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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Dire warning on Mr Fluffy asbestos in Canberra homes

Emma Macdonald Pressure to have ACT properties which have Mr Fluffy loose asbestos adhere strict safety measures.

CIT fashion courses bursting at the seams, but help at hand

Emma Macdonald Whether it is shows like Project Runway, the current crafting craze or the buzz of Fashfest, Canberra's ranks of would-be fashion designers are bursting at the seams.

Parents in PJs: that's one way to get them involved in school activities

Students and parents at Maquarie Primary School setup for a movie in the school corridor.
(L-R) Nate Halpin (yr 4), Luke Halpin,  Clare 
Halpin (yr 3), Sophia Halpin, Oliver Walker (Kindergarten), Lianne Gyles, Nicholas Walker (yr1) Yvette Walker, and Bradley Gyles (yr5).

Emma Macdonald Macquarie Primary School principal Wendy Cave has a simple suggestion on how schools can better engage with parents: ''Turn on the lights, open the door and invite parents inside.''

'Mr Fluffy' asbestos in Ainslie shops

Ainslie shops

Emma Macdonald Loose asbestos insulation, of the kind used by the now infamous “Mr Fluffy”, has been confirmed in the roof of the Ainslie shops.

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Elvis sighting on King Edward Terrace!

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Emma Macdonald Luckily, local Elvis impersonator Andrew Leonard, aka Lemvis, has a new powder blue suit.

Teaching light years from stuffy rooms and three Rs

Gowrie Primary School students and teacher Lyn Cleaver holds a photo of her great grandfather was one of the first local teachers in the area as part of World Teachers Day.

Emma Macdonald Lyn Cleaver's teaching career has been vastly different to that of her grandfather-in-law Fred Cleaver - and for that she is grateful.

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Specialist nurses ready for surge of cancer from asbestos

Nurses from around Australia have just completed a 3 month online national nurses education program.

Emma Macdonald It's the cancer that is about to hit Australia in a deadly wave. Mesothelioma, a usually fatal disease caused by exposure to asbestos.

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Kingston: Where all the cool kids go

Ellie Raymond and Effie Kochinos, owners of the new hip cafe in Kingston, Penny University.

Emma Macdonald On guard! Those hipsters have broken from the confines of Lonsdale Street, Braddon, and staged a southside invasion!

Arm crushed in accident he predicted

Jeff Olsson was victim of a work place accident 8 years ago.

Emma Macdonald When he was 21, Jeff Olsson's life changed in an instant during an otherwise ordinary day at work at the Rocla concrete pipe manufacturer in Fyshwick.

Fears of asbetos in commercial buildings

News: Workers wrap a plastic shield over a house in Downer for the safe removal of asbestos. 22nd of July 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Emma Macdonald The ACT government has never checked non-residential buildings for a deadly form of asbestos.

Burch berated over school registrations

ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald Minister has come under fire over her handling of private school registration and public school autonomy.

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Canberra Uni gets $2.4 million to help disadvantaged students

University graduates.

Emma Macdonald The University of Canberra has scooped the pool of new projects aimed at supporting disadvantaged students – winning $2.4 million of $50 million in new federal funding.

Christian schools group defends approvals

ACT Budget 2013 ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald Christian Schools Australia has accused public education groups of running a bullying campaign against the ACT government for approving three new religious schools, saying class warfare and religious...

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Safety cloud on ACT worksites

AFR photo Tamara Voninski.  A house under construction in the suburbs of Sydney.  generic housing construction house houses property building work blue collar worker wages mortgage interest rates loan economy builder roof hammer

Emma Macdonald The ACT has bucked a nationwide trend towards safer construction sites, according to new figures that show a 17 per cent spike in serious accidents on local worksites between 2011 and 2012.

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Painful reality of work mishap

Send them home safe

Emma Macdonald Stephen Hellyer is an ACT construction site statistic.

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Weapons of choice for students scaling test success?

News.  from left Gungahlin College year 12 students Tarryn McClenahan- Brown, Peta Finglas- Watson, Brooke Commons, Louis Grant and Katherine Zeman having a chat while they eat their breakfast before starting their AST Moderation Exam.  The school provided the students with breakfast before the exam to better prepare them for the day.  3 September 2013. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Emma Macdonald Whether it is feeding students a hearty breakfast prior to sending them into the examination hall, or teaching them yoga and relaxation techniques to keep them calm once they’re in there, ACT...

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ACT gets an A for consistency

Canberra students

Emma Macdonald The ACT will be the first state or territory to introduce national reporting standards across core subjects through the primary and high school years.

Scaffolder stripped of licence after building site collapse

Emma Macdonald A scaffolder has lost his licence for a year in a first for ACT Work Safety inspectors who are cracking down on fall risks.

Burch calls review on new school approvals

Labor candidate for Brindabella Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald The ACT government has increased its accountability when it assesses new non-government schools.

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Schools panel is 'biased': lobbies

ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald Government school groups have accused the ACT Education Directorate of using a biased panel to approve the registration of new private schools in the territory.

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