Good morning, Canberra.
Happy Valentine's Day, I hope you get to share it with someone special.
We're looking at a windy top of 32 today with a fire danger rating of severe. Emergency services have declared a total fire ban across the ACT until midnight tonight. Information about the ban and road closures is here.
Here's what else is making news.
ANU researcher's fight for parental leave
Climate scientist Sophie Lewis has detailed her 51-week battle to receive maternity leave, which has been declined by her funding body, the Australian Research Council, because she is not her child's birth mother.
Dr Lewis, an Australian National University academic, says she has been confronted with homophobia and sexism during her fight for parental leave to care for her and her wife's child.
"We've been asked why I would want to stay home with my child, why I didn't get pregnant if I wanted to go on maternity leave, and lied about how much leave we are entitled to," Dr Lewis said.
Emily Baker has the story here.
Report reveals rate of AFP mental health issues
An independent report has revealed almost one in four members of the Australian Federal Police suffers from psychological distress while almost one in 10 has had suicidal thoughts.
The review, which included a staff survey, focus groups and direct contact with overseas staff, revealed shortcomings in the AFP's mental health support.
"Overall, the review found that considerable work is needed to create a workplace environment within the AFP that is conducive to good mental health," a document handed to staff on Tuesday read.
Megan Doherty has the story.
Liberals move bill to improve integrity
The move comes as territory politicians await Auditor-General Dr Maxine Cooper's report on a series of rural land purchases the now-defunct Land Development Agency made before it was abolished last year.
That report will examine numerous rural land purchases by the former LDA in Canberra, and was recently widened to include the $7.5 million purchase of the Winslade property at Mount Stromlo on the LDA's final day of operations.
Read the full story here.
Qatar Airways chief executive has grand plans
The chief executive of Qatar Airways has indicated he would like to build a new five-star hotel in Canberra - but only if he gets a good deal on the land from the ACT government.
The airline's first flight into Canberra landed on Monday, and Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker - who is also chief executive of the Dhiafatina Hotel group and the Hamad International Airport - said he wanted to bring one of the top hotel brands to the nation's capital.
Katie Burgess has all the details.
And now for the warm and fuzzies...
Dawn and Glynn McKay shared the secret to a long marriage for Valentine's Day - it's a sense of humour, trust and loyalty and saying "I love you" every day.
The full story is here.
And if you're still looking for date ideas for tonight, Karen Hardy knows where to go.