April 27, 2017

2017-04-27-02

Two Aurora men among 104 charged in four-year child prostitution investigation

Director out at YRDSB after damning report

Estimated costs of Mavrinac Park on the rise

It will cost over $1.5 million more than anticipated to realise the plan for Mavrinac Park. Council is...

Saturday’s Eco Fair focuses on “healthy planet, healthy people”

Whether you’re looking to live a greener life at home, or to take an electric car out for a test drive, the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex is your destination on Saturday for Aurora’s second annual Eco Fair.

Director out at YRDSB after damning report

J. Philip Parappally is out at the York Region District School Board following a damning report by the Ministry of Education looking into racism and discrimination within the YRDSB.

2017-04-27-08
TRIUMPHANT SPIRIT – Next Sunday, May 7, at 4 p.m., the sounds of handbells will ring out at Trinity Anglican Church. Triumphant Spirit is a celebration of handbell music featuring 30+ ringers from Aurora United Church, Mount Albert United Church and Trinity Anglican Church. A free will offering will go to support the music programmes at all three churches. Refreshments will be served at intermission. Trinity Anglican Church is located at 79 Victoria Street. Photo by Bob Kyriakides

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Internet voting met with skepticism at Council

Those hoping for Aurora to adopt internet voting in time for next year’s municipal election will likely be left disappointed this week as Council prepares to vote down a shift away from the traditional paper ballot.

2017-04-27-03

Food Pantry seeks summer solution for students in need

Each year, the Aurora Food Pantry serves approximately 250 children and teens whose families know that, in many cases, their hardships in providing healthy meals to their kids will be eased somewhat during the school year thanks to in-school meal and snack programs.

2017-04-27-04

Portraits of Giving honours behind-the-scenes community leaders

As a Grade 11 student at Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School, Kelly Graham helped lay the groundwork for a project which has the potential to save countless lives across Ontario.

2017-04-27-06

Sunday Antiques show benefits Alzheimer Society

Local antique dealers have few nearby opportunities to show off their wares, but Sharon Sutton decided to take matters into her own hands this weekend – and all for a good cause – with the inaugural Aurora Antiques Show.

2017-04-27-07

Canada 150 invests in local infrastructure

By Brock Weir Before coming to the Aurora Public Library last Tuesday with some Federal cash in hand, Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill MP Leona Alleslev overheard a few telling conversations. One such conversation, she said, happened just a few days previous while out grocery shopping. She overheard Richmond Hill residents talking about the new Oak Ridges Public Library, currently under construction. Their verdict? It was a waste of taxpayers’ dollars. “Unfortunately, their perspective is it is a waste of taxpayers’ dollars because we don’t actually need libraries anymore because we have the internet and all this access to information digitally,” recalled Ms. Alleslev, removing her jacket to reveal a black t-shirt emblazoned with the Aurora Public Library’s logo. “That set me back on my heels for a minute, then I was speaking to some friends of mine, and maybe a close, personal relative, over the weekend [about Tuesday’s presentation] and they said, ‘It won’t be long until we won’t have libraries.’ “That got me to a point where I was able to say, we need to have a conversation about why libraries matter. Do libraries matter only because of the physical books that are in it, or are libraries more than just that?” For her, the answer is clear – and the answer is also clear for the Federal Government, who granted the Library $97,000 for infrastructure upgrades as part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. Earmarked for a new natural gas furnace to replace the current electric furnace system, converting the Library’s lighting system to LED, and installing new security cameras, the money will not be going towards obvious changes, but changes that are nevertheless important. “The library is not only the books that are here, it is an opportunity to be in a place where ideas are shared, where we have the opportunity to browse and see things we wouldn’t otherwise see, that we don’t always have the opportunity to do, only digitally, and to not only learn about where we have come from but who we are today and think about where we’re going tomorrow,” said Ms. Alleslev. “It is my privilege to be able to announce that the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program that marked a national commitment of $300 million to support projects that renovate, expand and improve existing community and cultural infrastructure across Canada. This program aims to leave a lasting legacy for Canadians as part of our celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.” For Aurora Public Library CEO Jill Foster, the skepticism about the future of public libraries has been there for decades, but it is a forecast libraries have continue to buck. “I echo your wish that we stand up for libraries when we hear that,” said Ms. Foster. “To tell you the truth, I have been hearing that for a long, long time, ever since the first internet came on the scene, and we’re still here. We have repositioned ourselves, changed, adapted, and we’re busier than ever. I don’t like to hear those comments but I don’t worry too much about it because libraries are very, very healthy in 2017.” The Library isn’t the only local project receiving a cash infusion through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. Although the cheque has not formally been presented, a further $130,100 is expected to come from the Federal program to improve the Aurora Community Centre, itself a Centennial 1867-1967 project. The grant will go towards the $400,000 rehabilitation of the building which will include an upgrade of the ice plant, replacement chillers, and the replacement of ammonia compressors. “Six applications for the CIP 150 were submitted by staff, two of which were approved for funding by the program administrators,” said Laura Sheardown, Financial Analyst for the Town of Aurora, in a report before Council this week. “In an effort to make the wisest use of any grant funding received, it was ensured that all projects proposed for this funding were previously listed within our ten year capital investment plan as anticipated projects in the near term, thus allowing the Town to address some of its short term capital asset repair and replacement requirements slightly earlier than planned allowing it to achieve advantages of required capital investment subsidization as well as earlier on-going asset operation savings.”

