December 1, 2016


Santa’s long-time helper gets new gig at 91

Long-time mall Santa Harry Vowles breaks in a new gig -- Aurora's "Head Elf" -- thanks to the Town, his seniors' residence and a local business.

A new high school shouldn’t spell the end of Williams: Council

A new high school should be built on Aurora’s east side, but a new school in the Town’s fastest growing neighbourhood shouldn’t mean the end of Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School.

Pilot Yonge and Wellington turning ban gets final green light

A three-month pilot project, which will see a ban on left turns made on Yonge Street at Wellington starting in April got the final green light at Council last week.

Tigers rally to beat Icehawks

The Aurora Tigers further separated themselves from the Ontario Junior Hockey League basement with their first road win of the season on Friday.

THAT’S A SPICY MEATBALL! – Members of the Queen’s York Rangers Army Cadets took over the Royal Canadian Legion on Saturday night for their traditional Spaghetti Dinner. Proceeds from this fall’s event will go towards sending 40 members of the Corps to Vimy Ridge this April to participate in commemorations marking the 100th Anniversary of the defining Canadian victory in the First World War. Brandon and Alicia, pictured here with Captain Sue Lusk, let the meatballs go to their heads. Auroran photo by Brock Weir

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Run for Southlake heads north to Newmarket

It has been a long-standing Aurora tradition for over a decade, founded in honour of the late Aurora councillor Bob Hartwell, but now the annual Run for Southlake is moving to Newmarket.


Khamissas to be Aurora’s voice during Canada 150 celebration

Back in her native South Africa, Aurora’s Mae Khamissa has developed a bit of a reputation with her friends and family. Such is her love for her adopted homeland, one nephew teasingly dubbed her, “Miss Beautiful Canada” for all the marvellous stories she has shared with them. Now, “Miss Beautiful Canada” has gone legit, with Mae and Raz Khamissa...

Completed budget targeted for this week

As Aurora awaits a final number crunch on the Town’s 2017 Budget, the projected residential tax increase stood at 2.8 per cent as the final round of talks started this week.

Comments on Williams are “misguided”, says parent advocate

The future of Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School should be taken out of the equation when discussing the need for a school on the east side of Aurora, says an area parent.


Welsh Choir returns to raise voices for Welcome Table

Volunteers at Welcome Table devote hours of their time to the organization’s weekly meal for people in need, but recently they have been getting the hang of making buttery, currant-filled Welsh cakes. Welcome Table isn’t necessarily flexing their international culinary muscles, but getting everything in place for next Saturday when the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir lifts up the community through song at Trinity Anglican Church.

Aurora requests Police provide designated safe spaces for Classified buys

Any transaction stemming from a classified ad is always a matter of “buyer beware” but as safety concerns regarding meeting strangers to complete online transactions mount, the York Regional Police should take action to make these concerns a thing of the past.

Aurora pedals forward on cycling master plan

If you’re a cycling enthusiast – or even someone who just goes for a fun weekend pedal – you might have found an obstacle in your path to veer around, but Council took a sharp right turn this week in a direction that could make the self-propelled commute a little bit easier down the road.


Theatre Aurora’s Spring Awakening: A Review

Theatre Aurora’s latest play, “Spring Awakening”, is not the sort of fare we’re used to seeing at the Henderson Drive theatre.


Jump into the Canadian Tire Aquatics Centre at the SARC

Local swimmers can now dip their toes into the waters of the newly minted Canadian Tire Aquatics Centre.


Plenty of Reindeer Games at Wednesday’s Tree Lighting

Santa’s reindeer are in a competition right now on just who will be joining him in Aurora next Wednesday as he helps turn on the lights of Aurora’s Official Christmas Tree. After a rollicking...


Ontario Junior Hockey League Game Action between the Newmarket Hurricanes and the Georgetown Raiders

Tigers see resurgence under new coach Perrin

A new face behind the bench of the Aurora Tigers has brought back a sparkle of the Tigers of the past. Since Brian Perrin took over as head coach of the Junior A club, the team has put up a 3-3-2 record, a major improvement over the first half of the Ontario Junior Hockey League season.


Aurora’s Ormond runs away with gold

It has been a whirlwind of a month for cross country star Cami Ormond. The Aurora Eagles athlete, a Grade Ten student, opened November with her second junior girls cross country title in a row at the Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Association championships, and her fourth OFSAA title in the last twelve months.


Tigers rally to beat Icehawks

The Aurora Tigers further separated themselves from the Ontario Junior Hockey League basement with their first road win of the season on Friday.


Warriors corral Mustangs in YRAA football final

The Huron Heights Warriors of Newmarket once again proved why they are one of the top high school football programs in the country.


Minor Bantam AE Tigers “Storm the Centre” in Toronto

It is every young hockey player’s dream to skate on the same ice as their NHL heroes. While the Minor Bantam AE Aurora Tigers may have fallen just short of reaching the Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, they...


LaChance stands tall in Tigers’ win over Trenton

When the final buzzer sounded at the Aurora Community Centre on Sunday night, Brayden LaChance took a knee and pumped his fist in celebration.


Mustangs to face Warriors in YRAA Championship rematch

It’s a case of déjà vu in York Region football. In a predictable rematch, the St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School Mustangs of Aurora will face the Huron Heights Warriors of Newmarket in the York Region Athletic Association’s championship on Saturday, after dominating performances in their semifinal matchups.


Aurora Sports Hall of Fame a family affair for Stemmles

The Auroran touched last week upon two new inductee’s into the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame’s hallowed halls, longtime NHLers Mike Murphy and Mike Kitchen. This week, Olympic skier Karen Stemmle, and Canadian figure skating legend Sheldon Galbraith, share the spotlight in rounding out the 2016 class of Aurora’s most celebrated athletes and coaches.


Toronto Patriots claw back in third period against Tigers

A third period breakdown left the Aurora Tigers with just one of a possible two points against the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots on Sunday.


Matchups set in YRAA football playoffs

The brackets are set for another fall season of thrilling high school football in York Region.

Arts & Culture

Saturday Night Live Meets CDS in Cyclone Hilarity

We all need a good laugh now and then, which is why Grade 7-9 students at The Country Day School will be taking aim at your funny bone during their first scripted comedy troupe written by students – The Cyclone City Comedy Revue – on November 17 and 18.


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.


One Book One Aurora culminates with words and music

The living room of the Aurora Public Library was filled with eager readers on Saturday as author Kim Echlin and pianist Paul Neufeld came together for the grand finale of the One Book One Aurora campaign.


Multicultural pride showcased at rebooted festival

Organizers promise yearly festival will grow.


Explore the next phase of Love this season at Theatre Aurora

As a York Region paramedic, Sergio Calderon has experienced humanity in a way that is different from many people. He has been present where a person takes their first breath of life, holding them when they breathe their last, and, he says, everything in between. He has seen more than his fair share of grief, loss and tragedy, but there is...


Theatre Aurora gets seriously fun with new theatre school

Getting up on stage and singing your heart out is one thing, but putting on an entire production is something else entirely. But, behind the scenes work is...


Coffee House musicians look to provide Aurorans their moment of Zen

Do you ever have those weekend moments of standing by the window, coffee in hand, watching the snow fall, or watching the sunrise, completely at peace with the world? For musician Jared Stafford, that ...