April 17, 2014


Rebuilding fund established for Aurora United Church

Aurora and Newmarket make joint bid for university campus

Aurora and Newmarket have made details of their joint courtship to York University public. The two municipalities made their pitch to York on Thursday afternoon on why “Aurora-Newmarket” would be the ideal place for a new satellite campus for York and Seneca College.

Hope rises from the ashes

Members of Aurora United Church are looking into their faith following Friday’s fire which gutted not only their spiritual centre, but also a building which has served as the spiritual home for generations of their families spanning nearly 140 years.

Easter services will continue as artefacts are found in rubble

Easter services will continue as planned for parishioners of Aurora United Church. As plans for the future started falling into place, parishioners were overjoyed when demolition crews found their beloved hand bells virtually unscathed in the remains of a burnt-out closet.

Volunteers from Aurora United Church prepare fruit salad Saturday morning at Trinity Anglican Church, ensuring the morning's Rise & Shine Breakfast went ahead as scheduled after Friday's devastating fire. (Auroran photo by David Falconer)

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Parishioners and the wider community take the reins in Rise & Shine Breakfast

As the fire raged in his spiritual home on Friday, Reverend Andy Comar never shied away from the positive. Holy Week, he said, always signals a sign of new life. What new life would come from the blaze which...

Aurora delays indoor tennis plans to seek more options

Aurora’s tennis players hoping to have a warm place to play tennis during the long winter months will have a while to wait yet as Council last week put the brakes on a potential tennis dome at Stewart Burnett Park.


Volunteers gear up for Aurora’s first Habitat for Humanity build

Volunteers are spending this week practicing their hammer wielding and their skills around a paint roller, all in preparation of tackling Aurora’s first Habitat for Humanity build.

Financial “task force” will oversee Joint Ops construction and spending

When Aurora Councillors signed off on the next steps to make the Town’s new Joint Operations Centre (JOC) a reality earlier this year, it was amid calls that those who opposed the project failed to offer solutions to their objections.


Award recipients have “given back” on local and international scale

Do you have a spare hour or two on your hands? Alex Auger, Nicolas Chethuan, Sydney Cobbold, Alexander Harrison, and Mathilde Paré could give you some sage advice...

Prices for new homes rise with demand as Town approves DC bylaw

Prospective Aurora residents looking to relocate to, or purchase a new home within Aurora, can expect to pay a little bit more to do so with the approval of an update in Aurora’s development charges.

Mayor Dawe, right, watches the blaze with CYFS Chief Ian Laing, left, and Aurora CAO Neil Garbe.

Local leaders praise first responders as Aurora loses landmark

Local leaders from all levels of government praised York Region’s first responders in their handling of the fire which tore through Aurora United Church on Friday.

Aurora High School debate team challenges Richmond Hill and Newmarket on home turf

Throughout the year, the Aurora High School (AHS) debate team has spent countless hours preparing and practicing their craft every Thursday night after school. After all their hard work, the team’s skills will be on display next Wednesday when they host their...


Plans to save Aurora’s ash trees turn from streets to parks

As 2013 came to a close, Aurora was just one York Region municipality gearing up to spend money on treating street trees that would otherwise be killed by the Emerald Ash Borer.

Brown and Klees remember friend and mentor in Jim Flaherty

Newmarket-Aurora MP Lois Brown is mourning a “mentor” in former cabinet minister Jim Flaherty. Mr. Flaherty, who served as Canada’s Finance Minister from 2006 until...



Tigers find footing against Toronto Lakeshore Patriots

After dropping the first two games of the OJHL championship final against the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots, the Aurora Tigers fought their way back in Game Three on Monday night.


Students set to spin their way to sport success

Students at Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School will be spinning their way to their school’s athletic success this week – and giving kids in the community a Jumpstart to boot.

Tigers, Chamber clash over use of ACC

The Aurora Community Centre has been a venue for a variety of events over the years, but availability for the coming week sent two long-time tenants back to the drawing board to find a solution.


Helming Sports Hall of Fame is “dream job” for Nancy Black

As the newly appointed project manager for the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (ASHoF), Nancy Black is looking forward to getting right to work.

Arts & Culture


Strumming banjos stir Arnie Naiman’s soul ahead of concert

On a visit to the Mariposa Folk Festival in the 1970s, something “tweaked” inside Aurora’s Arnie Naiman when he was hit by the sounds of Pete Seeger and Michael Cooney.

Celebrate Aurora will focus on local talent as festival returns for second year

The second annual Celebrate Aurora Music Festival is officially a go, after Council gave the green light last week.

Young and established filmmakers have more chances to take part in York Region Multimedia Film Fest

Stepping back into the past at Georgina’s Pioneer Village doesn’t often provide a chance to take a significant step forward.


Library’s Camera Club puts Hillary House firmly in focus

Teacher Ronen Grunberg has lived in Aurora for over 20 years, and over the past year he has come to know the Town almost like the back of his hand. He, and members of the Aurora Public Library Camera Club, put a close...


It is due north as Watercolour Society marks an “historic” first in Aurora

Pauline Holancin and Jake Mol are two artists who find their most vivid inspirations in the sights and sounds of nature. Every year, they travel to a lake to...