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How do we fix Canberra’s ice problem?

By 12 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra has an ice problem. No, I’m not talking about the blistering cold; I’m talking about the dangerous scourge in the form of highly purified methamphetamine.
I have interviewed 13 homeless Canberrans this year, eight of whom voluntarily admitted to using the drug on a regular basis, but it’s not just anecdotal evidence that suggests Canberra’s [...]

Best of Canberra – Turkish

By 12 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I love trying different foods from around the world and, after the response to the call out for Canberra’s best Thai food a few weeks back, it seems I am not alone in this love affair. This week I am indulging all those global food lovers out there and looking for Canberra’s best Turkish restaurant.
Turkey is [...]

Converting ducted gas to electricity in Canberra

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Has anyone out there got any experience of having a ducted gas heating system converted to an electrically powered system?
I am thinking of doing this (because of the expectation of prices increases, the divestment movement, and the fracking issue) but am hopeful that it is possible to reuse the same ducts and vents, and just replace [...]

Car washing in Canberra?

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hey all,
Can’t see any recent posts recommending car washes in Canberra – so here we go.
Can you recommend somewhere I can get a decent car wash and interior clean? Not interested in anywhere that uses an automatic car wash to do the exterior, I’m after somewhere that will actually give the car a wash by [...]

Low interest rates not fair for all

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When the Reserve Bank announced it was dropping the interest rate and the banks, to some degree, followed suit, there was some joy out there in the community.
The economists said that softening the fiscal environment was good for us. They said that the drop in the value of the dollar was good for trade and [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Vanilla slice

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Like most baked goods, the best vanilla slices are homemade. I grew up eating French vanilla slices made by my Mum’s godfather, and while I’ve yet to taste a version that’s better, a good bakery or patisserie vanilla slice can come pretty close.
We put out the call out for Canberra’s best vanilla slice last week, [...]

Old-style street lights in Canberra for photography assignment

By 10 May 2015
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Hey guys, I am studying photography at CIT and have an assignment based around the theme of light.
I am looking for old style street lights or posts around Canberra. Google isn’t being very helpful so I am completely going off the advice and guide of people I ask.
If you have any ideas where some are [...]

Free legal advice on wills

By 8 May 2015

[ 13 May 2015 at 11:00 am; 14 May 2015 at 11:45 am; ] The President of the Law Society of the ACT, Martin Hockridge, has today announced free advice sessions on wills and powers of attorney that will be run as part of ACT Law Week.

“Many people either don’t realise how important it is to have a will, or they think they can leave it until later,” said [...]

What does the “Canberra accent” sound like?

By 8 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Yes folks. Apparently it’s a thing so I’m very interested in everyone’s thoughts.
What does the “Canberra Accent” sound like.
My feeling?
It’s a little bit toff with a good measure of Kambah twang thrown in. Vowels are sounded out quite roundly – like our roundabouts.
Would love to hear your thoughts.
If you want to join in the discussion [...]

Civic an urgent urban planning problem

By 6 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Several decades ago, the centre of Canberra provided a very different shopping experience. Civic was a series of pedestrian plazas with a small complex named The Monaro Mall. In 1989 this mall was enlarged to become the first Canberra Centre. There were howls of protest at the time about how the government’s deal to sell off [...]

Computer recycling services in Canberra?

By 5 May 2015
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Sydney and Melbourne have services for low income people to buy refurbished computer stock from volunteer organisations at low prices. Most of the computers are ex Government and they sell them to concession card holders.
I was hoping to find something similar here in Canberra to volunteer my services but had no success in searching. Does [...]

Oh please, show me a sign!

By 5 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Living in Canberra my entire life, I have witnessed first-hand all the changes – good and bad – that this city has gone through to accommodate the growing population.
There is clear evidence that since self government, the ACT has been spending up big to address the congestion between Canberra’s major satellite centres. It is hard [...]

Northside vs southside – is one really better than the other?

By 5 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Northside versus southside. It’s pretty much the greatest rivalry since Springfield versus Shelbyville.
I’ve never really understood it. I currently live in Canberra’s north, and while I probably prefer the southside, I’m not about to argue that one is better than the other. I notice this more in people who grew up in Canberra, they were [...]

Best of Canberra – Vanilla slice

By 5 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When it comes to vanilla slice, there seems to be no middle ground. You either love them enough to travel to the other side of Canberra for a good one, or you think the nickname ‘snot blocks’ is entirely reasonable.
While I’ll agree that a bad vanilla slice – the kind with bright yellow, rubbery custard and cheap [...]

VoIP quality in Canberra

By 4 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We are thinking of switching to iiNet’s Naked DSL to save on the phone rental. We are in Crace so were automatically put on their NBN + Fibre Phone two years ago – but recently heard a couple of stories about bad call quality on VoIP.  What’s your experience?

