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  1. Encourage residents to co-exist with urban wildlife

    A majority of wildlife removal or "pest control" companies do not use ethical practices and leave people to believe that harmless species are a "nuisance" or that they "don't belong in cities".

    I think many residents would like to have a reliable and humane way of handling their wildlife issues around the home and to know that their city promotes the humane treatment of all animals.

    Having resources on the City's website and referrals to humane wildlife removal companies would help educate people on the proper way to co-exist with the animals we encroached on.

    101 votes
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  2. Allow children age 10+ to participate in rec centre fitness classes with parent/adult supervision.

    Please allow children age 10+ to participate in the drop in fitness classes at Barrie rec centre with parent/adult supervision.
    As a parent with a family rec pass, I find it frustrating to locate and pay for alternative fitness classes for my daughter, age 10, when there are classes we would be interested in taking together at the local rec centre.
    At this age she is interested and mature enough to participate in fitness classes with parent/adult supervision.
    By enforcing the current minimum age of 13 to participate in these drop in classes we are missing the opportunity to foster…

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  4. endorse a motion to combat extremism with the following wording:

    Whereas the threat of racist, including, specifically, white supremacist racism, xenophobic, and bigoted extremism, to a healthy, diverse, and multicultural society is clear, and

    Whereas such extremism has been shown to be on the rise in Canada and in many parts of the world, and

    Whereas reprimanding a Councillor for a post addressing the rise of such extremism and requiring that said post be removed may give the wrong impression regarding Barrie’s stance toward it.

    Whereas all too often denunciations of such extremism come only after extremists have committed harmful acts, and

    Whereas the City of Barrie should be proactive…

    275 votes
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    Part of this matter was dealt with by Council on June 12, 2019. Council received the report on this matter from the City’s Integrity Commissioner, Suzanne Craig on May 22, 2019. City Council gave final approval on the report and recommendation on June 12, 2019.

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

  5. Increase bus frequency to Georgian college

    You should increase the frequency of buses to georgian college. Especially at johnson at georgian because some student doesn't get room in the bus so driver have to leave them. And at that stop only 8A stops so it gets almost full from before stations so we are facing problems. If it's possible add an stop of 100 at johnson at Georgian.

    Thank you

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  6. 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…

    391 votes
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    Significant work is scheduled to start on the Climate Change Action Strategy in 2020, subject to approval of the resources for staff to develop a plan and action the issue. The strategy has a recommendation to “develop partnerships and funding strategies to control invasive species”. In the interim, staff are mapping and monitoring known locations of invasive species. The full report is available online at www.barrie.ca/ClimateChange

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

  7. BAN THE BAG BARRIE! …It’s Time!

    BAN THE BAG BARRIE! …It’s Time!

    Single-use plastics in the retail marketplace have a significant environmental impact and provide only a short-lived service that can be met more effectively and environmentally soundly, through the adoption of re-usable bags.

    Reusable grocery and retail bags will avoid the petroleum resources needed to make single-use plastic bags, and the pollution caused by those processes.

    Reusable bags will drastically help keep ‘throw-away’ plastics out of landfills and out of our sensitive ecosystems, making just one important, small step to reduce the negative impacts of single-use packaging.

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    At the City Council meeting on Monday, January 27, 2020, Council resolved that if an extension to the current waste services collection contract can be successfully negotiated, the City of Barrie would like to transition their Blue Box program to full producer responsibility effective a May 1, 2024. More information on the Council motion: http://bit.ly/2GvZHIY

    Excerpt from AMO Background on Transition to Full Producer Responsibility: “Municipal governments have been advocating for over a decade for producers to have full fiscal and operational responsibility for end of life management of their packaging, printed paper and paper products. Producers are best positioned to reduce waste, increase the resources that are recovered and reincorporated into the economy and enable a consistent province-wide system that makes recycling easier and more accessible.”

    In addition, Council asked staff in the Business Performance and Environmental Sustainability Department to investigate the feasibility of banning the use of single-use…

  8. Lower Student Bus Fares

    Offer a discount monthly bus fare for students who are registered in school. Student will be required to show a valid student card to receive this pass or discounted fare.

    Fare prices a month $25.00 with a valid student card
    Ride fare - $2.00

    20 votes
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  9. Change the overnight parking time from 12-7 to 2-7

    It does not seem fair that people who are visiting a residence past 12:00am run the risk of getting a ticket for parking on the street overnight. These people are not staying on the street overnight, and it is not unreasonable for a gathering to run past midnight, especially during the Christmas/New Year holidays. A 2:00am start time is much more reasonable and fair.

