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Canberra mornings: February 17, 2015

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Education Minister Joy Burch listens to questions about the Menslink affair from Liberal MLAs during question time at the Legislative Assembly. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Education Minister Joy Burch listens to questions about the Menslink affair from Liberal MLAs during question time at the Legislative Assembly. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson has called for an inquiry into the Menslink affair in which Education Minister Joy Burch's son visited schools with the youth mentoring group last year without a Working with Vulnerable People card.

Mr Hanson said Ms Burch must answer whether she had any influence in Menslink's decision to take on her son, who was on bail and awaiting sentencing on an aggravated robbery charge at the time. 

Lloyd Burch visited schools last year with the Menslink Silence is Deadly program, without a Working with Vulnerable People card.

Sport

David Pocock's injury woes take another turn. Photo: Matt Bedford

David Pocock's injury woes take another turn. Photo: Matt Bedford

ACT Brumbies flanker David Pocock's horror injury run continues with the former Wallabies captain ruled out of Friday night's clash against the Waikato Chiefs in New Plymouth.

Pocock suffered a grade-one syndesmosis to his ankle against the Queensland Reds at Canberra Stadium on Friday night and will be assessed on a weekly basis.

The openside flanker has played just six games for the Brumbies as he enters his third season since moving from the Western Force, each of the previous two ended by torn anterior cruciate ligaments. 

Scrumhalf Nic White will take over the captaincy.

Road closures

9.05am: Police say they are waiting for tow trucks to arrive at the GDE over the Barton Highway.

8.10am: There has been a four car pile up on the Gungahlin Drive Extension south bound on the bridge going over the Barton Highway.

All ACTION and Q-City bus services at the City Bus Station affected by last weekend's National Multicultural Festival will return to normal today

If you are stuck in traffic or have any info, let us know: morningblog@canberratimes.com.au or tweet us @canberratimes

What's on today

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts will take audiences on a dance journey through 5,000 years of Chinese civilization on Tuesday and Wednesday night from 7.30pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

A number of GWS Giants players will be paying a special visit to the Gungahlin Library from 1.30pm to spend time reading to students and taking part in a library football challenge.

ACT Parks and Conservation Service rangers will join their NSW counterparts this week to help contain an outbreak of mouse ear-hawkweed in Kosciuszko National Park. The team will also start using specially trained rabbit detection dogs at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary to help control the bunnies from today.

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Lou Moxom and Belinda Whitney's terrarium trade is booming. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Lou Moxom and Belinda Whitney's terrarium trade is booming. Photo: Jamila Toderas

They have given the humble bouquet a healthy dash of hipster street cred.

Now the energetic florist duo of Moxom and Whitney have focused their fashionable eyes on the terrarium, causing something of a craze throughout the city.

When Lou Moxom and Belinda Whitney took a gamble on starting up a tiny florist shop in Lonsdale Street in Braddon in 2012, they had no idea their particular take on botanical arrangements would cause such a stir.

They now have eight staff, have catered for royalty and have moved into a brand new shop in the Ori Building on the other side of Lonsdale Street.

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Pic of the day

Canberra Capitals veteran Jess Bibby will play her 370th WNBL game on tonight at the AIS Arena. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Tobin Brothers Funerals mortuary manager Josh Wallace and assistant Michelle Keevers. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Weather

Today: There is a high chance of rain and a possible storm expected today in the afternoon or evening, with a forecast minimum of 15 degrees and a top of 30 degrees. 

The rest of the week: Wednesday, shower or two - min 15, max 29; Thursday, shower or two - min 15, max 28; Friday, shower or two - min 15, max 27; Saturday, possible shower - min 16, max 27