January 10, 2019

Artists tap into “Memory” for SOYRA show

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but images can also help preserve and spur memories. A painting of an Italian streetscape might...

Questions still need to be answered on retail pot, say Councillors

Councillors say there are still many questions that need to be answered at or before Special Council meeting January 21 on whether to opt in or out.

Aurora says no to “Open for Business” legislation that could have environmental impact

Aurora has formally said “no” to Ontario’s Bill 66, which could give municipalities the ability to...

Tigers drop two in a row to start New Year

The year of 2019 has not been kind to the Junior A Aurora Tigers as of yet, who lost a pair of games in the opening weekend of January to tie their season-high losing streak of three games.

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GALLOPING INTO 2019 – Gabriel, Annabel and Dali rode into 2019 in style at Family First Night, which was hosted by the Town of Aurora on New Year’s Eve. For more on the yearly tradition, please see Page 20. Auroran photo by Glenn Rodger

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Women’s Centre of York Region faces challenges in New Year

The Women’s Centre of York Region ended 2018 with a new location and a new Executive Director and now, at the start of a New Year, they are going into 2019 prepared to tackle new challenges in an ever-changing community.

Community Recognition: Foxglove Designs honoured for giving other businesses a helping hand

As an entrepreneur Michelle Major knows the importance of receiving a helping hand along the way, and has tried to pay this forward through her business Foxglove Designs Inc.

Being called a “traitor” was the hardest part of floor crossing: Alleslev

As a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces, being called a “traitor” after crossing the floor was the toughest part of a tough decision, says Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill MP Leona Alleslev. Ms. Alleslev, who was...

Imagine the Possibilities – pen in hand – at the Library

Why do you go to the library? Is it to pick up the latest work by your favourite author and explore the new adventure on every page between its covers? Do you pull up to grab an audio book for the commute? Maybe you come in to use the computers to stay in touch with family and friends around the world, or to bring your ideas to life through burgeoning maker-spaces.

Committee will look at pros and cons of ward system

Aurora’s Governance Review Committee will look at the pros and cons of adopting a ward system over the next four years, according to terms of reference approved by Council.

Community Recognition: Shirley Cook honoured for being a good neighbour with a bright “Howdy Do”

Making the move into an assisted living facility can be a daunting prospect not only for the individual having to settle into a new environment, but also for the people who love them. This was something recognized by Shirley Cook when she moved into Chartwell Aurora and, as...

Community Recognition: Rob Johnson honoured for helping victims

Accident scenes can be cleaned up, some of the damage left by fire can be repaired, and physical wounds often heal. But those involved in the accident, fire, or incident that led to physical injury can have emotional and psychological wounds that stick with them for the rest of their lives.

Artists tap into “Memory” for SOYRA show

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but images can also help preserve and spur memories. A painting of an Italian streetscape might...

Questions still need to be answered on retail pot, say Councillors

Councillors say there are still many questions that need to be answered at or before Special Council meeting January 21 on whether to opt in or out.

Aurora says no to “Open for Business” legislation that could have environmental impact

Aurora has formally said “no” to Ontario’s Bill 66, which could give municipalities the ability to...

Sports

Former Express, Saint earns high draft praise after bronze win

Alex Newhook has come a long way since his time on the rock. The seventeen-year old centre has seen his name rise to the top of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft rankings over the past two seasons, now with the BCHL’s Victoria Grizzlies after a three-year stint between the York-Simcoe Express minor program and the St. Andrew’s Saints varsity hockey team.

Saints set to host prestigious tournaments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for the St. Andrew’s Saints. The athletics program announced Monday the schedule and lineups for the annual Gary West Hockey Tournament on Jan. 18 – 20, the...

Tigers drop two in a row to start New Year

The year of 2019 has not been kind to the Junior A Aurora Tigers as of yet, who lost a pair of games in the opening weekend of January to tie their season-high losing streak of three games.

Tigers shake up roster with end of year moves

The kings of the jungle are improving their pride. The top-ranked Aurora Tigers made a pair of roster moves over the holidays in an attempt to improve upon their five-point lead atop the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s North division, including a surprise trade of top goaltender Jack Irvine.