2017-04-27-02

Two Aurora men among 104 charged in four-year child prostitution investigation

Estimated costs of Mavrinac Park on the rise

It will cost over $1.5 million more than anticipated to realise the plan for Mavrinac Park. Council is...

2017-04-27-05

Saturday’s Eco Fair focuses on “healthy planet, healthy people”

Whether you’re looking to live a greener life at home, or to take an electric car out for a test drive, the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex is your destination on Saturday for Aurora’s second annual Eco Fair.

Director out at YRDSB after damning report

J. Philip Parappally is out at the York Region District School Board following a damning report by the Ministry of Education looking into racism and discrimination within the YRDSB.

Bylaw could crack down on vacant property owners

As concerns mount over the number of vacant homes and businesses in Aurora, the Town is set to take a degree of action with a new bylaw getting strict on property owners.

Sports

2017-04-27-01

Basketball players set to take over the streets with YNBA

On-street basketball will go well beyond shooting a few hoops in little over a month as the York Region Basketball Association (YNBA) brings three-on-three basketball to Downtown Aurora.

Advantage Rugby aims to get high schoolers recruited

Rugby players in York Region looking to make the jump to the collegiate level will have the chance to do so in front of recruiters at the end of the month.

Aurora Tigers name new head coach

The Aurora Tigers are hoping they have finally found the guy to right their ship. Vince Bellissimo was named the new head coach of the Junior A club this month, bringing with him a wealth of experience as both a player and an executive.

2017-04-12-08

Atom Panthers crowned Provincial champions

What a season for the Atom AA Aurora Panthers! With a Silver Stick gold medal already in...

2017-04-12-09

York-Simcoe topples Lakeshore in League Championship

The best of the best in the York-Simcoe Hockey League took on their Lakeshore Minor Hockey counterparts in Whitby on Saturday, coming out on top by the narrowest of margins.

2017-04-12-06

Melconian named OJHL Rookie of the Year

Magnificent Mel is leaving one more lasting impression on the Aurora Tigers franchise.

St. Max’s Langlois signs with Golden Gaels

The Queen’s Golden Gaels football program just gained an exceptional Aurora talent. Ben Langlois, slinging footballs for the St. Maximilian Kolbe Mustangs in consecutive YRAA Championships, officially signed his letter of intent to attend Queen’s University in Kingston in the fall.

Action needed on new sports facility, say advocates

Aurora’s sports facilities are busting at the seams and it is only going to get worse with population growth, according to sports advocates.

2017-04-06-10

Special Olympics hits the hoops at SAC

Special Olympics teams from across Ontario converged on St. Andrew’s College last week for some serious court time.

2017-04-06-11

Minor Bantam Tigers claim York-Simcoe Championship

It was a struggle, but the Minor Bantam A Tigers tasted glory in the fifth and deciding game of the York-Simcoe Hockey League Championship.

Arts & Culture

A country comes of age and a life comes full circle in new exhibition

Many historians cite the Battle of Vimy Ridge as the time Canada came of age as a nation. For the thousands of young men who took up arms to fight for King and Country it was the time they too came of age.

2017-03-30-06

Spring into art with revamped Studio Tour

Spring has sprung, and so have the creative juices of local artists as they prepare to welcome aficionados and everyday art lovers into their studios this month.

2017-03-30-02

Cardinal Carter student inspires through Canada Reads

If you happened to turn on CBC Radio for Canada Reads this week and thought you heard a few familiar voices – you were right, thanks to Sheetal Kapadia.

2017-03-23-10

Cultural Centre’s founding Executive Director moves on after eight years

When Laura Schembri walked through the doors of the Church...

2017-03-16-05

Art Heals challenges viewer to see the world through new eyes

People spend so much time thinking, ‘If only I had more time, I would…” and, according to Shannon Leigh Phair, they invariably have a list of things to fill in that blank. But, what if the real question was what you would do if you had less time? That is the question Ms. Phair started weighing when, in February of 2014, she was diagnosed with colon cancer aged just 32.

2017-02-02-04

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.

2017-01-12-01

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

2017-01-05-07

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.

2017-01-05-04

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.

2017-01-05-01

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.

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