October 18, 2018

Meeting the needs of growing community comes into focus at final debate

Council candidates split on whether Aurora should have ward system

On October 22, Aurorans will vote for up to six candidates for Council. Ahead of this year’s election, Council...

Stronachs to meet in court after launch of $520 million lawsuit

A more than half-billion dollar dispute between Frank Stronach and daughter Belinda Stronach will play out in court after ...

Tigers double up on rival Voyageurs

Already the kings of the OJHL’s North Division, the Aurora Tigers are clawing at the Conference crown.


ON THE DANCE FLOOR – Sandra Ferri, Executive Director of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, lights up the dance floor of the Royal Venetian at the fourth annual Dancing with the Easter Seals Stars Newmarket-Aurora. This year’s event raised thousands to send Easter Seals kids to summer camp. For more, see Page 10. Auroran photo by Brock Weir

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Online voting exceeding expectations: Clerk

Aurora residents have been able to cast their early votes online since Friday, and the number of ballots submitted is exceeding initial expectations, according to Town Clerk Mike de Rond.

Play Hard, Fight Hard: Museum exhibition explores connections between military and sport

When Myrtle Cook was born in 1902, the modern-day Olympic games were just six years old, and when it came to track and field, women had yet to lace up and hit the ground running. Miss Cook, however, was ...

Dancing with the Stars crosses $250k fundraising mark to Easter Seals kids to camp

Local celebrities burned up the dance floor to make dreams come true for Easter Seals Kids this month, in the fourth annual Dancing with the Stars Newmarket-Aurora.

Better? Needs improvement? Candidates are questioned on where outgoing Council has fallen short

An election wouldn’t be complete without at least one candidate stating “more should be done” on any particular subject – and Aurora’s municipal campaign is no exception. What sets this campaign apart, however, is that three of the four men vying...

Libraries help shape the lives of people and their communities, says new CEO

Some people might think of a dusty pile of books when they think of libraries, a place where one has to be quiet and, if not, you get a stern “shush!” from the nearest Librarian.

Trails need to accommodate more users: candidates agree

In the home stretch of the campaign trail, municipal candidates turned their attention to Aurora’s trails system and how they can be best used by the public.

Aurora Votes 2018: McRoberts brings teaching, political experience to trustee race

Former Aurora Deputy Mayor – and high school math teacher – Bob McRoberts has thrown his hat back into the political ring, this time seeking your vote as Aurora-King’s Trustee voice at the York Catholic District School Board.

Aurora Votes 2018: Adams-Luchowski seeks second full term as public school trustee

Peter Adams-Luchowski is seeking a second full term representing Aurora-King at the York Region District School Board. The long-time incumbent, who...

Aurora Votes 2018: Crowe vows to keep schools open if re-elected Catholic trustee

Over the past 18 years, Elizabeth Crowe has taken an active role in the education of local students and families serving in various capacities on the York Catholic District School Board.

Aurora Votes 2018: Catholic Trustee candidate Ronco wants Board to go “back to basics”

Laura Ronco wants the York Catholic District School Board to “get back to basics.” The Stouffville-based mom of three is...


Mustangs drop close decision to St. Brother Andre in Director’s Cup

A sea of red, white, blue, and gold covered St. Brother Andre’s campus on Friday, the hosts of the annual Director’s Cup with the St. Maximilian Kolbe Mustangs.

Tigers double up on rival Voyageurs

Already the kings of the OJHL’s North Division, the Aurora Tigers are clawing at the Conference crown.

Formenton finds his place on NHL Sens’ roster

For Alex Formenton, his pre-game routine remains the same no matter what ice he is stepping onto. “I usually just tape my stick, and don’t let it touch the ground until I hit the ice,” said the King City native. “That’s probably the only weird superstition I have, I just flip it upside down and put it against the wall.”

Aurora’s Sikura among late cuts for NHL’s Blackhawks

The hockey world will have to wait to see what top Chicago Blackhawks prospect Dylan Sikura can bring to the ice.

