October 24, 2014


Aurora accepts keys to historic armoury

It was a homecoming of sorts 140 years in the making, but last Thursday the keys to the old Aurora Armoury were formally handed over to the Town of Aurora. Newmarket-Aurora MP Lois Brown was at the landmark located on the...

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Mayoral candidates sling more than mud at final debate in battle over golf tournament

What was expected to be a debate simply about the future of sports and recreation in Aurora turned out to a full blown battle between Aurora’s two mayoral candidates as the Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament hit the fan.

UPDATED: Candidates “livid” over campaign flyer claims

Council candidates say they are “disgusted” and “livid” that their names were used on campaign literature that was distributed to several Aurora homes on Wednesday. (UPDATED)

Candidates vie to capitalize on sports tourism opportunities

Sports tourism can be a key to revitalize Aurora, according to candidates who descended upon the Royal Canadian Legion last week for the final All-Candidates’ meeting before Monday’s...

Bouquets have been left on Aurora's Altar of Sacrifice in memory of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a member of the Hamilton-based Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, who was gunned down Wednesday morning while guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa. The Altar of Sacrifice pays tribute to Aurora residents who lost their lives in the Second World War and stands in front of the Cenotaph. Auroran photo by Brock Weir

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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.


Aurora Family Leisure Complex gives community a sneak peek of renovations

There might still be a long way to go before it is done, and newer additions might still be waiting for a proper roof, but that wasn’t going to let the Town of Aurora from showing off the newly renovated and expanded Aurora Family Leisure Complex (AFLC) this week.


New Chamber of Commerce chair hopes to amp up the volume

As a professional mediator, Patricia Poulin-Ulbricht gains a significant amount of satisfaction from helping to empower people to make their own decisions.


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

Four years ago, Paul Pirri was just 23 when elected to serve as one of Aurora’s newest Councillors. In the intervening years, he says he has learned a lot, but can still bring...


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

Aurora is currently “riding on a sharp edge", where it can fall one way or another, says Council candidate Michael Ney.


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

As an active soccer coach with the Aurora Youth Soccer Club, Roy Cohen has had little time to let grass grow under his feet but, in his view, the same cannot be said for Aurora Council in helping to meet the needs of Aurora’s budding athletes.


Campaign has provided fresh perspective for Catholic trustee Crowe

Elizabeth Crowe has been a trustee for the York Catholic School Board for 20 years, so one might be forgiven for thinking this campaign is old hat to her – but this campaign has brought a fresh challenge.


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

When Peter Adams-Luchowski was appointed by the York Region District School Board over two years ago to be trustee for Aurora and King, he initially planned to retire after his term came to an end.


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

As a woman who trained as a power plant engineer in her native Romania, Aurora’s Liliana Usvat knows firsthand the importance of a technical education.



Aurora Tigers roll over competition, take first place in North Division

A seven-game winning streak has put the Aurora Junior A Tigers atop the OJHL North Division standings. They kicked off the week with a rare Wednesday home game, hosting the Pickering Panthers.


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 ...

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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 ...

Great Hymns, our help in ages past, will help once again this Saturday at Our Lady of Grace

Beloved hymns have been sung throughout the ages and across all continents; some for centuries, others mere decades; but these favourites continue to inspire, bring joy or relief, to those who contemplate their moving texts and stirring melodies.


Spooky illusions will light up the sky at this Saturday’s Haunted Forest

Extra-creepy surprises are in store when Aurora’s Sheppard’s Bush Conservation Area is transformed into a Haunted Forest.


A democracy is only as good as its citizens: author

If politicians are doing badly, is there really anyone to blame but the humble voter? That is the question bestselling author Marina Nemat posed to a packed house at the Aurora Public Library on Saturday.

“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...

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


Campaign has provided fresh perspective for Catholic trustee Crowe


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

Proper resources key to a good education: trustee candidates

Gallo’s 10 Point Plan includes housing, transit

VOTE 2014: “Balanced growth” is key to Aurora’s future, says Council candidate Jeff Thom