Back on January 28th the Town of Aurora’s Bylaw Department spokesperson was quoted in the paper stating “our enforcement efforts will be focused on non-compliant businesses”. Because the Town of Aurora has chosen not to communicate the activity of its weekly bylaw enforcement with residents on its own website in an open and transparent manner […]Read more "The bylaw of averages"
The City of Richmond Hill’s official motto, “En la rose je fleuris” is derived from the Duke of Richmond’s coat-of-arms. During the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century Richmond Hill was the largest supplier of roses in Canada. In the 21st century Richmond Hill is poised to be Ontario’s most dysfunctional […]Read more "Makin’ their way. The only way they know how"
In a rather awkward and totally backwards way of accomplishing a professional rebranding in 2021, The Aurora Chamber of Commerce has placed an ad in the local paper calling all Graphic Designers to Submit!: If you go to the link you read that it’s a cattle call with the following rules: SUBMISSIONS WILL BE REVIEWED […]Read more "Beating Aurora’s graphic designers into submission"
December 10th 2020 Mayor Mrakas stated that “we can’t continue lockdowns”: Yet here we are January 12th and not only have we continued lockdowns but the Province has issued a second state of emergency that includes a stay at home order. Just because an elected official don’t want something to happen doesn’t mean it can’t. […]Read more "Throw Me A Frickin’ Bone Here!"
Back at the start of the Pandemic something called “ExploreAurora” was initiated by the Aurora Business Continuity Task Force and managed by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. It is a ghost town, yet if you can make it through the tumbleweeds to the About section it claims that this online guide will include “real time […]Read more "Deplore Aurora"
The Town of Aurora is running a low effort photo contest: Instead of using actual photos taken in Aurora, showcasing what they are seeking from applicants, they opted for uninspiring Getty stock images: Compelling budding photographers by using “One woman cross country skiing at sunset in ski resort”. because nothing says Aurora like photos from […]Read more "Grand Theft Photo"
Back in August Clr. Rachel Gilliland’s inner teenager leaked out as she took to social media to gush over the opening of a Starbucks: It must be so warming to all the small restaurant and coffee shop owners in town to hear this council member declare she has chosen a large chain coffee shop to […]Read more "A half caramel, half vanilla latte, decaf espresso heated only to 100° with nonfat milk and caramel drizzle on top…"
Last Monday Clr. Harold Kim posted to a local facebook group regarding issues residents have had with sidewalk plowing this season: Interesting because both the Town of Aurora and the mayor haven’t acknowledged any issues residents have been having through their social channels over the past 2 months. In fact if you go back 2 […]Read more "The Greatest Snowman?"
Aurora’s Mayor Marakas sends out his annual cookie-cutter Happy New Year message overflowing with self congratulations and back patting that we have come to expect from him. It is no surprise that Mrakas cherry picks the positives while completely failing to address the equal amount of turds. No town, its politicians nor its bureaucrats can […]Read more "The 2020 Town of Aurora Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Mediocrity"
Photos of Evelyn Buck that news pieces and a few political “friends” have selected to represent her life after her recent passing are from her later years on council and reduce her accomplishments to being the first female mayor of Aurora, and just plain old. How dismissive. The importance the possession of certain genitalia has […]Read more "Buck Up Aurora"
Earlier today someone at the Town of Aurora attempted to be funny and posted this to their social accounts: The post claims this declaration to be signed all members of council. Here is the official declaration: One of these things look just like the others, and yes it’s the signatures. WTF? Is the Town of […]Read more "sign, steal & deliver?"
There seems to be some confusion by some members of the public as to why the Town of Aurora is still operating in a state of emergency during the second wave of this Covid-19 pandemic. One member of council was even questioning during a council meeting if there is a specific date as to when […]Read more "state of emergency or state of denial"
NASA claims that about once a year, an automobile-sized asteroid hits Earth’s atmosphere, creates an impressive fireball, and burns up before reaching the surface. Luckily we have prime seating to watch such a spectacle unfolding next door in Richmond Hill. When Richmond Hill’s Regional councillor Brenda Hogg retired two years ago fellow Ward 5 Councillor […]Read more "Richmond Hill’s Asteroid comes crashing down to earth"
Ron Wallace’s passing during this pandemic was far too quiet for a man who was such a vocal advocate for our town. My November 29th 2011 post focused on Ron’s retirement from The Auroran. At that point Ron wanting things to carry on without him, and likely due to the great impression he made on […]Read more "When you’re this Aurora they call you Mr."
