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Council on TV

Use the following links to visit the Rogers site, then scroll down the right hand column to select the meeting/show that interests you. 

Aurora Council Meetings:  Tune in to find out about the issues affecting the Town of Aurora and how Council is dealing with the issues. Rogers TV provides live coverage of Aurora Council meetings Tuesdays starting at 7pm when there is a meeting scheduled.

Here’s an alternate method to find Aurora Council Meetings.

  1. Select: www.rogerstv.com
  2. Choose your region – Aurora – from the pull down menu, then choose your language (You probably only have to do this on your first visit)
  3. Click on Video on Demand link located near the top right corner of the home page.
  4. Select City Council from the Shows/Events option.
  5. Select City Council – Aurora from the Sections option.
  6. Select All from the Category option.

You should see all of the council meetings there and you can choose by date for the one you wish to view.

Focal Point with Nancy Coldham: Focal Point challenges the decision makers, asks the tough questions and opens up the discussion to the residents of York Region. Get straight answers, analysis, insight and the local perspective on issues that matter to you.

Use the comments section to highlight meetings and issues that you find worthy of discussion with others.

14 Responses to “Council on TV”

  1. This is not on topic at the moment, but I have often wondered, why the debate over whether the Aurora Cultural Center has been put on the map (so to speak) to be used as a museum. Aurora already has a museum and the Aurora Cultural Center is a place to go which offers fresh, new and exciting venues.

  2. Anonymous said

    The town hall calendar says there was a council meeting last Tuesday, Feb. 1st. I was tryingto view it but the most recent one listed on Rogers was Jan 25th. Does anyone know if it was recorded by Rogers and how long it usually is before it is available for streaming?

    • Luckwyife said

      That was a GC meeting which is not televised. I wish that it was!

    • Paul Pirri said

      Hello Anon.,

      In addition to special budget or planning meetings (which take place Mondays and Wednesday respectively as needed) council meets on Tuesdays for alternating General Committee and Council meetings. General Committee meetings are not televised Council meetings are.

      I think someone can acquire a DVD of these meetings through Town Hall, there might be a small fee. One of the budget items we were looking into on Saturday would be computer hardware which would allow us stream the meetings online for those unable to attend meetings.

      I hope this helps
      Paul

    • Anonymous said

      Thanks Councilor Piri

    • Something Fishy in Aurora..... said

      Any idea why the Feb 8th meeting is not available from Rogers?

    • Anonymous said

      Aluminum foil hat time!!

  3. Anonymous said

    Why aren’t the latest council meetings online?

    • Richard Johnson said

      Only regular council meetings are recorded by Rogers and not GC meetings.

      I think that the town records the GC meetings as well but I don’t know how to access those tapes and they may just be audio tapes (I’m not sure).

      I’m sure that the Town Clerk could clarify the details if asked.

    • Anonymous said

      September 14th? It’s not online.

  4. Reprinted from See it For Yourself — Then decide For Yourself 7/24/10

    Well council once again put on quite a show at the July 13th council meeting. There were so many issues of concern raised that one does not know where to start.

    While I remain impressed with the quality of our town staff, I’m left with the feeling that we may want to change the town we are twinned with to Salem, Mass given the clear and apparent witch hunt that appears to be well underway under the leadership of our Mayor.

    The meat of the accusations that have been re-issued under the code of conduct appear at 4:24:00 to 4:39:30 of the tape located at this link:
    Rogers Cable LINK: http://www.rogerstv.com/option.asp?lid=237&rid=70&mid=52&gid=69135#38_120_3103

    The Integrity Commissioner is paid a maximum of $5,000 per month to a maximum of $60,000 per year. He is also paid a minimum monthly retainer, even when complaints are held in abeyance from August 1 to Dec 1. He also answers questions and educates council where and when required. John Leach agreed to send me the report that was prepared by staff when the IC was hired in order that I might be able to figure out what the monthly retainer is.