Aurora FC snap losing streak with season-ending shutout

The third season of Aurora FC football is in the books. A tumultuous year for both the men’s and women’s squads in League1 Ontario, the men were able to cap off the season on Saturday with a shutout in front of a hometown crowd.

Budding soccer, lacrosse stars break in new multipurpose field

Aurora’s newest multipurpose sports field was formally opened on a cool Saturday afternoon at Sheppard’s Bush, and the artificial turf was warmed up by over a dozen budding lacrosse and soccer stars.

CPL All-Stars clash with ASC prior to Ontario trials

Jim Brennan may be on the sidelines when York 9 FC makes its Canadian Premier League debut in 2019, but on Saturday, he took to the field one more time in support of a good cause.

Sports Hall of Fame recalls Aurora Hearts historic win

For those in the Aurora soccer community, the year 2001 stands out as a moment the town was put on the provincial soccer map. After many years of being the bridesmaid, never the bride, the Aurora Hearts men’s soccer club finally tamed the beast and took home the coveted Ontario Cup.

Aurora FC thumped by London in penultimate League1 match

A crucial match for only one half of the participants led to a blowout for the Aurora FC men in their second-to-last game of the season.

Terry Fox Run takes off in Aurora

In what would have been his 61st year, Aurora residents are working hard to keep the legacy of Terry Fox alive.

Arts & Culture

Dancing with the Stars crosses $250k fundraising mark to Easter Seals kids to camp

Local celebrities burned up the dance floor to make dreams come true for Easter Seals Kids this month, in the fourth annual Dancing with the Stars Newmarket-Aurora.

Educational programs abound in Cultural Centre’s 2018-2019 season

Whether you’re a teen looking to play the ukulele for the first time, or an adult looking to flex some long-resting creative muscles, the Aurora Cultural Centre’s Educational Programs offer something for everyone.

Apparitions abound as artist Hourie and Cultural Centre dive into macabre

Award-winning artist Troy Hourie creates a world of wonder. Whether it unfolds on the stage, within a small cabinet, or in the palm of the hand, he focuses on creating awe and advancing the form of “spectatorship” into an experience that is wholly immersive – and sometimes a bit spooky.

Cultural Centre lifts curtain on “Transformative & Bold” season By Brock Weir

As they approach their tenth anniversary, the Aurora Cultural Centre has established itself as a hub for the full artistic experience, but now they are kicking things up a notch, unveiling a new season they can only describe as “Transformative and Bold.”

Small-town Girl, Big-time Dream: Winner Announced for Magna Hoedown Showdown

Schomberg musician Vicki Biersteker is the winner of the 2018 Magna Hoedown Showdown. The finals took place on September 14 at the Magna Tent in Aurora. Biersteker, 22, competed onstage against nine other up-and-coming country artists...

Play #OnBeat at Aurora Public Library!

Immerse yourself in a symphony of artistic expression as APL plays #OnBeat this Culture Days with immersive experiences through music, writing, art and dance. On Saturday, September 29 from 1.30 – 4.15 p.m., enjoy performances, workshops and interactive activities that invite you to create, participate and share.

To See, or Not to See: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [revised]”

A Review By Scott Johnston To see, or not to see? That is the question. If the subject of that question is Theatre Aurora’s season ...

These Boots Were Made For Rockin’: Magna Hoedown Showdown names its Top 10

There’s no better way to end summer than with a community-wide festival full of ribs, sweet treats, and of course, country music. The Magna Hoedown Showdown semi-finals took place on Aug. 25 at this year’s annual Aurora Ribfest.

Theatre Aurora kicks off 60th season tackling the complete Shakespeare – all at once

Tackling Shakespeare is a rite of passage for any high school student, not to mention any actor who ever hopes to be on stage, but how about tackling all of Shakespeare’s nearly-40 plays all in one go? It’s no sweat for Theatre Aurora, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

The AFM is “On Beat” with Soup Fest this Culture Days!

The Aurora Farmers’ Market and Artisan Fair will be celebrating Culture Days with their popular “Soup Fest” which has become a much-anticipated annual tradition.

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