2017 Business Appearance Awards

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce resurrected their Business Excellence Awards this year after a 5 year hiatus. One has to question why, if it is so important, that the Chamber chose to not recognize Business Excellence in Aurora for the last 5 years.  The Newmarket Chamber has been doing it for 28 years. This year the […]

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Aurora’s precious snowflakes

Last year the Town of Aurora ran a pilot to allow on-street parking during the winter months and, as to be expected, it negatively impacted the town’s ability to meet snow clearing time targets. When council realized it couldn’t have its cake and eat it too the pilot was scuttled. Returning to the previous snow clearing […]

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Books, Balls & Liquor

Last weekend the Aurora Historical Society’s elitist ball was held at Aurora’s most popular event destination: the King Valley Golf Club. If you’re organizing a pompous ball what on earth would possess you to pick a golf club that opened in 1991? And if there is some historical significance behind the game of golf what is Aurora […]

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part of an unbalanced breakfast

  From 2012 – 2016 Sport Aurora has held a “breakfast of champions” event.  An event in 2014 the Banner declared “appropriately named”. For some reason this year its name wasn’t appropriate enough and the event quietly and suddenly morphed into the “Mayor’s” Breakfast of Champions. We read in the event description:  One of the mandates of […]

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the road more travelled

In this Sept. 27th piece from the Banner we learn that the Region has come out to announce how amazing it is at managing development in a fiscally responsible way. It’s $1.5-billion short on its forecasted 10-year roads construction budget. Over the next 10 years it will collect $300 million less than it had anticipated in […]

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Inverted Darwinism

Back in May of 2015 Mayor Dawe announced that a video stream was “intended to provide residents a real-time opportunity to see how capital funds are being spent” on the Joint Ops Centre. Apparently, much to the Mayor’s surprise, showing residents exactly how capital funds are spent on a multi-million dollar project is a little […]

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turn on, tune in, opt out?

Back in 2010 one-term Mayor Phyllis Morris signed a petition to outlaw tanning beds.  Last month we learn how meaningless such a ban was. Not to be outdone 2 years later Mayor Dawe introduced a motion to go after contraband cigarettes.  Back in April, we learned that 1 in 3 of all cigarettes purchased in the province are […]

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