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  1. Allow Backyard Hens

    Let's make Barrie a sustainable city by allowing backyard hens for the purpose of household egg consumption.
    Many major North American cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, New York, Seattle, Chicago and Los Angeles, together with Ontario communities such as Niagara Falls, Brampton, Newmarket,
    and Guelph, allow the small-scale raising of hens. Now it's Barrie's turn to join this positive and growing trend.
    Hens have existed in cities since the dawn of time an
    d continue to thrive in communities around the world to this day. The benefits of raising them include:

    * Fresh, healthy and delicious home-grown eggs, free…

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      28 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Interest has been demonstrated and this suggestion is now classified as “Gathering Feedback”. Please note another suggestion for “Backyard Hens” was previously (2016) classified as “Received for Information” after being considered by the Community Services Committee. For information please refer to the admin responses within that suggestion: http://bit.ly/1RZSRdq

      Full information about the meaning of forum statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

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        9 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Please be reminded that the the deadline to apply for appointment to the new Sports Events/Facilities Advisory Committee is Thursday, March 29, 2018.

        At City Council’s March 5th meeting, the terms of reference for this committee were approved by Council. One of the committee’s mandates is to consider new competitive, elite facilities, along with new major sports events and tournaments. The advisory committee will be comprised of two members of City Council (Councillors Mike McCann and Doug Shipley) and five Barrie citizens with a background in sports and/or tourism. Tourism Barrie will be asked to participate in the advisory committee’s meetings.

        Please visit www.barrie.ca/CommitteeVacancies for the full notice and application details.

      • 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!?

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        • 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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          • 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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            • 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…

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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.

                Information about the meaning of forum statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

              • 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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                  gathering feedback  ·  21 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Come up with a viable idea to clean up the downtown of vagrants and drug users.

                  Move services these individuals require away from the downtown and to a localized spot in a less congested area. Thus they can still receive the help they need, while making the downtown area less desirable to “hang around” for transients. I Know this will offend some people and I understand that, as poverty and addictions are a hard cycle to break, but we need to revitalize downtown and draw more people to do business here. And to the people whom are angry at my comments, I ask, “are we to wait till it gets so bad that downtown businesses go…

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                    15 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    This suggestion is now classified as “Gathering Feedback” as interest has been demonstrated. Learn more about ideas’ statuses on this forum: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8

                    Homelessness and drug-use are both complex, ongoing issues that face many urban centres throughout Canada. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple solution. The downtown core is policed by Barrie Police Community Response Unit (CRU), a team that specifically patrols the downtown and surrounding area. It is a collaborative effort between the City’s Enforcement Services and the County of Simcoe to ensure the safety for all who choose to visit and/or live in the downtown core.

                    In the event you see any illegal activity please contact the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 or remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-TIPS (8477).

                    When a suggestion on this forum reaches 500 votes, it is noted as “Under Review” and a memo is drafted for City Council. Learn more: …

                  • 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.

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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

                    • 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…

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                      • Participate in the Waze Connected Citizens Program!

                        Toronto and Montreal have both become smart cities by signing up for the free Waze Connected Citizens Program. The program would benefit Barrie drivers and city planners at absolutely no cost whatsoever.

                        Example 1:
                        City planners will know where potholes, roadkill, icy roads, debris, and other hazards are frequently reported. City workers can fix problems faster. This benefits drivers (even non-waze drivers) by keeping them safe and reducing possible costs associated with road hazards.

                        2. Waze users and website visitors will be redirected around road closures when reported by the city. In most cases, this can be connected to existing…

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                        • 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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                          • Make Barrie Transit More reliable on weekends And Evenings for people who work for a living

                            I think Barrie transit should be more reliable all week, including weekends and evenings! This is very frustrating, as times collides, no one can get to work on time, you ca'nt plan your trip, because some buses do'nt run on the same time as others. I'm sure tons of other people working feel the same. Earlier departure times, regular service...get rid of this hourly service on evenings and sunday. And start running the buses regularily like other places. It's not fair to peole who work for a living, students getting to and from school. More consideration for the public would…

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                            • Turn vacant lots into mobile urban gardens.

                              Using milk crates, mobile urban gardens can be easily set up on vacant lots around Barrie (ie: NW corner of Five Points). This initiative would be volunteer driven by anyone who is interested in growing and maintaining a community garden. This would also be a great idea for local restaurants who may not have the room to grown their own vegetables and herbs, the opportunity to have fresh produce at their access. I would be interested in discussing this idea further to those who are interested.

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                              • 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.

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                                • Ban residential fire works

                                  The city of Barrie needs to ban the use of residential fire works. Not only are they dangerous, they are an inconvenience to those with sleeping children. They scare animals. Adults who have to get up early for work are unable to get sleep as well. A 24 hour noise bylaw should be in effect 365 days a year.

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                                  • 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!

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                                    • should add tap-to-pay machines on all buses.

                                      I feel that Barrie should invest in Debit/Tap To Pay machines to pay for bus fare so riders with debit cards or Apple Pay don't have to carry coins. I always have the issue of finding $3.00 worth of coins when I know I have $3.00 in my account!

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                                      • Restrict number of cars allowed to park on side streets in rental situations

                                        More and more homes are being sold, renovated and used as rental properties. The principal owner doesn't live there. The number of tenants have so many cars that they park on the street in front of other peoples homes, not cool. In the past cars have run into on this street.

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                                        • Prevent parking on both sides of the street in residential streets. Majesty blvd. & Prince William. Fire truck can’t get past!!!

                                          There have been close calls with children running between cars out into the road. Cars can’t pass each other. The biggest concern is emergency vehicles can’t make it between the cars. There should only be parking if any on one side of the road. It’s insane how people park on Majesty Blvd. Dangerous!

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