September 25, 2014 (Scroll down for pre-election polls)


Parents step up with $5 million gift to make new SAC arena a reality

The $13-million multiuse facility is more than just an arena.


Battle over business as mayoral candidates take on first debate

It was standing room only as Aurora’s two mayoral candidates Geoffrey Dawe and John Gallo went head-to-head in the first mayoral debate of the 2014 election.

York Region students say #yeswewill to halting cyberbullying

Over 300 students from across York Region will descend on Aurora this Monday to say they have had enough of cyberbullying and they’re not going to take it anymore.

Culture Days takes over Aurora this Saturday, including Hillary House

This weekend, Aurora Historical Society will collaborate with several other local organizations to bring various cultural experiences to the community...

The words of Marina Nemat were brought to life at Theatre Aurora last week in a staged reading of a play based on her bestselling memoir, Prisoner of Tehran. Performing in the reading were Petrina Lee, Julie Wood, Kayla Wehlan, Chuck Therrien, and Andrew Tite. A series of events surrounding the book are planned around Aurora this Saturday in conjunction with Culture Days, including a Q&A session with Ms. Nemat herself, hosted by the Aurora Public Library, and a celebration of Persian culture at the Aurora Cultural Centre. Auroran photo by David Falconer

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Debate highlights business concerns in Yonge and Wellington corridors

In a debate hosted by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, it should come as no surprise that Aurora’s businesses were a top priority of the first Mayoral debate of the season.

Mayoral candidates have ideas on how Aurorans can – and should – move in and out of Town

Mayoral candidates Geoffrey Dawe and John Gallo have ideas on bringing people into Aurora’s Downtown Core to shop, but bringing more people into Aurora has a flipside – how to keep them flowing.


Community building will be at the heart of Aurora United Church reconstruction

Aurora lost more than a church on the April morning that destroyed Aurora United Church; it lost a community hub, and a community hub that is needed now more than ever. That was the message coming out...

Indoor tennis facility plan set to be nixed by Council

Fall has arrived and Aurora’s tennis enthusiasts are now starting to think about taking their favourite sport indoors before the winter. Those hoping for a new indoor tennis facility here in Aurora...


You can’t clean up Collis Leather site without knocking down the building: developers

Council will make a decision this week on the long-debated future of the Collis Leather factory. The Tyler Street Ttannery, which shut down operations nearly 30 years ago and subsequently used as...

State Farm affirms committment to Aurora with plans for January

State Farm’s head office is remaining in Aurora, despite comments made at last week’s inaugural all-candidates’ debate.

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Wildlife Park’s future needs your input, says planner

To say Aurora’s proposed Urban Nature Reserve, planned for Aurora’s east end has been a labour of love for landscape architect David Tomlinson might be something of an understatement.


Bulk Barn headquarters sets “new standard” for business

As a business you can never let your guard down while continuing to move forward, says Bulk Barn president Craig Ofield, but in moving forward sometimes answers can be found close to home.


VOTE 2014: For better or worse, Barb Barker has had a front-row seat to Downtown development

Barb Barker hasn’t entered the race to be a Councillor for the Town of Aurora on a whim. It neared the top of her bucket list over a decade ago, but before she was able to throw her hat into the ring...


Young Laura loses brave battle with cancer after inspiring school and community

Hope was in the cold winter air last January as students, parents, and friends of the St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School community came together, along with musicians and performers from across York Region, in solidarity with Laura Nowosad.



Red Wings spoil Tigers’ home opener, Aurora drops two in a row

The Aurora Tigers are off to a rare 1 – 2 start, managing only three goals in a weekend that saw them drop back-to-back home games. The Tigers hosted the Hamilton Red Wings Friday night in their home opener at...

Barbarians avoid relegation with impressive win

The tension was palpable prior to the kick off between Waterloo County Pirates and the Aurora Barbarians at Fletcher’s Fields on Saturday with the outcome deciding which club would remain in Ontario Rugby’s top tier of competition, the Marshall Premiership and which would be relegated to the Provincial “B” division.


