April 2017 Archive

Advantage Rugby aims to get high schoolers recruited

Rugby players in York Region looking to make the jump to the collegiate level will have the chance to do so in front of recruiters at the end of the month.


Sunday Antiques show benefits Alzheimer Society

Local antique dealers have few nearby opportunities to show off their wares, but Sharon Sutton decided to take matters into her own hands this weekend – and all for a good cause – with the inaugural Aurora Antiques Show.


Canada 150 invests in local infrastructure

By Brock Weir Before coming to the Aurora Public Library last Tuesday with some Federal cash in hand, Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill MP Leona Alleslev overheard a few telling conversations. One such conversation, she said, happened just a few days previous while out grocery shopping. She overheard Richmond Hill residents talking about the new Oak Ridges Public Library, currently under construction. Their verdict? It was a waste of taxpayers’ dollars. “Unfortunately, their perspective is it is a waste of taxpayers’ dollars because we don’t actually need libraries anymore because we have the internet and all this access to information digitally,” recalled Ms. Alleslev, removing her jacket to reveal a black t-shirt emblazoned with the Aurora Public Library’s logo. “That set me back on my heels for a minute, then I was speaking to some friends of mine, and maybe a close, personal relative, over the weekend [about Tuesday’s presentation] and they said, ‘It won’t be long until we won’t have libraries.’ “That got me to a point where I was able to say, we need to have a conversation about why libraries matter. Do libraries matter only because of the physical books that are in it, or are libraries more than just that?” For her, the answer is clear – and the answer is also clear for the Federal Government, who granted the Library $97,000 for infrastructure upgrades as part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. Earmarked for a new natural gas furnace to replace the current electric furnace system, converting the Library’s lighting system to LED, and installing new security cameras, the money will not be going towards obvious changes, but changes that are nevertheless important. “The library is not only the books that are here, it is an opportunity to be in a place where ideas are shared, where we have the opportunity to browse and see things we wouldn’t otherwise see, that we don’t always have the opportunity to do, only digitally, and to not only learn about where we have come from but who we are today and think about where we’re going tomorrow,” said Ms. Alleslev. “It is my privilege to be able to announce that the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program that marked a national commitment of $300 million to support projects that renovate, expand and improve existing community and cultural infrastructure across Canada. This program aims to leave a lasting legacy for Canadians as part of our celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.” For Aurora Public Library CEO Jill Foster, the skepticism about the future of public libraries has been there for decades, but it is a forecast libraries have continue to buck. “I echo your wish that we stand up for libraries when we hear that,” said Ms. Foster. “To tell you the truth, I have been hearing that for a long, long time, ever since the first internet came on the scene, and we’re still here. We have repositioned ourselves, changed, adapted, and we’re busier than ever. I don’t like to hear those comments but I don’t worry too much about it because libraries are very, very healthy in 2017.” The Library isn’t the only local project receiving a cash infusion through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. Although the cheque has not formally been presented, a further $130,100 is expected to come from the Federal program to improve the Aurora Community Centre, itself a Centennial 1867-1967 project. The grant will go towards the $400,000 rehabilitation of the building which will include an upgrade of the ice plant, replacement chillers, and the replacement of ammonia compressors. “Six applications for the CIP 150 were submitted by staff, two of which were approved for funding by the program administrators,” said Laura Sheardown, Financial Analyst for the Town of Aurora, in a report before Council this week. “In an effort to make the wisest use of any grant funding received, it was ensured that all projects proposed for this funding were previously listed within our ten year capital investment plan as anticipated projects in the near term, thus allowing the Town to address some of its short term capital asset repair and replacement requirements slightly earlier than planned allowing it to achieve advantages of required capital investment subsidization as well as earlier on-going asset operation savings.”

ACTIVATE AURORA: Activating older adults

By Ron Weese “We don’t really like being called ‘Seniors’,” according to Aurora Seniors Association (ASA) Board Member Jim Abrams. “We prefer to be called ...


Two Aurora men among 104 charged in four-year child prostitution investigation

Estimated costs of Mavrinac Park on the rise

It will cost over $1.5 million more than anticipated to realise the plan for Mavrinac Park. Council is...


Saturday’s Eco Fair focuses on “healthy planet, healthy people”

Whether you’re looking to live a greener life at home, or to take an electric car out for a test drive, the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex is your destination on Saturday for Aurora’s second annual Eco Fair.

Director out at YRDSB after damning report

J. Philip Parappally is out at the York Region District School Board following a damning report by the Ministry of Education looking into racism and discrimination within the YRDSB.

Bylaw could crack down on vacant property owners

As concerns mount over the number of vacant homes and businesses in Aurora, the Town is set to take a degree of action with a new bylaw getting strict on property owners.

Arts in Aurora? asks former councillor

To all you lovers of the arts, Aurora Council has reached a new low. Some of you may have noticed a massive complex on Industrial ...

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