Tuesday, 29 November 2011
ECan Councillor to Eyeball Smith in Parliament
Dr Nick Smiths free run over Canterbury democracy in parliament came to a screeching halt last weekend with the election to parliament of respected ECan councillor Eugenie Sage.
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Are Warmer Homes on the Post Election Chopping Block?
The TV3 documentary: Inside Child Poverty, highlighted the importance of having warm healthy homes for the good of our kids and yet we at ECan in Exile are hearing worrying rumours from within industry that energy efficiency home upgrades may be in next line for the government razor gang, post-election.
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
News Media Swallows ECan Fudge
Canterbury citizens have reacted with dismay the seeming blind acceptance of anything the Minister Environment says about ECan without, it seems, seeking balancing comment from knowledgeable commentators.
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Quake Review Panel Fee Outrage Raises ECan Commission Fee Questions
The news that the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Review Panel fees are well in excess of official guidelines raises questions as to whether Canterbury regional ratepayers are being overcharged for the governments ECan Commissioners fees and ECan in Exile is calling for each of the governments ECan Commissioners itemised fees, expenses to be published quarterly on the ECan website.
Thursday, 14 July 2011
Will Chrstchurch City Councils Dumping of CBD Shuttle Hamper Post-Quake CBD Recovery?
CCC's apparent penny-pinching dumping the free CBD Shuttle Bus raises questions as to CCC's commitment to post quake CBD revitalisation as well as it's fitness to run public transport for the region.
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Could Canterbury Blue/Green Hazardous Outbreak Be Traced to Akaroa?
The Community and Public Health division of the Canterbury District Health Board have issued a health warning after potentially toxic blue-green algae (benthic cyanobacteria) were found in the Waipara at the Teviotdale Bridge.
Friday, 17 December 2010
ECan Planner Redundancies at Odds with Creech Report
The news has come through that ECans restructing of its policy making planning dept has resulted in the redundancy of many of the regions most experienced and respected resource managers.
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Does ECan Chair Understand Open Government?
The governments highly paid ECan Chair, Dame Margaret Bazley, seems to have demonstrated that the commissioners knowledge of democratic open government may be sadly lacking.
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Law Society Speaks Out Against ECan Act Rule of Law Abuse.
In the wake of the The NZ Law Society speaking out on the worrying trend of the National led government to lightly bypass the rule of law, ECan in Exile is renewing its calls for stronger democratic safeguards.
Monday, 9 August 2010
Is the Government Stacking the Deck on ECan Democracy?
Of late the signs have not been looking good: yet again Forest & Bird have had to complain
that another of the vital water zone committees has been appointed but lacking sustainability & ecological expertise, ECan is Exile has its request for public release for individual payments to the government commissioners turned down and now questions have been raised about the government
ministers pre-editing the ECan commissioners professional reports prior to public release.
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Hurunui Moratorium Unsustainable - ECan in Exile
ECan in Exile has labelled the breaking news that the Government has approved it's unelected ECan commissioners using special powers to block any water being taken from the Hurunui River for the next 15 months as undemocratic and unsustainable in the long-term.
Monday, 19 July 2010
It's Hard to Keep a Good One Down, ECan Councillors Stand Again!
It's hard to keep the good ones down, so the saying goes, and it is certainly true of our elected ECan councillors with over half of the councillors, other than those who were intending to retire, putting their names forward as councillor or mayoral candidates in the upcoming local government elections.
Thursday, 15 July 2010
DOUBLE DIPPING SPECTRE LOOMS OVER ECAN COMMISSIONERS
STOP PRESS: UPDATED INFO - ECAN CHAIR AIR TRAVEL CLAIM OVER $800
The governments unelected ECan commissions have cost the Canterbury ratepayers over $13,000 in claimed expenses and extra payments, in addition to $65,000 in daily fees, during their first month in office, raising questions on whether the commissioners risk being perceived to be double dipping while council programmes and staff are being cut back.
Monday, 5 July 2010
ECAN COMMISSIONERS 'NO REDUNDANCIES' CRY RINGS HOLLOW
The emphatic call from Deputy ECan Commissioner, David Caygill, of 'no redundancies' on CTV's Rural Programme, Rob's Country, recently will ring very hollow indeed to Environment Canterbury's sole energy policy analyst who ECan in Exile believes has been made redundant and will leave the council this month.