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How not to talk to women in the workplace

By 19 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Recently I’ve been watching Channel Ten’s reality show Shark Tank, in which nervous entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of “sharks” (successful millionaire businesspeople) with the hopes of securing investment. During the pitching process, I’ve noticed a contestant refer to one of the two female Sharks as “darling” on more than one occasion. I [...]

Good and reasonably priced mechanic

By 19 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s been about two years since the Canberra’s best mechanic post was put up on RiotACT and I was wanting to see if there’s been any change in the line up of good mechanics as we’ve got two cars needing service soon.
Previously, Mechanical Care in Belconnen, Fisher Car Care and CWC Auto all rated well with rioters.
Personally I’ve used [...]

The return of Westlake to Yarralumla

By 18 March 2015
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Yarralumla, originally titled Westlake by Walter Griffin, was once a ‘workers’ suburb that was largely out of sight and out of mind. Then came the lake and it has since become a very desirable lakeside suburb. The majority of residences have lush gardens with ample space for bushes and shade trees. Sadly many recent houses [...]

Seeking advice on smash repairers

By 17 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Sadly, our relatively new Jeep (yes, we bought a Jeep) is in need of smash repairs.  We got hit from behind pretty hard and the damage is both on the panels and underneath.
What’s the latest advice from the RiotACT wisdom pool on (NRMA approved) repairers in the ACT?

Haters gonna hate and skaters gonna skate?

By 17 March 2015
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If you’re a skateboarder and you regularly enjoy hitting up Canberra’s landmarks for a skate, prepare to be disappointed.
The National Capital Authority (NCA) is making some of our national institutions skateboard proof.
Wait, what?
Yep. Skateboard proof. I didn’t even know people skateboarded at our national institutions, let alone consider that to be a popular spot. According to [...]

Canberrans can stop puppy farms and backyard breeders with new bill

By 17 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A few months ago, a four-week-old puppy (pictured) was surrendered to RSPCA ACT. He was apparently an unwanted gift, and these owners were actually his third, which meant that this puppy would have likely been taken from his mother and litter mates right after he opened his eyes.
Named Curtis by the staff, one of my experienced [...]

Political funding – a frightening future for the ACT

By 17 March 2015
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The political landscape of the ACT is changing at lightning speed. Here are some of the most significant changes:
1)      From 2016, the size of the Legislative Assembly will swell from 17 members to 25 members.
2)      The ACT will be split-up from three electorates (two with five seats and one with seven seats) to five electorates [...]

Best of Canberra – Hot chocolate

By 17 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Not everyone likes coffee. It’s hard to believe I know, but I’ve met some of these people and when it comes to warm milky beverages, hot chocolate is often their go-to choice. But it is not a beverage reserved for the coffee haters only – hot chocolates are universally loved and as the weather cools down [...]

Increased aircraft noise over Tuggeranong?

By 16 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I live in Chisholm, have done so for the past six years.
There was no aircraft noise when we first moved in but over the last few months we have noticed a significant increase in the number of lower flying planes which we can hear flying over when we are inside our house. Granted we don’t have [...]

Skywhale for sale?

By 16 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I read over the weekend that the Skywhale, and the company that operates it, are for sale.
Does anyone know what the commercial arrangements where when the ACT Government paid for the balloon to be built in the first place?  I’m wondering if there was any arrangement in the contract if the company flopped that the Skywhale [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Pasta

By 16 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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This week was a close call when it came to votes for Canberra’s best pasta. Apart from the unanimous agreement that Nonna’s pasta is always the best, there was little consensus amongst RiotACT readers about where to find quality pasta outside of Nonna’s kitchen.
There was a lot of love for Italian and Sons in Braddon. [...]

Music Amongst the Stars – Charity Concert for ACT Down Syndrome Association

By 15 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 22 March 2015 at 3:00 pm; ] Last year the ACT Down Syndrome Association (ACTDSA) lost their main sponsor and this has had large impacts on their service provision ability. In light of this, and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day, “Recorders in the Basement” & Friends will be performing a charity concert at Mount Stromlo Observatory at [...]

Cheap parking in Civic during weekdays?

By 13 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m hoping the RA brains trust will be able to help me out here…
Where are the best (by this I mean cheapest) places to park Monday to Friday in/around the city? I’m not averse to a bit of a walk each way if it means saving a few thousand a year!
Alternatively, does anyone have experience [...]

Best bar to watch Melbourne Grand Prix in Canberra?

By 13 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi, just wondering if anyone in Canberra gets passionate about Formula 1? If so, where would you recommend we go to watch the race live this Sunday?
Thanks

ACT rego stickers…or lack thereof!

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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What happens in the ACT if you don’t receive your rego renewal?
Well, I can tell you that you get a rather large fine!
I was pulled over by one of the police cars who do the plate recognition, and the police officer told me that I was not registered. To my knowledge this was not true, [...]

Primary school for Page residents?