Aurora Minor Hockey Tigers roar together to help community with over 250 stockings and thousands of gift cards

Once again, the Aurora Minor Hockey Teams collaborated their efforts to help out our community and bring smiles to those less fortunate. A total of 31 Rep and House League teams and 5 families committed to preparing Christmas stockings, collecting...

Hats off to Morgan Frost at World Junior Championship

A tip of the hat to one of Aurora’s finest. It took just over 21 minutes of play in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship for Dana Frost to make her way down...

By Jake Courtepatte

In joining the NHL’s worst powerplay, Dylan Sikura is hoping to jumpstart the offense of the Chicago Blackhawks. The 23-year old Aurora native has made his first official regular season leap onto the big club’s roster, called up from the AHL affiliate Rockford IceHogs late last week.

Packed house welcomes surviving Broncos to Hometown Hockey

Sometimes, hockey is more than just a game. That was the sentiment shared by Ryan Straschnitzki, one of a handful of former Humboldt Broncos players to make the trip to Aurora for last weekend’s Hometown Hockey event, before the Aurora Tigers game Saturday night hosting the Newmarket Hurricanes.

Sports personalities return to roots in Aurora’s Hometown Hockey

He may be known now as the face of Roger’s Hometown Hockey, or the host of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, or simply as the man to Don Cherry’s left, but for 23 years, Ron MacLean donned the referee’s stripes.

Frost poised for chance at World Junior squad

At the age of nineteen, Morgan Frost feels he is prepared to make his debut on the IIHF World Junior Championship stage.

Arts & Culture

Artists tap into “Memory” for SOYRA show

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but images can also help preserve and spur memories. A painting of an Italian streetscape might...

Graduates tap into emotions for Celebration of Youth Arts

From the contemplative nature of a walk in the forest, to dependence on technology, to grappling with the sensation of feeling just slightly out of place in the world around you, upcoming high school graduates are tackling complex human experiences and putting emotions into their work as they prepare to take over the Aurora Cultural Centre next month.

Community Recognition: Kraft honoured as a cultural leader

If you have both a Grammy and Juno Award on your mantle, your contributions to music are hard to deny – but multi-award winning musician Bonnie Kraft received a hometown honour this past year, the Arts & Culture Award, part of the Town of Aurora’s Community Recognition Awards program

The Genie’s Out of the Bottle: Journalist, author talks what it means to be “Brown” in Canada and impact of social media

The worst thing you can do is check your Twitter feed before turning off the lights at night, according to award-winning journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee.

Local playwright challenges perceptions of “invisible disability” with comedy

Frey hopes to spark important conversation at the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival

Story of struggle and home selected for One Book One Aurora 2019

The world will soon know more about Lilly when actress Dakota Fanning brings her to life on the big screen in the upcoming adaptation of Sweetness in the Belly, but this year Aurorans will have...

Acclaimed artist Helen Lucas finds beauty in nature

Growing up in Saskatoon in the 1930s and 40s, first generation Canadian Helen Lucas grew up in very strict Greek family. Her friends in school were a little bit too fast for her conservative parents’ liking – after all, they wore lipstick, and some of them even dated! By her own admission, Ms. Lucas grew up as a “loner” who often took solace outdoors, helping her mother tend the beautiful garden at The Ritz, the unlikely name of a 25-room hotel in the Saskatchewan city her father happened to win in an all-night poker game.

Youth display innovative ideas for accessibility, literacy and the environment at Fair

By Brock Weir Despite being in just Grade 7, Thomas Bianco is fast growing a reputation for out-of-the-box thinking. The Pickering College student once again ...

Polaris-nominated Georgian Bay brings “Songs for a Winter’s Night” to Aurora

Evocative original music will blend with traditional favourites of the season next Thursday at the Aurora Cultural Centre as the Polaris Prize-nominated duo Georgian Bay takes the stage with “Songs for a Winter’s Night.”

Festive Season continues with lighting of Aurora’s official Christmas Tree

Hundreds of people – the young and the young-at-heart – bundled up Friday night for the twelfth annual Aurora Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

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