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Surgeries cancellation at Canberra Hospital denied

By 2 December 2011

The ACT Health Directorate is denying cancelling surgery at Canberra Hospital.
The Canberra Times is reporting that a leaked e-mail which was reportedly sent to hospital anaesthetists, told staff of the cancelled surgeries.
The email said, ”The anaesthetic dept has just recently been advised that Monday AM SAPU [Surgical Assessment and Planning Unit] and lists, Tuesday AM [...]

Rare ANU fossils to be displayed at CMAG

By 2 December 2011

[ 3 December 2011 to 26 February 2012. ]

The ANU is letting us know a collection of their rare fossils will be on display at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

The fossils come from the ANU’s collection and were gathered from the Wee Jasper area.

The exhibition will run from 3 December to 26 February next year.

Canberra v. Dublin?

By 2 December 2011

Canberra and Dublin have taken out shared honours in the Mercer 2011 Quality of Living Survey.
Both cities shared 26th place in the survey.
Our all-seeing eye has come across politics.ie, where the topic of Canberra v Dublin has come up.
The original poster “gracethepirate” is of the opinion that Canberra is an Eden adorned with deep blue [...]

Consultation on public health complaints

By 1 December 2011

Katy Gallagher has announced a public submission forum regarding the handling of health complaints.
The forum will be held 14 December from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Riley Hall, Pilgrim House, 69 Nourthbourne Avenue.
“The public forum is aimed at explaining the areas we want to look at and to assist respondents when making a written submission,” the [...]

Burch v. Dunne Deathmatch continues

By 1 December 2011

Labor MLA Joy Burch has had a go at Liberal MLA Vicki Dunne again over childcare.
As part of the ongoing deathmatch Burch accused the Liberals of trying to “quietly abandon their policy” on childcare.
She said:
“The alternative plan from the Opposition is to create one big childcare waiting list, a policy which families don’t want, the [...]

Action’s Hawaiian shirt day

By 1 December 2011

Action bus drivers will be wearing Hawaiian shirts to work tomorrow, Territory and Municipal Services has announced.
The bus drivers are supporting the Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group, who organised the Hawaiian Shirt day.
You can get involved by buying a badge from Westpac Banks or Capital Chemist shops for $4.

Walter Burley Griffin Stadium?

By 1 December 2011

The Canberra Times has a story about a possible new football stadium on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin.
Andrew Barr has said that the government is considering building a convention centre and football stadium, in close proximity to each other, on the lakefront.
I think it would be a great idea to have a stadium on [...]

The Christmas spirit in library fines

By 30 November 2011

This festive season you can make a last ditch effort to improve your standing on Santa’s list.
Katy Gallagher has announced that people will be able to trade in non-perishable food for unpaid library fines.
For every item of non-perishable food donated $2 will be taken off your library fees.
“All food will be donated to OzHarvest Canberra [...]

Road closures

By 30 November 2011

Territory and Municipal Services is advising that two roads have been closed in the ACT because of flooding.
Sunshine Crossing and Angle crossing have been closed.
We are also getting reports from Twitter that Cotter Dam Discovery Trail is closed.
UPDATE: More closures:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that Oaks Estate Road and [...]

Four armed teens arrested after Weston robbery

By 30 November 2011

Two 13-year-old boys and two male youths, aged 16 and 17, were arrested by ACT Policing this morning (Wednesday 30 November) for an armed robbery at a service station in Weston overnight.
Police will allege the four youths, two armed with firearms, entered the Caltex Service Station on Brierly Street in Weston and approached the counter, [...]

Humphries accuses Labor of duplicity over job losses

By 30 November 2011

Liberal Senator Gary Humphries is saying that Labor is duplicitous.
Senator Humphries says that while Labor Finance Minister Penny Wong refused to rule out involuntary redundancies, another Labor Senator, Kate Lundy, said there would be no forced redundancies.
“The best Senator Wong could come up with was a ‘strong expectation’ that there would be no forced redundancies. [...]

Measles outbreak in Canberra

By 30 November 2011

There have been 12 reported cases of measles in Canberra over the past week the ABC is reporting.
The outbreak started at the Orana School in Weston where 8 of the 12 occurred.
ACT health authorities remain on alert after the number of people affected by an outbreak of measles more than doubled.

The ACT’s chief health officer [...]

6 time Page drink driver caught again 0.192 over limit

By 30 November 2011

A 54-year-old Page man with six previous convictions for drink driving was apprehended on Friday night with an alcohol content of 0.192, just one of 47 people caught in one week.
About 11 pm on Friday, November 25, police were on mobile patrol in Page when they conducted a traffic stop on a white Toyota Hilux. [...]

The mystery of King O’Malley

By 29 November 2011

The Canberra Museum and Gallery’s location was a mystery to me. It is a rather large museum tucked away right next to the Canberra Theatre. Despite living in Canberra for nearly 15 years I never knew it existed.
On display is an exhibition about King O’Malley. I soon learned after walking in he was not an [...]

Teachers to get pay rise, merited promotions

By 29 November 2011

Andrew Barr and Chris Bourke have released a statement about the government’s dealing with the Australian Education Union.
The deal will see teachers promoted based on performance not after their placement time has finished.
That’s why in this agreement we are putting an end to the long slow march of career advancement within the teaching profession with [...]

Problems with a virtual community #actvcc

By 29 November 2011

The ACT Government has found quite a clever way to avoid facing tough questions from journalists or unhappy constituents.
It seems they have discovered the fascinating world of Twitter.
Yesterday did not mark the first time the ACT Virtual Community Cabinet was held, but it was the first time I had heard of it.
How many of you [...]

British and Irish Lions to visit Canberra in 2013

By 28 November 2011

The British & Irish Lions will play in Canberra in 2013.
Ticketbooth.org.uk says that Canberra is to be one of the cities to host the Lions.
The Lions will play a provincial match in Canberra on their tour of Australia.
They will play six provincial matches in other cities and three test matches in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
The [...]

Skate in the city revived for summer

By 28 November 2011

[ 5 January 2012 to 6 February 2012. ] Canberra CBD Ltd announced an open air roller skating rink will be opened in Garema Place in the new year.

The rink will be open From 5 January, to 6 February in 2012.

The rink will feature roller discos, retro movie nights, and the seemingly obligatory roller derby.

The rink will be similar to the ice skating rink [...]

Parkway Drive cancels

By 28 November 2011

The Canberra leg of Parkway Drive’s “Sick Summer Tour” has been cancelled.
The band was due to appear at the University of Canberra, but had to cancel due to “scheduling issues.”
Anybody who purchased a ticket will have their money refunded.

Bar owner calls drug raid ‘joke’

By 28 November 2011

The manager of London Burgers and Beers has criticised ACT police in the Canberra Times today following the raid on his business last October.
The business was closed for a week while police, as well as health and work safety officers, searched the premises for drugs.
Minor health and work safety breaches were found, mostly relating to [...]

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