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We’ve recently bought a house in Page and will be moving to Canberra in May with our kids aged four and six.
Apparently we’re not able to enrol in pre-school/primary school until we are actually in Canberra (sounds like a crazy rule to me), but we would like to know more about the schools before we [...]

Braddon: Green village to apartments

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Australian Government created the suburb of Braddon in the 1920s-1930s to provide housing for the new capital’s service workers and public sector employees. No private developers had any interest in making the investment. So much for the free market taking up opportunities!

But today, so much has changed. Any developer would now love to get [...]

What happened to the Belgian Beer Cafe?

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Rioters,
Does anyone know what has happened to the Little Brussels Belgian Beer Cafe in Kingston? I walked past it earlier today and noticed a sign up saying it was closed until further notice.

How to cat-proof a garden?

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Reader Zizanio has contacted us via email with a query about cat-proofing a garden.

I have a question for the wonderfully helpful RiotACT community: has anyone cat-proofed a garden? If so, any suggestions as to someone who could design and construct cat-proofing?

Any advice?

Will the Property Council contribute to Canberra Brickworks conservation?

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Yarralumla Residents Association (YRA) is not surprised by the recent enthusiastic response of the ACT Property Council’s Catherine Carter to the proposed massive development at the junction of Cotter Road, Yarra Glen and Adelaide Avenue, near the Canberra Brickworks.
It is good news that the ACT Government has increased funding for Brickworks conservation to $5 [...]

Best of Canberra – Pasta

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In my family, pasta is eaten eight days a week – yes, eight. My Italian grandmother, or “Nonna” as I call her, has instilled in me a life-long love of this Italian staple. It’s versatile, delicious and oh so comforting.
Having Italian heritage means my standards are pretty high when it comes to pasta. For me, [...]

Noise in the city, who would have thought?

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The new pop-up shipping container village in New Acton opened over the weekend (yay!) with the Art, Not Apart festival to follow next weekend. The festival will include stalls selling street food and handicrafts, there’ll be live entertainment, fun and games on the basketball court, and a dance party. Sounds like good fun, right?
Not according [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Tacos

By 9 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I must confess that I was pretty excited to be taste testing tacos for this week’s taste off. Tacos are my favourite and I rounded up a couple of very willing taco-loving friends to come along for the ride.
It was a close contest for Canberra’s best tacos. A few RiotACT readers suggested that Guzman y Gomez, [...]

Restorative justice – a myth?

By 9 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In Australia we have a complex attitude towards the rehabilitation of offenders in our judicial system. We have many in our society who believe in an eye for an eye and hard-line punishment as a means of preventing recidivism.
Few will come out and support good rehabilitative programs. Rather than believing that some offenders can change their aberrant behaviour, [...]

Seeking Inward Bound ANU runners

By 6 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Looking for those mildly crazy people who have run in the ANU’s Inward Bound Event over the years….
Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a great record of who ran, where end point was or who won each year. I would like to put together a nice history of the race with any stories and results you might [...]

Dart boards in pubs in Canberra, little help?

By 5 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi guys,
I have some friends staying with me over the weekend, one of whom is a mad fan of playing darts and has asked me to help him out finding a place to relieve his needs to throw objects at a board.
None of my google skills have managed to help locate a place where you [...]

Work ceased at Giralang shops site?

By 5 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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All work has ceased at the Giralang shops site. There is a rumour of a court injunction from Supabarn. Does anyone have information to clarify the situation?

Braddon hovering on the cusp

By 4 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There’s a 2008 ACT Planning Report for Braddon in which the key priorities are:

To encourage more water- and energy-efficient building design
To continue to improve transport and land use planning outcomes
To pilot projects to showcase central city development and redevelopment opportunities

The report states that this commercial centre should encourage building forms to ensure a cohesive and [...]

Best of Canberra – Tacos

By 3 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s Tuesday and my favourite thing about this day of the week is the humble taco. 
If you are not yet aware of the phenomenon that is Taco Tuesday, it is time to get acquainted. There are a number of institutions in Canberra where you can find cheap tacos to brighten up this mid-week evening. Whatever [...]

What does the ACT think about the death penalty?

By 3 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Inside my backyard shed are two signs that my fiancée and I recently made. The signs read, “Indonesia, we love you but please tell your Government to stop killing Australian citizens”.
Over the past month or so, I have spoken on various radio stations and contributed to numerous public forums against the state sanctioned killing of [...]

Chic Henry and the tram to nowhere?

By 2 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve had a couple of long conversations with Summernats’ Chic Henry, who is tossing up whether to run in the 2016 ACT election.
He told me that the Liberals want him to stand but one of the reasons he hasn’t yet committed is his age. If he were fifteen years younger he’d have no hesitation, but [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Juice

By 2 March 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I quite enjoy a good fresh juice. When I’m out for weekend breakfast with my mates, I’m always the indulgent one that orders a coffee and a juice. This week I put the word out to RiotACT readers for the best juice in Canberra. 
Votes came in for a few of the markets around town – there [...]

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