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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

    178 votes
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  2. Children need Crossing Guards in City of Barrie

    Did you know that the City of Barrie is by far the LARGEST city in Ontario that does not have Crossing Guards in School Zones?
    As one of many concerned parents of school children in elementary school, I am frustrated and discouraged by the lack of a Crossing Guard Program in Barrie, one of the fastest growing cities in Ontario.

    The population of our city is projected to grow by 60,000 in the next ten years (to well over 200,000 people), which means more cars on the roads and more children walking to and from school, crossing major intersections.
    Having…

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    The status of this suggestion has been updated to “Gathering Feedback” (see meaning of forum statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8 ).

    The last time a crossing guard program was considered by the City was 2015/2016. Staff recommended a program in a Staff Report on November 16, 2015 ( https://bit.ly/30Jeuhj ). The Staff Report was referred to the Infrastructure, Investment and Development Services Committee for further consideration.

    The Infrastructure, Investment and Development Services Committee received the Staff Report for information and requested staff report back to Council with the technical warrant criteria for the determination of crossing guards locations ( https://bit.ly/3reCQKL ).

    Staff reported back in a memo on January 4, 2016: https://bit.ly/3FTne3p

    On January 11, 2016, the following motion was approved by Council: “That Staff Report RFP009-15 be received and the implementation of a School Crossing Guard Program be considered by General Committee at such time as a financial partner representing 50% of…

  3. 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…
    32 votes
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  4. 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…

    28 votes
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  5. Splash pads

    We need more splash pads in Barrie near Mapleview and huronia

    14 votes
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  6. 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!!

    7 votes
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  7. 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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  8. 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).…

    6 votes
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  9. 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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  10. Bulk item removal for large items

    A lot of people now a days can’t afford a lot and when we do get given new things like couches and beds from friends or family we need to get rid of the old items, a lot of people can’t afford to pay someone $260 for couches to be picked up and gotten rid of, other cities have bulky removal it would be a great help for us to get it too

    7 votes
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  11. replace fireworks with drone light shows.

    Loud Fireworks are harmful to Wildlife, Pets, small children, and people who suffer from PTSD.
    Drones are safer than fireworks
    Drone light shows are environmentally friendly
    They do not explode over your audience.
    Drones can make logos and shapes that fireworks can not
    Drones do not drift in the wind

    https://youtu.be/q855rGy3dfY
    Drones can be 100% controlled ( FIREWORKS CAN NOT )
    Also the cost of buying fireworks every year as apposed to using the same equipment year after year. I'm sure this will save the city's money so it can be reallocated elsewhere.

    12 votes
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  12. Styrofoam take out containers should have been gone long ago. Can we please start using biodegradable ones soon?

    In many parts of the country styrofoam take out containers are a thing of the past. We have a large population and this is just one simple way to reduce waste! Ecopackaging should be everywhere and at every store.

    11 votes
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  13. 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.

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  14. Painswick community needs a splash pad

    Painswick community needs a splash pad

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  15. Allowing a Chicken Rental Program for Residents

    While the city of Barrie unfortunately turned down residents having their own backyard chickens in 2021, I would like to make a proposal/offer a solution.

    Myself and a few others, that reside outside of Barrie, offer "Chicken Coop Rentals" to areas that allow chickens. This is a great program that allows people to raise chickens from spring until fall, without worrying about winter care. I deliver the coop, 2-3 chickens, feed, and bedding in May, and pick up the chickens and supplies in October.

    Some positive notes that would make keeping chickens easier within city boundaries:

    • Less smell: the design…

    28 votes
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  16. 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.

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  17. Lower parking rates

    Please consider lowering parking rates. $10 per hour seems to give the message to visitors that we don’t want them here. What about something like $3 per hour?

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  18. Could have notice boards so we can enjoy seeing upcoming events

    Toronto has free standing notice boards. It would be great to have them in Barrie

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  19. City should address Snow Plows Leaving pile of snow on Homeowners driveway

    City should let the drivers know that this is not acceptable, what is the need of clearing the road and blocking the homeowners from accessing the cleared road? What is worth doing at all is worth doing well... if the snow plows are going to live me with more work, I had rather not have them clear it in the first place. The pile they left behind is harder to clear than the initial snow received see pictures attached.

    29 votes
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  20. Ban private backyard fireworks

    I feel the time for setting off fireworks in backyards should stop and or only the use of Quiet Fireworks...that have the color and sparkle but not the bang that upsets and scares wildlife, pets and people with PTSD. Fireworks should be done by the city on specific dates.

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