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  1. Re-instate flashing lights during reduced speed hours

    With the new speed enforcement cameras being installed, the lights warning when the reduced speed hours are active have been covered in black plastic.

    As a former police officer, if I was to do this while conducting speed enforcement, this would constitute police trickery which would result in the case being tossed immediately.

    Expecting someone to read a sign when entering a school zone only causes drivers to become distracted by trying to read the hours on the scene and not pay attention to pedestrians walking in the area.

    Therefore I am requesting it to be mandatory that in areas…

    82 votes
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    Thank you for participating in the City of Barrie's Suggestion Forum. 


    The sign indicating how the speed limit can differ depending on the time of year, the day, and time of day—related to times when children are travelling to and from schools—temporarily replaces the flashing lights to warn of a 40 km/h zone, which must be covered when cameras are active. The Government of Ontario doesn't permit speed limits that vary and flashing lights to be posted at the same time. A static speed limit sign allows a provincial offences officer to be 100% confident that the accurate speed limit was posted to advise drivers of the maximum speed, which helps ensure that the ASE regulation under the Highway Traffic Act (Regulation 398/19 Sec 3.1.6) can be fully met and that tickets can be issued.


    Learn more about automated speed enforcement in Barrie.

  2. allow ball python and boa snakes

    change exotic animal by law to allow ball python and boas in to Barrie

    92 votes
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  3. Pave the lower parking of Painswick park

    Painswick park lower parking lot has been a parking disaster for years, people parking whichever way and where ever they want. I won’t be surprised if people
    Block the new upper lot as there is no designated spots in the lower lot. The community has been complaining for years about this lot but nothing has been done and no one can be ticketed as there are no designated spots. I do not understand why they would not have paved this when building the new park and paving the upper half.

    28 votes
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  4. Put a splash pad near Catherine park we need more things for kids in summer on this end

    Put splash pad near Catherine park we need more splash pads in this area

    3 votes
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  5. 400 and mapleview

    The congestion around 400 and mapleview is insane. There are too many access points for businesses with lack of ease of accessibility.

    Could it be possible to move the access to the go southbound on 400 from Mapleview to Lockhart road maybe. Even an on ramp too ?

    7 votes
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  6. Instead of hot spot, do presto? Or at least discount

    The HotSpot app is not reliable. There has been too many issues. Why not switch to presto so buying passes are easier with no bugs and we aren't relying 100% on our phones if the app isn't working. Plus it will be easier to use one pass between Barrie and the Toronto area.

    Or if that is not to be, why not do discounts if you buy the Hotspot pass? You are already saving money by not printing cards and paying someone for me to purchase from.

    3 votes
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  7. Deal with the rats.

    The rat problem here is out of control, causing damages to homes and properties in the city. We’ve had green bins chewed through, trash cans, siding… etc. Killed 5 in an hour the other week with snaps, during the day. The bait boxes don’t work effectively enough to deal with the population the city is dealing with. Something needs to be implemented so residents can have some peace of mind. I’ve witnessed this throughout the city as I’m sure many others have. I will refrain from uploading the images I have at this time.

    3 votes
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  8. More Splash pads water parks near Mapleview and huronia

    We need more splash pads or water parks in barrie
    Especially near Mapleview and huronia

    6 votes
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  9. Implement More Inclusive Transit Pass Options

    Currently the City of Barrie offers two types of bus passes that are suitable for regular bus users: the 10-Ride Card ($30) or the Monthly Pass ($91). The problem with this system is that it does not cover the varying needs of your citizens.

    The 10-Ride Card only provides a small discount ($3.00 per ride instead of $3.50). It might need to be repurchased frequently, requiring citizens to travel to one of a few select locations (likely spending one of their rides in the process).

    The Monthly Pass is only worth the cost for those who travel more than 30…

    4 votes
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  10. Create another disc golf course

    The current disc golf course is one of the most used courses in all of Canada. It is frequently busy and often has out of town visitors as well.

    It would be amazing if the town could add an additional course as it would reduce the traffic on the current course and allow for more options when playing disc golf in Barrie.

    3 votes
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  11. Convert Cundles St sidewalk to multi use trail Anne St to Coulter.

    There currently is no viable cycle route from Letitia Heights and area to the commercial area around Bayfield St. The Cundles road allowance is very wide and could accommodate some kind of off-street bike path.

    3 votes
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  12. 2 votes
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  13. More garbage bins and dog bags

    As a dog owner, I find that there are not enough garbage bins around the city to dispose. Also, although I bring my own bags, sometimes I don’t have enough or forget-or notice that someone has not picked up. It would be great if there could be dog **** bags available in the more popular dog walking areas.

    4 votes
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  14. 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…

    26 votes
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    The City of Barrie is in the process of creating a new comprehensive Zoning By-law, which will be designed to implement the vision and policies of Barrie’s recently adopted Official Plan.

    Due to public interest, the new Zoning By-law proposes to establish zoning standards for chicken enclosures and use provisions for backyard chickens (see section 4.9).

    To download the first draft of the new Zoning By-law and for full information, please visit BuildingBarrie.ca/zoning.

    The first draft of the new Zoning By-law is open for public feedback online until April 28, 2023. Public meetings are also being held to gather feedback:

    In-person Public Information CentreApril 19, 4pm–7pm

    Barrie City Hall Rotunda (70 Collier Street)

    No pre-registration required

    Virtual Public Information CentreApril 20, 2–3pm

    Please register in advance

    City staff will collect public and stakeholder feedback from the first draft of the Zoning By-law and incorporate this into…

  15. Barrie get cleaned out by homeless!

    Imagine how our city would look like if we ask the homeless to clean our city and get paid for that...that's what the country of Hungary ask their homeless to do and they get paid for that!! What a super idea...(not only the homeless but the unemployed people too)

    5 votes
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  16. 7 votes
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  17. Wind phone

    Sunnidale Park would be a great place to put a wind phone. For people who don't know what it is, please google it. It is an unconnected phone that people can use to say goodbye to loved ones they never got a chance to say goodbye to.

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  18. 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.

    11 votes
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  19. Place some benches or picnic tables at the Busby centre so the poor homeless people can get off their feet while waiting for a bed.

    They stand and walk around all day, to come back to busby shelter to stand even long while outside to see if they get a bed. Some benches, etc and a shelter would help them a bit.

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  20. Introduce clothing optional.

    It would be wonderful if the the city of Barrie or Simcoe County could relegate a park or beach that would be clothing optional.
    Like Europe, I think it would be welcomed by many!!!

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