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  1. mayor should have tik tok

    Hi i just fwink it wud be willy cool if the mayor had a tik tok or youtube or somefwing idk. He could do wike charlie d'ammelio dances and 100 degree knwife challenge to coneect to the kids betteh and make him look less dead inside...idk...just a suggestion uwu

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  2. Dog park in lampman park

    Letita heights is home to MANY dogs and being a dog owner myself I see how many dogs and owners use the closed in baseball diamond as a dog play area... the park is big enough that it could have a fenced in dog park. It's a great location and goes with another post of having more dog parks in the north end

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  3. Build fencing/barrier on hwy 400 overpasses

    There are far too many accidents and occurrences of people and debris coming from an overpass onto hwy 400. The city should building fencing with a barrier top to prevent people from climbing over.

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  4. Quiet fireworks

    Save vulnerable pets and wildlife while also considering those who are traumatized by the deafening sounds of fireworks.
    Barrie could be a leader as a compassionate considerate place to live for everyone. Quiet fireworks are not new. https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/504964-its-time-for-silent-fireworks

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  5. Create a ‘Children’s Play Area’ just outside the south Barrie Dog Park. Families can keep all members happy!

    A Children’s Play Area just outside the south Barrie Dog Park would allow all members of a family to be occupied. I have noticed kids are ready to go way before the dogs are. After a walk together the children could play on the equipment & the dogs could still run in the fenced in open area.

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  6. Better pedestrian access for Barrie South GO

    In Southern Barrie development is happening quickly, and as a result Barrie South GO is/will be seeing a lot more traffic. There is one problem with this: the station has 1 entrance resulting in trips being much more inconvenient, people walking on the tracks, and driving to the station instead resulting in even more pressure on the one entrance creating a choke point that is unsafe for cars, buses, bikes, and pedestrians. With better pedestrian access, the communities popping up around the station will be made more walkable, transit friendly, and take some traffic, how big or small it may…

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  7. Schools for new developments

    I'd like for all the new development to all have schools with walkable distances and that are designed with safe rout for children in mind

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    The City is embarking on planning for our future and creating a new Official Plan in Barrie. The updated Official Plan will improve our city by embracing leading practices, forward-thinking approaches and community priorities. This will help us effectively take advantage of the current opportunities we have while adopting new methods to enhance the great quality of life that we all enjoy.

    The New Official Plan will provide clarity of the urban structure needed for better planning of a complete community, provide certainty for investment, and introduce a level of policy direction that ensures residents, businesses, and the City share an aligned vision for Barrie’s future.

    Following the latest round of consultation on Draft Two of the Official Plan, which included an Open House on May 19, 2021, and a Public Meeting on June 2, 2021, the City has captured all suggestions in a comment matrix and created an updated…

  8. Enforce the no parking in front of the schools on a more regular basis

    The school boards should provide a round about pickup within their parking lots to allow students a safer way of being picked up. Too many children are walking out between parked cars and into the path of oncoming traffic in order to enter their parents' vehicles on the driver's side.
    Perhaps doing away with a boulevard in front of the schools and turning into a loading zone would create a far safer environment and would also enable a better flow of traffic. This has been done in States and proven to be successful.

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  9. free hop on, hop off bus

    In order to get people from the beaches to the downtown AND to allow current residents greater ease accessing the city without using their car or having to walk in bad weather has anyone ever considered the use of free hop on, hop off buses? the bus would loop around from points near the beach to the tall condos along Toronto st/ lakeshore. stopping off at major points all along the downtown going as far as Berczy st at the edge of the intensification corridor. you can hop/off at random, hitting any area you want or stay on until you…

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  10. Provide a more efficient for people to find a family doctor

    HealthCareConnect works well in Toronto, where there are many doctors available (COVID crisis aside).
    There seems to be a general shortage of doctors in Barrie, and being on a HealthCareConnect waiting list that doesn't move is not very efficient nor does it inspire hope.

    Having an area in the City of Barrie Portal (or other official site) where residents can look for doctors accepting new patients / register for a waiting list directly with that practice might help put the control back into the hands of the residents. Direct contact with the practices accepting patients / working through waiting lists…

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  11. Change the Catherine park soccer field and make it as a water park for kids

    Change the Catherine park soccer field and make it as a water park for kids. More water parks in the gta no one uses the soccer field at Catherine park

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  12. Indoor Skatepark in The Maple Grove area

    The kids in our area are growing up and the parks are boring to them. This school year we have seen school class broken windows. The school board has put up video cameras to try to catch them on camera. Let's try to keep these bored kids out of the criminal system and give them a chance to change. An indoor skatepark and if kids can't afford it, they can work for the their membership.
    JN

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  13. Build a makerspace

    We need creative outlets like woodworking and craft design. Learning and sharing ideas with each other in a space that allows for individual activity (1 person at each space is great social distancing). Space to try new things, or explore new technologies. Toronto has them, Hamilton has them

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  14. 3 votes
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  15. Consider using covered carts (similar to those that the County is currently rolling out) for garbage and recycling).

    The current blue/grey bins frequently blow around in the wind causing recycling to be scattered across yards and streets. The wheeled carts are also easier to move for both residents and collection staff.

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  16. 3 votes
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    A staff memo from the Engineering Department was circulated to City Council (General Committee) on January 7, 2019. The memo was in response to two suggestions previously received on this forum: “Make Johnsons Beach a DOG FRIENDLY BEACH PARK” and “Open a waterfront dog park”. Please refer to the full memo: https://bit.ly/3129NN9 .

    In short, “as per the recommendations of the 2013 Barrie Waterfront and Marina Strategic Plan, when the Gables 2008 Master Plan is updated, staff will revisit whether this park is a viable location for a dog water access beach.” An update to the Gables Master Plan is forecast for 2024.

  17. Clear the snow around the bike racks

    I live in Barrie, and currently don't own a car, so my main forms of transportation are walking and biking. I used to do this during spring, summer, and fall, and primarily take the bus in the winter, but with the cutbacks to Barrie Transit, I've been continuing to ride my bike this winter, and I've noticed others doing the same. I really appreciate that there are plenty of bike racks around Barrie, so that cyclists can feel safe locking their bikes before going into stores, et cetera, but most of these bike racks are buried in snow in the…

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  18. More splash pads locations

    We need more splash pads in the area
    We should have one near Catherine park or somewhere close to that area

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  19. that the City investigate an alternative way of treating waste

    On CBCNN on November 25, there was an article on an alternative way to handle waste. A Nova Scotia company turns trash into fuel.
    See: Sustane Technologies Inc., Chester, Nova Scotia.

    We'd have to build a bigger plant but the technology would save our landfill needs.

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  20. 2 votes
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    Thank you for participating in this forum. Your concern reached the Manager of Parks Planning directly. He has confirmed that Parks Planning and Parks & Forestry Operations staff will look at options and plan to improve this situation in the fall of 2021 or early 2022.

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