(As published in snapd Aurora, December 2014)
It’s great to be back in the pages of snapd Aurora after a brief hiatus during the municipal election period. I would like to thank the thousands of Aurorans who exercised their democratic right to vote, and for honouring me with a second mandate to serve as your Mayor. I would like to give due cr [...]
Highlights of Aurora Town Council, Tuesday November 25, 2014
Council acknowledges and thanks outgoing Councillors Buck, Constable and Gallo
During the final meeting of Aurora Town Council for the 2010-2014 municipal term, Mayor Geoffrey Dawe and members of Council acknowledged the hard work and dedication of Councillors Evelyn Buck, Don Const [...]
(As published in the November 20, 2014 edition of the Auroran)
It is great to be back in the pages of The Auroran, following a spirited municipal election campaign! I would like to thank Editor Brock Weir for generously providing space once again for my monthly In Good Company article. The Auroran offers a great platform to reach out to Auror [...]
(As published in the November 2014 edition of snapd)
Fall has brought plenty of excitement to The Town of Aurora. By the time my article is published, we will have concluded our municipal election. I had the opportunity to speak with many residents over the past several weeks and it was very gratifying to see so many engaged in matters that [...]
Parking, Parking everywhere…..
I attended a very interesting information session yesterday on the formation of a Business Improvement Area for downtown Aurora.
Not surprisingly, one of the issues raised was parking. But, what was surprising, was the answer from one of the guest speakers.
Ron Palmer is a Principal in both the Planning Pa [...]
I got a tweet just a bit earlier tonight in response to a statement I made in my last post “A Unique 10 Point Plan?”
Specifically, in response to my statement:
“His 10th point “Ensure Fiscal Responsibility and Best Value for Every Tax Dollar” is not from the Town’s Strategic Plan, but is (or should be) an essential element o [...]
On October 1st, John Gallo released his much ballyhooed 10 Point Plan “Imagine Aurora 2030”.
If this was his term paper, and I was the teacher, he would receive an F. Why?
Because it is a cut and paste; a copy; a repackaging of the Town of Aurora’s Strategic Plan: “2011 – 2013: Today, tomorrow, our future together”
This document 10 Point Comp [...]
(The following is my opening speech from the All Candidates Meeting at Town Hall on Sunday, October 5th)
Good afternoon. My thanks to the Aurora Public Library for organizing today’s event and to Bob McRoberts for moderating.
It is very encouraging to see so many people here today. Listening and getting informed. This is the power of the peo [...]
On Wednesday September 24th , Council, at its public planning meeting, heard an application to rezone a piece of property on the north-east corner of Bayview Avenue and St. John’s Sideroad. The purpose was to seek permission to change the zoning on a parcel of land from “Convenience Commercial” to “Community Commercial.
The property owner wan [...]
“AN INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY WHERE NEIGHBOURS CARE AND BUSINESSES THRIVE”
Early in this term of Council, we asked residents to “Imagine… Aurora in 2031”.
And that is what you did. Through over a year of consultations and countless meetings and community engagement opportunities, residents of Aurora contributed and sha [...]