February 16, 2017


Owen’s story inspires people to open their hearts


Can’t stand the cold? Step into the Kitchen — at Monday’s Arctic Adventure

Chef competition joins roster of winter fun for Family Day bash at Town Park.

“Comprehensive report” will address JOC budget issues: Mayor

CAO's report will address lingering concerns over the final costs of the Town’s new Joint Operations Centre, according to Mayor Geoff Dawe.

Tigers pass Panthers in OJHL standings

As the rebuild season winds down for the Aurora Tigers, the club can perhaps take solace in a strong finish.

Some of the nearly 70 Grade 12 artists participating in the Youth ARTS exhibition gather for a group photo at Wednesday’s opening at the Aurora Cultural Centre. Auroran photo by Glenn Rodger

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Ministers bring free tuition, OSAP news to Aurora students

Ontario students will have more affordable opportunities to attend college and university this fall with free tuition for over 150,000 students.

Outdated care homes leave some seniors at disadvantage: Association

“Night and day.” That is how Candace Chartier of the Ontario Long Term Care Association characterized the two wings of Chartwell Aurora, built some three decades part.


Run or Walk for Southlake route to include Southlake arch

This year’s incarnation of the Run or Walk for Southlake will remind participants of what they are running for more than ever before.


Gallery show provides art grads with a great cap to high school

By Brock Weir Tackling racism, body image, and environmental concerns, Aurora students are letting their art do the talking as they take on real world ...


Legendary band tunes up for Aurora Winter Blues Festival

Next week, the man dubbed “the father of Canadian blues” will be sitting down with his bandmates to learn a few new songs – and it’s all for an Aurora audience. Well, it’s for a new album, but Donnie Walsh and his Downchild Blues Band will be debuting a few of these tunes to the public next week as they headline the Aurora Winter Blues Festival.

Foundation boosts Risk Assessment Tool during heart month

Community organizations are now in high gear with different ways of marking Heart Month, and there is always room for more, says Alex Reil, Senior York Region Manager for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


York Region non-profits target diversity with Provincial grants

Non-profits often develop in order to fill a need within any given community, but a new grant from the Province will help York Region non-profits fill any gaps in delivering their services in an inclusive, equitable way.

New Aurora fire station to be CYFS headquarters

A new fire station serving both Aurora and Newmarket, scheduled to be completed by 2019, will become the new headquarters for the Central York Fire Services.


Local mom turns sticky solution into “Easy Peasy” success

As a mom of three, Andrea Winarki had no shortage of pant knees to patch, particularly when it came to her two hockey-loving boys. And, as luck would have it, she had plenty of willing hands – and knees – close by to keep her on her toes when she came up with a sticky solution to an age-old problem.


Revitalization, business growth part of Mayor’s 2017 vision

So, they stole a bit of his thunder. When Geoff Dawe prepares each year to stand before members of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce for the annual Mayor’s Luncheon, he usually has a few big ...



Cardinal Carter moving on in YRAA basketball

Aurora has a sole representative heading forward in the competitive YRAA basketball playoffs.

Rick Hansen School gets moving for Activate Aurora’s Play Day

Though Ontario winters may be known as stale and inactive, the Aurora Sports Dome was hopping last Monday with kids getting active, and more importantly, involved.


Tigers pass Panthers in OJHL standings

As the rebuild season winds down for the Aurora Tigers, the club can perhaps take solace in a strong finish.


Tigers split weekend against Spirit, Dukes

Aurora’s Junior A Tigers were victorious on the road for just the second time this season on Saturday, ending a three-game losing streak in their season series against the Stouffville Spirit.


St. Max Mustangs look to defend title in girl’s hockey

The St. Maximilian Kolbe Mustangs have a reputation to uphold in hockey, and the varsity girls squad is certainly doing their part.


Panthers lace up in International Silver Stick

Over fifty Atom and Bantam rep teams took to the ice in Aurora for the girls International Silver Stick tournament this weekend, and two hometown teams came out on top.


Aurora native having breakout NCAA season

An ex-Tiger and Aurora native may just be named the best play in NCAA hockey this season. Dylan Sikura has been turning heads as of late while playing for the Northeastern Huskies, one...


Saints repeat as finalists in MacPherson tournament

It was a repeat performance in St. Andrew’s College’s premiere hockey tournament. For the second year in a row, the Saints varsity squad met the Northwood School Huskies in the championship game of the MacPherson tournament, held at St. Andrew’s annually since 1984.

Stratigakis joins women’s national soccer team for camp

Sarah Stratigakis is inching closer to the highest level of women’s soccer in the world. The Aurora United FC standout, and League 1 Ontario superstar, has earned an invite to Canada Soccer’s Women’s National team’s first training camp of 2017 ahead of a test match against Mexico in early February.


Aurora well represented in U-18 international football

Five of the Aurora gridirons’ best had the chance to represent their province and country against the United States. The St. Andrew’s College Saints sent wide receiver Luca La Brier, running back Adre Simmonds, defensive end Liam Gracey, and lineback Yiannis Spetsakis to the International Bowl, held last week in Dallas, TX.

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Gallery show provides art grads with a great cap to high school

By Brock Weir Tackling racism, body image, and environmental concerns, Aurora students are letting their art do the talking as they take on real world ...


Library wants LGBTQ+ views on how to better serve community

LGBTQ+ youth often feel they don’t have the safe spaces to speak out on the issues that matter to them, and how the community can best address those needs. But, the Aurora Public Library wants you to know they are one of those safe spaces and they want to hear from you.


One Book One Aurora tackles LGBTQ themes with “Natural Order”

Local theatre charts path forward ahead of 60th anniversary

As a child, Sergio Calderon spent nearly the first decade of his life in densely-populated Mexico City before his family moved to Aurora. Once here, he was surprised to find his new home backed onto a forest, which provided a borderless horizon to fuel his creative imagination. As...


Historian pitches bold vision for historic armoury

The Aurora Armoury on the northeast corner of Town Park has a storied place in the Town’s history, but has the potential to be a community hub long into the future, according to local historian Christopher Watts.


Hola offers voice for York Region’s Hispanic and Latino communities

Obstacles – it is the common thread that binds the immigrant experience whether you are just planting your own roots in Canada or researching the experiences of your pioneer ancestors. But, out of every obstacle comes amazing stories of perseverance and success, and it is those stories within York Region’s Hispanic and Latino communities that Aurora entrepreneurs are seeking to share.


A new “Call to Action” for a New Year

Collaboration between indigenous and non-indigenous artists to foster reconciliation continues into this milestone year for Canada.


Get ready for a full month of Blues as Aurora Winter Blues Fest grows

In February, where the days are short, the nights are long, and the flying snow gets everyone a little bit down, Aurora will have more reasons than ever before to sing the blues as the Aurora Winter Blues Festival ramps up the volume.