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  1. 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…

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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

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  2. 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…

    85 votes
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  3. 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.

    27 votes
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  4. Art Centre for at risk youth: Mzfadz Art Centre

    Barrie is a beautiful, creative and developing city. The City of Barrie is very family and community oriented. With beautiful scenery, this city is filled with artistic and creative potential. Opening an organization that will further develop the community through helping at risk youth and families by providing a creative platform, will not only have a positive impact on the community but also the future itself!

    According to the Barrie Homeless Hub there was estimated 7500+ homeless people in Barrie in 2011. This number has not decreased much over the last 7 years . Youth Haven serves about 200 homeless…

    131 votes
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    Creative Economy staff have reached out to discuss next steps for MzFadz in order to get the organization where it needs to be to be eligible for City of Barrie cultural grants.

    The City’s Cultural Grants Program provides ongoing support to not-for-profit arts organizations in Barrie through two types of grants: Operating and Project. The Cultural Grant Guidelines are available for download at www.barrie.ca/CulturalGrants.

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  5. Weekly garbage pick up in summer months.

    During summer heat it is utterly disgusting to have to keep garbage around for two weeks. The smell, maggots, flies and rodents are health issue. Simply adding weekly garbage pick up for July and August would be help.

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  6. 14 votes
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  7. IMPROVEMENT TO YOUR RECYCLING PRODUCTS

    since the window of recycling is so big (7am - 6pm), to avoid the stuff to blow all over the place, into my driveway and yard, why don't you create recycle bins with an easy close lid so to keep it in???????????? Just like a storage bin you buy with the two sides closer together. This would eliminate everything blowing out.

    15 votes
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  8. Barrie should expand its bylaw enforcement capacity.

    Complaints about noise, smoke and dogs off-leash routinely go unanswered. In spite of paying taxes, residents are restricted in the use of both private and public spaces. These issues are not just nuisances; they represent real health and safety problems for Barrie residents. The city seems to have given up and abandoned its citizens to the abuses of those neighbours who choose to ignore the bylaws.

    35 votes
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  9. Notificaton of water outages on this website

    We woke up this morning and we have no water. immediately went to the website for Barrie water and could not locate emergency notification section to inform residents that there is a water outage in the Dean and Grace area.

    7 votes
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  10. Eliminate buttons at traffic lights. Instead always have the 'walk' signal come on with the green light. this is much safer for pedestrians.

    Eliminate buttons at traffic lights. Instead, have the 'walk' signal come on each time the light turns green. This would be much safer for pedestrians. So often I get to the light just before it turns green and press the button, but the 'walk' signal doesn't come on. I cross on the green light, but have had drivers yell at me that I should not be crossing. Also, the buttons are in inconvenient locations and I don't want to touch them as they are really dirty. Just have the 'walk' signal come on each time the light turns green. There…

    8 votes
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  11. Diwali firework

    Diwali is a popular Indian Festival celebrated with fireworks. It should be allowed on the day of Diwali. Yes the residents should seek permission from the city of Barrie which should allow depending on the subdivision. City should also encourage people to celebrate the firework on a wider drive way or community parks in the area.

    8 votes
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  12. Pay homeless to pick up city garbage

    Pay the homeless to help clean up the city...give them benefits...and help set them up warmth transitional housing....saw a video on Facebook where they are doing this in numerous cities and it is working for both the people and the city. Let’s lirerally clean up our streets!

    44 votes
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  13. Repaint the lines on roads.

    Repaint the lines on the roads in Barrie, especially mapleview, ESSA rd, FAIRVIEW rd. The lines are faded, making it hard to see what lane you are in.

    5 votes
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  14. have a Nativity Scene display in Barrie to celebrate Christmas

    Many Christians live in Barrie and there are many tourists who visit our city during the Christmas season. The City of Barrie can help celebrate the birth of Jesus with a life sized Nativity scene displayed on the Lakeshore or at Barrie City Hall.

    7 votes
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  15. 15 votes
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  16. red light camera's on major intersections in Barrie.

    To many people running red lights in the city of barrie.

    4 votes
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  17. Crossing Guards

    We need crossing guards throughout the City of Barrie.
    It is unbelievable that a city like our does not already have this in place. All crossings that are frequently used by elementary school children should have crossing guards in the morning , during lunch and after school. It is also suggested that this be a paid position primarily taken by seniors.

    67 votes
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    The City does not currently have a School Crossing Guard Program. A November 2015 staff report (https://barrie.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=4129470&GUID=35AADD59-969C-48BA-A0BE-3B79E2B0B0DA) outlined the results of an investigation into the feasibility of implementing such a program. The matter was referred to the Infrastructure, Investment and Development Services Committee (www.barrie.ca/committees) for discussion.

    In January 2016, it was decided that the implementation of a School Crossing Guard Program will be considered by General Committee at such time as a financial partner representing 50% of full costs of the Program is identified. Councillors’ discussion on the matter (starting at 1:17:00) is available to view, as filmed by Rogers TV: https://www.rogerstv.com/media?lid=237&rid=23&sid=5748&gid=243624&Mode2=Video

  18. Post signs re: boat launch procedure

    We are regular users of the boat launch at Lakeshore and Innisfil.

    There are no clear directions regarding:
    -which side to put boat in
    -which side to pull boat out
    -how to line up vehicles waiting to launch or pull out
    -what waiting boats should do (some tie up beside the launch and get their vehicle, others tie up in the launch, most line up in the water in their boats)
    -who goes first if there is a line up to launch and a line up in the water to pull out

    This is a major problem, causing "boat rage"…

    2 votes
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  19. Complete sidewalks along Dunlop Street at the 400 overpass.

    The sidewalks here are missing exactly where they're needed most, and getting to the other side of the highway on foot is unpleasant and unsafe, or worse for anyone with limited mobility.

    7 votes
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  20. Install Rainbow Crosswalks for the 2018 Pride Celebration in the City of Barrie

    You’re beautiful, Barrie!
    And you’re getting better every year... our beloved little bedroom city is more cultured and diverse- more inclusive and comfortable- than ever! Nowhere is this more evident than in the growing Barrie Pride organization, and the LGBTQ2S+ community around which it is built.

    We’ve come a long way! Thank you for growing alongside us, and for helping us develop a meaningful relationship to our city: with more important support and services; a better network of businesses; and a warm community of wonderful, compassionate people.

    There is something you can do though. One small gesture that would make…

    67 votes
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