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Ask RiotACT: Florist for Valentine’s Day?

By 12 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

With Valentines Day fast approaching, florists have begun to massively inflate the prices of their products, anticipating the surge in demand on the 12th, 13th and 14th of February.
For those romantics out there who aren’t able to afford a $100 bouquet of a dozen roses, are there any cheaper florists around North Canberra or Civic?
As [...]

Ask RiotACT: portrait photography recommendations

By 11 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’m looking to get a ‘family’ photoshoot – myself, partner and our dog – and looking for recommendations of good photographers – perhaps more creative/original-type artists, more than stock-standard studio portrait type. Thanks in advance!

Thanks for the memories Canberra

By 11 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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After hiking my way around Canberra and finding fun road trips in the area, it’s time to farewell the nation’s capital.
As a ring-in public servant hailing from Brisbane, I wasn’t sure if Canberra was the place for me. I didn’t even know a soul here when I first arrived. But I thought I’d give it [...]

Planning Minister seeks bright ideas from afar

By 11 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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On a recent visit to Wollongong I observed the notices for and then read about the consultations for a major project: Wollongong – A City for People. Being a frequent visitor to this wonderful coastal city, I have some understanding of the urban issues facing that city’s local council.
There is a very common unresolved issue [...]

Greens’ home entry, dope-testing laws part of cannabis ‘witch hunt’

By 11 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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New laws introduced by Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury this week will give police the power to force their way into a person’s home in order to test someone who is suspected of driving with alcohol or certain drugs in their system.
Yes, there are preconditions and safeguards. For instance, such an intrusion can only occur [...]

Ask RiotACT: Port Salut Cheese availability

By 10 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hello friendly friends!
Just wondering if anyone knows where/if it is possible to buy Port Salut cheese in the Canberra/Queanbeyan region? I do believe some Coles stores as well as Harris Farm supermarkets in Sydney stock it, however I’m yet to find any in Canberra.
Thanks in advance.

Urban Renewal – it’s coming your way!

By 10 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There’s a talk at the Albert Hall here in Canberra on Tuesday 16 February. The title for this session definitely sounds as though a focus group of bureaucrats have signed off on it.
The title is: Urban Renewal – a partnership with the community.
These words are meant to be harmless, non-threatening and inoffensive (well not too [...]

Face-off: A mandate for light rail?

By 10 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Corbell vs Coe

Our occasional Face-off series is back to look at one of the most-debated issues around town right now. Plenty of RiotACT readers already have a view on this question, but we decided to give Simon Corbell and Alistair Coe the opportunity to set out their opposing views on what has become a key issue leading [...]

Best of Canberra callout – bike paths

By 9 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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To continue with all things fitness related, let’s take a look at Canberra’s best bike path for Best of Canberra this week.
This town is the cycling capital of the nation with a great network of cycle paths and off-road trails. Whether it is recreational or used as a mode of transport, Canberrans love their [...]

Ask RiotACT: wasps on neighbours’ property

By 9 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi guys, I wanted a few opinions. My elderly neighbours have been collecting (I use this term loosely) wasps for some years now. They are paper wasps and not the European ones, thank goodness.
We have talked to them about it and even offered to remove the nests for them (at our expense if need be). [...]

A chance to reassess airport security controls

By 9 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s great news that Singapore Airlines will be flying direct to Canberra opening up Asia, Europe and New Zealand in September. No more obligatory journeys to Sydney, either bussing down or transferring, again by bus, from domestic to international terminals or vice versa – an antiquated embarrassing procedure for Australia’s major airport. Or often [...]

Talk for parents of gifted children tonight, playgroup starts tomorrow

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Gifted Families Support Group talk tonight and playgroup from tomorrow
Dr Kerry Hodge speaking about Supporting the gifted: Young child’s social and emotional development
This Talk is targeted at parents, teachers, early childhood teachers, psychologists and others interested in gaining further knowledge to improve the outcomes and wellbeing of gifted children.
Date: Tonight
Venue: Franklin Early Childhood School
135 [...]

Best of Canberra – Bootcamps

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’m happy to say that I can raise my arms well enough to be able to punch out this article. My arms, core and legs have certainly let me know they are sore after my efforts this week but in a good way.
The call out for the best bootcamp in Canberra brought in quite [...]

Barr joins with premiers in pledge on asylum seekers

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Barr pledge

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has joined premiers of Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia in pledging support for refugee children and their families threatened with return to Nauru after last week’s High Court decision.
Mr Barr wrote on Facebook yesterday:
My friend [Victorian Premier] Daniel Andrews, has written to the Prime Minister about the future of [...]

Ask RiotACT: Concerns about chemicals used at shoe repair

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Recently, I had some black leather shoes repaired. In addition to rebuilding the heel they also dyed parts of the leather that had worn away (eg the back of the shoe).
Soon after collecting the shoes I noticed a strong soapy smell coming from the areas that had been dyed black.
After a quick search on the [...]

