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Mark Parton quits Canberra's 2CC

Tom McIlroy 6:01 PM   Veteran radio host has quit in the latest shake up in Canberra's breakfast radio offerings.

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Doctor suspected accused murderer schizophrenic, court hears

Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber, left, and his killer, Christopher Navin, who has admitted he fatally stabbed his former housemate, but pleaded not guilty to murder.

Michael Inman 5:54 PM   A psychiatrist speculated that accused killer Christopher David Navin could suffer from schizophrenia soon after he was charged with the murder of Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber.

ACT business confidence highest in the nation following change of Prime Minister

Small and medium sized businesses need to understand the fundamental shift of customers onto mobile devices.

Scott Hannaford 5:50 PM   Euphoria over the change of Prime Minister and fading concerns over cuts to the public service is making Canberra's small business owners among the most optimistic in the country. But many are failing to follow their customers as they move to smart devices.

Police question owner of dumped ute

Andrew Carville was last seen alive on November 4. His body was discovered on defence land at Majura on November 19.

Megan Gorrey 4:16 PM   Police attempt to piece together the last movements of Evatt man Andrew Carville whose body was found on November 19.

Staying grounded: Megalo Print Studio celebrates 35 years

Megalo Print Studio and Gallery exterior

Claire Capel-Stanley 3:53 PM   The word 'megalo' means 'exaggerated size, or greatness' so it's no wonder Megalo Print Studio has chosen to celebrate its 35th birthday by attempting the world's longest screenprint.

Canberra student wins science category at the World Education Games

Canberra year 7 student Christina Gao won the science category at the 2015 World Education Games.

3:01 PM   A Canberra student has won the year 7 science category at the 2015 World Education Games, helping Australia to win the Science World Cup.

Neighbour's call may have saved sleeping Dickson residents after fire

Firefighters forced entry into a Dickson home to extinguish a fire on a stove.

1:58 PM   Firefighters break in to northside unit to find food alight on stove, and couple asleep upstairs.

Canberra's November temperatures two degrees above average

A blue bottle at Moruya Heads, snapped by Alan Nicol on his iPhone for the Canberra Times spring photo competition.

Katie Burgess 1:18 PM   November proved to be a warm chaser to a thirsty October, with temperatures hovering two degrees above average.

Champagne for the ears

Cellist Sol Gabetta was a powerful soloist with the Basel Chamber Orchestra.

Jennifer Gall 12:42 PM   This ensemble's sound is sophisticated, rhythmically impeccable and emotionally rich.

Six demerits for distracted drivers

Drivers will be hit with double demerit points this Christmas if they are caught using their mobile phone while driving in the ACT.

Katie Burgess 11:32 AM   Canberra drivers caught using their phone behind the wheel this Christmas will be slugged six demerit points.

Fire extinguished at sewage plant

ACT Fire & Rescue responded to a fire at the Lower Molonglo Sewage Treatment plant on Monday morning.

11:03 AM   Firefighters extinguished a small fire on a conveyor belt at the Lower Molonglo sewage treatment plant on Monday morning.

Canberra's biggest fishing weekend hooks many

Adam Samios and Sasha Booker try their luck at Orana Bay in Yarralumla during the  Pride of the Perch fishing competition on Lake Burley Griffin.

Clare Sibthorpe 10:12 AM   Fishing fanatic Adam Siosis has travelled to most of Australia's major lakes for fishing competitions, but he's passionate about encouraging more participation of the sport in the capital.

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Parents call for more organ donors after daughter's life-saving kidney transplant

Ava Bancroft, 8, with her sister Imogen, 2, mum Tegan and dad James.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM    It was the ultimate gift from a stranger that gave little Ava a second chance at life.

Natural burial site opens at Gungahlin Cemetery

A natural burial site in Kemps Creek, Sydney.

Natasha Boddy, Emma Kelly 11:45 PM   Environmentally conscious Canberrans will now have the option of pushing up daisies in a whole new way and enter the afterlife as naturally as possible.

New agenda calls for action to transform Canberra's struggling CBD

Impact Comics employee Jaisun admires the street art in Tocumwal Lane. The new agenda proposes  making Civic's laneways safer, and sites for art and music.

Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Installing a big screen in Garema Place, enlivening laneways and developing population density targets among a sweep of measures proposed to transform Canberra's struggling CBD.

ACT anti-domestic violence boss calls for better information sharing across sector

Family violence crisis support groups have called for better information sharing across the sector to help improve the ACT's response to domestic abuse.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   The ACT government will seek to strike a balance between victim safety with privacy concerns as it eyes better ways of sharing information to help combat domestic violence.

Thousands descend on Canberra for climate march

More than 6000 people turned out for the People's Climate March in Canberra on Sunday.

Natasha Boddy 6:16 PM   Thousands of people have descended on Parliament House for the climate march. 

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Government defends plans to combine public trustee and public guardian

Attorney-General Simon Corbell has defended a plan to merge Public Trustee and guardians.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Government defends plans to combine public trustee and public guardian, denying decisions will be made on cost.

Concerns illicit experimentation 'almost expected' among today's teens

Daramalan College student Sarah Larkin.

Megan Gorrey 12:01 AM   More than 29 per cent of ACT respondents aged 15 to 19 have identified alcohol and drugs as the nation's top problem.

The local software saving lives

Each year, up to 230,000 hospitalisations are attributed to medication misadventure, says Medicines Australia.

Katie Burgess 11:45 PM   A medication system developed in the ACT could save lives and millions of dollars.