Jays drop third in a row to lose NDBL Championship to Ivy Leafs

It’s “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” for the Aurora Jays. The North Dufferin Baseball League (NDBL) closed its books on the 2014 season last Saturday, as ..


Atom AE Tigers roar into the 2014-15 season with an early bird tournament championship

This month, the Atom AE Tigers Season kicked off with the Orangeville Early Bird Tournament. Due to injury and schedule conflicts, the Tigers played the...

Aurora Tigers are packing (groceries) this weekend

After last week’s home opener, it’s hockey season again and Aurora’s Tigers are wasting no time getting back into the swing of things. Teammates will ...


Sport Aurora Breakfast of Champions Spotlight: Meet Spectrum Baton Club MVP, Amanda D’Attolico

Amanda is in her 10th year of twirling with Spectrum, and she truly lives and breathes the sport! Recently at the Canadian Baton Twirling Championships ...

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Scotch isn’t just your dad’s drink anymore, says local expert

Some university roommates kick in little more than junk food to keep the dorm room hopping, but Keith Scott lucked out. The Aurora resident was a university student when he was first introduced to the wide world of scotch courtesy of his roommate, whose father ...

“Creepy” Aurora spirit walk marks fifth anniversary in October

Halloween is coming, so there’s no better time to get spooky! The Aurora Spirit Walk heads into its fifth year next Friday, October 3, leaving from...


Art abounds in Aurora as more groups get in on Saturday’s Culture Days

It is a good time to be an art aficionado in Aurora as local artists put their best feet forward for this weekend’s Culture Days.


Culture Days at the Aurora Cultural Centre

The Aurora Cultural Centre is pleased to offer a vibrant Culture Days celebration on Saturday, September 27, with music, art, dance and food taking centre stage.


Aurora chef to compete in nutrition challenge

Aurora chef Lye Fung Wong is a finalist in Sunrise Senior Living’s second annual Senior Eats Nutritional Challenge. The Aurora resident and head chef at Sunrise of Aurora is competing in the finals this week...


Culture Days at the Aurora Public Library

In celebration of Culture Days 2014, Aurora Public Library invites you to the culminating event of the “One Book One Aurora” community read project. For the past six months, our Town ...

Aurora Votes 2014

VOTE 2014: Growth will be top of mind if Thompson is re-elected to Council

VOTE 2014: Dawe and Gallo to square off in two-man Mayoral race

VOTE 2014: Council candidate Tom Mrakas looks for new ways to keep Aurora growing and moving

VOTE 2014: Aurora needs to establish long-term vision for development, seniors and youth, says Council candidate Plamondon

VOTE 2014: Aurora needs to keep pace with other municipalities, says candidate Bob Chapman

VOTE 2014: James Hoyes wants to leave Aurora a better place for future generations

VOTE 2014: Harold Kim wants to be “part of team” to plan solid vision for Aurora

VOTE 2014: Gallo launches mayoral campaign with bid to give “power back to the people”

VOTE 2014: Dawe officially launches re-election bid, posing question to Aurorans

VOTE 2014: Abram wants to bring environmental, business eye to Council table

VOTE 2014: Gallo throws hat into mayoral race, challenging Dawe

VOTE 2014: Engagement is key for 22-year-old Council candidate

VOTE 2014: Desai will focus on business, youth and seniors as latest Council candidate

VOTE 2014: Aurora is “better off now than four years ago,” says Dawe launching re-election bid

VOTE 2014: Lalas wants to bring youth voice to Council table

VOTE 2014: Pullano plans to jump into municipal race this week

VOTE 2014: Ballard focuses on “sustainable community”

VOTE 2014: Gaertner wants to fight for Moraine if re-elected this fall

VOTE 2014: Seeing projects through remains top priority for Pirri

VOTE 2014: Museum, youth space tops Councillor Humfryes’ “to do” list