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Love and labour in modern France

Simon Weaving 2:22 PM   The makers of The Intouchables explore the life of French immigrants in their new bittersweet romance, Samba.

Another 1650 public servant jobs to be cut

"Necessary change":  Defence Department secretary Dennis Richardson says more jobs will go.

Phillip Thomson 2:03 PM   Government to crack down on "cradle to the grave" workforce at department.

Canberra Long Weekender: What's on in Canberra April 3-6

The Easter Bunny at Thredbo, where there are Easter celebrations for the next week.

Jil Hogan 2:01 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Health Minister to meet with striking doctors

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Canberra hospital staff who are likely to strike from Monday, (L-R) Peter Velloza (retrieval specialist), Will Matthiesson (anesthetist), Mark Oliver (intensivist), Jamie Cristie (emergency specialist), Bronwyn Avard (Intensive care director), Dilip Nithyanandam (anesthetist), Marta Kot (intensive care specialist), Heman Tse (anesthetist), Stuart Stapleton (Calvary emergency director), and Lanie Stephens (anesthetist) outside Canberra Hospital in Woden. 
25 March 2015
Photo: Rohan Thomson
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Tom McIlroy 12:22 PM   Simon Corbell has agreed to meet with senior doctors taking industrial action over their pay and conditions. 

Public service's security clearance addiction

Department figures show in 2014 there were 350,000 people doing government-related work who had security clearances.

Phillip Thomson 12:03 PM   Secret Canberra: At up to $9000 or more a pop, with a total bill of $350m, the cost of maintaining vetting system is set to blow out.

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Books

A companion with perspective

John Weber, <i>James Cook</i>, 1782

Sasha Grishin 11:38 AM   A new and updated edition proves a fitting companion to the NPG's collection.

Autumn rain may make for a wet Easter

Canberra can expect higher than average rainfall during the autumn months.

Megan Gorrey and Georgina Connery 11:35 AM   Canberrans can expect warmer and wetter weather than usual for the rest of autumn, so pack the brolly for Easter - just in case.

Charges dropped against Catholic priest accused of molesting young girl

Father Edward Evans, who is on trial for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl in Canberra.

Michael Inman 11:06 AM   A former Catholic priest has been acquitted of molesting a young girl in the kitchen of his Braddon home. But Father Edward Evans still faces a series of other charges that he abused the girl at his home and at Cooleman Court on another occasion in the 1990s.

Bushfire season over for 2015

Smoke from a hazard reduction burns rises over Canberra.

9:49 AM   Emergency services commissioner announces the end of the ACT bushfire season.

Three teens arrested over Belconnen thefts

Police

9:31 AM   Teens allegedly used a stolen credit card to buy sporting equipment and DVDs in a "shopping spree".

What you need to know in the nation's capital and beyond

Canberra mornings

9:18 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

Scientists, Stanhope push cat lock-up

Contained cats avoid accidents.

John Thistleton 8:47 AM   One signature could save Australia's native animals in Canberra, say 30 eminent ACT scientists, conservationists and former politicans

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'Blockbuster Betty' brought crowds to art

Betty Churcher.

Sally Pryor 8:22 AM   The art world is in mourning today with the news that Betty Churcher, the inimitable former director of the National Gallery of Australia, has died, aged 84.

Business leaders push convention centre over tram

light rail.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Canberra's business community, while accepting that light rail is important for the city, believe a new convention centre should be higher priority.

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Guide to vibrant National Folk Festival at EPIC

News.  Heartstring Quartet from Ireland who will perform at the National Folk Festival,  from left, Nollaig Casey, M??ire N?? Chathasaigh, Chris Newman and Arty McGlynn at Exhibition Park in Canberra.  31 March 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Clare Colley 10:45 PM   The acts at the National Folk Festival will be diverse but all have one thing in common – they're making music on their own terms.

Canberra university campus assaults prompt online anti-violence campaign

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Megan Gorrey 11:45 PM   Women from the University of Canberra have banded together to raise awareness of assault and put a stop to victim blaming after two violent campus attacks within a week.

ICON sale a step closer

Slow internet connection speeds have been blamed on Telstra's use of copper, something that will be alleviated when the network is upgraded to fibre optic connections.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Government fibre system pioneer "flabbergasted" that a sell-off back on the agenda.

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Preschool kids taught to run, jump and catch

News. 31st March 2015. Kids at Play Active Play program at Charles Conder Preschool. Emmerson Miller 4-years old.

The Canberra Times

Photo Jamila Toderas

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   A new programs aims to set youngsters up for an active and healthy adult life.

Australian Medical Association warns of cannabis risk from Greens plan

A cannabis plant.

Tom McIlroy 11:45 PM   Canberra-based doctors do not support a proposed medical marijuana scheme for the ACT, representatives of the Australian Medical Association told a Legislative Assembly committee. 

Bureau of Meteorology to take pay row to the airwaves

Tropical low off north Queensland coast expected to form into cyclone.

Noel Towell 11:45 PM   The weathermen and women at the Bureau of Meteorology look set to take their pay dispute to the nation’s airwaves, reading out protest messages during radio weather forecasts

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Alleged ANU rape victim's version of events contradicted by residential advisor

Scales of justice

Michael Inman 8:20 PM   Evidence from a residential advisor at an Australian National University dormitory has contradicted the version of events of a student who alleges she was raped in an on-campus room.

Burch calls for new approach to domestic violence

Joy Burch says Canberrans have stayed silent for too long on the issue.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Police and Emergency Services Minister Joy Burch wants to see material on relationships integrated into school curriculums.

Catholic priest told police alleged victim looking for love

Father Edward Evans, who is on trial for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl in Canberra.

Michael Inman 7:23 PM   A former Catholic priest accused of molesting a friend's daughter told police the girl was always looking for love.

Gang-gang. Portrait Gallery's Perfect Purchase

Charles Laughton as Captain Bligh

Ian Warden 7:21 PM   On Tuesday we attended the National Portrait Gallery's introduction to the nation of its exciting new acquisition.

Prequel to Jane Austen's popular classic hits the boards

Mr Bennet's Bride cast (back row) Derek Fisher, Dean Blackford and Lance Hawkins. From row: Alison Cox, Cassandra Griffin and Tracey Gordon.

Ron Cerabona 11:45 PM   How did Mr and Mrs Bennet come to be married? Emma Wood explores this question in her theatrical precursor to Pride and Prejudice.

Gungahlin population booms as Tuggeranong declines: ABS

Construction work at the new Canberra suburb Crace.

Primrose Riordan 5:42 PM   Crace is the fastest growing suburb in Australia, as Gungahlin's population surged in 2013-14, new ABS figures show.

Letters to the Editor

Words into sentences

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5:11 PM   Who can take issue with Magistrate Karen Fryer speaking up for women who suffer from domestic violence (‘‘Magistrate speaks up for women’’, March 28, p1).

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. Zulus Brought To Queanbeyan

Darkest Africa

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   The not-very-well-travelled folk of Queanbeyan were given quite a treat.

Kings and queens to work hard for their masters

Alana Chibnall playing chess at the ACT Chess Association chess expo in Garema Place.

Mark Sawa 4:38 PM   Chess masters will prepare their opening gambits ahead of Australia’s premier weekend chess tournament at Easter.

More CBD laneways to be opened to graffiti artists

The Tocumwal Lane Street Party in the City.

Georgina Connery 4:13 PM   More city laneways could be covered in street art after the success of the Tocumwal Lane graffiti party on the weekend, Canberra CBD Limited have announced.