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Mentor model shows its worth

Brian Robinson: Woven Waters

Sasha Grishin 12:49 AM   The older model of training artists with mentorships and apprenticeships pays off in the latest art exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

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 three octogenarians competing in pentathlon

From left, Dawn La Fontaine, 84, of Cook, Gwen Gleeson, 86, of Watson, and Consie Larmour, 80, of Ainslie, compete in the Pentathlon Championships at Woden Park Athletic Field in Canberra.

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 9:47 PM   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.

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 11:30 PM   Senate inquiry calls for royal commission, while using death of Canberra woman to highlight dangers of casualisation.

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.

Dentist raises concerns over quality and cost of treatment

The ACT has met its target for childhood dental health.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   A Canberra dentist has described Australia's dental system as broken and failing to improve health outcomes

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 7:59 PM   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 7:01 PM   "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 6:08 PM   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 5:41 PM   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.

5:22 PM   We chat to Perth hip-hop singer Mathas.

Floriade must stop killing trees

National Capital Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow.

Phillip Thomson 5:20 PM   Ultimatum for Canberra's most popular event comes from planning boss.

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Arts diary: the best of visual and performance art

Detail from an image in the Face To Face exhibition at the Belconnen Community Centre.

5:14 PM   What's on in Canberra's art scene

Photographers' artwork: atmospheric, witty and disturbing

Untitled 1 by Rebecca Worth at PhotoAccess.

Peter Haynes 5:13 PM   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.

5:13 PM   Canberra-born performer James Batchelor is among eight artists vying for the 2016 Keir Choreographic Award.

Lanyon Homestead piano restoration brings past alive

Lanyon Homestead is a much-loved Canberra house museum.

Jennifer Gall 5:12 PM   Visitors to Lanyon Homestead will hear the sound of mid-Victorian settler family life – a world in which the piano was the powerful voice of cultural values.

'Cowardly' thieves target 87-year-old

Teal says her grandmother and the family are still coming to terms with the robbery at such an emotional time.

Alexandra Back 4:40 PM   An elderly Canberra woman was grieving for her husband of 64 years. Then when thieves committed a 'cowardly' crime.

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. Smashing the Kaiser and his pianos

A blatantly German piano.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   In Australia during the Great War patriotic loathing of Germany extended to a loathing of things made by Germans. There even seem to have been public smashings of German pianos. One hundred years ago today Sydney's Mirror of Australia said it approved of this but also thought it unpatriotic to buy US pianos until America joined us in the war against Germany.

Interfaith push to explore unity and peace

The Erdogan family share an Iftar meal- the evening meal when Muslims break their fast at the time of sunset, during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Handan and Fethulla set the table. Mr Erdogan says Muslims should share their cultural diversity with the broader community.

David Ellery 11:45 PM   Canberra Muslims and Christians have joined together to bring Islamic studies expert John L. Esposito to the ACT to explore pathways to peace and unity on December 3.

Hot, dry winds fan fires in the region

A police officer helps to extinguish a suspiciously-lit fire at a residence on the corner of Constitution Avenue and Anzac Park.

Katie Burgess, Emily Barton 2:13 PM   Close to 30 fires burning across NSW as southern part of the state and the ACT gets lashed with hot, gale-force winds.

British India fights Australian mediocrity

British India play at ANU on November 28.

Kate Kingsmill 1:37 PM   Band leader wants to keep writing songs, hanging out and recording music, long into the rest of his life.

Warning of gale-force winds for ACT

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

Katie Burgess 1:32 PM   Damaging gale-force winds are moving across the capital. But last night was the big surprise.

Brianna Heseltine meets her match in ACT Labor preselection

Brianna Heseltine: Politics is not a career for the faint-hearted.

Kirsten Lawson 1:00 PM   Despite being up against factional power plays, the Fluffy campaigner says having so many candidates in the race "only bolstered democracy".

Multi-million dollar Queanbeyan river precinct redevelopment gets go-ahead

What Queanbeyan's redeveloped central business district could look like.

Kimberley Le Lievre 12:09 PM   Queanbeyan residents could have access to a water play park at the aquatic centre by next summer. .

Surgeons to perform extra 1000 elective surgeries


Emma Kelly 11:09 AM   Doctors will perform an extra 1000 procedures in the first half of 2016 in a bid to slash the number of Canberrans waiting for elective surgery.

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Paul Walshe takes out ACT Heart Foundation's celebrity challenge -

Personal trainer Lee Campbell and Paul Walshe.

Katie Burgess 7:01 AM   Fourteen of Canberra's busiest people lost the combined weight of an industrial truck tyre to prove anyone can make time to improve their health.

Molonglo petrol station site sells for $5.75m

Auctioneer Andrew Cooley at Telstra Tower for an auction for a service station site at Weston Creek that sold for $5.75 million.

Alexandra Back   A first petrol station for the Molonglo Valley is one step closer after its site was sold at auction on Wednesday for $5.75 million, well over the reserve.

Beach volleyball facility cost blows out over $1 million

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

Lee Gaskin   It's the $1 million sand pit in the northern suburbs of Canberra that continues to divide opinions.

Canberra entrepreneur wins national award

Enabled Employment owner Jessica May has won a National Disability Award.

Alexandra Back   A Canberra businesswoman has been honoured for her work connecting people with a disability with well-paid jobs.

Majura body confirmed as missing Evatt man

Andrew Carville was last seen alive on November 4.

Megan Gorrey   Friends have remembered Evatt man Andrew Carville​ as a gentle soul and humble man who "wouldn't hurt a fly".

Eight bureaucrats counselled after autism cage inquiry

Opposition education spokesman Steve Doszpot questioned the tough action taken against the principal.

Emma Macdonald   Eight public servants within the ACT Education Directorate have been disciplined over their role in Canberra's autism cage scandal.

Two motorcyclists injured in Snowy Mountain Highway crash

A Snowy Hydro Southcare rescue helicopter has been called to a motorcycle crash on the Snowy Mountains Highway.

Two people have been injured in a motorcycle crash on the Snowy Mountains Highway.

National Trust slams Northbourne Avenue heritage "call-in" moves

The National Trust has slammed the plans to demolish the Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct.

Tom McIlroy   The National Trust has slammed fast tracked demolition plans for the Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct, calling Planning Minister Mick Gentleman's decision predictable and disappointing. 

ANU School of Art Graduating Exhibition opens

ANU School of Art head Denise Ferris, and graduating honours student Janis Lejins, with his work, <i>Doric Stacks</i>, which transposes real-time data flows into an immerse embodied experience of light, colour and sound.

Clare Colley   The artists in the ANU School of Art Graduating Exhibition are making work connected to the social space, head of school Denise Ferris says.