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We would like to introduce a new post series on our Town Politics focus page – highlights from Aurora Council Meetings ‘Reporting From Town Hill‘. The topic will have a cartoon and will highlight general ideas covered in Council Meetings. But first, let us share this. When my son turned two and a half I …

By Matt Maddocks. After the municipal election in 2010, do you ever check in on your elected representatives to see if they are living up to the promises and commitments they made while campaigning for Aurora Town Council? It seems to me, that a certain few who occupy those honoured council seats are thumbing their …

By John Abel, Aurora ON. On Saturday (Aug 4, 2012) the busiest day of the festival, the organizers of the Aurora Jazz+ Festival 2012 scheduled a special presentation to take place prior to the final act of the night. Taking part by invitation were MP Lois Brown, Minister of Tourism and Culture MPP Michael Chan, …

By Matt Maddocks. I’m heading out for a much anticipated 2 week solo motorcycle excursion to the east coast. On my way I plan to take the back roads, taking in the feel and culture of the small towns I stop at along the way. I’m hoping to get some small sense of these towns, …

By John Abel, Aurora ON. Aurora’s Historic Town Park was the venue for the Aurora Jazz+ Festival 2012 for the 4th straight year. For over 100 years our Town Park has served as a focal point for community events. That’s easy to see when you visit. There are many mature trees, a beautiful well constructed …

By Matt Maddocks. Recently I attended two of the many Doors Open Aurora events. I went to visit Harry Lumsden’s home/trumpeter swan sanctuary/Eden in Aurora. Mr. Lumsden, a Member of the Order of Canada and more recently a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement, was a wonderful host. I found …

By Matt Maddocks. The last council meeting before “summer break” was interesting, to say the least. Is it just me, or does anyone else think that there must be something that happens when certain councilors, roused by the TV cameras and perhaps possessing an over-inflated sense of self-importance, shift from behaving in a respectful mature …

It’s often hard to tell how much the average person follows government politics at least the municipal government. Some do more than others, some not until election time, some not at all. But politics and government play a huge role in our everyday lives, whether we are aware of it or not. The right to …

By Matt Maddocks. My name is Matt Maddocks. I’ve been invited to post here at community FOCUS to target the political landscape and issues of community interest here in Aurora. I’m a political junkie, and have a deep-rooted respect for democracy. I’m amazed sometimes when I hear a group, denied of some issue they sought …