When she’s not selling CO2 spewing used appliances on facebook Clr. Gilliland posts to a facebook group I believe she created and moderates called L4G Community Farts or something boring like that. It is a forgettably small group with little content that isn’t just copy pasted from others feeds, little of it actually has to […]Read more "Carbon Biased"
The Town of Aurora’s Communications department has several full-time staff and an annual budget of over $700,000 for several years now yet with all these resources move in very snow motion. Back in 2016 I posted on how the town used inappropriate stock imagery that showed snow to advertise fun activities for a March break […]Read more "Snow Green and the 7(00,000) dollar bills"
After dragging its feet for over a decade Aurora has finally adopted a policy to record its closed door meetings. In 2015 Niagara Falls joined several other Niagara municipalities who already record closed-door sessions. This piece states those municipalities include Niagara-on-the-Lake, Fort Erie and Welland. That same year in Aurora the majority of council including […]Read more "Aurora’s Perpetual Moron Machine"
Back on November 17th Metroland announced it was launching a new parcel delivery service. Yes the same outfit that cobbles together a paper version of The Error Banner every week and manages delivery of that flaming turd 4 times out of ten. That paper has earned the name Error Banner from its multitude of failings […]Read more "Say Journalism, Say Journalism!"
Aurora’s low effort “deck the halls tour” of getting people to drive around town was recently announced. No surprise the Town of Aurora is 12 years late to the party as Uxbridge has been doing their fantasy of lights for 13 years. At least this season the town of Aurora decided to finally update its […]Read more "where 2 snowflakes can be identical"
So yesterday Mayor Mrakas got up on his soapbox and declared that we can’t continue lockdowns: Today the Province is seeing him eat those words as York is placed in lockdown, and rightly so. Without lockdown we are a destination for all those in regions under lockdown which increases our case count and maximizes risk. […]Read more "You’re so vain. You probably thought this pandemic was about you."
It is said that however beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. So today let’s take a deep dive on the Town of Aurora’s IT Strategic Plan. In June of 2018 Perry Group Consulting announced that they were “really pleased to have been selected by the Town of Aurora to help facilitate […]Read more "What’s the Sharepoint?"
When the Aurora Holliday Inn officially opened this month nothing could stop the rush of town councillors to get their photo taken at the obligatory photo-op. I’ve taken the liberty to circle some of the issues from this event in a game of “spot the stupid”: 1.) Vanity trumps public health when 9 people are […]Read more "Keeping it Casual"
Clr. Harold Kim made the news this week with respect to a motion he has put forward that speaks to the “climax now around the world”. He is quoted in the article as saying “I am putting forth this motion now in timely response to that climax. I only wish I had thought of this […]Read more "4 (oh my) 4 error"
While watching the November 3rd Committee Meeting I couldn’t help but notice something was missing. Well yes John Gallo absent but his absence is rarely missed as he obviously has more important things to do then the job he was elected to. No I’m talking about the little red flower which seamed to be to […]Read more "Hey Town of Aurora, I think you dropped this"
Just as PlaceSpeak was quietly replaced with “EngageAurora” (more on that in a separate post) now we learn that the town’s agenda service has changed hands from PrimeGov to eScribe. Seeing as the Town of Aurora’s communication department consistently fails to communicate effectively the transitions of these IT services and their impacts to its residents […]Read more "Hidden Agendas"
Municipalities consider dog waste to be a dilema, not a lost cause. In 2018 Municipal World identified the risks and impacts and outlined solutions: As a result several municipalities have risen to meet the challenge. Here’s how Toronto “gets things done”: In 2018, the City audited Garbage and Blue Bins in a number of Toronto […]Read more "Civic Doody"
Aurora Town Clr. Rachel Gilliland’s facebook profile proudly lists a bunch of acronyms of committees she is a member of: Oh, and if you are in need of a used fridge well you’re in luck as it appears she is selling hers on there too: At $17,000 the 48″ Sub Zero looks like a rather […]Read more "Is your $17,000 Refrigerator running?"
Looks like Aurora’s Robert The Bruce wasn’t content to bitch about dandelions on school properties during this pandemic. Now he’s got his his kilt in a knot about wards. Nothing like being 6 months late to a party. It has taken ages to bring Aurora out of the dark ages, and to do so the […]Read more "Them’s Fighting Wards"
The response from our elected officials to the steady stream of letters hitting The Auroran about the nearing $60 million White Elephant that is Library Square should have been extending the opportunity for productive dialogue. Instead what got spat back to us was Clr Humfreys adorning her cheerleader uniform to try and muzzle the outcry […]Read more "Give me a B, Give me an R, Give me an E, Give me an A, Give me a K. What’s that spell?"
Last September I pointed out how the Town of Aurora has failed to maintain its own electronic sign at the SARC I checked this week and almost a year later and it is still non-functional. Seeing as I posted about it back in April of 2018, so this has been an ongoing issue for over […]Read more "Light travels faster than sound which is why Aurora politicians appear bright until they speak"