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  1. Immediately remove city councillors

    Barrie City councillors who are charged with, investigated for or facing court action for sexual harassment or assault should immediately have their position terminated! When will this sickening activity be dealt with in an appropriate manner? The City of Barrie is becoming an embarrassing city to live in!

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  2. Splash pad near Catherine Park

    Have splash pads or something’s for the kids to do in the summer near catherine park
    We don’t have anything for the children to enjoy on this end of Barrie

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  3. RE: Homeless population. Tabs need to be kept on OW and ODSP workers

    OW and ODSP are in the habit of "accidently" cutting people off their benefits causing them to become homeless. They assume no responsibility and actually have recipients sign that they assume responsibility for the workers actions or "errors". Many have been forced out on the streets due to the abuse of authority from these two offices. Our current MPP does nothing when contacted!

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  4. Cracks repair on Essa Rd, between Ardagh Rd and Ann St S

    Some city official please take a ride on Essa Rd between intersection Ardagh Rd and Ann St S. The cracks and potholes make driving dangerous, drivers are swirling around trying to avoid damage to their cars. It is like driving on the washboard.

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  5. Implement an Idling Control Bylaw, limit car idling to 1 minute every hour

    Vehicles should not be permitted to idle for more than 1 minute every 60 minutes. Vehicle emissions are a contributing factor in climate change. By reducing unnecessary idling we can improve air quality.

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  6. Put a Traffic Camera at the intersection of Cundles Rd East and Lion's Gate Blvd.

    We live on Lion's Gate Blvd and almost every time we use that intersection (coming from Lion's Gate Blvd and turning left onto Cundles Rd East) a car(s) goes through the red light at high speeds. We hesitate to go now until we are assured all cars on Cundles have stopped. Just this morning we prevented a high speed accident by laying on our horn to warn a driver coming out of the North Barrie Crossing Shopping Centre to stop proceeding through the green light we had because a car on Cundles, that was 200 metres away from the lights…

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  7. system for text/ email updates for when drop in programs have schedule changes

    The swim drop in schedule is constantly changing lately. Why not have a texting or email system to alert anyone that signs up. Choose which alerts you would like to receive ie. Drop in swimming, fitness etc.

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  8. Saving on public transportation cost

    Public buses serving on Big Bay Point, Hurst are being used at very low capacity. We have never seen them having more than 5 passengers in.
    It might be cost effective to sell those big buses to larger cities and replace them with smaller capacity transportation vehicles.

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  9. Change garbage company

    Hopefully when carefully selecting the next garbage company you consider going with a Canadian company. Too much revenue flowing south to Texas, not enough in return!! Say NO to Waste Connections!!

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  10. Install a cross walk at Yonge/Burton

    There are many people including kids, elderly and whole families that cross the 4 lanes here. Due to there being 2 plazas across from each other. It would also help to slow down the traffic that often speeds through here where Yonge St turns into Burton at the train tracks.

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  11. 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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  12. Bring back registration for drop in swim sessions

    Bring back online registration for swim sessions so that families are not turned away at the rec centres!

    Online registration allowed us to guarantee a spot which was much easier when coming with little ones. Showing up to long lines or no spaces when you have a small child ready for swimming is a major disappointment and hassle!

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  13. Free programs for kids to enjoy

    There is early on that’s a free program for kids to enjoy
    But there isn’t any free programs on this end of Barrie near catherine park for the kids to enjoy
    And for someone like me who doesn’t drive it’s hard to get to the other side of Barrie for my child to enjoy herself

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  14. Senior Snow removal

    We seniors have to shovel heavy piles the plows leave at the end of our driveways. Could those who are seniors or disabled not request markers for the ends of our drives indicating we need help with snow removal. Then the plows that do the sidewalks could remove the driveway snow. It would have to be coordinated somehow but it would be appreciated by seniors.

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    Thank you for participating in the City's suggestion forum. Please consider registering with Snow Angels Canada to find volunteers that can assist with snow removal: https://snowangelscanada.ca​. (The City does not own or operate Snow Angels, but has worked with the online platform ​to customize it for Barrie residents​.)

  15. Enforce no Boulevard parking where it causing dangerous obstruction

    Unfortunate a vehicle went through the front of the house at Cundles & Cartwright however, these people ALWAYS have vehicles parked in the lower portion of the driveway/boulevard/city side and it dangerously blocks the sight line for heavy traffic on Cundles. Traffic that is often speeding while school children are walking & biking to school and crossing the various side streets - without crossing guards - because budget cuts, right?
    It’s a wonder no one has been hurt yet.
    Pulling out onto Cundles from Cartwright is dangerous given the cars/trucks are always parked there. Maybe parallel park across the bottom…

    3 votes
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  16. install more garbage cans at bus stops

    Every morning we walk along Livingstone and see piles of garbage at every bus stop, especially the one near Walmart. The city should install more public garbage cans as there is only one and it’s a kilometre from the stop. The garbage seems to accumulate quite quickly.

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  17. 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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  18. Pick a theme for the City of Barrie

    A lot ot cities/countries around the world are famous for things. Examples include Octoberfest in Germany, and the eiffel tower in Paris.
    We could pick a theme for the City of Barrie to unify the city, boost tourism, boost morale, and boost the economy in Barrie.
    We could have a city wide vote offering each resident of Barrie a chance to participate in this decision.
    And if anyone has ideas for themes they should have a chance to suggest them also.
    Here are examples of possible themes for the City of Barrie:

    1st possible theme:
    Astronomy and Space exploration theme.…

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  19. 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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  20. 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…

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