    The section between 3:32:00 to 3:57:00 of the above noted meeting tape deals with two issues: the cut-off date for filing complaints in around election time moratoriums as well as the fact that council seems to only be focusing on accusations raised by Clr MacEachern (which complaints are supported by Mayor Phyllis Morris, Clr Wendy Geartner & Clr Steve Granger). A complaint that was apparently filed against Clr Granger seems to have fallen off the radar for some reason and amazingly no complaint has ever been submitted against Clr MacEachern as far as I am aware, despite her less than civil e-mails to Clr Wilson and Clr Buck and her actions towards others at the council table from time to time.

    At 3:48:50 Evelyn Buck speaks about the code of conduct. The IC’s contract is a twelve month contract that can be terminated with 30 days notice.

    While the Integrity Commissioner may in fact be an “independent (arms length) third party” as noted by the Mayor, he can also apparently be fired if he does not rule to the Mayor’s favour, as Mr. Nitkin found out the hard way. The fate of the previous IC can’t escape the notice of the current IC who is currently responsible for inspiring the current council to new levels of integrity. The jury is out as to how successful the new IC has been and how much money is too much money when witnessing the games that we continue to see being played, which games do in fact appear to be highly politically motivated.

    Clr Buck states that the previous council “extorted” money and her statement was like throwing bloody meat into a shark tank. Start the tape at 4:07:50 onwards… and onwards to 4:13:00. Buck marches out at 4:10:00

    See definition of extortion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extortion
    Extortion: “The term extortion is often used metaphorically to refer to usury or to price-gouging, though neither is legally considered extortion. It is also often used loosely to refer to everyday situations where one person feels indebted against their will, to another, in order to receive an essential service or avoid legal consequences. For example, certain lawsuits, fees for services such as banking, automobile insurance, gasoline prices, and even taxation, have all been labeled “legalized extortion” by people with various social or political beliefs. [citation needed]”

    Even if I may disagree with Clr Buck on any number of issues and / or her choice of language, I still don’t think that the code of conduct and the $50,000 plus that has been spent to date in dealing with councillor Buck is money well spent when we have given not one thin dime to the food bank. This is a poisoned council and it very largely the Mayor’s doing as a result of her approach to public dialog and her clear and apparent manipulation of process.

    Here is but one small exmaple from the same meeting in question: The Mayor tried to paint a picture that only a small number of people do all the work, as per her attempt with Clr. MacEachern to get attendance records for in-camera CLOSED meetings made public (see 4:17:00 — 4:24:00) and despite the fact that the Mayor often ignores the input of at least three councillors constantly and she has thwarted their efforts to join committees and advisory groups.

    I suspect that the reason that some councilors are less than fully utilised is becasue they have been ignored and mistreated. I trust that we don’t have to remind anyone that one Councilor (Grace Marsh) felt compelled to resign in frustration. Look at the town’s senior staff employment record for an inkling of how staff must feel under this business culture. This is a vindictive and manipulative council beyond all compare.

    Apparently dealing with ethical issues with this group could well become a full time job at our collective expense. Between the accolades that were showered on staff and comittee members by the Mayor and the dealing of the above mentioned code of conduct issues, it is amazing that the above noted meeting was only four and a half hours long. If you feel that this post is far too long, I don’t blame you, but just try watching the entire council meeting.

  5. Interested Observer said

    Watching council meeting of May 12th at around 1:27, it’s entertaining yet sad to watch Councillor Buck struggling to put forth her newest conspiracy theory around a project that came in under budget. As the protector of the tax payer’s interests that she claims to be you would expect that she would be congratulating Mr. Siminovskis for a job well done, instead she’s insinuating that a poor job was done of estimating and that residents weren’t given the opportunity to have input. There is a saying about not being able to suck and blow at the same time which is true except in the case of a Babbling Buck.

  6. Knowledgeable in Aurora said

    I would strongly suggest that anyone who wants to understand the terrible way that Mayor Morris allows the public to treat Clr Buck watch the meeting of May 12th, 2009 starting at 02:18. It provides just one example of why Clr Buck had to file the law suit she did. Hopefully others will provide more examples of the reprehensible way she is treated, there are many.

    • noseeum said

      Oh boy, I fell off my chair. The way councillor Buck is treated….. Hah…. I thought it was humane. On trial, she’d have a hard time defending her actions. End of story. And it is a novel of fiction Buck spins.

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