September 18, 2014 (Scroll down for pre-election polls)


Dawe and Gallo to square off in two-man Mayoral race

28 candidates vie for eight places on Aurora Council ahead of October 27 municipal election.


Collis Leather demolition to be decided amid environmental worries

The fate of redevelopment of the former Collis Leather factory will ultimately be in Council’s hands next week amid concerns about soil contamination.

Deal to buy old Aurora Armoury to close this month

After nearly 140 years as property of the Crown, the old Aurora Armoury will soon become property of the Town of Aurora.

Electronic cigarette ban stubbed out by Council

People relying on electronic cigarettes to help kick the habit can rest a little bit easier.

CARRYING ON THE LEGACY - Hundreds turned out Sunday morning for the annual Terry Fox Run at Sheppard’s Bush Conservation Area on Industrial Parkway South. Setting out from the soccer fields, the event was open to runners, walkers, and even those riding bikes, cruising in wheelchairs, or taking their rollerblades for a spin. Since the Terry Fox Run was established 34 years ago, the campaign has expanded across the country, reaching nearly 250 communities in Ontario alone, inspired nearly 4,000 school events raising nearly $12 million for cancer research. Auroran photo by David Falconer

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Young Laura loses brave battle with cancer after inspiring school and community

Hope was in the cold winter air last January as students, parents, and friends of the St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School community came together, along with musicians and performers from across York Region, in solidarity with Laura Nowosad.


York Region’s biggest party returns for more

15 community charities are each $33,900 richer this week following last weekend’s successful two-day Hoedown. Hosted by Magna International, two days of revelry, culminating...

Power temporarily killed on LED streetlight switchover plan

Councillors voted to hold off on a $3 million plan to convert all of Aurora’s streetlights to LED systems last week, over uncertainty the Town would be getting their best buck from the switch-out.


Former Air Force Officer seeks to serve country again – as MP

As members of the Liberal Party of Canada descended on Markham this past weekend to share ideas and get ready for the next Federal election, area Liberals in the newly-created riding of Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill had the opportunity to do the same here at home last week.


Barbecue will be time of celebration and exchange on church’s future

Since the end of April, the northwest corner of Yonge and Tyler Street has been little more than an open field, sprouting steadily increasing blades of grass.

Snow contracts approved by Council last week amid drive to get things done before election

Not wanting to get anywhere close to leaving Aurora residents high and (mostly) dry this fall and into the winter, Council signed off on new contracts last week to outsource snow plowing on local roads and sidewalks.


Aurora chef to compete in nutrition challenge

Aurora chef Lye Fung Wong is a finalist in Sunrise Senior Living’s second annual Senior Eats Nutritional Challenge. The Aurora resident and head chef at Sunrise of Aurora is competing in the finals this week...


VOTE 2014: Growth will be top of mind if Thompson is re-elected to Council

Michael Thompson came into municipal politics from the business world where decisions are, more often than not, made at a much quicker clip and, for him, that was something of an adjustment to make in his first term on Council.

Caps should be looked at in how much Town’s insurers can cover in a lawsuit

With insurance premiums involving ongoing lawsuits with current and former members of Council coming in just under $1 million over the last seven years, it now might be time to look at capping just how much support individuals can get from Town insurers.


Staples and Optimists thank Aurora for $5,700-worth of ROARs

When Staples and the Optimist Club of Aurora sent out a ROAR to help local students in need, Aurora shoppers had no hesitation in answering the call.


Jays hoping for a victory after championship series tied up at 2

The North Dufferin Baseball League Championship is shaping up to be a marathon, with the Aurora Jays and Ivy Leafs tied at two wins apiece through four games in the best-of-seven series.


Aurora Tigers extend preseason winning streak ahead of Friday’s home opener

Stouffville Arena was packed last Saturday with fans young and old to kick off the 2014-2015 OJHL season with a matchup between the Aurora Tigers and Stouffville Spirit.

SAC to dedicate new arena Saturday

St. Andrew’s College will officially open their new La Brier Family Arena on Saturday afternoon. The grand opening of the new facility is one of ...


Jays rained out in Aurora, drop marathon game one of NDBL finals on the road

The senior men’s Aurora Jays have given themselves an early hole to crawl out of, dropping the first game of the best-of-seven North Dufferin Baseball League Championship.


Sport Aurora Breakfast of Champions Spotlight: Meet Spectrum Baton Club MVP, Amanda D’Attolico

Amanda is in her 10th year of twirling with Spectrum, and she truly lives and breathes the sport! Recently at the Canadian Baton Twirling Championships ...


Small operation making big impact in Sunday’s annual Terry Fox Run

Since 1981, the name “Terry Fox” has become synonymous with hope, philanthropy, and the joy of giving. All three ring true for the team from Muldoon Marketing, running in...


From the AMHA to Ironman, Aurora native achieves ultimate goal

Jesse Micak has covered a lot of ground since he first laced up and hit the ice, participating in local hockey, followed by baseball, and eventually soccer as part of the Cardinal Carter Team.

Arts & Culture


Culture Days at the Aurora Cultural Centre

The Aurora Cultural Centre is pleased to offer a vibrant Culture Days celebration on Saturday, September 27, with music, art, dance and food taking centre stage.


York Region’s biggest party returns for more

15 community charities are each $33,900 richer this week following last weekend’s successful two-day Hoedown. Hosted by Magna International, two days of revelry, culminating...


Culture Days at the Aurora Public Library

In celebration of Culture Days 2014, Aurora Public Library invites you to the culminating event of the “One Book One Aurora” community read project. For the past six months, our Town ...


Human Rights campaign lays foundation for ongoing local dialogue

When staff at the Aurora Public Library sat down late last year to brainstorm ideas on different ways to engage the community in their One Book One Aurora campaign throughout 2014, few could have anticipated what a timely turn their planning took over the spring and summer.

Aurora Votes 2014

VOTE 2014: Council candidate Tom Mrakas looks for new ways to keep Aurora growing and moving

VOTE 2014: Aurora needs to establish long-term vision for development, seniors and youth, says Council candidate Plamondon

VOTE 2014: Aurora needs to keep pace with other municipalities, says candidate Bob Chapman

VOTE 2014: James Hoyes wants to leave Aurora a better place for future generations

VOTE 2014: Harold Kim wants to be “part of team” to plan solid vision for Aurora

VOTE 2014: Gallo launches mayoral campaign with bid to give “power back to the people”

VOTE 2014: Dawe officially launches re-election bid, posing question to Aurorans

VOTE 2014: Abram wants to bring environmental, business eye to Council table

VOTE 2014: Gallo throws hat into mayoral race, challenging Dawe

VOTE 2014: Engagement is key for 22-year-old Council candidate

VOTE 2014: Desai will focus on business, youth and seniors as latest Council candidate

VOTE 2014: Aurora is “better off now than four years ago,” says Dawe launching re-election bid

VOTE 2014: Lalas wants to bring youth voice to Council table

VOTE 2014: Pullano plans to jump into municipal race this week

VOTE 2014: Ballard focuses on “sustainable community”

VOTE 2014: Gaertner wants to fight for Moraine if re-elected this fall

VOTE 2014: Seeing projects through remains top priority for Pirri

VOTE 2014: Museum, youth space tops Councillor Humfryes’ “to do” list

VOTE 2014 — Public service is a “very worthwhile endeavour”: Buck

VOTE 2014: Abel focuses on “revitalization” ahead of re-election bid