'No city can survive without food'

Alpaca farming, a Canberra rural industry.

Kirsten Lawson 11:45 PM   Farmers say the 'food bowl of Canberra is being trampled' by the need for urban sprawl.

Decade-long development debacle

The Currong Apartments in the city, being demolished and offered to the market.

Kirsten Lawson 11:45 PM   Cabinet rushed to market with the Currong public housing in 2004 in the face of warnings from bureaucrats.

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Couple escape injury after car rollover in the Brindabellas

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A couple has escaped serious injury after their car rolled in the Brindabellas on Sunday morning. 

Fatal crash on Monaro Highway, south of Royalla

Scene of a fatal crash on the Monaro Highway.

Georgina Connery   A 65-year-old man has died in a crash involving three motorcycles 5km south of the intersection with the Monaro Highway and Old Cooma Road.

Closing the book on the Read Around Canberra program


Date: November 20 2015
The Canberra Times
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
The Read Around Canberra program members Pat Horswell, Ian McKenzie, Sally Grimes and Caroline Lemerle, a book club held at several local libraries, stops at the end of the year

Mary Lynn Mather   Popular book club Read Around Canberra will no longer be hosted by Libraries ACT, to the dismay of its loyal members.

Underground oil tanks to be removed from five schools

The excavation site for the removal of the two heater oil storage tanks at Erindale College.

Matthew Raggatt   The program to remove or decommission 22 underground oil storage tanks from Canberra public schools will soon be completed.

Canberra shows support with red ribbon events on World AIDS Day

Sunday. AIDS Action Council patron, John Mackay and executive director Philippa Moss are promoting World AIDS Day on December 1st.?November 27th.?2015 The Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.


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Mary Lynn Mather   On Tuesday people across the globe will be wearing red ribbons, in solidarity with those who are living with HIV and in memory of those who have died.

Man who stabbed woman, made kill threat refused bail

A 45-year-old man allegedly stabbed and punched a woman and swung a baseball bat at her.

Matthew Raggatt   A Dickson man who allegedly stabbed a woman he was in a casual relationship with, threatened to kill her and broke a window in an attempt to escape police has been refused bail. 

Auction watch: Canberra buyers spring into action

Auctioneer Frank Pompeani at the 45 Springvale Street auction.

Georgina Connery   Canberra real estate agents say this spring auction season has been the strongest yet.

Soccer beats netball as Australia's top sport for girls


Date: November 28 2015
The Canberra Times
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Players from the Bindabella Blues junior girls academy Sarah Bailey,14, Amber Lalor,14, and Nikita Hewlett,13. A new national report shows that more young girls aged between 6-14 are now playing soccer than netball.

Georgina Connery   It seems there's been an exodus of young female players from netball courts across the country with new research finding more girls are now playing soccer.

Canberra Hospital calls for donations for Christmas trees

Harley Cusbert, 6, decorating a tree from The Christmas Tree Truck, which will provide 30-35 artificial trees for Canberra Hospital to be sponsored by the public.

Matthew Raggatt   Artificial Christmas trees are being used for the hospital because infection control is an issue in the ward and clinical areas. Matthew Raggatt explains.

GIVIT gives charities and donors the gift they really wanted

Hepatitis ACT executive officer John Didlick, GIVIT media manager Kayla Brereton and community educator Kerrie McKenzie with the donated items.

Georgina Connery   GIVIT an online platform connecting people in need with those willing to give is looking to expand in the ACT.

Community rallies around Abbie Mewburn's grieving family after vandal attack

The memorial to Abbie Mewburn, a former student of Holy Family Primary School in Gowrie, was vandalised recently. At the site is her older sister 12-year-old Micaela Mewburn of Monash and one of Abbie's school friends, Lucas Ryan, 7,  of Isabella Plains.

Georgina Connery   The community has rallied around the family of a Holy Family Primary School student whose memorial was vandalised.

Two-storey Mr Fluffy dual occupancies being forgotten

An empty block of land in Torrens,where a Mr Fluffy home was demolished.

Matthew Raggatt   New Fluffy blocks are offering new challenges and may destroy character it is alleged.

Night shift nurses call for equal rates after pay 'oversight'

ACT Health Minister Simon Corbell disputes the claim there was an oversight in raising a night penalty rate.

Matthew Raggatt   Nurses working the overnight 12-hour shift at Canberra Hospital have attacked the ACT government for failing to fix an "oversight" which has cost them more than $1000 each a year. 

With God on his side, or to the side?

One of five Labor candidates preselected in  Ginninderra, Gordon Ramsay, at Kippax Uniting Church on Friday.

Matthew Raggatt   We talk to the Labor candidate trying to swap the pulpit for a seat in Parliament next year.

Tributes flow for a 'remarkable' teacher

Celebrated Canberra teacher Patricia Cooper made a lasting impact on the Canberra community

Clare Sibthorpe   In 44 years of teaching in Canberra, Cooper touched a lot of lives.

Plug-in stations, incentives could supercharge electric car use

Tesla Supercharger program manager Evan Beaver at the charge station in Wodonga, Victoria.

Stephen Jeffery   Installing more battery-recharge stations would boost electric-car use in the ACT, a German research centre says.

'It was like living in a heavily armed lunatic asylum'

Major Stuart McCarthy is calling for a public inquiry into the ADF's use of antimalarial drug mefloquine.

Henry Belot 10:30 PM   Australian soldiers are being given drugs that have been deemed illegal in this country. Stuart has had enough.

'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   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   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.

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.

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   Another Canberra Christmas, another sparkling world record.