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  1. 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.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Permanently pedestrianize Dunlop Street

    As a city we lack spaces for pedestrians and with Dunlop being our main road though the heart of downtown, I feel could make for an excellent pedestrian mall (for those that don't know, a pedestrian mall is a street that is permanently closed off to motor traffic, and are found all over the world. From London, to even here in Canada). While the city has certainly done a good job at making it a nicer place (the recent redesign, closing it to vehicles on certain days in the summer). In my honest opinion it doesn't go far enough. I…

    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.

  6. 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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  7. Parking both sides of road

    parking should not be allowed on both sides of street.it makes some streets a 1 lane road and is unsafe because of speed of some cars

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  8. 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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  9. Streetlights on Huronia rd between Mapleview and Loon Ave.

    This stretch of road is narrow and wooded on either side. There is no sidewalk, only a narrow beaten path along the sloped shoulder.
    On numerous occasions driving through here at night, pedestrians walk along the road. Often people are not thinking and wear dark colours and are barely visible. This is only a matter of time before someone is hit by a vehicle here. With the development of both Mapleview and Huronia, pedestrian traffic has only been greatly increasing over the last few years.

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  10. 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.

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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.

  11. 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…

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  12. Preserve the Barrie Collingwood Railway

    The Meaford Subdivision and Beeton Spur, collectively known as the "Barrie-Collingwood Railway" is currently under threat of abandonment and removal. I am currently suggesting that even if rail service is suspended on the line it should be preserved for future use, weather it be freight service or passenger service. As of writing this the City of Barrie is expected to grow by over 100,000 people over the next 20-30 years, with the surrounding communities and other cities in the County of Simcoe. With this our transit and shipping needs will grow greatly which these rails and/or the corridors they currently…

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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.

  14. Garbage tags online

    With everyone being asked to stay home it would be great if we didn’t have to go into a store to purchase garbage tags! Would love to see them available to purchase online

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  15. Prioritize Walkability Along Bradford Street

    As new developments sprout up along Bradford street, we have the opportunity to grow downtown and to encourage the kind of diversity and inclusivity that Barrie is so proud of.
    By requiring developers to create live edges along the street, with small-scale retail, and priority for pedestians and cyclists we can create room for small businesses to flourish and ensure that the people who live in the surrounding communities are included in barries future prosperity.

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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. The key themes of Barrie’s New Official Plan are:

    • Urban & Complete City
    • Attractive City
    • Connected & Mobile City
    • Waterfront & Green City
    • Resilient City
    • Prosperous City
    • Cultural City

    This week, the City released draft two of the City’s new Official Plan is welcoming public feedback and engagement over the next month.

    Please review draft Official Plan to see if the policy structure matches your vision for Barrie, and consider participating in the May 19th Open House and/or the June 2nd Public Meeting.

    Details: https://bit.ly/3uw6mKM

  16. Stop signs at the intersection of Madelaine and Country Lane

    People speed down Madelaine and there are multiple schools in the area. This is a subdivision filled with small children and families. Someone will die if no action is taken, and it will be your fault as it's your ward and this is not the first time you've been contacted about this.

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  17. Free parking for all beaches and downtown.

    What we need is free parking for all of down town and the beach area. Now is the time to seize on the opportunity with so many of our neighbors turning to protective measures. We can scoop all of their tourist revenue which means LOWER property taxes and it shows that we are serious about being a great spout to work and play. Driving our economy forward. Yea I get there is a minority of Karen’s who always whine about “out of towners”. However their use of the word “out of tower” shows in itself their prejudice and their lack…

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    Drivers can park in downtown Barrie for free until September 8, 2020. The suspension of paid downtown parking is one of the many actions outlined in Barrie’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Action Plan.

    Free parking supports the Downtown Economic Recovery Plan by providing incentive for customers to access downtown businesses, and provides financial relief for downtown owners, staff, and customers.

    To view the plan please visit https://investbarrie.ca/covid-19-support .

    Visit www.barrie.ca/DowntownParking for parking options.

  18. Disallow anonymous trolls on this site.

    Anyone that isn't willing to put their name behind a suggestion here doesn't deserve to participate in a civic action of this kind. Trolling this site lowers the quality of debate and add little value to policy makers ability to glean facts here. Plus, you may be a fake or multiple account user. Stop hiding. Get real.

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  19. Diversity

    On Barrie.ca website, click on Living. On the photo carousel the second photo shows 4 kids that I am sure makes a lot of Barrie's residents feel like they don't belong here. Please show diversity in the photos that you use on barrie.ca. If every one in Barrie was white-skin with blue-eyes maybe it would have been fine to see just that in the photos of our city's website. But that's not the case anymore. Barrie is a lot more diverse now.

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  20. Install pickle ball nets asap!

    We need outdoor exercise in Covid so having more pickle ball courts and installing nets earlier than normal would be great.

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