Opposition should respect convention and cease attacks on Burch

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Conventions are regarded in Westminster parliaments as almost as sacrosanct as formal parliamentary procedures set out in such illustrious handbooks as that produced by Odgers and May.
House and Senate Standing Orders are the “bible” and the “rule of law” in parliamentary procedures and govern everything from rules of debate to time limits for discussion, [...]

Ask RiotACT: solicitor recommendation (winding up family trust)

By 6 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi all,
I’m looking for a solicitor who is able to do the work involved in the winding up of a family trust. Does anyone know of one who is reliable and doesn’t charge the earth?
Thanks in advance,
Peter

Planning an Elopement: making the decision

By 6 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Enageged

On top of my already busy schedule – full time pencil pusher, part time writer for the RiotACT and new business owner — I am also currently organising my wedding for June this year.
I know what you are thinking, and yes, quite often I also find myself thinking how insane I am for trying to squeeze so [...]

Ask RiotACT: Road rules & riding to school

By 5 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Children who walk or ride to school should know the road rules that apply when they cross a road. They should also know to what extent they can trust drivers to act according to those road rules.
Picture the following situation:
* a child is riding to school along a footpath, and continues straight ahead to cross [...]

Uniforms a smart move for our schoolchildren

By 5 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
School uniform

The audible collective sigh has drifted away upon summer’s hot winds as parents return to the normality of having their children back at school.
Certainly the bank account is lighter because each new school year brings a plethora of new items to be purchased for the ensuing twelve months curriculum, with little or no opportunity to [...]

Quitting the public service to travel

By 5 February 2016 FEATURED ARTICLE
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2015 was my year of travel. I packed up my house, rented out my room, packed my bags and headed off on a three month round the world trip starting in San Francisco and ending in Athens.
That trip had actually begun as only a three-week trip but travel research led to more and more places I [...]

Ask RiotACT: Managing your own property

By 4 February 2016
Ask RiotACT

Hello Rioters,
In short, I’m sick of a real estate agent managing my property. Each month I pay them to do practically nothing except take the tenants money, take their cut and other expenses and put the little money remaining in my account.
I had to move in with my carer as I am too unwell to take [...]

‘Legal rape’ advocate targets Canberra

By 4 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Pick-up artist and misogynist Daryush Valizadeh, founder of the organisation/publication Return of Kings has announced a trip to Australia to stage ‘tribal meetings’ in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, with Canberra his first stop.
Top ten most insane quotes from Validadeh
These tribal meetings are for ‘neomasculinist’ men to ‘come out’ with their misogynist, homophobic and sexist [...]

Ask RiotACT: relationship counsellor/psychologist recommendations

By 3 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi all. I’m wondering if anyone has some positive results from a relationship psychologist or counsellor in Canberra?
My partner and I are trying to work through some infidelity and trust issues, but I don’t know which would be the best option to turn to.
I would also rather see someone sooner rather than later. I appreciate [...]

The follies of brand Canberra

By 3 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It was at a recent National Gallery opening that the ACT Chief Minister used the term for Canberra as being the coolest little capital in the world. His subsequent use of this terminology has been reported several times by others and it appears on his own web page for urban renewal. (That page also emphasizes [...]

Best of Canberra Callout: Bootcamps

By 2 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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We are already one month into 2016 and hopefully staying strong on those New Year’s resolutions. In particular, that one where we plan to exercise more.
If so there might be a gym that you have signed up with or, if you are more inclined to exercising outdoors, a bootcamp. I want to know where you [...]

Finding wisdom in any book

By 2 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Most mornings, the child bride and I have a coffee while I peruse the latest offerings in the paper. We turn and do the quiz on the back page of the first section. You know the one. When I got to the last question, I nearly spat out the coffee, choked on my own spittle [...]

It’s time to do the right thing by Franklin

By 2 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Many people around Canberra, particularly in the Gungahlin region, will be familiar with Franklin. No, not the suburb of Franklin. Franklin is a dog, a Maremma Sheepdog. He’s beautiful. Long white fur, a big doggy grin on his face as he trots along. Franklin is famous. He has a Facebook page and a legion of [...]

Best of Canberra: Fun zones

By 2 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Since assuming the Best of Canberra series, I have realised just how much time there is to actually get out and do things when you have some free time. I was reminded of this particularly when I was in search of fun zones at the weekend. There are so many options available that make for [...]

Is ACTION trying to do too much?

By 2 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT Council on the Aging last year held a public transport forum for getting senior non-drivers around Canberra. As a result of an accident I had my own experience of our ACTION bus service and the two events set me thinking: are we trying to do too much?
I cannot speak for peak hour [...]

Which school model works best?

By 1 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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With the kids heading back to school, I found myself wondering about the history of schooling in Australia and how we ended up with our current system in the ACT.
It turns out that having a society with a large proportion of convicts is a good way for governments to get involved in funding education. Schools [...]

Capital a haven for people of many cultures

By 27 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Diversity

Chances are, the majority of people reading this are not originally from Canberra. When you moved here how long did you plan to stay: three months; one year; until you could afford that place in Sydney?
Ten years ago when I moved here from London I was definitely in the three-month group. Initially, some issues with [...]

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