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  1. Make Johnsons Beach a DOG FRIENDLY BEACH PARK

    As we have no dog friendly beaches and this end of the city has no dog park near or easily accessible to those unable to walk a steep trail I would like it considered that Johnson's beach is the perfect location to designate a dog friendly beach. It's small, remote from other beaches enough that it would cause no issues and yet easily accessible to everyone by walk, driving or bus. Leash laws could still be intact which means no fencing would be needed while allowing dogs to cool down especially on those severely hot days.
    Poop and scoop laws…

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      gathering feedback  ·  51 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Let Sunrise Dispensary stay..for these reasons

      I have been a Legal Licenced Medical Marijauna ( Licenced by the Canadian Govt) user. I am not sure why you would choose this business as an example. I have had many, many dealing with "dispensaries".. And I would say most are fronts for dealing to anyone.. SUNRISE MEDICINAL was not like this. They were professional, knowledgeable and helpful. I Never saw anyone underage, intoxicated or using in their establishment. I can't say that about the the other "dispensaries " At no time was I ever charged money for a fake doctor to give me a permit..or did the staff…

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        16 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Interest has been demonstrated and the status of this suggestion has been updated to “Gathering Feedback” (meaning of status: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8).

        Sunrise Medicinal states its operation is a consultation/private members club under the City’s Zoning By-law. This type of facility does not fall within City licensing categories, and therefore does not require a business licence. Any sale or distribution of marijuana on site is considered an illegal activity under the Criminal Code; the City cannot supersede Provincial or Federal laws already in place. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to gather feedback via this forum, which is meant to serve as a democratic tool for Barrie residents to fairly have their say, and to be a reflection of popular opinion.

      • I am opposed to the City of Barrie building a sports complex along the South Shore. Build it elsewhere. Leave nature alone to be enjoyed.

        I am opposed to the City of Barrie building a sports complex on the South Shore area of Kempenfelt Bay. That area is a semi-natural piece of prime property that is enjoyed by countless citizens, and it should be preserved as such for future generations. Build a sports complex elsewhere but not on land that is contested by indigenous groups, nor adjacent to a waterway that is environmentally fragile.

        John and Pauline Warnica
        68 Pioneer Trail, Barrie
        & Unit 14, 222 Steel Street, Barrie

        207 votes
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          35 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          This suggestion is now classified as Gathering Feedback.

          At last night’s City Council meeting, Council voted in favour of a motion that included the establishment of a Working Group/Task Force to undertake a study to investigate the feasibility of locating, constructing and operating a potential family-oriented sports and entertainment facility within the City limits. The next step in this process will be that staff in the Legislative and Court Services Department report back to General Committee regarding a proposed terms of reference for this Working Group/Task Force. A public consultation will then follow to gauge support regarding locating a family-oriented facility within the City limits, preferred locations, the demand for and potential usage of such a facility.

          Should this suggestion reach the 500-vote threshold and be classified as “Under Review,” the Working Group will be notified and all comments/votes received will be acknowledged as part of the public consultation which…

        • Offer FREE membership for Seniors over 65 at Barrie Recreation Centres

          Offering free memberships to seniors over the age of 65 at all Barrie Recreation Centres would encourage them to be more physically and mentally active which would in turn improve their health. This would help reduce doctor visit, hospital visits, combat obesity rates, reduce diabetes, and have an overall improvement in the lives of seniors who may feel isolated. So many seniors are on a fixed income and cannot afford to pay the membership fees every year. If they had a place to go associate with other seniors that was free, they would get out more to exercise and have…

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          • Blocker arm on snow plows for residential streets.

            Since we pay so much taxes how about putting a blocker arm on the snow plows so they stop screwing up our driveways and blocking us in!?

            81 votes
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            • Replace the current recycling bins with bigger bins with lids.

              Replace the current recycling bins with bigger bins with lids.
              Agree that the current system is counterproductive whena little bit of wind causes litter to blow around the neighbourhood. Most days we spend time searching for our bins, garbage lids and cleaning up what garbage has blown into our yard. Also, the amount of garage space that is taken up with blue bins, grey bins, green bin and a garbage can, leaving little space to park our vehicle. Make it easier for residents to recycle and keep the waste out of the landfill and out of our neighbor hoods we…

              79 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                This suggestion is now classified as Gathering Feedback. Full information about the meaning of forum statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

                Programs that provide cart-style recycling bins must employ an automated collection vehicle. The City’s current collection contract is based on a manual collection service, so anything with a capacity greater than 125 litres and/or weight greater than 45 lbs is not safe for a manual lift by the collectors.

              • Create a dog park in the field at Archie Goodall park.

