October 30, 2014


Aurora re-elects Geoffrey Dawe for a second term as Mayor

It has been a long road since Mayor Geoffrey Dawe declared his intentions to seek re-election last winter, but it was a fruitful one as Aurorans returned him to the post.


New and familiar faces form Aurora’s new Council

Out of a field of 28 candidates for Council, the only certainty going into this election was there would be at least two new faces at the Council table. Aurora voters, however, elected three.

Residents vote for change — but not too much

Voters reject ward system proposal, but would like to see smaller Council

Civic engagement plans not enough for Gallo bid

Councillor John Gallo came into the race with a vision of greater engagement among Aurora residents as a whole, but it wasn’t enough to secure him the Mayor’s seat on Monday.

Things get Witchy at Sheppard's Bush on Saturday night as the conservation area was transformed in to the Haunted Forest. Over 3,000 ticket-holders made the journey and took part in Hallowe'en activities at the SARC. For full coverage of this year's Haunted Forest, see Page 18 of this week's edition of The Auroran. Auroran photo by David Falconer

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Flowers at cenotaph honour victims of military attacks

The group gathered at Aurora’s Cenotaph on Saturday morning to pay tribute to Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent may have been small in size, but the pride they had for the fallen soldiers was anything but.


Fear, but not panic, filled National Caucus Room as gunshots rocked Ottawa: MP Brown

Last Wednesday began as an ordinary day for Lois Brown. The long-time Newmarket-Aurora MP was on the job in Ottawa, skipping breakfast (as she often does), arriving on...

“Recommended” candidates denounced flyer in the lead-up to election

Candidates vying for a place at the Council table in the lead-up to Monday’s municipal election said they were “disgusted” and “livid” over a flyer circulating in select Aurora neighbourhoods last Wednesday purporting to endorse their campaigns.

Slammed candidates rejected claims on campaign flyer

While nine candidates recommended by an anonymous individual or group last week were quick to deny any association with its origins, incumbent candidates were also quick to denounce the claims contained on the flyer.


“Aspie Comic” breaks down barriers to succeeding with Autism

When life got particularly rough for Michael McCreary and his family, what else could they do but laugh? Mr. McCreary, 18, has Asperger’s Syndrome. Coupled...

Camp space particularly needed for adults living with autism: Society

Autism doesn’t simply stop when one reaches the age of 18, and that is a particular challenge faced every day by families with members living on the Autism spectrum, and those on hand to provide social services.


Restaurants are a way of life for new owners of Jonathan’s

After spending the majority of his 23 years working in the restaurant business, Thir Nava began charting a new course, studying accounting at Ryerson University – but when a good opportunity presents itself, you have to know when to recognize it, he says.


Jitterbug Ball is another success for Hospice King Aurora

The spirit of generosity was alive and well at the Jitterbug Ball. Hospice King-Aurora (HKA) held its biennial fundraiser this past Friday at Hazelton Manor in Vaughan.


Mavrinac “Park” future heats up final mayoral debate

The future of a six acre parcel of land on Mavrinac Boulevard is currently in the hands of the courts, but that hasn’t stopped Aurora’s mayoral and council candidates, as well as the public at large, to provide and demand answers on just what should be done with the property.


Aurora’s Chief Electoral Officer gets satisfaction seeing people exercise their right to vote

Whether he was looking after his sisters and brother, or working as a cub leader, Stephen Huycke grew up with a sense of serving others and taking care of what was given to you.



Tigers take Battle of Yonge Street, continuing 11-game winning streak

It was a long week for the Junior A Aurora Tigers, but one that cemented their position as one of the top contenders in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. They made the short trip to Newmarket last Thursday...


Sports Hall of Fame inductee Peter Miller “had his hands in everything”

While Peter Miller may not be present to accept his induction into the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (ASHoF) next Wednesday, it’s clear that his legacy in Aurora sports will keep his memory strong.

Aurora Sports Hall of Fame receives Charter Cornerstone donation from PACE

In the first year of operation, the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame Board of Governors initiated a Charter Cornerstone Campaign to help fund the development ...


Meet the Tigers: Daniel Mantenuto, Forward

By Jake Courtepatte Date of birth? October 18, 1997. Hometown? Thornhill, Ontario. Where did you play hockey before signing in Aurora? I played with the ...

Aurora athlete looking for hometown support at 2015 Pan Am Games

Parents can take pride in their children’s athletic accomplishments, and trampolinist Sam Sendel’s are no different. They will be in the crowd next July when Sendel competes for Canada in the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.


Sports journalist celebrates sport volunteerism in Aurora

In front of a packed house at East Side Mario’s in Aurora on Sunday, sports journalist Mark Hebscher told the 14 nominees of Sport Aurora’s Volunteer Recognition Luncheon and their friends, families and colleagues that they should be honoured for their awards.


Novice Tigers AA support teammate through road hockey cancer fundraiser

The Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer tournament had a local twist this year, as Aurora Minor Hockey players rallied around a teammate in need. Among the 1,387 players on site at Ontario Place last Saturday were ...

Arts & Culture


Pickering College Holiday Home Tour promises to be bigger than ever on 10th anniversary

For a school that has a nearly 175-year foundation in Quaker education, a decade might just be a blip in Pickering College’s history. But a lot can happen in 10 short years, as organizers behind the annual Pickering College Holiday Home Tour can attest.

Sounds of Africa to ring out at Trinity next Saturday

The Sounds of Africa are set to ring out from the halls of Trinity Anglican Church next Saturday, November 8. These sounds, however, go beyond the traditional ...


Aurora Public Library aims to “inspire” during Ontario Libraries Week

Libraries are more than just places to find vital information or grab a copy of the latest bestseller – they can also serve to inspire their communities.


Students fly their flags for United Nations Day

By Chris McGowan U.N. Day at Pickering College is always a recognition of diversity and equality, and this year it was celebrated at the school ...


Local baker savours the sweet smell of success – and creativity

As a child, Antonella Cellini wanted few things more than a simple chocolate cake and a birthday party with all her friends. Growing up in a large Italian family, however, that was a surprisingly tall order.

Aurora Votes 2014

VOTE 2014: Pirri to push for new housing options of re-elected to Council

VOTE 2014: Aurora is a community “on the edge”, says candidate Michael Ney

VOTE 2014: Serving the community is about more than business experience, says Roy Cohen

Incumbents have conflicting views of last four years, but share common goal

Campaign has provided fresh perspective for Catholic trustee Crowe

Incumbent Adams-Luchowski aims to focus on the students that fall in between

Schools should focus on nurturing tomorrow’s builders, says trustee candidate Usvat

VOTE 2014: Museum and youth continue to be focus for incumbent Sandra Humfryes

VOTE 2014: Recreation and traffic top candidate Mark Etwell’s priority list

VOTE 2014: Growth geared towards grown-ups is a vision for candidate Ian Clark

VOTE 2014: Incoming Council needs to eye legacy project, says candidate Carl Barrett

Noudelman seeks to find permanent solution to Aurora’s French Immersion crunch

Ward System question gets lukewarm reception from candidates

Growth, population shifts spark support for ward system

VOTE 2014: A councillor’s job is no longer a part-time position, says candidate Linda Stephens

VOTE 2014: After over 40 years in public life, Buck stands on record of “getting things done” for residents

VOTE 2014: Risk management is one thing, but one can’t be afraid to be bold, says candidate Greg Cook

VOTE 2014: It might take a village to raise a child, but it takes more to fix a broken adult, says candidate David Heard

Standing room only as mayor and council hopefuls take centre stage

Transparency and visions of future dominate questions from voters