February 21, 2019

“We never let his diagnosis create the people we are”

Epilepsy York Region aims to “Skate Away the Stigma”

Public can weigh in on Library Square next month

Members of the public will have a formal chance to weigh in on the development of Library Square at a special Council meeting set for March 21.

Budget talks begin with a 3.5 tax increase

The average Aurora homeowner could see a 3.5 per cent increase on the municipal portion of their tax bill if the Town’s 2019 Operating Budget is approved as-is next month.

Junior A Tigers clinch third in OJHL North

A podium finish for the Aurora Tigers: though standing lower than they would have hoped. The Junior A organization wrapped...

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FIRE AND ICE — Thousands took advantage of sunny Family Day skies on Monday and came to Town Park for Aurora’s annual Arctic Adventure. Here, the crowd gathers for a popular demonstration from The Fire Guy. Auroran photo by Glenn Rodger

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Sharing Matthew’s story is more important than ever for Judy and Dennis Shepard

By Brock Weir Her son was just like any other youth just entering his twenties. He was a young man trying to figure out not ...

Restaurants – and young Owen – join forces for Heart Month

There is very little the average parent can do to fix a child born with a congenital heart defect, but there’s a lot they can do to make sure those who can have everything they need to do so.

Art students find their voice at Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts

Art never fails to spark a conversation, but when nearly sixty students from all four of Aurora’s high schools come together to share over 100 pieces of their creativity, this conversation hits a community crescendo.

Love and deception hit the stage in Theatre Aurora’s Kiss of the Spider Woman

Kiss of the Spider Woman is nearly 35 years in the making for Neill Kernohan. Mr. Kernohan first saw Manuel Puig’s landmark play about two prisoners in a Buenos Aires prison when the film adaptation first graced the silver screen in the mid 1980s and its plot has stuck with him ever since.

Council Code of Conduct set for approval Tuesday

A new Code of Conduct governing the behaviour of Council members, as well as members of local boards, passed the first hurdle last week and is set to be ratified at Council this Tuesday.

Parking still at issue over Library Square plans

It’s a problem that just won’t go away and parking issues continue to plague plans for the redevelopment of Library Square. Council members had their first crack at revised plans for the long-gestating downtown revitalization project while sitting at the Committee level last Tuesday and, once again, inadequate parking promptly rose to the top of their concerns.

One-buck pancakes helps support Epilepsy York Region

By Brock Weir Last year they sold, well, like hotcakes – and now Wimpy’s Diner in south Aurora is firing up the griddle once again ...

Personal Support Worker flips script to provide support for PSWs

Personal Support Workers (PSWs) dedicate their working lives providing care and support for those who need it. But who, at the end of the day, supports the PSW? For Sheri-Lyn Steele, it’s a question that needed to be answered.

57 years on, variety is still the spice of David and Dierdre Tomlinson’s life

By Brock Weir Strung around her neck on a leather strip were the eyeballs of former lovers. This was, without thinking, the first words that ...

Author hopes One Book One Aurora will change perspectives

Camilla Gibb’s upbringing, by her own admission, wasn’t exactly “jolly.” A native of England, she grew up in a family headed by a father she describes as “rule-bound, rigid, and ex-military” and “as a consequence of it not being a particularly jolly [atmosphere]” her parents divorced when she was 10. While a divorce is always a challenging time for children, for Ms. Gibb it ultimately helped open up a brand new world to her.

Sports

Aurora’s Mizzi signs pro contract with Utah Grizzlies

The Ontario Junior Hockey League’s top scorer is turning pro. Joseph Mizzi left the Aurora Tigers organization last week to sign a contract with the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies, jumping straight from the Junior A level to the professional ranks in an extremely rare feat.

Puck drops on second annual Aurora Cup

Student athletes from across Aurora’s elementary schools took a break from the classroom last Wednesday, instead getting their education on the ice in the annual Aurora Cup hockey tournament.

Newmarket’s Williams leads Northeastern to Beanpot title

TD Garden. 15,000 fans. And a trophy. What a way to end a college career. Newmarket native and ex-Aurora Tiger Eric Williams captained the Northeastern University Huskies to their second-straight Beanpot tournament title on Monday at the home of the NHL’s Boston Bruins, taking down the rival Boston College Eagles by a score of 4 – 2.

