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


Lt. Gov. David Onley strove to “change the conversation” in Ontario and Aurora

As Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, David Onley wanted to spark a discussion when he came to Queen’s Park, serving as the Queen’s representative in Ontario since 2007.


Town to buy Old Armoury for $515,000

The Town of Aurora has struck a deal with the Federal Government to purchase the old Aurora Armoury. With the deal set to close at the end of the month, the historic building could become home to a year-round Farmers' Market.

Lawsuits have cost Aurora nearly $1 million

Legal bills for old and ongoing lawsuits between former and incumbent members of Council, and members of the public have cost Aurora nearly $1 million over the last seven years.

Jessica and Shannon fly the flag for Aurora at this Friday’s Showdown final

As 17-year-old Jessica Joerges hit the stage Saturday at Aurora’s Ribfest, the dull roar of the thousand-strong crowd hit a crescendo. Several friends, family and supporters...

SHOVEL READY: Mayor Geoffrey Dawe and Members of Council gathered on Industrial Parkway North on Tuesday to officially break ground on Aurora’s new Joint Operations Centre. The facility will bring together Aurora’s Parks and Public Works departments into one new energy efficient facility. From Left: Ilmar Simanovskis, Director of Infrastructure and Environmental Services, Phillip Galin, Manager of Facilities, Property and Fleet, Councillor John Abel, CAO Neil Garbe, Mayor Dawe, Councillors Don Constable, Evelyn Buck, Michael Thompson, Sandra Humfryes, and Paul Pirri. Auroran photo by David Falconer

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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...

New LED streetlights would save energy but saving money is the question

A conversion of streetlights to LED lights could be in the offing very soon, if Council gives the green light to moving ahead with the project this week.


Aurora team races for cure at Targa Newfoundland Rally

It’s not your average end-of-summer road trip, and indeed he says he has spent “two years total and more money than I would like to admit” to get ready for it, but it will all be worthwhile, says Aurora’s Gordon Pilling.

Council gives snow plow contracts, costs a frosty reception

Snow itself is a Canadian inevitability but removing snow in Aurora evidently is not. Council voted to delay a decision on new contracts for local snow plowing on...


Rise & Shine Breakfast set to rise again thanks to hefty grant

Fire this past spring proved you cannot keep Aurora’s Rise & Shine Community Breakfast down for long. Following the April 11 fire at Aurora United Church, volunteers swelled and decamped across the street to ...


Aurora teen helps spearhead Toronto environmental conference

Sometimes teens are reluctant to toss away the finer things in life, even if it means doing a good turn for Mother Nature. This isn’t a view held by an adult with a dim view of the up and coming generation, but an...


Rick Hansen P.S. students continue to lead way walking to school – but a little safer now

The Rick Hansen Public School community has stressed the importance of staying active and walking to school, but things are due to become just a little bit safer for students leading the way this week.

Pan-Am Torch relay could be centre of community celebration next year

There are just over 300 days until the 2015 Pan Am Games arrive in Toronto, and Aurora could get a piece of the action. While we might not be a host venue, the Pan Am Torch could be the centre of a community celebration next summer.


Jessica and Shannon fly the flag for Aurora at this Friday’s Showdown final

As 17-year-old Jessica Joerges hit the stage Saturday at Aurora’s Ribfest, the dull roar of the thousand-strong crowd hit a crescendo. Several friends, family and supporters...


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.



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.

Barbarians woes continue as they mark the passing of one of their own

The Aurora Barbarians Senior Men’s team managed a bonus point for four trys scored when they hosted league leading Balmy Beach at Fletcher’s Fields on Saturday, but it was otherwise another discouraging outing for last year’s McCormick Cup finalists as the club...


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 ...


Aurora Baseball Bantam Boys win season-ending tournament

On Sunday, August 24, the U15 Bantam baseball team, sponsored by The Restorer’s Group, won their season-ending tournament with resounding success. The team played summer ...

Tigers wrap up undefeated OJHL preseason ahead of next week’s season opener

The Aurora Tigers Junior A hockey team didn’t skip a beat in the offseason, continuing their stellar play where it left off last season. The St. Michael’s Buzzers came to Aurora on August 22...


Aurora Youth Soccer Club hosts annual Stinger Cup tournament

By Jake Courtepatte Aurora’s annual end-of-season soccer tournament and festival was held last weekend, marking the 50th year of the Aurora Youth Soccer Club (AYSC). ...

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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 ...


Another great year for Doors Open Aurora!

Another great year for Doors Open Aurora! The 9th annual Doors Open Aurora event took place on Saturday, August 16. This year’s event featured 15 sites of natural...


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.

Breakthrough artist to usher in Hoedown Showdown champ

For nearly 20 years, Tim Hicks made his living playing his music five or six nights a week through steady gigs in smaller venues in and around the GTA and Niagara Region.


The many Enchanted Evenings of Bud and Stella Switzer

“If music be the food of love, play on,” are words Orsino lived by in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; but while it might be a philosophy shared by Aurora’s Bud and Stella Switzer, the music of Rogers and Hammerstein have presented them with a veritable smorgasbord.

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