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“What do you think about the name Canberra?”

By 30 December 2013

Over on Yahoo Answers some twink has decided to ask the great mass of ignorance what they think about the name “Canberra”.
So far overwhelmingly negative.

Child Care Info in Canberra?

By 29 December 2013

Hello all,
Maybe this riot act community could provide a little bit of assistance for some analysis of the current state of mind and positions for families seeking child care.
Here is a hypothetical for you….
Lets assume for conversations sake, that a new child care facility was going to open in the not so distant future.
Again lets [...]

Walking around the ACT uninterrupted. Mission Impossible?

By 24 December 2013

The ACT SES is congratulating a group of walkers for completing a complete circuit of the ACT borders.
But they note the walkers had to break the trek.
Can it be done in one go?

Blast from the past. Feel the Power of Canberra

By 24 December 2013
Blast from the past. Feel the Power of Canberra

For over a decade the infamous “Feel the Power of Canberra” campaign has been the but of ridicule.
But Loose Brown has just found the vid on YouTube and, well, I don’t know. It’s held up rather well hasn’t it?

Brand Canberra Response: The Roundabout Crew

By 24 December 2013
Brand Canberra Response: The Roundabout Crew

The Roundabout Crew have taken their inimical look at Brand Canberra, aka, the hashtag.
And, well, it’s worth a look.
Original Brand Canberra video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpsPVf…
Music by: Yahtzel – High with me

Vale the Hon Russell Fox AC QC

By 23 December 2013

The Law Society has noted the passing of the ACT’s first Chief Judge:
The President of the ACT Law Society, Mr Martin Hockridge, today expressed his sadness at the passing of the Hon Russell Fox AC QC.
“Mr Fox was a prominent member of the legal profession within the ACT for many years,” Mr Hockridge said. [...]

Open Invitation to Christmas Lunch

By 23 December 2013
Open Invitation to Christmas Lunch

Woden Community Service (WCS) is hosting a Christmas Day Lunch for people who may not have family or friends to share the festive season.
The event provides an opportunity for people who may be on their own at this time of year to come and connect with others in their local community.
Lunch is free to attend [...]

Spanish Club Narrabundah

By 23 December 2013

The Spanish Club at Narrabundah is alive and doing well….regardless of what is being said about it. A good financial position and strong membership base.
The next major function is the New Years Eve dance with Sydney Latin band ‘BATUKA’ and dinner for $50.00, start time is 7.00 pm,  so come earlier to meett up contact [...]

Hats off to the Canberra Times. You Win.

By 23 December 2013

Some people have a go at me periodically for the lightweight nature of some stories we let other people post.
But we have to dip our lids at the Canberra Times latest bold venture into superficiality which apparently required two journalist’s efforts to inform Canberra that a blogger of no renown is going to go to [...]

It’s not quite mooning the google car, but close

By 22 December 2013
It's not quite mooning the google car, but close

This just in from Greg:
Found this amusing image on Google maps.
Lane Place, Spence.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Canberra’s a nice place to settle down… if you enjoy being discontent

By 21 December 2013
Canberra's a nice place to settle down... if you enjoy being discontent

A Cold Chisel Christmas – with special mention of Canberra
includes the line:
“And Canberra’s a nice place to settle down… if you enjoy being discontent”

Sod turned for Common Ground

By 20 December 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has joined with Mayor Rattenbury to kick off construction for a Common Ground homelessness facility:
Construction has commenced on what will be one of Canberra’s most significant projects to address homelessness, providing affordable and stable accommodation and support services to the most vulnerable in the community.
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, and Minister for [...]

Indigenous grants

By 20 December 2013

Mayor Rattenbury is playing santa to 24 recipients of a $120,000 poll of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Grants Program:
“The aim of the grants programs is to provide funding support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people towards leadership, training and development opportunities and to showcase the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander [...]

Civic’s pissoirs return

By 19 December 2013
Civic's pissoirs return

Canberra CBD have the thrilling news that the rivers of gold will once again be checked as the troughs will be laid out again for the city’s inebriates:
Following a successful trial during the Easter holiday season, portable urinals will return to the Canberra City centre this evening.
Brought to you by property owners in Civic, Braddon [...]

Kids a drag this summer? Dump them at Vikings!

By 18 December 2013

Communities@Work have the exciting news that they’ve teamed up with the Vikings Clubs to take those pesky brats off your hands:
The Vikings Group in conjunction with Communities@Work are proud to be launching the Communities@Work’s Vikings Sports School Holiday Program. Commencing on Monday 6 January 2014, the program will provide high quality care with engaging and [...]

What’s WIN News doing at 7pm?

By 18 December 2013

You’d think a major shift of the local news would get more of a statements but we just get, on the WIN website Now at 7PM.
If it persists one would think the broadcast from Wollongong presented by drunks, crammed full of ads, will get its clock cleaned by the ABC News.

Bus Depot Markets shuffling into the Fitters’ Workshop

By 18 December 2013

It’s so thrilling to see the great war upon the print makers for control of the Fitters’ Workshop has been fought and won so soap shaped like cake can have a home:
The Old Bus Depot Markets will return with a fresh look in 2014, with a new and interesting stall set up commencing on [...]

Poor old Jack Waterford is entertainment now?

By 18 December 2013
Poor old Jack Waterford is entertainment now?

