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  1. City Council must remove Rob Hamilton as Chair of the downtown BIA

    Rob Hamilton's classist and racist words are against the Code of Conduct he is expected to hold himself to. His reprehensible comments must be acted upon. City Council must remove him from the Board of the Downtown BIA.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/barrie-battle-over-supervised-consumption-site-1.5908686

    342 votes
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  2. Properly address the void to Arts and Culture in Barrie created by terminating the lease of Georgian College Theatre.

    Recently City of Barrie terminated its lease with Georgian College Theatre, which effectively turned its back on many key performing arts groups in the area. This leaves NO reasonable performance space in Barrie till at least 2025/2026 when Fisher Auditorium redux is anticipated for completion.

    Engage with the key stakeholders, the arts organizations of Barrie, to facilitate a more thoughtful and robust solution.

    154 votes
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    The exiting of the Georgian College Theatre lease was a recommendation submitted to Council in response to the theatre space becoming unsafe for use and requiring significant investment in a fiscally challenging year, coupled with ongoing uncertainty created by the COVID-related gathering restrictions. It’s believed that this decision will allow all parties to refocus energy and resources in support of the need for a proper theatre that will be built with future needs embedded in its design.

    Staff are committed to working with the arts and culture community in the interim to leverage existing spaces and facilities to provide performance space. In response to Council direction regarding the 2021 budget and the future of the Fisher Project, staff have begun outreach regarding options that might be available to help support user groups. Interim solutions will be developed and full engagement with artistic and cultural groups will take place.

    With…

  3. Extend bus route 1 to include Truman Road, for employees and Christmas Cheer Charity

    Extend bus route #1 up Truman Road and down Welham Road in a loop. There are several year round employees at many businesses that would benefit along with their customers. Additionally, Christmas Cheer, will be relocating to one of these buildings for their annual food and toy drive, without public transit donations will drop and many people who rely on this charity during the holiday season will have no way to receive their baskets, having to walk 800 meters to the closest bus stop.

    Many people who rely on the generosity of our community and the work by Christmas Cheer…

    275 votes
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  4. Waterfront parking should not cost $10/hour for non-residents

    The parking downtown waterfront should not go up to $10. They say that non-residents are coming to access water but not contributing to the local economy. There are many, including myself, that live in Springwater and contribute to shops, go to school in Barrie and also work in this city.

    Not only would this transition deter many but it would also give off the impression that we are not welcome in Barrie. Mayor Barry Ward was concerned about driving tourism away. Not only will tourism relocate elsewhere but it will also be a poor decision for local shops and businesses…

    201 votes
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    As per a recent decision of Barrie City Council, non-residents are charged $10/hour to park in specific waterfront areas, with a daily max of $50.

    A non-resident waterfront seasonal pass costs $90 for residents of Oro, Innisfil, Essa and Springwater. All other non-residents are charged $130 for the non-resident seasonal pass.

    For full information please visit www.barrie.ca/WaterfrontParking

  5. Barrie has miles and miles of old decrepit roads made of Asbestos-Asphalt pavement that are leaking hazardous carcinogenic Asbestos into the

    Barrie has miles and miles of old decrepit roads made of Asbestos-Asphalt pavement that are leaking hazardous carcinogenic Asbestos into the environment by way of aging, weathering, and abrasion.

    Asbestos fibres are 1/100 the diameter of a human hair. No amount of Asbestos is considered safe for man or beast. Once in the airway, the body has no way of metabolizing Asbestos or ridding itself of it. Asbestos in the lungs is there to stay forever. All citizens of Barrie deserve to be protected from the health scourge called Asbestos.

    The City of Barrie needs to take responsibility and replace…

    161 votes
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    The City is aware of ongoing comments with respect to asbestos in asphalt. We continue to work closely with all applicable Provincial ministries and the SMDHU to ensure that our practices meet all requirements; they do. The safety of residents, our employees and the environment will continue to be our priority. As additional information becomes available and validated, this City’s website will be updated. For now, here is a summary of our road construction practice in accordance with all requirements:

    Asbestos was used as an additive to asphalt from the 1960s to mid-1980s, added to asphalt mix to provide greater strength and performance. It is not used in asphalt anymore, but in many municipalities roads that were built between the 1960s and early 1980s could contain asbestos.

    Asbestos is bound within the pavement, so there is very low risk to the public. Even when asphalt containing asbestos breaks down, it’s…

  6. Stop the police from beating up kids

    The police shouldn't be able to beat kids, or anyone else for that matter, like a dictator. Used to think Canada was better than this but I guess a gang with a badge is the same on either side of the border. Disgusting.