                I would like to suggest the development of a leash free area for dogs. In the field at Archie Goodall park. This area is large, and vacant offering great potential for such a project. As well as being located in a residentiall area. With many families, and pet owners.
                The current field could easily be dived into two sections. Continuing to offer an open play space for people, and families. Well also offering a social area for pets, and owners to enjoy. Dog parks offer a great opportunity for our four legged friends. To get exercise, and socialize with other…

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                  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Permanent Promenade on Dunlop Street (Clapperton to Mulcaster)

                  Santa Monica, California's 3rd Street Promenade is a prime example of what could happen to revitalize our downtown core and rid it of the seedy elements and violence at night that are concerning visitors.

                  Formerly sketchy 3rd Street in CA. turned into a bustling strolling and shopping hotspot with cafes, kiosks down the centre of the street, twinkling lights, fountains, topiaries and buskers. Look at some of these photos.

                  https://www.terragalleria.com/images/us-ca/usca43412.jpeg
                  https://www.terragalleria.com/california/picture.usca43406.html

                  It became so popular that shops and restaurants stayed open in the evenings. A wonderful way to end the day.

                  Close Dunlop to traffic from 5 corners to Mulcaster.…

                  43 votes
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                  • Free parking at library

                    Library is a place for kids and people to learn stuff. Most of the city, such as Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan has the library in the community centre, parking is free. Even some of the individual library in different cities are also FREE PARKING.

                    We hope Barrie could have free parking for Library before set up library in the community centre.

                    Make people like Library, it is good for our kids for our city, it is also good for our future.

                    37 votes
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                    • Coordinate the signal timing at the intersections at 400 and Essa road to allow better traffic flow especially at rush hour

                      The signal timing at the intersections on Essa road, especially near the Highway 400 on/off ramps, needs to be reviewed. Traffic flow is significantly affected, while it flows easily through the rest of the Essa corridor.

                      28 votes
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                      • Restrict parking to ONE side of 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 neighbourhoods.

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                        • Run later or even overnight buses

                          This would help people without access to vehicles that work early or late hours, as well as reducing the amount of people driving under the influence by providing an option less expensive than a taxi or uber. Even if it were to be every 2 hours during overnight hours or later evening and early morning services, it would still be an enormous help

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                          • Build an out door running track

                            It would be amazing for children, youth, adult, and master track and field/xc running/triathlon athletes to have a track closer than Midland or Toronto to train on.

                            I have heard that the City may be willing to partner with a private organization/business or group but I am surprised I haven't heard more on the subject.

                            It would also make it easier not only for young athletes to develop while in school but also for local schools to host meets/events.

                            23 votes
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                            • Purchase land on Little Avenue before Hurst. Make a park.

                              This is a beautiful big field I used by a lot of nearby residents. It will get turned into a cement parking lot and attached homes.
                              Please don't let Barrie lose all its green space. Which is what is happening.

                              20 votes
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                              • Lower the vote threshold on this forum

                                This suggestion forum has been active for years now and I haven't seen any ideas reach the 500-vote mark. Clearly not many people are using this tool, so I suggest you lower the vote expectations or improve awareness. I've had a few suggestions crest over 100 votes, than stagnate, and than be removed. If I received considerable public support for my idea (on a forum barely any Barrie residents know about), why did you remove it? How many of these suggestions actually go forward? You need to improve this consultation process as I am loosing trust in the city to…

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                                • The City support a youth employment initiative

                                  We have a generation of young people getting up to no good and with very few options. Two months of summer vacation for kids too old for camp and too young for work are spent idle or unsupervised. This is not beneficial to any of us in this city. Employers find it hard to keep retail and food service staff especially when the college kids are gone and yet they are no longer able or wiling to offer jobs to youth. At 13 years of age, children are forming identity, confidence and a sense of value, purpose and community. They…

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                                  • Enforce keeping the sidewalks in front of their businesses clean.

                                    The downtown core has always been a bone of contention for me. This city's downtown is disgusting. Gum all over the sidewalks, dirty sidewalks, stained sidewalks, bricks missing in the sidewalks and now paving tar put in the holes left by bricks that are missing (which sticks all over our shoes). Either purchase more paver stones and put them in the places where they are missing (cheapest fix) or put concrete back down. Then make the businesses power wash their sidewalks or the city do it like in other cities. Our downtown core streets and sidewalks are disgusting. This year…

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                                    • Snow maintenance events starting at 5pm

                                      Currently, most snow maintenance events happen after midnight on city streets. My suggestion is that when we are dealing with melting and re freezing of snow/slush, that the city declare a snow maintenance event for 5pm, this way, citizens will have a chance to clear the end of their driveway before it really freezes over night.

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                                        • e-bikes

                                          have e-bikes registered and insured and stay of the sidewalks one almost hit my 5 year old granddaughter.

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