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

News.  Canberra resident Goch Kot was travelling in a taxi on Thursday night when his driver was attacked by a man with a knife.

Michael Inman 11:10 PM   Canberra man pleads guilty to injuring two people during a random machete attack earlier this month.

Dog attacks put three Canberrans in hospital every week

Canberra boy Jack Hartigan was attacked by two dogs in 2011 and has filed civil action against the ACT government.

Clare Sibthorpe and Michael Inman 10:15 PM   Almost 250 dog attacks were reported to the ACT government in the past year, with 153 resulting in hospital treatment and 116 dogs seized.

Man flees 'suspicious' fire in O'Connor home

ACT firefighters are trying to save a house in O'Connor.

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 claims sparkling world record for most lights on a Christmas tree

Edi Lupton, 9, and Cat Lupton 11 beneath the record-breaking light-covered Christmas tree.

Emma Kelly 10:00 PM   Another Canberra Christmas, another sparkling world record.

Sporting community backs Elijah Arranz

The sporting community has rallied behind Canberra athlete and basketballer Elijah Arranz.

Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Hundreds of Canberrans have raised more than $15,000 for Elijah Arranz.

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.

Squabbling erupts despite fall in work injury numbers across the ACT

A lack of co-operation is eroding workplace safety, say both the Master Builders Association and Unions ACT.

Katie Burgess 11:45 PM   Both the ACT's peak construction and union bodies believe a lack of co-operation is eroding workplace safety. What they can't agree on is which of them is responsible for it.

Australian National Botanic Gardens granted eco certification

Australian National Botanic Gardens volunteer guide Jocelyn Fitzhardinge, General Manager Peter Byron and President of Friends Lesley Jackman are pleased that the gardens have received and eco certification from Ecotourism Australia.

Nicola Sheville 11:45 PM   The Australian National Botanic Gardens has been granted eco certification from Ecotourism Australia making it only the second botanic gardens in the country to receive the achievement.

Tens of thousands of Canberrans will never own a house: Stanhope

Flashback to August, 2009: Jon Stanhope turns the first sod on a block in Forde as part of the launch of stage two of the affordable housing action plan.

David Ellery 11:45 PM   More than a third of Canberra families have been priced out of the detached housing market and the situation will only get worse, former chief minister Jon Stanhope says.

Diversity ACT wants inquiry into why government stripped its funding

Minister Yvette Berry: No knowledge of pressure being put on Diversity ACT over a funding dispute.

Kirsten Lawson 11:45 PM   Gay and lesbian support group Diversity ACT has called for a review of how it lost its funding last year, amid allegations of conflicts of interest and unfair treatment.

Navy combat to be tested in Jervis Bay

Hawk fighter jets from 76 Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown simulate an attack as they fly past the HMAS Canberra during the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet Concentration Period.

Caitlin Wheeler 12:15 AM   A fictitious battle between enemy forces is playing out in the water off the coast of Jervis Bay this week as The Royal Australian Navy conducts its biggest field training activity in over five years.

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.

Hot weather to continue as Canberra heads into summer

Ivy Lu's photo of a Canola field which has been enterted in the Canberra Times spring photo competition.

Nicola Sheville 11:45 PM   Canberra has enjoyed a run of beautiful sunshine and light breezy weather this week and those hoping for a clear weekend may be in luck with a forecast of gradual heating over the next five days.

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?

Business to consider motion sensors in Canberra street light sale

For sale: Canberra's 78,000 streetlights.

Tom McIlroy 11:45 PM   An audit of Canberra's street lights has found more than half date back to at least the 1980s and raises questions about government record keeping of the types of lighting in use around the city. 

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.

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.

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   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   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   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   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   Christmas truly has arrived in Canberra.

Australia's dental system 'broken'

The ACT has met its target for childhood dental health.

Henry Belot   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   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   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   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   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   There were pearly white grins for miles on Thursday as the ACT Quality in Healthcare Award winners were announced.