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  1. Waterfront parking should not cost $10/hour for non-residents

    The parking downtown waterfront should not go up to $10. They say that non-residents are coming to access water but not contributing to the local economy. There are many, including myself, that live in Springwater and contribute to shops, go to school in Barrie and also work in this city.

    Not only would this transition deter many but it would also give off the impression that we are not welcome in Barrie. Mayor Barry Ward was concerned about driving tourism away. Not only will tourism relocate elsewhere but it will also be a poor decision for local shops and businesses…

    186 votes
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    As per a recent decision of Barrie City Council, non-residents are charged $10/hour to park in specific waterfront areas, with a daily max of $50.

    A non-resident waterfront seasonal pass costs $90 for residents of Oro, Innisfil, Essa and Springwater. All other non-residents are charged $130 for the non-resident seasonal pass.

    For full information please visit www.barrie.ca/WaterfrontParking

  2. Extend bus route 1 to include Truman Road, for employees and Christmas Cheer Charity

    Extend bus route #1 up Truman Road and down Welham Road in a loop. There are several year round employees at many businesses that would benefit along with their customers. Additionally, Christmas Cheer, will be relocating to one of these buildings for their annual food and toy drive, without public transit donations will drop and many people who rely on this charity during the holiday season will have no way to receive their baskets, having to walk 800 meters to the closest bus stop.

    Many people who rely on the generosity of our community and the work by Christmas Cheer…

    163 votes
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  3. Barrie has miles and miles of old decrepit roads made of Asbestos-Asphalt pavement that are leaking hazardous carcinogenic Asbestos into the

    Barrie has miles and miles of old decrepit roads made of Asbestos-Asphalt pavement that are leaking hazardous carcinogenic Asbestos into the environment by way of aging, weathering, and abrasion.

    Asbestos fibres are 1/100 the diameter of a human hair. No amount of Asbestos is considered safe for man or beast. Once in the airway, the body has no way of metabolizing Asbestos or ridding itself of it. Asbestos in the lungs is there to stay forever. All citizens of Barrie deserve to be protected from the health scourge called Asbestos.

    The City of Barrie needs to take responsibility and replace…

    147 votes
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    The City is aware of ongoing comments with respect to asbestos in asphalt. We continue to work closely with all applicable Provincial ministries and the SMDHU to ensure that our practices meet all requirements; they do. The safety of residents, our employees and the environment will continue to be our priority. As additional information becomes available and validated, this City’s website will be updated. For now, here is a summary of our road construction practice in accordance with all requirements:

    Asbestos was used as an additive to asphalt from the 1960s to mid-1980s, added to asphalt mix to provide greater strength and performance. It is not used in asphalt anymore, but in many municipalities roads that were built between the 1960s and early 1980s could contain asbestos.

    Asbestos is bound within the pavement, so there is very low risk to the public. Even when asphalt containing asbestos breaks down, it’s…

  4. Ban Fireworks on Non-Holidays

    Fireworks should be banned on non-holidays. They are traumatizing for animal companions, wildlife, and humans with post-traumatic stress. They are a source of pollution and create waste in our environment. There is no reason fireworks should be going off for days/weeks before and after holidays.

    77 votes
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  5. 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.

    227 votes
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  6. Restrict parking to one side of the street at a time on 2-lane residential streets

    This has been posted before but should be reviewed again. Vehicles parked on both sides obstructs traffic flow and creates unnecessary hazards in many neighborhoods, like unseen pedestrian stepping out between parked cars to cross street.

    82 votes
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  7. Allocate 1-2 pet friendly beach areas/zones.

    Whereas the citizens of the City of Barrie have been afforded such an expansive city shoreline within its limits, I hereby move that City Council allocate 1 entire pet friendly beach or in the alternative, two pet friendly areas/zones on existing beaches or parks with waterfront access (eg. Tollendale Park, Johnson’s Beach).
    Gord Nye (Barrie resident)

    44 votes
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    A staff memo from the Engineering Department was circulated to City Council (General Committee) on January 7, 2019. The memo was in response to two previous suggestions on this forum: “Make Johnsons Beach a DOG FRIENDLY BEACH PARK” and “Open a waterfront dog park”. Please refer to the full memo: https://bit.ly/3129NN9 .

    In short, “as per the recommendations of the 2013 Barrie Waterfront and Marina Strategic Plan, when the Gables 2008 Master Plan is updated, staff will revisit whether this park is a viable location for a dog water access beach.” An update to the Gables Master Plan is forecast for 2024.

  8. Speeding on cundles

    I can't county how many times people fly down cundles running the red light in front of cundles Heights school. My daughter and myself have nearly been hit several times. We need speed control in this area. It's a school zone!!

