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Pigs join in the truffle shuffle

Kimberley Le Lievre 11:30 PM   Truffle season preparation is well under way in Canberra.

Bail refused for alleged thief after threats to partner

Court

Matthew Raggatt 8:19 PM   A Calwell man has been refused bail after he allegedly threatened his former girlfriend who gave evidence to police about an armed theft. 

Parking fees to rise 6 per cent to encourage churn

Canberra motorists will be hit with a 6 per cent rise in parking fees.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   Canberra motorists will be hit with a 6 per cent rise in parking fees from July 1 as part of a government plan to encourage churn in the city and town centres. 

DFAT staffer claims abuse report stifled career

Peter Varghese, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   Since filing a sexual abuse complaint eight years ago, a Foreign Affairs official says she has been repeatedly passed over for promotion. She believes her willingness to speak up has cost her dearly.

Dr Death returns to Canberra

Dr Philip Nitschke will host a workshop in Canberra.

Henry Belot 6:47 PM   Controversial euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke will host an exclusive workshop for elderly and seriously ill Canberrans based on a banned book that provides instructions for assisted suicide.

Business confidence increases but concerns remain in the ACT

The Barber Shop owner Adi Putra and Dan Seven in Braddon.

Henry Belot 10:30 PM   Business confidence in the ACT has increased after a dramatic decline in the final quarter of 2014, according to a new national survey.

Mountain biking mecca to reopen

Majura Pines Trail Alliance volunteer convener Michael Davison on one of the newly constructed beginner trails.

Kimberley Le Lievre 5:46 PM   Majura Pines officially opened after more than 1000 hours of volunteer work to build the trails.

Better sex talk needed in secondary schools

Sex education: Around 70 per cent of people surveyed said they felt they didn’t know enough.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   Are school students missing out on all the good sex talk?

Canberra company to continue Ebola fight for US

Aspen Medical executive director Glenn Keys with education and development manager Jane Armstrong in protective clothing in the company's mock-up of an Ebola training unit.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   A Canberra based company has been contracted by the US Government to help keep Liberia Ebola free for the next six months, with other government contracts looming.

Mem Fox says private school spruiks "false advertising"

Author Mem Fox tore apart the arguments for the superiority of a private school education while speaking at the National Press Club.

Matthew Raggatt 4:00 PM   She's Fox by name and possums assured her reputation, but Australia's most popular picture-book author played the attack dog on Friday night as she elegantly tore apart the arguments for the superiority of a private school education.

Spending a lazy $50 million on a Canberra weekend

A Canberra woman won the $50 million Powerball lottery.

Megan Doherty and Emma Kelly 8:43 AM   The Canberra woman who won $50 million in the Powerball lottery is on the look-out for her first home. And she may still get the First Home Owner Grant.

We should celebrate the death of the hipster

As a 20-something who enjoys kale, I've long been subjected to hipster-hate and my objections only strengthen the rallying cry.

Henry Belot   When the last hipster disappears from Lonsdale Street I'll host a small party with bands you've never heard of.

Are you Canberra's strongest man - or woman?

Canberra Strongman Andrew Fraser pulls a truck.

Chris Wilson   Canberra Strongman entrant Andrew Fraser took up the novel sport to 'pick up chicks' - literally.

Former Army sergeant loses Civic rape appeal

Geoffrey William Joyce leaves the ACT Magistrates Court in 2012.

Christopher Knaus   A former Army sergeant jailed for raping a woman he met outside a Civic pub has lost an appeal against his conviction.

National Capital Authority waiting for response to Yarralumla development concerns

The brickworks site.

Primrose Riordan   In estimates the NGA appeared to criticise the ACT government for delays in consultation over the Yarralumla brickworks.

Waterfront park and pavilion to start City to the Lake

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr on the site of a planned new lakefront park, the first stage of the West Basin redevelopment.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy   The ACT government will begin the first stage of its City to the Lake project that will ultimately see high-rises and a swimming pool in the West Basin.

'No doubt' man delivered Civic one-punch hit: prosecution

Levi Freeman-Quay leaves the ACT Magistrates Court after an earlier appearance.

Christopher Knaus   Prosecutors say there is "no doubt" that man on trial delivered offending one-punch hit in drunken Civic fight.

More job losses to hit the ACT with Canberra pools to shed 120 staff

Civic pool

Primrose Riordan   The company running two of Canberra's aquatic centres has lost the tender to continue managing them and has shed staff. The move comes days after the ACTTAB announcement, and adds to fears the ACT economy will be further hit.

Controversial fence plan given green light despite architect's opposition

An AFP officer stands guard at the front of Parliament House in Canberra.

Ross Peake   The National Capital Authority has given the go-ahead to a controversial plan to build a fence around the ministerial wing at Parliament House.

Horses distressed, injured after vandals smashed paddock gate

Horse owners are outraged after vandals busted the lock on a paddock gate and set 13 horses loose in the middle of the night at Rose Cottage paddocks on Friday.

Megan Gorrey   More than a dozen horses were found distressed, covered in sweat and with cut and swollen legs after vandals busted a lock on their south Canberra paddock and set them loose.

Last chance for photographers to capture Canberra's autumn splendour

Hugo the English cocker spaniel runs through autumn leaves beside the Queanbeyan River.

Megan Gorrey   With ears flying, paws splayed and heart pumping, Hugo the English cocker spaniel could be the Canberra region resident most that winter is coming.

Westside Container Village 'a damp squib': National Capital Authority

Westside Acton Park "looks like the beginnings of a detention centre," Senator Sterle said.

Primrose Riordan and Kirsten Lawson   The head of the National Capital Authority has labelled the new Westside Container Village a "damp squib" and revealed the authority raised its concerns about the West Basin development with the ACT government.

Budget presents many challenges

Kirsten Lawson thumbnail

Kirsten Lawson   Chief Minister Andrew Barr is caught in a bind of a huge deficit and visionary plans as he prepares to deliver his fourth budget, writes Kirsten Lawson.

New boss to tackle scourge of domestic violence

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell has appointed a new anti-domestic violence boss

Tom McIlroy   The ACT government has appointed a senior public servant to oversee its response to domestic and family violence, amid growing recognition and media reporting of the issue in Australia.

Is the ACT arts policy about words or people?

Retiring ACT Arts director David Whitney.

Sally Pryor   For a community forum attended mainly by people in the arts, it was a disappointingly sedate affair.

Steiner School defends vaccination program after whooping cough cases confirmed

Canberra's Orana Steiner School principal is upset by claims the school is lax on vaccinations.

Emma Kelly and Henry Belot   Canberra's Orana Steiner School has defended its vaccination record after two cases of whooping cough at the Weston school.

Curtain closes on flamboyant role of entertaining audiences

'The arts needs the best support and advocacy it can get. It's very easy to diminish the arts': David Whitney.

Sally Pryor   If there's one thing David Whitney is looking forward to when he retires in July, it's having an opinion.

Molonglo and Lawson land 'overpriced by $100,000 or more'

Former executive director of policy at ACT Treasury Khalid Ahmed: Analysis suggests Molonglo and Lawson households paid far too much for their land.

Kirsten Lawson   Households in Molonglo and Lawson paid prices at least $100,000 higher than they should have for their land, new figures suggest.

ACT's $50 million Powerball winner

Gary Baron says he won on his own lottery ticket, not with a syndicate's.

Emma Kelly   One lucky person is $50 million richer thanks to a Powerball ticket purchased in the ACT.

Calling all budding songwriters

Blue Clay Creatives and Mind Body Business founder Laticia Gibson.

Jil Hogan   Independent songwriters and musicians take note.