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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.

      • 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!?

        73 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…

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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…

            31 votes
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            • Run a shuttle for the CP Holiday Train from Barrie to Midhurst

              The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has been stopping in Midhurst since 2004-2006. It is a fairly popular event, but more can be done.

              Currently, the only way one can get there is by car, so those without a car can't go there or the schedule is too inconvenient for them.

              What I propose, is a shuttle bus, that would preferably be from Barrie Transit, from either Downtown or Allandale Station to Midhurst that would take people to the CP Holiday Train and back to Barrie. The bus would make possible stops at Allandale Station, Downtown, and either Lampman or East…

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              • 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.…

                24 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Accept Kitty Litter and Pet Waste in Green Bin!

                  Currently, you are not allowed to put pet waste in your Green Bin in Barrie. The City of Toronto specifically allows this in their Green Bin and I know this would cut down a lot of garbage use for almost all of our residents (half of my garbage is just cat litter). It will also promote residents to actually use the Green Bin. In addition, the amount of garbage would also be greatly reduced if diapers were accepted.

                  23 votes
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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.

                    22 votes
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                    • have no overnight parking during the summer months

                      People have 4 or 5 cars and have no respect for neighbors trying to get out. People should not be allowed to park their trucks/cars on the road. Some of these neighbours have 4 or 5 cars and are blocking us to get out of our own driveway. These people should buy a triple driveway because it is an inconvenience trying to look to get out of our driveway. They people parking overnight should park infront of their own property and not other property. Its a hassel trying to get out and both sides of the street having these vehicles…

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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.

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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.

                          20 votes
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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…

                            20 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.

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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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                                • 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…

                                  16 votes
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                                  • 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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                                    • Litter/Recycling Bins with Foot-Pedal

                                      Recently moving from Toronto to Barrie was a lovely change for my wife and I. We are large on recycling and love seeing a clean space. We have 2 dogs and on our daily walks we find it displeasing to know the City of Barrie has not setup street bins for waste by those who walk there dogs, Transit Commuters, or other pedestrians during walks.

                                      If the City could adopt this same design and manage the waste/recycling, I have a strong feeling this would make the sidewalks a lot more cleaner. My proposal is either one at every other bus…

                                      12 votes
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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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