    17 votes
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  9. Speed reduction on Little Ave

    Add speed bumps on Little Ave to slow the speeders down. This is an area with MANY children playing or even walking/bike riding with family. I would like to suggest two speed bumps: one between Fairview and Bayview on Little and the other between Bayview and Huronia also on Little. I have heard countless stories and been witness to far too many close calls & accidents in these areas. We need to keep our children and families safe.

    21 votes
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    The City has launched a new interactive tool for residents to suggest locations in Barrie where they would like to see speed cushions installed: https://bit.ly/BarrieSpeedCushions

    Residents can use this application to submit a location, or “like” a location already submitted, for the City to consider putting a speed cushion in 2021. The City will collect submissions until November 13, 2020.

    The submissions received from the public will be shared with Members of Council in January 2021 to help councillors decide where speed bumps should be placed in each ward in 2021.

    Visit www.barrie.ca/traffic to learn more about the City’s traffic calming methods.

  10. Blue Community

    Barrie should work toward becoming a blue community.

    The Blue Communities Project calls on communities to adopt a water commons framework by:


    1. Recognizing water and sanitation as human rights.

    2. Banning or phasing out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events.

    3. Promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and waste water services.

    We have a beautiful waterfront city we should protect our water and our future.

    34 votes
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  11. Smart cards for Barrie transit

    When transit becomes paid again there taking away ride cards temporary. They should get the cards like the simcoe linx or the presto cards like the go transit uses. You can load your bus pass on it or if you like me and have $60 a month for the bus and I could load it and it gets automatically deducted when the card is scanned. And you get a slight discount for using the card versus using cash

    25 votes
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  12. Free parking for all beaches and downtown.

    What we need is free parking for all of down town and the beach area. Now is the time to seize on the opportunity with so many of our neighbors turning to protective measures. We can scoop all of their tourist revenue which means LOWER property taxes and it shows that we are serious about being a great spout to work and play. Driving our economy forward. Yea I get there is a minority of Karen’s who always whine about “out of towners”. However their use of the word “out of tower” shows in itself their prejudice and their lack…

    22 votes
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    Drivers can park in downtown Barrie for free until September 8, 2020. The suspension of paid downtown parking is one of the many actions outlined in Barrie’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Action Plan.

    Free parking supports the Downtown Economic Recovery Plan by providing incentive for customers to access downtown businesses, and provides financial relief for downtown owners, staff, and customers.

    To view the plan please visit https://investbarrie.ca/covid-19-support .

    Visit www.barrie.ca/DowntownParking for parking options.

  13. Add public showers

    The city needs year round public showers for homeless and people that don’t have access to them

    56 votes
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  14. STOP PLOWS FROM BLOCKING IN DRIVEWAYS

    Other cities are using newer equipment to prevent plotting in residential drives. As we are part of the snow belt, a bedroom community for Toronto and a tourist zone we need to be able to leave in the mornings after a storm. After we have already busted our backs shoveling or using blowers (therefore gas) moving the show. To wake up at 6am to find your work undone is infuriating to be polite.

    ENOUGH

    63 votes
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  15. Disallow anonymous trolls on this site.

    Anyone that isn't willing to put their name behind a suggestion here doesn't deserve to participate in a civic action of this kind. Trolling this site lowers the quality of debate and add little value to policy makers ability to glean facts here. Plus, you may be a fake or multiple account user. Stop hiding. Get real.

    4 votes
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  16. No parking on side streets to many cars who wants to see these cars or trucks parked day in and out,

    Barrie should have no parking all year round on side roads. Some of these homes have 3 or more cars it is getting ridiculous. Who wants to see trucks and cars parked in front of our homes. They should start paying permit fees.we cannot even get out of driveways,
    Something needs to be done.

    11 votes
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  17. 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…

    24 votes
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  18. shopping carts

    I see a lot of shopping carts on the side of the roads on sidewalks my suggestion is that if a bylaw or police officer see someone pushing a shopping cart on street or sidewalk should stop and charge the person for theft

    8 votes
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  19. create "Beach booking" online service

    Create online service to book spot on the beach (for example 10' x 10'). System will record the reservation, generate parking ticket and take garbage deposit. At the end if place was left tidy - return deposit and rate the customer. Customers with the higher rate will receive discounts for future reservations.

    7 votes
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  20. Repave the trail around the waterfront.

    Existing asphalt trail is in poor condition for kids on scooters, rollerblading, skateboarding and in some section poor for even walking or riding a bike.

    This is a very well used trail and should be maintained at a higher level.

    14 votes
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