York 9 FC planning on run at Voyageurs Cup

York 9 FC bench boss Jimmy Brennan knows a thing or two about winning a Canadian championship. In an unprecedented move by the Canadian Soccer Association, members of the inaugural season of the Canadian Premier League will have the opportunity to vie for this year’s Voyageurs Cup, the Canadian championship only ever won by Major League Soccer clubs.

Junior A Tigers clinch third in OJHL North

A podium finish for the Aurora Tigers: though standing lower than they would have hoped. The Junior A organization wrapped...

York 9 FC sets date for inaugural CPL match

The Canadian Premier League is ready for kickoff. York 9 FC was announced at a Toronto event last week as one of two sides to compete in the League’s inaugural match this coming spring, set to face off against Hamilton’s Forge FC in a road match on April 27.

Bantam AA Panthers runners-up in home Silver Stick

Add it to the trophy case: it’s yet another podium finish for the Aurora Panthers as hosts of the International Silver Stick tournament.

Saints march back to gold in home MacPherson tournament

The St. Andrew’s College Saints have reclaimed their throne. It took just under 45 minutes of play for the varsity hockey Saints to put away the winning goal in the storied MacPherson tournament, a 35-year tradition hosted by the Saints.

Quattrin joins Arrows for inaugural MLR season

With the franchise’s first Major League Rugby season on the horizon, the Toronto Arrows have filled their quiver.

Panthers set to host prestigious Silver Stick tournament

The best of the best on ice are headed to Aurora. The Central York Girls Hockey Association and the Aurora Panthers announced last week that for the twentieth straight year, the Town of Aurora will host the International Silver Stick tournament from Feb. 1 – 3.

Arts & Culture

Sharing Matthew’s story is more important than ever for Judy and Dennis Shepard

By Brock Weir Her son was just like any other youth just entering his twenties. He was a young man trying to figure out not ...

Art students find their voice at Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts

Art never fails to spark a conversation, but when nearly sixty students from all four of Aurora’s high schools come together to share over 100 pieces of their creativity, this conversation hits a community crescendo.

Love and deception hit the stage in Theatre Aurora’s Kiss of the Spider Woman

Kiss of the Spider Woman is nearly 35 years in the making for Neill Kernohan. Mr. Kernohan first saw Manuel Puig’s landmark play about two prisoners in a Buenos Aires prison when the film adaptation first graced the silver screen in the mid 1980s and its plot has stuck with him ever since.

Author hopes One Book One Aurora will change perspectives

Camilla Gibb’s upbringing, by her own admission, wasn’t exactly “jolly.” A native of England, she grew up in a family headed by a father she describes as “rule-bound, rigid, and ex-military” and “as a consequence of it not being a particularly jolly [atmosphere]” her parents divorced when she was 10. While a divorce is always a challenging time for children, for Ms. Gibb it ultimately helped open up a brand new world to her.

Library Square focuses on “performance hall” and year-round attraction

A year-round attraction and a multi-purpose “performance hall” are the hallmarks of revised plans for Library Square, which are due to be presented to Council members this week.

Laramie Project aims to shine light on humanity, say student actors

Convincing someone to set aside their personal biases for a moment and take a new approach in how they look at the world has become an increasingly tall order in this increasingly polarized world, but students at King’s Country Day School are aiming to do just that later this month when they perform The Laramie Project.

Travelling exhibit sheds light on “History in Plain Sight”

For some, Freemasonry is an institution that has been shrouded in the shadows but, here in Canada, its influence is all around us. But the Aurora Historical Society and Aurora Museum & Archives aim to help shed light on some of the mystery this month with Freemasonry: A History Hidden in Plain Sight, a travelling exhibition that opens this Saturday, February 9, at Hillary House National Historic Site.

Know the Past, Shape Our Future: Black History Month marked in Aurora

Memories enriched in Society of York Region Artists show

Memories are sometimes fleeting, but York Region artists have immortalized their own in “From Memory”, the new juried exhibition of the Society of York Region Artists, which is now on at the Aurora Cultural Centre through Saturday.

Canada’s majestic, overlooked landscapes inspire journeys for photographer Armstrong

The old adage about the road less travelled is not just a saying that has become threadbare over the course of time; it provides a bounty of inspiration – artistic and otherwise – for Aurora artist Rick Armstrong.

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