October 19, 2017


Accessibility advocates hail opening of Diamond Jubilee Park

Local pot store could be up in smoke before it even happens

Opt-out provision could nip local LCBO-style recreational marijuana store in the bud before 2018 roll-out.

Council to mull reduction from eight members to six

Almost two-thirds of voters in the 2014 Municipal Election voted in favour of reducing the size of Council from eight members plus the Mayor to six, but...

Tigers holding on to OJHL North lead

The local rivals meet each other for the first time this season on Thursday, when the Hurricanes host the annual Pink in the Rink charity game at the Ray Twinney Complex.

The Minor Midget York Simcoe Express were the winners of the Wendy Dufton tournament in London last weekend, moving them to the number-one ranked team in the OMHA. Photo courtesy of the YSE

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Robbery suspect threatened to burn victim, Police say

A 40-year-old man is wanted following a violent robbery in Aurora during which York Regional Police allege the victim was doused with gasoline and threatened ...

Realtor charged following sexual assault in Aurora

Investigators with the York Regional Police’s Special victims Unit have charged a 46-year-old Newmarket man in connection with a sexual assault in Aurora. On Thursday, ...

Council leaves the door open to dive deeper into JOC costs

Council has left the door open for a deeper dig into the construction and development of Aurora’s Joint Operations Centre after moving forward with an independent audit.

Older, stable neighbourhoods need protection from growth: Councillor

Some people pick an older house for its charm, others for a plot of land with seemingly limitless potential. But, how far should this potential go?


Yaqubian to carry Ontario Liberal banner in south riding

As the daughter of two Persian immigrants, Naheed Yaqubian grew up hearing that Canada was the best country in the world. You could become involved in...


One Book One Aurora wraps this weekend with author talk

Over the past 10 months, Aurorans have had the opportunity to all get on the same page, reading from Brian Francis’ poignant novel “Natural Order” as part of the Aurora Public Library’s One Book One Aurora Campaign.


Fleury family ploughs fertile ground in new exhibition

You may no longer recognize their name, but their influences are all around. From local landmarks to the Town of Aurora’s own flag, there are signs of the Fleury family everywhere you look, but all too often this founding family’s contributions as a leading employer and agricultural innovator are forgotten to history.


Wristbands selling fast for Hallowe’en spook-tacular

If you’re excited for the thrills and chills that await you in Sheppard’s Bush this Hallowe’en, you better act quick, tickets are selling fast for Aurora’s Haunted Forest.

Stakeholders to have say in Library Square development this week

Tentative designs proposed for Library Square are set to be presented to stakeholders for their input this week.


TA’s classic “Death of a Salesman” has timely themes: director

It wasn’t always on his radar, but for the past few months, Arthur Miller’s classic play, Death of a Salesman, has become a way of life for Shawn Rocheleau. Earlier this year, Mr....



Barbs captain named to Rugby World Cup national squad

For the first time in its history, the Canadian women’s rugby team will participate in the Rugby World Cup.


Express take top spot in Minor Midget AAA rankings

Fresh off of a London tournament championship, the York Simcoe Express Minor Midgets took over the number-one spot in the third edition of the bi-weekly OMHA rankings.



What an exciting season the Aurora Panthers Atom AA team had in 2016-2017. They won many golds, including the Waterloo Ravens Tournament in November 2016, ...


Tigers holding on to OJHL North lead

The local rivals meet each other for the first time this season on Thursday, when the Hurricanes host the annual Pink in the Rink charity game at the Ray Twinney Complex.


Ex-Tiger Formenton makes NHL debut with Sens

When the Ottawa Senators were introduced for their warm-up before their matchup with the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night at Canadian Tire Centre, one lone skater took to the ice for a couple of laps.


Saints football stays perfect in battle with St. Mike’s

When two perfect seasons clash, one is bound to lose that moniker. That was the case last Wednesday in the CISAA matchup between the 2 – 0 St. Andrew’s College Saints and the 2 – 0 St. Michael’s College Kerry Blues, longtime rivals in the independent school league.


Aurora FC squads close out League 1 Ontario season

With the book all but closed on the Aurora FC’s sophomore League 1 Ontario seasons, both the men’s and women’s sides featured a squad of inexperienced newcomers for their final games of the season on Saturday.

Hockey journeyman gets call to the Hall

When the NHL expanded from six to twelve teams in 1967, an unprecedented move in North American professional sports, there was a period of utter chaos for both executives and players alike. Bob Wall, who will see his name inducted into the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame in November, was smack dab in the middle of it.

Express earn double gold in hometown tournament

Defending home ice was top priority last weekend for the Minor Atom and Atom York-Simcoe Express, both of which came out on top of the annual YSE Steamtrain Shootout tournament.



The 2016 Aurora King Jays Mosquito Rep Baseball team had an incredible season! The team consists of 12 boys born in 2005 who began training ...

Arts & Culture


Making Peace “reminds us to open our hearts”

Bonnie Kraft had to do some digging. A self-described “bit of a flower child” in her youth, she knew she had to find the metal peace symbol she wore around her neck for five straight years during the height of the Vietnam War.

Theatre Aurora’s new season lays groundwork for anniversary “rebirth”

It’s an inevitability of any lifecycle, the ultimate end – but, if done right, it can be one hell of a trip. It certainly has for Theatre Aurora as they put the finishing touches on their latest season, which is the end of a very unique lifecycle all its own.


Barrie student takes the Hoedown Showdown crown

16-year-old John Anderson was a tough act to follow. The Grade 11 student from Barrie was the first finalist to take the stage Friday night in the Hoedown Showdown competition, where 10 finalists from across Ontario vied for the crown of Canada’s next country star.


In This Our Lives: Keeping a promise to Bette Davis

She never went anywhere without leaving an impression. Whether she was on the silver screen blazing an iconic trail with indelible performances as...


Capturing today’s history – one snap at a time

You all know the feeling when a photo turns out to have that certain special something that you want to share with the world. You send it out, let people know where you’ve been, who you’ve met and, in some cases, what you’re eating. A new phenomenon spawned by smart phones and social media? Think again.


New executive director explores new opportunities for Cultural Centre

It’s a far cry from being an accountant, but the number crunching has served Suzanne Haines well as she dropped the traditional nine-to-five job to embrace her love of the arts – and they are skills she continues to draw upon as she charts a new path for the Aurora Cultural Centre.

Aurora’s 2016 Teen Idol ready for the CNE spotlight

Aurora’s jazzy golden voice is taking her next step towards stardom on the Canadian National Exhibition stage.


DOORS OPEN 2017: Doors are always open at Hillary House!

If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Hillary House is that “I have passed it a hundred times and never thought to come in,” then now is your chance!


Tom Cochrane to headline 2017 Hoedown

Cochrane and Red Rider will take the stage on Saturday, September 16, the second evening of their two-night annual country music extravaganza.


Young “storytellers” showcased at Aurora Music Festival

Claire Wright is a storyteller by nature. As a writer, she is inspired by the lives of those around her, whether they are fellow friends at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School, or survivors of traumas of monumental proportions, and music has turned into potent outlet for her.

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