West Tuggeranong expansion ill-advised – for now

By 4 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Senator Zed Seselja’s proposal to change the planning responsibilities of the National Capital Authority and to promote building houses in West Tuggeranong has good bits and bad bits.
It sounds rather similar to what was espoused by the Carnell/Humphries Liberal government in 1997/98. Here we go again.
The good bit is that Seselja proposes that we have greater [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Chai

By 4 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Chai is one of my favourite drinks in the cooler months. A good cup of chai is like a warm hug for your insides when everything outside is cold and gloomy. 
In this week’s call out for Canberra’s best chai, there was only one place on everyone’s lips – Real Chai. This local Canberra company is incredibly popular [...]

Do on-road cycling lanes need a rethink?

By 1 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The last thing I want to do is create another cyclist vs motorist thread on this site. However, as a cyclist and motorist who witnessed another cyclist hit on Northbourne Avenue yesterday morning, I honestly wonder how much longer until they say, “Okay, we tried this – it’s unsafe, so we’re stopping it or trying something [...]

A Passion for Peace festival

By 30 April 2015
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[ 27 April 2015 6:00 pm to 2 May 2015 6:00 pm. ] Chorus of Women is presenting a five-day Festival for Peace featuring music, public forums, conversations, a one-day workshop hosted by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom on the theme ‘Women’s Power to Stop War, storytelling for children, schools events, displays and more.

The festival is inspired by over 1200 women from 12 warring [...]

Where is the Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight being televised in Canberra?

By 30 April 2015
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Just wondering if anyone knows which pubs/clubs in the Woden district are playing the Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight this Sunday?

Were alternatives to light rail fully considered?

By 29 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Late last year a caller to 666 Chief Minister Talkback asked then Chief Minister Katy Gallagher why letters the caller had individually addressed to each Legislative Assembly member had not been received. Ms Gallagher’s response was that the letters were opened and forwarded to the appropriate minister, as per standard practice.
These letters each contained technical information on an [...]

How could Haig Park be improved?

By 29 April 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A little while ago, I wrote a few pieces about Braddon. In amongst the many different aspects of the suburb, I brought up the concept of significant changes to Haig Park. The reason for this park, being a windbreak, has now become a thing of the past and the city needs to reconsider how this [...]

Kangaroo culls – Do we have the right to protest?

By 28 April 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over 2400 kangaroos will be shot this year as part of an ACT government cull – up almost 1000 on last year’s numbers. Earlier this week it was revealed that the licence authorising the latest cull allows for the shooting of 5000 animals over two years, which also includes shooting in reserves close to residential [...]

Best of Canberra – Chai

By 28 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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After last week’s wind and rain, it is starting to look like the cold weather is here to stay. I found myself digging out my woollen jumpers and drinking twice as much tea in an effort to warm up. 
Chai is my absolute favourite. When the skies are grey and the weather is cooler, I regularly [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Thai

By 27 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Thai food is definitely a favourite of mine and this week’s Taste Off couldn’t have come at a better time. My parents are holidaying in Thailand at the moment and have been sending me photo upon photo of all the delicious Thai food they are eating every day. By the end of the week, I [...]

Proportional representation – Xanadu

By 27 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Anyone see John Warhurst’s article in last week’s Crimes? It was on voting reform. He made a number of good points.
One was that the report from the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) was just released and it would be probably only of interest to “the smallish number of people who find electoral matters riveting.” [...]

College recommendations for Year 11 student

By 23 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m a year 11 student who currently lives in Sydney. I’m planning to move to Canberra but I have no idea which colleges are good.
I’m academically in the average at an average-ranked school and I want to study in ANU in the future for Psychology.
Out of Narrabundah, Dickson or Gungahlin College, which is good in [...]

Honeycomb/cellular blinds recommendations

By 22 April 2015
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I’m looking at getting some new blinds and like the idea of the energy efficiency of the honeycomb blinds.  There are so many blind companies though that I am finding it a bit overwhelming.  I am keen to hear others’ recommendations.
I like supporting local business so I am looking at Watson Blinds but from a [...]

Are Canberrans too uncaring?

By 21 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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If a stranger in the street needed help, would you help them? I’m sure close to 100 per cent of people would say yes. But so often when these instances occur, the help isn’t willing.
I crashed my car recently (and feel really bad about the two-hour traffic jam on Kings Avenue!). Three cars were involved [...]

Time to end greyhound racing in the ACT

By 21 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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On 16 February 2015,  ABC’s Four Corners program aired a report showing video footage of live baiting practices in greyhound racing across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
Not since Four Corners exposed the horrific treatment of Australian cattle in Indonesian abattoirs in 2011 has a single news report on animal welfare had such a significant impact. Within days of the program going [...]

Best of Canberra – Thai

By 21 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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We are pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to global cuisine in Canberra. We are a multicultural city and our collective love of food is reflected in the large number and variety of restaurants we have to choose from. Personally, my favourite changes every day of the week, but there is one cuisine that [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Local craft beer

By 20 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Craft beer is a topic that gets a lot of people excited, rookies like me included. It causes much debate globally and the same goes in Canberra it seems. This week’s Best of Canberra local craft beer call out saw much debate among RiotACT readers, which, for some, quickly evolved into a conversation about the cost [...]

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