in blue translucent bags it would cut down on the amount of recycling blowing around the neighborhoods after Garbage Day.

    3 votes
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  16. Build an outdoor pool so citizens of all ages can cool off

    Beaches are way too overcrowded in the summer months. The current population and the tourist population has become so vast that it is impossible to find parking or beach area to sit. Due to the risks involved in contracting COVID, many residents prefer to be outside instead of using indoor pools. The recreation centre's also limit the use of public swim times that are available to residents.

    11 votes
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  17. More accessible parking at Sadlon Centre

    For such a large venue, there is far from sufficient accessible parking available. Showing up 60-70 minutes prior to start of Colts game, with all spots taken, is not acceptable. With over 4000 fans there plus event staff, athletes etc, there needs to be much more available.

    3 votes
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  18. Open at least one warming centre in Barrie now. There seemed to be only 1 member of council at yesterday's gathering.

    Yesterday it appeared that only 1 member of the city of Barrie Council was listening to a crowd of people who wanted a warming centre; and another issue regarding poverty and homelessness is to ensure through laws that affordable housing is available in Barrie. Rents are out of reach for many, and purchasing is the same.

    2 votes
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  19. No parking 12 feet before or after traffic control bumps

    Restrict parking on the streets where the traffic control speed bumps are located. At least 12 feet before and after the speed bumps. It is difficult to drive down the street with cars parked so close / on the speed bumps.

    6 votes
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  20. Bike Pump Park at Lampman

    Lampman Park in Barrie has become a hub for the whole city. I think an excellent addition would be a pump park (this is a bike trail area). Wasaga Beach has an excellent one that is a huge success. Lampman park has huge areas of undeveloped grass to add this in. I would be happy to help fundraise and procure this.

    17 votes
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    A Park Use Survey is open until Friday, March 24, 2023. Please provide your feedback, which will help inform the City’s Parkland Needs Assessment Report and help us plan for the future of Barrie’s parks and outdoor recreation facilities. The Parkland Needs Assessment Report will be complete by fall 2023.

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