It’s a sad sad day when Canberra’s most holy of sacred cows, the Canberra Times’ “Editor at Large” Jack Waterford is banished from news or even opinion and can be found lurking in entertainment.
We’re not entirely sure what the confused Canberra Times reader looking for Bieber hit (rather than going straight to TMZ) is going [...]

Behind the scenes on Tennyson Crescent

By 17 December 2013
Behind the scenes on Tennyson Crescent

Screencraft media have sent in their spectacular look at all the Richards family have done with their Guinness World Record Christmas light display on Tennyson Crescent in Forrest, raising money for SIDS and Kids ACT.
Well worth a look.

The most liked brand in town?

By 17 December 2013
The most liked brand in town?

2B have sent this in about their ongoing marketing survey:
…just one of the answers the Canberra Media and Brand Survey will show. We can tell you the current top 3 (not in order) are Supabarn, Canberra Milk and Canturf.
Of Canberra’s national sporting brands the Brumbies, Raiders and Capitals are the current front runners and [...]

Parties at the Shops rides forth again in 2014

By 17 December 2013
Parties at the Shops rides forth again in 2014

One of the better parts of the Centenary progam, Parties at the Shops have announced they’re coming around again next year:
From 8-16 March 2014, Canberrans will be invited to celebrate Canberra’s 101st birthday at the second instalment of the highly successful Centenary of Canberra project, Parties at the Shops.
Through the support of the Land [...]

100 years of Fire and Rescue in Canberra

By 17 December 2013
100 years of Fire and Rescue in Canberra

ATS T. has added this great look back at the history of the ACT’s fire services to YouTube.
Sadly without any other text or attribution.
Some great nostalgia there and haven’t they come a long way?

A centenary column and time capsule for City Hill

By 17 December 2013

Canberra CBD have announced they’re not done with the Centenary:
Winding down from a vibrant Centenary Year, Canberra CBD Limited is gifting a sculpture and time capsule to the people of Canberra.
Preparations have begun for the unveiling of the Canberra Centenary Column sculpture and time capsule on 11 March 2014 atop City Hill.
Jane Easthope, CEO of [...]

Reflecting on the Centenary.

By 16 December 2013
Reflecting on the Centenary.

I was there
World+Dog is chiming in to give their thoughts on Canberra’s Centenary Year.
But aside from it being my job to share opinions on such things I’m also unusually positioned to comment for two reasons.
1) I’ve been writing about it for the best part of a decade.
2) I am actually a signed up Centenary Volunteer [...]

This was the best year ever

By 14 December 2013

Far too often crap for brains types try to hark on about how the old ways were best and call for a return to yesterday.
Think Progress has a refreshing seasonal story on why the year just gone was the best one that ever was.
Which is no excuse not to try and do better here in [...]

Simon’s planning a park for Chisholm

By 13 December 2013
Simon's planning a park for Chisholm

Simon Corbell has announced progress in his plans for a Chisholm park:
A vacant block in Chisholm, previously earmarked for development, has moved one step closer to becoming a park today following a move to change the land’s zoning.
“Draft variation 326 to the Territory Plan proposes to rezone Chisholm section 590 from CZ4 Local Centre [...]

Helen Razer on Canberra’s protest scene of the 1980s (and Nelson Mandela)

By 13 December 2013

Helen Razer’s written an excellent article on Crikey (the most excellent articles annoy peckerheads and this seems to have hit the spot) about Nelson Mandela and the hoopla surrounding his death.
But for Canberrans there’s a lot on the 1980s protest scene that is worth revisiting.

Amnesty Protest outside of Lao Embassy this Monday

By 12 December 2013

Amnesty are organising a protest at the Lao Embassy this Monday over the disappearance of Sombath Somphone.
Amnesty International Australia supporters will stage a protest outside the Lao Embassy in O’Malley this Monday 16 December 2013 at 10am, to call for the immediate return of Mr Sombath Somphone.
Sombath is a well-known and respected member of [...]

Simon’s screwed the pooch. High Court throws out Marriage Equality

By 12 December 2013
Simon's screwed the pooch. High Court throws out Marriage Equality

As expected the High Court has ruled against Simon Corbell’s gay marriage laws.
Will he have the decency to resign?
More to come.

Shane Rattenbury says it’s up to the Federales now:
ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury has called on the Federal Government to now legislate for an end to marriage discrimination after the High Court has [...]

Safe shelter pleased with pilot

By 12 December 2013
Safe shelter pleased with pilot

Safe Shelter in Canberra have announced the results of their review of pilot operations in 2013.
Here are the recommendations:
Based on the stakeholder feedback collated above, the Safe Shelter Management Committee are now progressing a number of recommendations for 2014 which include:
• Expansion of the Safe Shelter Project to more nights of the week at [...]

Breathe Dance Studios host Typhoon Haiyan Zumba Fundraiser

By 12 December 2013
Breathe Dance Studios host Typhoon Haiyan Zumba Fundraiser

Get fit, have fun, raise money for some unfortunate people who really need it.
Breathe Dance Studio will be holding a Zumba charity event to be hosted by Zumba instructor Julia Eaton (and some special guests) on Sunday 15 December with all proceeds to go to Unicef.
The event will be held at the studio (the [...]

Canberra’s 10th Inclusion Awards Winners

By 11 December 2013

The Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards have attracted record numbers of submissions this year. Tomorrow night the awards will be handed out to people and organisations that have worked to create better and more inclusive environments for people living with disability.
Congratulations to the winners.
Here’s the list.
“We received a record 63 nominations this year in the nine [...]

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