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 […]
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If you watch the GC Meeting of May 5th the subject of the Town of Aurora’s still not fully operational website is discussed at 1:51:32: We learn that instead of the budgeted $70,000 only $23,000 was spent to date, yet when trying to determine why only emphasizes the huge communication deficiencies and lack of leadership. The […]
Read more "A mistake repeated more than once is a decision"
Back on March 17th the Yonge & St. Clair BIA released a post to alert citizens to head online and support local shops. That was also a month ago, a very fast reaction to the pandemic. They followed this up on March 23rd by announcing a $500 Digital Growth Grant. This initiative is to help […]
Read more "Downtown Aurora M.I.A."
While the Town of Aurora has spent 2 attempts over 5 years and $140,000 on their corporate website only for it to remain a hot mess the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury is poised to get a new smartphone app. Oh and the cost, well below the $70,000 website refresh, and that amount may qualify […]
Read more "Smartphone Dumbtown"
Over a month ago the Town of Aurora announced it launched a new website. Proving that attention to detail is a huge challenge it appears the town’s communications department couldn’t even bother to spellcheck their own announcement: The claim is the the new website offers residents a cleaner, new look with updated features and more […]
Read more "A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good"
Check out this “Community consultation notice” about a public open house that is occurring in less than 50 hours: And how did I learn about this? A town councillor posted it to social media. Surprised I went to verify the notice on any of the Town of Aurora’s mediocre media offerings and guess what. It’s […]
Read more "how not to get noticed"
Town staff recently conducted a (yawn) focus group to get feedback on what people want to see on the town’s website sitemap. Here’s a suggestion. How about a working website, or is that somehow excluded from the town’s goal of providing an exceptional quality of life? The town’s website is one of the worst vehicles […]
Read more "w.w.whoops"
There is a massive communications breakdown in the Town of Aurora’s 2019 budget process which becomes obvious the moment one attempts to engage with it. It is so bad that at the February 21st meeting to deal with the town’s operating budget, not one but two councillors raised issues as to how the budget is […]
Read more "water beats scissors"
The town has recently sent out a social media post that says that black plastic is not accepted in the blue bin recycling program: Yet their webpage dedicated to the bluebox program clearly has black plastic under the column “materials accepted”: I would say that is confusing. Also under that list is “coffee cups/hot beverage […]
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It’s hard to a day without getting confused by the Town of Aurora’s communication channels. Yesterday it was the status of outdoor ice-rinks, today it is what can and can’t be recycled. So here is social media post by the Town of Aurora stating that they are in no way confused about the matter: Yet […]
Read more "reduce, confuse, recycle"
Here is a recent Town of Aurora facebook post: The post is banal as usual, but at least this one isn’t using cheesy stock imagery. The problem lies in the fact that it includes a link to the steaming turd that is the town of Aurora’s website, and if you click it you come to […]
Read more "from skating over thin ice to jumping into hot water"
With 2 weeks left to go before the election I have done my rounds online checking out the web presences for council and Mayoral candidates in Aurora. What was shocking to learn was that only 1 mayoral candidate has a secure website; Dawe. Mrakas, Ballard and Abel do not. All the beating of chests about […]
Read more "Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud."
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 […]
Read more "2017 Business Appearance Awards"
If you’re looking for climate change denial look no further than the Town of Aurora’s website. A snapshot of the first image on its landing page is featured above. Clicking it takes you here where both outdoor skating and tobogganing are listed among the top 5 ways to make the most of your March break. Included […]
Read more "Just add snow"
Clr. Buck has informed us that Last Tuesday Council received a report about the new website ,describing it in superlative terms. You can read her post here: http://evelynmbuck.blogspot.ca/2014/08/ask-and-you-shall-not-receive.html In her post she said she wasn’t comfortable with the self-congratulatory tone of the report and preferred to let people tell council what they think of the […]
Read more "out of site, out of mind"
To say that the Town of Aurora’s corporate website has resulted in continuous face-palms from myself and the community at large would be an overstatement. I can’t even begin to imagine what first impressions those that don’t live here have when they hit the aurora.ca landing page other than dizziness and nausea. I wrote a […]
Read more "webslight of hand"
According to this Error Banner article from last November the Town of Aurora will be rolling out a new website in just over a month: http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/4196735-new-aurora-website-to-launch-in-march This is one initiative that is long overdue, as I commented on it back in 2009 here: https://wattstrending.wordpress.com/2009/10/07/letter-to-the-auroran-burying-our-towns-website/ The Town of Aurora’s website is alarmingly outdated and restrictive. I […]
Read more "you don’t always get what you pay for"
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