July 21, 2016

2016-07-21-05

Potential employee just wants chance to prove herself

Early budget talks forecast 3.3 – 3.6% municipal tax increase

Councillor Harold Kim calls for stronger governance at Aurora Cultural Centre and Aurora Historical Society before committing stable funding for both organizations.

David Wilcox, Haywire to headline Ribfest

Get ready for a true blast of classic Canadiana as Canadian rock mainstays David Wilcox and Haywire lend their talents to next month’s

Jays fall to Dodgers in Bolton

Forget the fourth inning, and it was a pretty even and entertaining match last Wednesday night between the Bolton Dodgers and the Aurora Jays in...

2016-07-21-10
Aurora’s top student athletes were honoured at Town Hall last week by Aurora Sports Hall of Fame inductee Allan Dean, Mayor Geoff Dawe, and Sport Aurora president Stephen Kimmerer. AURORAN PHOTO BY BROCK WEIR

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2016-07-21-02

Bring your pet in while you shop at new Canadian Tire

If you’re on Aurora’s east side to do a bit of shopping for your back yard or picking up a few things for that weekend away at the cottage, why not let your pooch enjoy some retail therapy as well at Canadian Tire?

Mayor concerned Mavrinac Park development is “too territorial”

A nearly $1.1 million plan to transform a vacant six acre parcel of land on Mavrinac Boulevard into a neighbourhood park was approved by Council last week, amid worries voiced by Mayor Dawe its development had become a “territorial” issue.

Downtown townhouse development lacks affordable, accessible options: resident

By Brock Weir A development of 126 stacked townhouses on Yonge Street just north of the Wellington Street intersection was formally approved by Council last week, following concerns from a local realtor that there were not enough accessible and affordable options to meet the demands of the community. The development is slated for the vacant lot on the west side of Yonge Street next to the Dollarama, which, until its demolition last year, had been a grocery store, most recently serving as Liquidation World. Initially slated to be a condominium development consisting of retail space on the ground level and condo units above, the plan was changed after developers, according to reports from Aurora’s Planning Department, couldn’t make a business case for the retail. Nevertheless, the housing project marches on but for Aurora-based realtor Beverley Varcoe, the plan falls well short of the mark. “The Town has a growing demographic of seniors, but not enough affordable, accessible housing,” she told Council members as a delegate at last week’s meeting. “The preferred choice is a high-rise condominium and apartment building with elevators, underground parking and a central location. The Town has numerous retirement and nursing homes but we have a vibrant, active seniors segment of the population that has about 20 years or more before they need extended care housing. Aurora has not planned for the housing in this middle senior age bracket and it is a huge segment of the future demographics of Aurora.” But it’s not just in danger of missing the boat on the seniors demographic, she added. “Aurora is losing the entire demographics of 30 and 40 year olds because of the lack of affordable housing,” said Ms. Varcoe. “Young people and families who grew up here cannot afford to stay here. There is a huge migration moving north. Aurora needs to look at the Downtown Core of Barrie. The Town has been building high density apartments for a number of years. They now have a vibrant, busy downtown core for seniors, first time buyers and young families. In conclusion, I believe the Downtown Core needs a type of high rise condominium building that is on the site selection of accessible units in an affordable price range.” Following her comments, several Councillors said they agreed with many of her points and sought assurances from Marco Ramunno, Aurora’s Director of Planning, that there will be accommodations made for potential buyers looking for that accessible option. He said developers were willing to work with buyers in accommodating their needs through external chair lifts and other options. While these assurances made Councillors more comfortable with the plan it was far from an easy sell. “I am of the belief we should be looking at that path of accessibility in everything we do in our design, whether it is the Promenade study or intensification, I find excluding all those with any physical barriers [is something] I am just not in favour of [in intensifying] our Downtown,” said Councillor John Abel. “Our future in the Downtown is inclusive and I think everything going forward should always bear that in mind.” Councillor Harold Kim offered a counterpoint, agreeing the need for affordable housing is one of the “biggest comments” they hear around the table. “Adding elevators will certainly add to that cost,” he said. “In this economic climate, you can’t just have it all and part of affordable housing is ensuring that it is cost-effective, it is a pleasant place to live, and each housing type is geared towards certain segments. Although I appreciate that in an ideal world it would certainly have an elevator, we can’t have all townhouses going forward having elevators because there are many potential customers that don’t require it.” In the end, Councillors Abel and Wendy Gaertner voted against the plan, while others said this was the best option for the site. “I think it is great the developer is actually willing to work with anyone that is looking to buy into the development and work with them in providing any accessibility features,” said Councillor Tom Mrakas. “I am not sure what more we can ask for. When this was first brought forward to us at public planning, I think all of us had certain concerns that some of us wanted to see a little more of a commercial aspect. I know I did. Then we learn from the applicant that it is just not viable and it would bring down the rest of the commercial stores in the core. This is going to bring in people.” Added Councillor Michael Thompson: “I am glad that we have at least made attempts with the developer to try and see if there was a possibility moving forward [with retail]. It is unfortunate it wasn’t possible, but what we have before us is reasonable and I will be in support of it.”

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Doors Open Aurora 2016: Cultural Precinct Walking Tour

The Town of Aurora’s Cultural Precinct is an attractive, vibrant, people-focused district strongly connected to the Town Centre and other key community destinations.

