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 a huge impact on the social landscape here in Barrie, and would see us join the ranks of other progressive Canadian cities in this expression of equality, acceptance and unity…
And it is called the Rainbow Crosswalk.
Much like it sounds, crosswalks at popular intersections are replaced with rainbow walkways painted on the street surface. Not only does the rainbow represent the LGBTQ2S+ movement, but it adds a colourful and vibrant touch to the usual city streets.
Rainbow crosswalks can be found in Ottawa and Toronto- here in Ontario- as well as in Montreal, Halifax, Edmonton and Vancouver. Even some communities smaller than Barrie have followed suit, including: Woodstock, New Brunswick; Lethbridge, Alberta; and in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. They can be found all over the world, in fact.
So please join us in proposing to our mayor, Jeff Lehman, and the Barrie City Council that: we, the people of Barrie and proud supporters of the LGBTQ2S+ community, respectfully and enthusiastically request the installation of painted Rainbow Crosswalks at a few of the most prominent Downtown intersections: at the historic Five Points, of course; also at Bayfield and Simcoe, and at the pedestrian crosswalk in front of Heritage Park.
At an estimated cost of less than three one-hundreths of one percent of this year’s projected infrastructure spending for the city of Barrie- roughly a tenth of the price paid for the “Spirit Catcher” sculpture back in 1986- we hope you agree that the Rainbow Crosswalks, and the show of support for a strong demographic and an increasingly popular city event, is not asking too much. It truly is the thought, in this case, which counts more than the price tag.
The Barrie Pride Family
On July 2nd, 2019 City of Barrie staff completed painting the rainbow crosswalk on Simcoe Street at Meridian Place.
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Sonja Franke, PSW commented
For those who need the truth. The rainbow regardless of how many colours or strips was a sign from God.
“I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. Genesis 9:13
To paint a rainbow as God’s promise that’s fine anything would be disgraceful.
On May 6, 2019: A motion that Roads, Parks and Fleet Department staff install a Rainbow Crosswalk, across Simcoe Street at Meridian Place, costing $7,000, was given initial approval by Barrie Councillors. It would be funded from the Community Benefits Reserve, with installation complete before August 1, 2019. This motion is sponsored by Ward 2 Councillor Keenan Aylwin.
Greg Simpson commented
What an amazing idea! I would love to see one or more crosswalks downtown painted in the rainbow colors. This city needs more color.
Spending money on this IS the better thing to do and is a pressing issue. Especially when we have extremists in barrie that tried to disrupt the LGBQT community
Better things to spend taxpayers money on then paint and far more pressing issues
Savannah Mysterious Meadows commented
Rainbows are a symbol of the LGBTQ community, and rainbow crosswalks have become a way for towns and cities to show support and acceptance for the ***** people living in them.The fact is, governments at all levels spend money on non-essential projects that beautify their communities, or entertain their communities, or educate their communities or, sometimes, support marginalized groups who live in their communities.
For LGBTQ people,, who have high rates of depression, bullying, and suicide, a visible sign (crosswalk) that promotes support and acceptance of them has a great deal of worth.
Savannah Mysterious Meadows commented
This is an amazing idea and would help to visibly display the City's commitment to the LGBT community and the citizens as a whole. Plus, who doesn't want more color in their day? Bring on the rainbow!
No one is asking for “special treatment” neo nazi. Like it or not this is 2018. You’re irrelevant and your hatred no longer has a place here
This is stupid, straight people don't get sidewalks and other things decorated for them around the city. Just because you are gay that doesn't mean you deserve special treatment.
George Tesseris commented
Making our Pride as welcoming as possible could also bring city people up, now that we have hourly GO service to TO and seamless TTC connection on the Vaughan subway extension.
A relaxed Pride by the Bay would appeal to certain city people.