January 2014 Archive


Over 400 turn out to celebrate Grade 2 student Laura

From far away in Texas, seven-year-old Laura can be assured she has a friend in her entire school community. Over 400 people from the St. Joseph Catholic School community, and beyond, filled The Mansion on Thursday night for a Benefit For Laura, raising funds...

BROCK’S BANTER: A Very Long Engagement

By Brock Weir In this line of work, sometimes you find delight in the strangest of places. While (unsuccessfully) trying to find a file photo ...

Aurora proposes 3.77% tax increase

3.77 per cent is the magic number as Councillors prepare tackle Aurora’s Operations Budget this Saturday. Municipal Staff propose a 3.77 per cent tax rate increase for the Aurora portion of your tax bill.

Residents should have the right to recall elected officials: Councillor

Residents across Ontario should have the right to turf their elected municipal officials if they lose the confidence of the public, according to Councillor Paul Pirri.

VOTE 2014: Thompson has tried to get back to basics as Councillor

With the 2014 election little more than 10 months away, Councillor Michael Thompson says there is still much work to be done. The first-time Councillor, who placed second in the polls behind John Abel, says he and the incumbent Council have tried to get back to basics...

Clear garbage bags should be decided by residents

(An open letter to Aurora Council) I feel your intentions are in the right place, this program has many negative aspects and I, among others, ...


Toque sales help fight an “invisible problem” in York Region

A toque can be seen as a necessary evil during the winter season, or a beloved symbol of Canadiana, but for Michael Braithwaite of 360 Kids, it symbolises “warm your head, warm your heart.”


Williams’ students plan something extra special for “Something for Sarah”

Getting your cheeks pinched is something teenagers usually try to avoid, but having your cheeks swabbed? There better be a good reason. Last year, students at Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School found that very reason in Sarah Watkin. Inspired by the six-year-old’s struggle with leukemia and finding a bone marrow donor, the students put their heads together...


Lawless provides new “Footnote” to old instruments on latest album

It’s a natural feeling for singers, songwriters and other artists to create with a degree of loss or longing, according to Aurora native Gregg Lawless. Some of the oldest themes in the book are unrequited love, boy meets girl, boy loses girl, and quite often that sense of loss, being discarded, and consigned to a footnote and being forgotten in the wider scheme of things.

INSIDE AURORA: Year in Review (Pt. 2)

By Scott Johnston We continue our look back at 2013 in Aurora with events that took place in the latter half of the year. Jul ...

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