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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…

    350 votes
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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. endorse a motion to combat extremism with the following wording:

    Whereas the threat of racist, including, specifically, white supremacist racism, xenophobic, and bigoted extremism, to a healthy, diverse, and multicultural society is clear, and

    Whereas such extremism has been shown to be on the rise in Canada and in many parts of the world, and

    Whereas reprimanding a Councillor for a post addressing the rise of such extremism and requiring that said post be removed may give the wrong impression regarding Barrie’s stance toward it.

    Whereas all too often denunciations of such extremism come only after extremists have committed harmful acts, and

    Whereas the City of Barrie should be proactive…

    255 votes
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    Part of this matter was dealt with by Council on June 12, 2019. Council received the report on this matter from the City’s Integrity Commissioner, Suzanne Craig on May 22, 2019. City Council gave final approval on the report and recommendation on June 12, 2019.

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  3. 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!?

    191 votes
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  4. 188 votes
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    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.

  5. 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…

    177 votes
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  6. 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…

    141 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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  7. 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.

    137 votes
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  8. 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…

    137 votes
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  9. 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.

    116 votes
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  10. 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…

    115 votes
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    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: …

  11. 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.

    93 votes
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  12. 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.

    73 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

  13. Revisit the idea of having chickens in Barrie.

    Chickens are beneficial for many reasons, fresh eggs, free fertilizer, pest control, weed control in addition to a source of therapy. The city can put a cap on the amount of chickens and/or if roosters are permitted.

    71 votes
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  14. 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!

    63 votes
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  15. 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…

    62 votes
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  16. 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…

    55 votes
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  17. 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.

    47 votes
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  18. 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.

    44 votes
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  19. 38 votes
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  20. North end dog park

    Responsible pets owners need an accessible off leash dog park in the north end of the city. Sunnidale DOLRA is off limits to many with mobility issues and is not a place seniors or others feel safe. Molson park DOLRA is too far for those in the north end of Barrie. Pets are an important parts of many families lives and a place to throw them a ball or frisbee off leash is much needed. The human/animal bond has proven benefits for the health and well-being of pet owners. Support a new north end off leash dog park.

    36 votes
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