2016-07-21-06

Williams student’s summer company aims to make local businesses accessible for all

Ben Williamson has been becoming increasingly frustrated over the lack of accessibility within the Province of Ontario but, thanks to a grant from the Province, he has set out to do something about it.

2016-07-21-08

Aurora schools celebrate their athletes of the year

Students from across Aurora packed up their football helmets, their soccer cleats and their hockey gear for the summer last month as Summer Vacation arrived but many of these athletes suited up and headed back into the arena last Tuesday.

2016-07-21-05

Potential employee just wants chance to prove herself

Early budget talks forecast 3.3 – 3.6% municipal tax increase

Councillor Harold Kim calls for stronger governance at Aurora Cultural Centre and Aurora Historical Society before committing stable funding for both organizations.

2016-07-21-01

David Wilcox, Haywire to headline Ribfest

Get ready for a true blast of classic Canadiana as Canadian rock mainstays David Wilcox and Haywire lend their talents to next month’s

2016-07-14-03

41 years on, a proud daughter celebrates a lasting family legacy

It’s rare the occasions when Kay O’Neil’s sister Kerry makes eye contact but, when she does, she makes it count. Recently, the sisters were sitting at the table of Kerry’s Orangeville residence when she locked eyes on Kay, leaned in and said, “Kay, I am happy.” Those four small words packed a punch and after they parted, tears streamed down her face the entire ride home. “At first we felt guilty and the guilt is gone,” Kay recalls. “What a relief.”

Sports

2016-07-21-04

Girls’ Lacrosse Exchange creates lifelong memories

By Kim Sillcox In the volatile world we live in today, it is more important than ever to create opportunities for young people to meet ...

2016-07-21-08

Aurora schools celebrate their athletes of the year

Students from across Aurora packed up their football helmets, their soccer cleats and their hockey gear for the summer last month as Summer Vacation arrived but many of these athletes suited up and headed back into the arena last Tuesday.

2016-07-21-03

FC London bests Aurora United 4 – 3

Aurora United Men’s FC hosted FC London at Sheppard’s Bush on Saturday night, where the home team fell to the visitors 4 – 3.

2016-07-21-07

Jays fall to Dodgers in Bolton

Forget the fourth inning, and it was a pretty even and entertaining match last Wednesday night between the Bolton Dodgers and the Aurora Jays in...

2016-07-14-07

Costly loss for the senior Jays against Barrie

The Aurora Jays have lost three of their last five games towards the end of the season, following a loss on the road and a win at home last week.

2016-07-14-08

Aurora Tigers get a new voice

If you can’t make an Aurora Tigers’ Junior A home game next season, fear not: Joe Montesano can fill you in on the fly.

2016-07-14-09

All-Stars showcase Aurora softball talent

By Jake Courtepatte The best of the best in Aurora softball squared off Saturday in the Aurora Men’s Softball League’s inaugural All-Star game at Lambert ...

2016-07-07-05

Aurora United blanked by Toronto

By Jake Courtepatte The men’s side of Aurora United FC picked up their third loss in a row Saturday against Toronto FC Academy at Sheppard’s ...

2016-06-30-05

Aurora’s Morrison joins NHL’s Avalanche

By Jake Courtepatte Aurora’s Golden Boy of hockey knew his name would be called at the NHL draft in Buffalo on Saturday: he just didn’t ...

2016-06-30-06

Minor PeeWee Jays finish fourth at home tournament

The Minor PeeWee Aurora Jays were perfect into the semifinals of their annually hosted tournament at Lambert Willson Park over the weekend, eventually earning fourth-place out of fourteen teams.

Arts & Culture

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Save the date for Doors Open Aurora 2016

By Jeff Healy Town of Aurora The Town of Aurora and the Town’s Heritage Advisory Committee are preparing once again for our popular Doors Open ...

Tech savvy grads set to “Ignite” Aurora’s youth

Queen’s University students are returning to Aurora this summer to light a spark of computer creativity in local youth at the Aurora Public Library.

2016-06-16-03

St. Max art students pay it forward for kids in need

As passionate art students, the power of art on young minds is not lost on the Art Council at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School and now, as the school year draws to a close, they could just be paving the way for the artists of tomorrow.

2016-05-26-05

Collaboration is key for working moms with Dreams, Yo!

There must be something organic in Aurora that nurtures artists, opine photographer Angela Durante Dukat and painter Meredith Blunt. When each woman moved to Aurora with their families, neither of them had any idea there were “dozens and dozens” of artists each working out of their homes, waiting for the occasional yearly group art show to make connections and get beneath the surface of what makes each other tick.

Multicultural Festival moving to September 10 – and a different park

Aurora’s first multicultural festival will now take place September 10 at Ada Johnson Park. The celebration of the many cultures that make up Aurora is...

2016-04-28-04

Aurora Music Festival will host the sounds of summer

Music festivals during the warmer Aurora months have come and gone, but a new Aurora Summer Music Festival, headlined by...

2016-03-03-02

Fall under the spell of “Under the Visible Life”

New novel by Canadian author Kim Echlin is Aurora Public Library's selection for the 2016 One Book One Aurora campaign.

2016-01-28-02

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 ...