    22 votes
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  7. Ban Fireworks on Non-Holidays

    Fireworks should be banned on non-holidays. They are traumatizing for animal companions, wildlife, and humans with post-traumatic stress. They are a source of pollution and create waste in our environment. There is no reason fireworks should be going off for days/weeks before and after holidays.

    91 votes
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  8. Encourage residents to co-exist with urban wildlife

    A majority of wildlife removal or "pest control" companies do not use ethical practices and leave people to believe that harmless species are a "nuisance" or that they "don't belong in cities".

    I think many residents would like to have a reliable and humane way of handling their wildlife issues around the home and to know that their city promotes the humane treatment of all animals.

    Having resources on the City's website and referrals to humane wildlife removal companies would help educate people on the proper way to co-exist with the animals we encroached on.

    238 votes
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  9. Have the bus fare payable via Debit/Credit tap as well as change

    Have the bus fare payable via Debit/Credit tap as well as change. Most vending machines have this why don't our buses? Especially useful during the pandemic.

    13 votes
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  10. Restrict parking to one side of the street at a time on 2-lane 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 neighborhoods, like unseen pedestrian stepping out between parked cars to cross street.

    91 votes
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  11. Allocate 1-2 pet friendly beach areas/zones.

    Whereas the citizens of the City of Barrie have been afforded such an expansive city shoreline within its limits, I hereby move that City Council allocate 1 entire pet friendly beach or in the alternative, two pet friendly areas/zones on existing beaches or parks with waterfront access (eg. Tollendale Park, Johnson’s Beach).
    Gord Nye (Barrie resident)

    55 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 previous suggestions 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.

  12. Speeding on cundles

    I can't county how many times people fly down cundles running the red light in front of cundles Heights school. My daughter and myself have nearly been hit several times. We need speed control in this area. It's a school zone!!

    17 votes
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  13. Program traffic lights at all major intersections on Mapleview Drive to be in sync

    Traffic lights should be in sync to avoid major traffic congestion during peak commuting times.

    5 votes
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  14. 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.

    4 votes
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  15. The City should not approve a "TORONTO" type signage for the Meridian Place park.

    Even if Councillor McCann believes he can raise funds to build it, the City and taxpayers will have to operate and maintain it. The $150,000 estimated it would cost should be put toward arts and culture in the City, where the entire community can become engaged. How about putting it toward the Georgian College Theatre?

    7 votes
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  16. Smart cards for Barrie transit

    When transit becomes paid again there taking away ride cards temporary. They should get the cards like the simcoe linx or the presto cards like the go transit uses. You can load your bus pass on it or if you like me and have $60 a month for the bus and I could load it and it gets automatically deducted when the card is scanned. And you get a slight discount for using the card versus using cash

    30 votes
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  17. Blue Community

    Barrie should work toward becoming a blue community.

    The Blue Communities Project calls on communities to adopt a water commons framework by:


    1. Recognizing water and sanitation as human rights.

    2. Banning or phasing out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events.

    3. Promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and waste water services.

    We have a beautiful waterfront city we should protect our water and our future.

    42 votes
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  18. Speed reduction on Little Ave

    Add speed bumps on Little Ave to slow the speeders down. This is an area with MANY children playing or even walking/bike riding with family. I would like to suggest two speed bumps: one between Fairview and Bayview on Little and the other between Bayview and Huronia also on Little. I have heard countless stories and been witness to far too many close calls & accidents in these areas. We need to keep our children and families safe.

    23 votes
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    The City has launched a new interactive tool for residents to suggest locations in Barrie where they would like to see speed cushions installed: https://bit.ly/BarrieSpeedCushions

    Residents can use this application to submit a location, or “like” a location already submitted, for the City to consider putting a speed cushion in 2021. The City will collect submissions until November 13, 2020.

    The submissions received from the public will be shared with Members of Council in January 2021 to help councillors decide where speed bumps should be placed in each ward in 2021.

    Visit www.barrie.ca/traffic to learn more about the City’s traffic calming methods.

  19. Ban 3rd suites in back yards

    Investors are building a third suite on many of the smaller homes on the property which is essentially a second smaller one or two bedroom home on the same lot in the backyard. These units were approved by Doug Ford for all of Ontario essentially to provide affordable housing. However, these units are anything but affordable. The increase in population density for an already density high area will put the old infrastructure under stress which affects all current housing in the area. Second suites had been restricted to the "as needed" areas surrounding the college but those restriction have been…

    4 votes
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  20. Create a Crokicurl rink.

    A new sport that mixes the idea of crokinole and curling first founded in Manitoba.
    https://www.theforks.com/blog/68/crokicurl-how-to Here are details.

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