    11 votes
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  10. 8 votes
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  11. please take your time and don't be so lazy to do nice job for the people

    I wonder does everybody in Barrie with Public Services job are lazy or they just don't want to do good job for the people?! I found out that majority of working people in this town specially with Public Services job, are lazy or just they don't want to do little more for the people.

    3 votes
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  12. Water bills

    I suggest the city of Barrie consider a reduction in our water bills. A lot of people are currently unemployed and we are all using more water due to the constant hand washing and cleaning of our home. Thanks Barrie.

    5 votes
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  13. That College Heights Park become Barrie's next great forest reserve!

    After consulting the Barrie Ward 1 Community Board, I've decided to enter in the following suggestion:


    • College Heights Park is ~1.7 acres, northeast of Duckworth Plaza with Bernick Drive forming a ring around it. As one bikes, walks or drives east on Bernick from Duckworth, a view of the park opens up showing a mostly dry, barren field. A playground sits on the northwest corner.


    • Because the park is not designed for group sport activities and is not a busy park, I'm suggesting it be densely planted with saplings to become a beautiful forest over the coming decades.


    • In the…

    42 votes
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  14. create a climate change mitigation plan

    The City has created a plan for how we might prepare for some climate change impacts, but has not yet made a comprehensive plan for how we can prevent catastrophic climate change to begin with! If global greenhouse gas emissions continue on the path that we're currently on, the amount of climate change we will experience in this century will be too much for many of us to adapt to. Therefore, adaptation alone is not enough--we must also work to reduce our emissions. Canadian municipalities have influence over up to fifty percent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions. That means that…

    170 votes
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    On October 7, 2019, General Committee approved a motion that the City of Barrie officially declare a climate emergency, look at an approach for creating a climate change mitigation plan and consider a business case in the 2021 budget that secures resources required to develop a plan.

    The motion also reaffirms action on climate change as a strategic priority by requiring future City staff reports to report on ‘environmental and climate change impact matters’ as a replacement to the current ‘environmental matters’.
    And that the cost implications of implementing the climate change mitigation plan right through the 2050 net zero carbon emission goal, or as far a time line as staff can plan for in regards to the cost of necessary retrofits and capital investments, was also approved by General Committee. This motion is sponsored by Councillor Keenan Aylwin. See the full agenda: http://barrie.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=724130&GUID=CFA269AF-AB79-4E54-98AC-0222585175F2&Options=info&Search=

  15. North end dog park

    Responsible pets owners need an accessible off leash dog park in the north end of the city. Sunnidale DOLRA is off limits to many with mobility issues and is not a place seniors or others feel safe. Molson park DOLRA is too far for those in the north end of Barrie. Pets are an important parts of many families lives and a place to throw them a ball or frisbee off leash is much needed. The human/animal bond has proven benefits for the health and well-being of pet owners. Support a new north end off leash dog park.

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  16. Only warm pool program in Barrie (RVH) just discontinued after 21 yrs. suggest Barrie run one of its community pools as a warm pool program.

    Many people have medical conditions that could benefit from warm pool exercise and therapy. After 21 years the Arthritis society had to discontinue it’s program due to inability to get insurance requested by RVH. Suggestion is for the City to designate 1 of it’s community pools as a warm pool (90 degrees) and provide exercise programs to keep people who need this active and healthy!

    15 votes
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  17. 4 votes
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    Barrie is the 30th Bee City in Canada. A bee city is a designation that connects people, places and pollinators. Our commitment is to protect and create pollinator habitat, community education and to celebrate our pollinators. Becoming a bee city means there will be more focus on pollinator conservation within current parks and future urban planning. Learn more at www.barrie.ca/BeeCity

    The City has been active in removing the use of cosmetic pesticides from City operations. We’ll continue to gather feedback via this idea regarding banning pesticides.

  19. Extra large recycle bins on wheels with lids

    Many communities use automated trucks for emptying the recycle bins which have at least five times the capacity of the current bin. People would recycle more with larger capacity bins instead they start throwing things in the garbage. Not to mention it would be much safer if a driver does not have to leave the vehicle as I've seen many times a driver jumps out of the vehicle while it's still moving. One of these days those trucks brakes will not engage and will keep going without the driver and someone's going to get hurt or killed! Also people with…

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  20. Close all stores by 3pm during covid19. People are not taking this crisis serious and are out all hours of the day.

    Even grocery stores need to close to restock and clean. People are not getting it. They are not staying home.

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