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Man flees 'suspicious' fire in O'Connor home

9:25 PM   A fire which forced a man to flee his north Canberra home deemed suspicious by police investigators.

Award winners foster inclusive Canberra

'Everybody is just thinking the NDIS will fix all of this, but the truth is it won't': Advocacy for Inclusion general manager Christina Ryan.

9:30 PM   The Green Shed, Project Independence, Canberra Community Housing, a rising young actor and a long-time disability advocate are among the winners of the 2015 ACT Chief Minister Inclusion Awards.

Canberra public housing tenants welcome relocation to newer homes

Canberra public housing resident Laurel Dakin recently moved from Nortbourne Avenue to Ainslie.

Tom McIlroy 9:00 PM   News of the imminent demolition of parts of the Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct this week has not worried former Owen Flats resident Laurel Dakin. 

Rescue helicopter crews gear up for summer

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crew members Sean Orsborn, John Costin and pilot Sam Wilson will be part of boosted patrols at South Coast beaches over summer.

Megan Gorrey 9:00 PM   Search and rescue crews on the South Coast are ready and raring to go if beach activities go awry – but they'd rather not encounter you.

Hindmarsh Drive lane closures due to road works

Road works

6:21 PM   Drivers will have to watch out for lane closures on Hindmarsh Drive on Saturday due to resealing works.

Jackson dancer back returns to Canberra for birthday bash

Alex Carson has gone from lessons Canberra's Dance Central to sharing a stage with Janet Jackson.

Jil Hogan 6:19 PM   It's a long way from dancing on a stage in Phillip to sharing the stage with Janet Jackson, but dancer Alex Carson has done just that.

Currong and Allawah flats sites for sale

The Currong Apartments

Tom McIlroy 9:00 PM   The ACT government will sell the sites of the rundown Currong and Allawah flats in central Canberra in February.

The leopard of Lonsdale Street

Catlina Vera Vera (left) and Taylor Cichacz (right) with actress Margot Robbie at Rebel Muse in Braddon.

Jil Hogan 6:11 PM   ​Aussie actress and Hollywood star Margot Robbie caused a bit of a stir when she was spotted in Braddon last weekend.

Tickled pink

Paul Walshe and Dorothy Service at the 2015 Global Illumination Pink Dinner on October 22 at Hyatt Hotel, Canberra.

Jil Hogan 6:05 PM   Canberrans Paul Walshe and Dorothy Service have been recognised in Sydney for their contribution to breast cancer research.

The countdown is on

Saskwatch will headline the New Year's Eve 2015 celebrations in Canberra.

Jil Hogan 6:00 PM   As the clock counts down to midnight on New Year's Eve 2015, two fireworks displays and free live music will again light up Civic.

Love is a battlefield

Artist eX de Medici (right) in front of her work 'Shotgun wedding dress' which is now on display at the National Gallery of Australia.

Jil Hogan 5:39 PM   It's one of the newest additions to the National Gallery of Australia, and you'd certainly struggle to walk past it without paying attention.

Man acquitted of raping, assaulting wife


Michael Inman 5:20 PM   Canberra man acquitted of raping and assaulting his wife after an argument about dinner.

Child witnesses horrific dog attack

Coco lost an eyeball in a vicious backyard attack last week.

Katie Burgess, Emma Kelly 4:01 PM   Child left traumatised after witnessing a 'dangerous' dog rip out the eye of his grandparents' dog. Warning: Graphic images.

Drug-driving campaign launched in ACT after calls for greater awareness

ACT Policing Constable Ashley Knowles with a saliva swab used in random roadside drug tests.

Megan Gorrey 3:44 PM   Canberra drivers will be warned of the risks of drugged driving as part of a long-awaited advertising campaign to raise awareness of controversial roadside tests for illicit substances.

The Canberra Times news quiz for November 27

Emily Larkin dives for the ball on to the sand at the Lyneham Beach Sports Facility.

3:06 PM   How closely have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Convicted killer was on the run


Michael Inman 1:03 PM   Police have caught a convicted contract killer who allegedly breached parole and actively avoided arrest.

'I have lost my kids, I will stab you'


Michael Inman 12:50 PM   Canberra man pleads guilty to injuring two people during a random machete attack earlier this month.

Griffyn Ensemble presents The Utopia Experiment

The entire Griffyn Ensemble including Kiri Sollis, Holly Downes, Michael Sollis, Chris Stone, Laura Tanata, Susan Ellis.

11:00 AM   If you like beautiful songs that evoke a story, The Utopia Experiment, is the concert for you, the Griffyn Ensemble's Michael Sollis says.

Damning disability abuse report uses ACT death as warning

Greens senator Rachel Siewert is calling for a royal commission into the treatment of disabled people in residential care and institutions.

Christopher Knaus, Judith Ireland and Rachel Browne 10:39 AM   Senate inquiry calls for royal commission, while using death of Canberra woman to highlight dangers of casualisation.

Mentor model shows its worth

<i>House of Congress</i> by Jessie Pangas in Right Here Now.

Sasha Grishin 10:17 AM   The older model of training artists with mentorships and apprenticeships pays off in the latest art exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

Dashcams could be key to finding killer

Andrew Carville was last seen alive on November 4.

9:25 AM   ACT police believe bodycams and dashcam footage could provide a breakthrough in the suspected killing of north Canberra man Andrew Carville.

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Works of inspiration

Tom Skeehan's Single Chair in 'Thought – Process' at Craft ACT.

