"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Friday, 29 April 2016


Christopher Watts has left a new comment on your post "SANTA CLAUS IS ALWAYS COMING TO TOWN": 

Here's a few.

In pursuit of an exceptional quality of life for all The Town of Aurora can boast the following accomplishments over the past 10 years:

- Found a sustainable use for the Petch House.

- Held enough business and recreational events to sustain a hotel.

- Put shovels in the ground at library square.

- Revitalized the downtown core.

- Invested over $600,000 total in yearly grants to the Aurora Historical Society for them to properly care for a collection, maintain a National Historic Site and create a Heritage Centre.

- Maintained and improved well capacity of the town's aquifers, reducing the need to blend water from Lake Ontario.

- Translated the successful reduction of energy on Earth Hour to a noticeable townwide reduction in every other hour.

- Meeting the needs of MAGNA, retaining their corporate headquarters in Aurora.

- Applied pressure where required to reduce daily parking rates at Southlake Hospital to less than $10/day.

- Achieved the gold standard of democracy through the implementation of a code of ethics and enforcement by way of issuing a necessary SLAPP lawsuit on citizens.

- Championed for a radio station, the exact mode of media that everyone has been scrambling to build here in town over the past 40 years yet were stymied by overwhelming competition.

- Invested $20,000+ in a pretty study on the private interest led Hilarity-Macintired project.

- Maintained a thriving Chamber of Commerce that has adapted to the needs of business while never entering a deficit situation.

- Elimintaed train whistles at all crossings in Aurora.

- Stopped a cell phone tower from being erected in a completely different municipality.

- Set an example by purchasing a SmartCar for staff to use to perform duties with no risk to their safety. Added bonus the car was such a hit sales spiked at a local dealership.

- Adopted a tree protection policy that has prevented massive clear-cutting of trees by developers.

- Brought in the Joint Ops centre on budget and with a gold LEED standard.

- Operated an Architectural Salvage program, retaining and caring for items from the numerous heritage homes that have been demolished thus saving elements for adaptive reuse

- Brought in the Family Leisure Complex renovations without issue or cost.

- Implemented a South East Heritage Conservation district through ample consultation and communication with impacted residents.

- Effectively traffic calmed a section of town through use of chicanes and one-way street restrictions at negligible cost resulting in no accidents.

- Implemented an up to date Communications plan, social media strategy and Crisis Communications Plan.

- Fixed the broken LED sign at Aurora Heights & Yonge.

- Hosted Prince Andrew’s dedication of Aurora’s Queen Diamond Jubilee Park in Aurora.

- Through working together with the local MPP implemented an effective graffiti program that meets its objectives.

- Conducted a thorough site evaluation before purchasing the Aurora Armoury

- Rolled out a fully mobile website on time, migrating all content.

- Rolled out streaming of committee meetings.

- Put Aurora on the Cultural map through leveraging a Heritage Centre into a Cultural Centre thereby allowing the booking of acts of superstars like Dan Hill to draw in sold out crowds and boost tourism.

- Maintained the town's corporate identity and logo by keeping the retired flag securely shelved and not flown around town.

- Accounted for all water in the town with no reported losses.

- Implemented a "Cultural Roundtable" that is inclusive of all cultural groups in town including the Aurora Museum & Archives.

- Implemented a Glad Clear garbage bag policy for waste diversion, instantly solving the town's rampant abuse of the waste collection program that was in place. 

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Posted by Christopher Watts to  Our Town and Its Business at 29 April 2016 at 14:12


Marcus said...

That list is a knock out punch of reality.
I cannot believe how inept this group, and the Formers clan failed.
I understand there has been some consistency with bullying too.
It's really sad because Aurora used to be a nice community.

Anonymous said...

It's still a nice community. We just have a handfull of people that believe they're entitled. We just need to find council members that have the courage to shut them down.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Chris has a part 2 to that list.

Anonymous said...

We can also be proud of our 1% job growth rate for 2014-2015. We are in the top 8 in York Region.

Anonymous said...

Count me out on wanting to silence the train whistles.
And 18:50, when I see jobs that pay decent salaries and are sustainable, I will blow that horn. Most of the good jobs somehow ended up in the town hall belonging to commuters.

Anonymous said...

Only gov't hire and pay people who don't know how or don't want to work. The rest of the empoyers out there refuse to play that game.

Anonymous said...

I see a lot of empty store fronts to be claiming job growth.

Anonymous said...

I remember Wendy Gaertner who had an issue with the Bulk Barn headquarters coming here to Aurora. She said something to the effect that those jobs wouldn't be good jobs for this Town or those lands. And you wonder why a hotel would consider coming here with a council representative like her spewing off those comments.

Anonymous said...

At least they haven't bought Hallmark - yet.