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  1. Properly address the void to Arts and Culture in Barrie created by terminating the lease of Georgian College Theatre.

    Recently City of Barrie terminated its lease with Georgian College Theatre, which effectively turned its back on many key performing arts groups in the area. This leaves NO reasonable performance space in Barrie till at least 2025/2026 when Fisher Auditorium redux is anticipated for completion.

    Engage with the key stakeholders, the arts organizations of Barrie, to facilitate a more thoughtful and robust solution.

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    The exiting of the Georgian College Theatre lease was a recommendation submitted to Council in response to the theatre space becoming unsafe for use and requiring significant investment in a fiscally challenging year, coupled with ongoing uncertainty created by the COVID-related gathering restrictions. It’s believed that this decision will allow all parties to refocus energy and resources in support of the need for a proper theatre that will be built with future needs embedded in its design.

    Staff are committed to working with the arts and culture community in the interim to leverage existing spaces and facilities to provide performance space. In response to Council direction regarding the 2021 budget and the future of the Fisher Project, staff have begun outreach regarding options that might be available to help support user groups. Interim solutions will be developed and full engagement with artistic and cultural groups will take place.

    With…

  2. Snow removal needed on 'cut throughs' from Windsor Crescent and Kennsington Trail to Hewitt's Creek PS

    There are two 'cut throughs' from Windsor Crescent and Kennsington Trail to Hewitt's Creek school that are used by a lot of children and adults each day. During the Winter these were treacherous and my own children slipped and fell many times (especially when it turned to ice). I am not sure why there are barriers up that would prevent the small side street snow plough from clearing this pathway. However, I really feel that this should be cleared by the city as a priority for school access.

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    On May 10, 2021, City Council approved the following motion regarding the investigation of maintenance of pedestrian walkways:

    “That staff in the Operations Department investigate the current interconnected walkway system in the City to address resident safety and accessibility concerns, and the feasibility of facilitating both the summer and winter maintenance to increase pedestrian year-round access and report back to Accessibility Advisory Committee.”

    Learn about the Accessibility Advisory Committee: http://bit.ly/2JpH9JC

    Staff are determining multiple options for consideration. When the report is available, an update will be posted within this forum.

    Related Links:

    • Council & Committees: https://www.barrie.ca/committees
    • Legislative Information Portal: https://barrie.legistar.com

  3. 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…

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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

  4. 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…

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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…

  5. Stop the police from beating up kids

    The police shouldn't be able to beat kids, or anyone else for that matter, like a dictator. Used to think Canada was better than this but I guess a gang with a badge is the same on either side of the border. Disgusting.

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  6. 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.

    100 votes
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    At the June 7 General Committee meeting, City Council considered a recommended motion — https://bit.ly/357uAzW — that “the appropriate sections of Regulatory By-law 2010-036 as amended and Business Licensing By-law 2006-265, as amended be further amended to replace the provision of allowing the discharge or setting off any fireworks period 5 calendar days prior to only the duration/day Victoria Day, Canada Day, New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year and Diwali, unless authorized to do so.”

    The motion was approved on consent and will go forward for final approval at the June 14 City Council meeting. Meetings stream on the City’s YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/citybarrie

    Related Links:

    • Council & Committees: https://www.barrie.ca/committees
    • Communicating with Council: https://www.barrie.ca/CommunicatingWithCouncil
    • Legislative Information Portal: https://barrie.legistar.com

  7. 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.

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  8. Have the bus fare payable via Debit/Credit tap as well as change

    Have the bus fare payable via Debit/Credit tap as well as change. Most vending machines have this why don't our buses? Especially useful during the pandemic.

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  9. Close Dunlop Street totally for summer.

    Extending larger patios onto the road giving downtown businesses a chance to recoup some lost revenue.
    When the cottage traffic diverts through Dunlop Street in Summer. Its
    Noisy, Dangerous and the pollution emitted is offputting.

    14 votes
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  10. 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)

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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.

  11. The City should not approve a "TORONTO" type signage for the Meridian Place park.

    Even if Councillor McCann believes he can raise funds to build it, the City and taxpayers will have to operate and maintain it. The $150,000 estimated it would cost should be put toward arts and culture in the City, where the entire community can become engaged. How about putting it toward the Georgian College Theatre?

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  12. Dog Park in North End Barrie

    I understand that the City of Barrie has TWO allocated parks for dogs, one at Mapleview and one at Sunnidale. Due to the lack of availability for a park closer to the north end, I am asking and hoping that counsel will bring forward a motion to provide at least TWO more dog parks for residents in the City of Barrie. Barrie is a huge city and it would be a great idea to service the HUGE dog population that resides within in that is safe for residents.

    Thank you!

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  13. Defund the Barrie Police

    Over the last 30 years we have continuosly taken money from places like education, homelessness and mental health support in order to fund and properly train our police force. Look at what is has gotten us, police are forced to deal with all of these areas now since we have neglected them for so long. We need to re-invest in our education, and especially mental health support and allow the people trained to help, help. This idea of having super police isn't the answer, just look at conviction rates from 1996 until now. Numbers have gone down from almost 90%…

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  14. Bus stops equipment.

    There are many bus stops that are not pedestrian friendly. Example the stop 700 at Welington plaza. That stop doesn’t have any pathway to the bus. People have to enter the bus through the newly seeded “green” area. During the rain or snow it is a mess. The problem can be solutioned by placing the appropriate cement boarding platform. There are many bus stops like that around the city, where people have to guess where is bus stop and jump over the mud and dust. I want a better public transportation service in Barrie, so it could be an alternative…

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  15. Restrict on street parking longer than 3 hour

    parking is out control and needs to be controlled lots of cars park for weeks without moving because their owners find the streets better than using their driveway

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  16. 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!!

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  17. 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

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  18. Water fun

    You should put a water park /splash pad near Catherine park we literally don’t have anything in this area for kids to enjoy the hot summer

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  19. More splash pads locations

    We need more splash pads in the area
    We should have one near Catherine park or somewhere close to that area

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  20. Barrie sign made of recycled materials

    After reading a post about establishing a large sign to represent the town of Barrie, I thought it would be great is it could be tastefully made out of materials that cannot be recycled. I have been stuffing plastic drink bottles with plastic wrapping that is not recyclable until no more will fit. Could these be incase in concrete as a filler and way to decrease non recyclable plastic in landfill. It could be a great starting point for residents in the town to do similar projects at home.

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