Wishes for 2011

Slightly delinquent in posting this – but on Jan 1, 2011, we renewed the annual tradition of the Mayor’s New Year’s Day Levee.  It was great to see so many residents of Barrie gathered in the Rotunda of City Hall, enjoying refreshments and discussing important issues with myself and members of Council.   As part of this event, we invited attendees to write their wishes for 2011 on banners located in the Rotunda and I would like to share a selection of those wishes with everyone…   


  • Redo Duckworth! It is a rough ride to RVH!
  • Bench at City Hall.
  • May Mayor, Council & Citizens all work together to build a vibrant (more so than present) city.
  • Save Barrie District Central Collegiate
  • A dog walking free to drink the water of Kempenfelt Bay without a penalty on a hot day!
  • Health, jobs, happiness, surprises, prosperity for every citizen of Barrie
  • Have a fantastically successful year.
  • More playgrounds within neighbourhood areas
  • May the arts flourish in our city.
  • A city that engages people, filled with caring involved citizens
  • An outdoor swimming pool
  • An outdoor amphitheatre close to the waterfront for regular summer concerts.
  • A 1200 seat theatre – Barrie loves concerts & performances & needs a theatre of its own
  • A skateboard park for little kids
  • Improvements to roads & our park surroundings!
  • A safe North Trail removing small growth allowing residents a view of the water! Let’s make the most of our waterfront!
  • Wish to win a Million or Two
  • A city to be proud of
  • Better improvement of Dunlop Store
  • Implement an Environmental Advisory Committee
  • Let’s not lose our Allendale Station – make a good decision please & develop it into a showcase of Barrie! Thanks.
  • Enough affordable housing
  • Save our schools, please. Let’s keep Barrie Central Collegiate alive!
  • We need a high school downtown!  Thanks.
  • For 2011 my wish is if Toronto & the GTA are the head of Ontario, I wish for Barrie to be the Crown
  • A sustainable future for Barrie!
  • Good health to all
  • Downtown – true revitalization.
  • We need to bring people back to downtown.
  • My wish. Let’s fill our newly acquired land in the south with high paying industry.
  • Keep Central Schools open; More community involvement & input with City Council.
  • That our new Mayor & city Council get along & make the best decisions for our beautiful city.
  • Barrie needs a children’s museum!

About jefflehman
Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie. The Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Barrie from 2006 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Council, chaired the City’s Growth Management Working Group, and created the Historic Neighbourhoods project, a new initiative to protect and revitalize Barrie’s oldest neighbourhoods. Jeff has lived in Barrie for most of his life, having grown up in Allandale and attended Barrie Central Collegiate. Jeff holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Master’s Degree with first class honours from the UK’s prestigious London School of Economics. He was hired to teach at the LSE following his graduation, and lived and worked in London for two years as an academic. Since that time, as an economist, he has worked with cities across Canada to manage redevelopment and invest in their urban infrastructure. In 2005, he established the Growing By Degrees Task Force to assist in expanding university education opportunities in Barrie, and has volunteered his time with many organizations in the City. Jeff lives near Downtown Barrie with his wife, Jennifer, a part-time professor of political science, and their young daughter Cassie, who is already smarter than her father.


3 Responses to “Wishes for 2011”
  1. Brian Zelisko says:

    With Prince of Wales closing keeping Barrie Central open has to be a priority. Without a High School I never would have moved my family to the area and would move out of it it were to close.

    Density will only enhance the area by providing more services for residents and workers alike. Many things such as the Library are accessible without having to drive. Unfortunately without a High School it won’t be an area that will be able to retain existing families or attract new ones.

  2. Gail says:

    Well I am one of the statistics….never thought it would happen but I have lost my job after 14 years. I am a single mother with a mortgage and am scared to face the future. My job will terminate Mar 31 and I have been given a fair severance package, but once that runs out….oh boy. I am hopeful that the job market in Barrie will pick up as right now there doesn’t seem to be much out there. I am a true beliver in that everything happens for a reason….for 10 years I have made the commute into Toronto for my current job and I always said that if anything happened I would look for work in Barrie….so here I am and keeping my fingers crossed!

  3. Margo says:

    Whn are you going to find a place on Kempenfelt Bay Beaches wherre we can take our beloved dogs for a swim ? Some of us and seniors have one friend and no Ac and a pet who could die from the heat and misses the joy of exercise for both of us. The ducks and geese along with some ignorent humans leave a worst mess than our pets. We can not all access the dog parks ans its too hot some days for us to even go for a walk? Most pets are well cared for and manerly and why should we offer up our beaches to everyone else and eliminate those who love and care for their companions/ Lets get with modern day living and forget kissing the bottoms of the rich and priveleged with waaterfront property who have thir dogs in the wqter whenever these please. It’s discrimation as you well know.
    Looking for you to do the right thing. I helped put this City on the map at one time, now help my besy friend and companion have a good day at the beach withiout a $250.00 fine to fill your coffers.

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