February 23, 2017

2017-02-23-01

Savour some “forbidden fruit” during Freedom to Read week

Library Square moves forward to next phase

The next phase in coming up with a design for the future of Library Square received the green light at Council last week following a contentious debate.

Ladies strumming up for Winter Blues Fest

By Brock Weir Considering her upcoming performance in Aurora on Saturday night, musician Suzie Vinnick turns to unlikely quarters – Tibet. “I always think of ...

Tigers earn ninth win of the season

Score one for the Tigers. The rebuild season for the...

2017-02-23-09
A BLAST OF WINTER – The sun put a spring in the step of the hundreds who descended on Town Park for Family Day and the Town of Aurora’s annual Arctic Adventure celebration. Here, dozens of festival goers brave a plume of ice and snow from the popular Battle of the Chainsaws ice carving competition. Auroran photo by Glenn Rodger

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2017-02-23-04

Vimy Ridge anniversary to be marked by Rangers with Lt. Gov

One hundred years ago this April, Canadian troops emerged victorious at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a battle which has become synonymous with the development of a unique Canadian identity. To mark the 100th anniversary of...

Business signs in Aurora must have one of Canada’s official languages

Businesses in Aurora will soon be required to have at least 50 per cent of their street signs in one of Canada’s two official languages, following a Council decision last week. Council gave the thumbs up to a new bylaw regulating the use of language on signs on February 14 following a 2016 Notice of Motion from Councillor Harold Kim.

Up for sale, Canadian Tire proposes dividing old store into three units

From another big box store, to town houses, and even a condo, speculation has been rife over the future of the former Canadian Tire store in south Aurora since the retailer moved from Yonge Street to Bayview Avenue. But, a proposal to turn the store into three smaller stores and pave the way for a drive-thru and other uses on the property raised eyebrows in nearby neighbourhoods and around the Council table.

2017-02-23-10

Community is key in retaining business, says Mayor

By Brock Weir Drawing in new – and fostering existing – businesses were in the spotlight last week as Mayor Geoff Dawe sat down with ...

One week delay would provide better options on Library Square: Councillors

It has taken 17 years – and counting – to determine the future of Library Square, but a delay of just a week or two would have provided lawmakers with a better picture of the future, argued some Councillors last week.

New fire hall will take 13 years to pay off: Treasurer

The Central York Fire Services is planning to make its new fire hall on the southwest quadrant of Bayview and St. John’s Sideroad its flagship, but moving forward full speed on the fifth fire station serving Aurora and Newmarket hit a snag around the Council table last week.

2017-02-23-05

Students help kids facing challenges feed their creative souls

Carter Eby knows his late sister Haddan is beaming with gratitude. As a Grade 10 student a couple of years ago in Pickering College’s Global Leadership Program, he initially shied away from nominating the Haddan Eby Endowment Fund for a student-led fundraising initiative. He didn’t feel putting forward the charity set up in his sister’s name to benefit kids battling childhood cancer was appropriate at that time, says his mother, Kim.

2017-02-23-01

Savour some “forbidden fruit” during Freedom to Read week

Library Square moves forward to next phase

The next phase in coming up with a design for the future of Library Square received the green light at Council last week following a contentious debate.

Ladies strumming up for Winter Blues Fest

By Brock Weir Considering her upcoming performance in Aurora on Saturday night, musician Suzie Vinnick turns to unlikely quarters – Tibet. “I always think of ...

Sports

2017-02-23-07

St. Max cruises to YRAA girls hockey final

It’s déjà vu for the St. Maximilian Kolbe Mustangs. For the fourth year in a row, the varsity girls hockey Mustangs will skate in the YRAA championship series, after an offensive onslaught spelled out a quick semifinal series with Stouffville High School.

Queen’s York Rangers advance to nationals in biathlon

Eight minutes. That is how long it took for Master Corporal Jessica Matile and Corporal Vivian Mullins’ closest opponents to cross the finish line behind them at the Ontario Biathlon Championships.

2017-02-23-06

Tigers earn ninth win of the season

Score one for the Tigers. The rebuild season for the...

2017-02-16-08

Cardinal Carter moving on in YRAA basketball

Aurora has a sole representative heading forward in the competitive YRAA basketball playoffs.

Rick Hansen School gets moving for Activate Aurora’s Play Day

Though Ontario winters may be known as stale and inactive, the Aurora Sports Dome was hopping last Monday with kids getting active, and more importantly, involved.

2017-02-09-08

Tigers split weekend against Spirit, Dukes

Aurora’s Junior A Tigers were victorious on the road for just the second time this season on Saturday, ending a three-game losing streak in their season series against the Stouffville Spirit.

2017-02-09-07

St. Max Mustangs look to defend title in girl’s hockey

The St. Maximilian Kolbe Mustangs have a reputation to uphold in hockey, and the varsity girls squad is certainly doing their part.

2017-02-09-06

Panthers lace up in International Silver Stick

Over fifty Atom and Bantam rep teams took to the ice in Aurora for the girls International Silver Stick tournament this weekend, and two hometown teams came out on top.

2017-02-02-06

Aurora native having breakout NCAA season

An ex-Tiger and Aurora native may just be named the best play in NCAA hockey this season. Dylan Sikura has been turning heads as of late while playing for the Northeastern Huskies, one...

2017-02-02-07

Saints repeat as finalists in MacPherson tournament

It was a repeat performance in St. Andrew’s College’s premiere hockey tournament. For the second year in a row, the Saints varsity squad met the Northwood School Huskies in the championship game of the MacPherson tournament, held at St. Andrew’s annually since 1984.

Arts & Culture

2017-02-16-04

Gallery show provides art grads with a great cap to high school

By Brock Weir Tackling racism, body image, and environmental concerns, Aurora students are letting their art do the talking as they take on real world ...

2017-02-02-04

Library wants LGBTQ+ views on how to better serve community

LGBTQ+ youth often feel they don’t have the safe spaces to speak out on the issues that matter to them, and how the community can best address those needs. But, the Aurora Public Library wants you to know they are one of those safe spaces and they want to hear from you.

2017-01-12-01

One Book One Aurora tackles LGBTQ themes with “Natural Order”

Local theatre charts path forward ahead of 60th anniversary

As a child, Sergio Calderon spent nearly the first decade of his life in densely-populated Mexico City before his family moved to Aurora. Once here, he was surprised to find his new home backed onto a forest, which provided a borderless horizon to fuel his creative imagination. As...

2017-01-05-07

Historian pitches bold vision for historic armoury

The Aurora Armoury on the northeast corner of Town Park has a storied place in the Town’s history, but has the potential to be a community hub long into the future, according to local historian Christopher Watts.

2017-01-05-04

Hola offers voice for York Region’s Hispanic and Latino communities

Obstacles – it is the common thread that binds the immigrant experience whether you are just planting your own roots in Canada or researching the experiences of your pioneer ancestors. But, out of every obstacle comes amazing stories of perseverance and success, and it is those stories within York Region’s Hispanic and Latino communities that Aurora entrepreneurs are seeking to share.

2017-01-05-01

A new “Call to Action” for a New Year

Collaboration between indigenous and non-indigenous artists to foster reconciliation continues into this milestone year for Canada.

2016-11-03-02

Get ready for a full month of Blues as Aurora Winter Blues Fest grows

In February, where the days are short, the nights are long, and the flying snow gets everyone a little bit down, Aurora will have more reasons than ever before to sing the blues as the Aurora Winter Blues Festival ramps up the volume.

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