Kery-Anne Cousins 12:27 AM   The enormous amount of thought and energy behind an artist's finished work is an important aspect of the current exhibition at Craft ACT.

Cotter pub to rise from the ashes

Simone Hunter and Anthony Pesec are behind the push to rebuild the old Cotter Pub as boutique microbrewery.

Scott Hannaford 11:45 PM   With its huge stone fireplace and reputation for lively gatherings, the Cotter Pub was a cherished landmark for a generation of Canberrans before it was destroyed by fire in 2003. Now a community group is working on a plan to bring the area back to life.

No slowing down for these octogenarians

Consie Larmour, 80, of Ainslie.

Alexandra Back 11:23 PM   As an 86-year-old athlete, Gwen Gleeson has learned not to take her good health for granted.

ACT records its warmest night in nine years

Fast-moving cloud formations at sunset at Yarralumla Bay. This photo was submitted to The Canberra Times spring photo competition.

Katie Burgess   Damaging gale-force winds are moving across the capital. But last night was the big surprise.

Gungahlin mosque opponents rack up huge costs in protracted court battle

Concerned Citizens of Canberra president Irwin Ross outside the ACT Supreme Court in July last year.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Controversial anti-mosque group racks up huge costs in doomed court bid.

All your Christmases are coming at once

Tonight's the night: The SIDS and Kids ACT Christmas tree lights will be turned on about 9.02pm on Friday, potentially snaring the ACT a world record. Project manager Louise Bilston helps decorate the tree

Megan Doherty 11:30 PM   Christmas truly has arrived in Canberra.

Australia's dental system 'broken'

The ACT has met its target for childhood dental health.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   A Canberra dentist says Australia's dental system is failing to improve health outcomes, despite an increasing number of practitioners.

Husband denies raping, assaulting wife over dinner

The husband denied raping his wife or becoming angry because she wouldn't cook him dinner.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   A husband who allegedly raped and assaulted his wife after an argument about dinner has denied believing it was wife's job to cook for him.

Taxi plate owner slapped down by ACCC over call to fight fire with fire

Taxi plate owner Phil Button: The ACCC should target the ACT government rather than  him.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   ACCC tells Phil Button not to try using the Aerial dispatch system to protect the investment of taxi plate owners

Art heals soldiers' wounds

Australian Army soldier Private Owen Breakwell sings during a performance as part of the program.

Megan Doherty 11:30 PM   Words, music, art and drama are helping to heal the country's damaged soldiers

Sofer-Schreiber stabbed with a paring knife

Christopher Navin has admitted he fatally stabbed his former housemate, but pleaded not guilty to murder.

Michael Inman   Christopher David Navin's defence barrister tells court his client first attacked his former housemate with a small paring knife.

ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell to attend climate change talks in Paris

Simon Corbell maintains it is important for the ACT to be represented in Paris.

Megan Doherty 11:30 PM   ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell will attend climate change talks in Paris, assured security measures will be tight and committed to showcasing the territory as a leader in greener living.

Healthcare award winners are all smiles

Mobile Dental Clinic for Residential Aged Care Facilities dentists Dr Ajay Sandhu and Dr Therese Coleman with dental assistant Susan Zepka.

Nicola Sheville 11:30 PM   There were pearly white grins for miles on Thursday as the ACT Quality in Healthcare Award winners were announced.

Gang-gang. Digital artist pokes fun at Abbott - ex Minister for Women.

Gareth Dunstone's digital artwork 'Minister for Bitches' (2015).

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Forgive us, Australia, for running today's picture of a man (Tony Abbott) the nation is so keen to forget, but there is something really remarkable about this portrait as a work of art.

Canberra's diplomatic dawdlers

National Capital Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow pictured recently.

Phillip Thomson   "Use it or lose it" sparks Iran to action in Yarralumla.

Reporters become firefighters

Canberra Times reporter Clare Sibthorpe was among the journalists visiting the ACT Fire and Rescue training centre in Hume on Thursday.

Clare Sibthorpe   Media given the rare chance to walk in the shoes of Canberra's frontline firefighters.

Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra November 27-29

Project manager Louise Bilston putting the finishing touches on the SIDS and Kids ACT Christmas lights in City Walk. The lights will be switched on Friday night.

Jil Hogan   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

On the road with Thomas Mathieson, aka Mathas

Mathas has fond memories of a storybook tape about cowboy Lucky Luke.

We chat to Perth hip-hop singer Mathas.

Floriade must stop killing trees

National Capital Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow.

Phillip Thomson   Ultimatum for Canberra's most popular event comes from planning boss.

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Photographers' artwork: atmospheric, witty and disturbing

Untitled 1 by Rebecca Worth at PhotoAccess.

Peter Haynes   The three artists currently exhibiting at PhotoAccess have each been the recipient of an ANU School of Art Emerging Artist Support Scheme Award and have had a year-long residency at PhotoAccess.

National Museum of Australia in Canberra launches Encounters exhibition

La Perouse community leader Shayne Williams at the launch of National Museum of Australia's new exhibition Encounters:  Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum.

Clare Colley 11:45 PM   A landmark exhibition of Indigenous objects opened without a fuss at the National Museum of Australia on Thursday, despite its sister exhibition being met by protesters.

Canberra performer steps into award spotlight

James Batchelor in his work METASYSTEMS.

Canberra-born performer James Batchelor is among eight artists vying for the 2016 Keir Choreographic Award.