I’m curious if accepting campaign donations from Frank Stronach and/or his dysfunctional family comes with the unwritten expectation the sitting Mayor of Aurora do photo-ops riding his latest contraption. Almost 3 years ago I wrote this post on Stronach’s last non-car vehicle failure: BionX. Then touted as “the world’s most advanced – and most desired […]
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I’m proud of the Aurora Public Library raising the bar with it’s most recent staff pick posted to facebook: A pick that no doubt resulted in much pearl clutching by the library board’s resident Ned Flanders. You remember the ass-hat who pushed to censor me a year ago because he was offended by a swear […]
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In response to covid-19 the mayor’s egg hunt (my vote for best title of a special event in the entire town) has expanded beyond eggs to having Aurorans between the ages of 60 and 64 search out their vaccines. The boundaries have also expanded outside the town, even the region with Mayor Mrakas advising Aurorans […]
Read more "the mayor’s egg hunt, covid-19 edition"
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"
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 […]
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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. […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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"
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 […]
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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"
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."
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 […]
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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?"
A query has materialized over on the Living in Aurora community Focus facebook group after noticing the recent Woodhaven subdivision at 14222 Yonge Street has no sidewalks. We all know that subdivisions don’t just materialize out of nowhere. It takes several years of planning. Oversight includes several stages of provincial, regional and municipal approvals. Town […]
Read more "A walk in the lark"
This April 10th Error Banner piece tells us that the Town of Aurora Public Library has laid of 28 of its 33 staff. In a statement the CEO offers these empty words “This is the new reality and we are doing the best we can”. An interesting take, especially when the City of Toronto showed […]
Read more "Nothing is more impotent than an unread library"
Last Thursday I went to open my storm door and couldn’t. The culprit, a rolled up flyer for someone selling cat parts. WTF? Someone is seriously delivering flyers door to door during the covid19 outbreak? Days go by and the news is filled with multiple levels of government pointing fingers at each other with respect […]
Read more "Knock knock jokes"
Business is all about managing what you measure. If you don’t measure you are unable to manage and this is where things that should have gotten done are replaced by uneducated guesses. With all the Covid19 precautions there is a lot of speculation as to the impacts on the national and provincial economies. What about […]
Read more "Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be"
The Good thing about shutting down all dine-in restaurants in Aurora due to Covid19 is that Aurorans are no longer at risk of getting sick from the establishments that refuse to comply with York Public Health’s rules. Back on March 4th the Era Banner reported violations between the period of February 24th and March 1st. […]
Read more "You are also what you don’t eat"
The Aurora Winter Blues Festival is Music Aurora’s only offering after they failed twice to establish a “legacy Summer Music Festival, and dropped their poorly attended series of Porch Fests. This year’s event which is scheduled to happen next weekend and has yet to sell out its tickets: It is more concerning that organizers have […]
Read more "The Aurora Winter Ewwwws Festival"
Earlier this month Mayor Mrakas wrote a post on “Protecting Aurora’s Tree canopy”. It it he reinforced “the protection and stewardship of existing trees is the most effective means of achieving greater tree cover and leaf areas”. The Mayor suggests more needs to be done with respect to trees in private property. “We need to […]
Read more "The MisGiving Tree"
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