The Little Island That Could!

The decision concerning the Amherst island ERT is now in the hands of the Panel Mr. Robert Wright and Mr. Justin Duncan and will be issued on or before August 3, 2016 APAI's appeal of Justice Sachs' decision to quash APAI's request for Judicial Review will be heard on October 18, 2016.


Many thanks to everyone who contributed their time and talents to achieving this major milestone.


The Little Island That Could is determined that its rich cultural and natural heritage will be preserved for future generations.


“We tell the world that turbines are not ‘a done deal’ on Amherst Island. We are resolute to continue to challenge every aspect of Windlectric’s ill-conceived proposal. The campaign affirms our commitment to convey to every decision maker that as Margaret Atwood said so well ‘Amherst Island is the wrong place, the very wrong place for wind turbines’ said Peter Large, President.


ERT Decision Timing

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Copyright Peter G. S. Large

Copyright Peter G. S. Large 2016

Mr. Robert Wright and Mr. Justin Duncan ordered on Friday June 24 that the date for adjournment of the ERT is now July 21 2016 over ten months after APAI launched its appeal of the decision by MOECC to grant conditional approval of the Windlectric/Algonquin project.

This means that the Tribunal’s decision will be delivered on or before August 3 rather than on June 21, 2016 as previously indicated. The implications for Windlectric’s plan to start turbine construction in mid-September and complete the work by mid-April 2017 are unknown at this time. Several permits and approvals remain outstanding including a public meeting on the Island.

Many thanks to Eric Gillespie, counsel for APAI, and the Association’s legal strategy team, Strategy Group, and Board for ...

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“Road Warrior” Prints Now Available

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Copyright Peter G. S. Large

Copyright Peter G. S. Large

The Devil whispers “You can’t withstand the Storm”.
The Warrior replies “I am the Storm”.

For Amherst Island and Prince Edward County, the “Road Warrior” or Blanding’s Turtle symbolizes the need to protect Ontario’s sensitive environment.

“Road Warrior”, a limited edition print numbered and signed by esteemed artist Peter G. S. Large is now available. Only 50 hand-tinted, numbered prints have been created. Derived from an original drawing the prints are 19 X 13 inches printed on acid-free watercolour paper and are sold unframed and unmatted.  The watermark “Road Warrior” does NOT appear on the print.

Peter G. S. Large is an award-winning Canadian artist...

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APAI Begins New Campaign

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APAI Begins New Campaign

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Terry Horner, Judith Mackenzie and Harold Redekopp have agreed to lead a new campaign to raise $200,000 over the next several months. “We have had terrific success fighting this project during the past months but our successes have come at a cost. We just can’t give up now, so are gearing up to engage new donors as well as encouraging past donors to join us in this final push to protect the island. Donor response in 2014/15 was amazing and confirmed that Amherst Island is the wrong place for an industrial project like this”, said Redekopp.

The trio is planning a series of on-island and off-island special fund-raising events, an enhanced crowd-funding appeal and special appeals to individual donors...

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Amherst Island wind project hears final submissions

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By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 6:09:02 EDT PM

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STELLA — The two sides in the legal battle over the Amherst Island wind energy project laid out their final submissions Tuesday.

The Association to Protect Amherst Island (APAI) is seeking the revocation of a conditional approval of Windlectric’s wind power project.

The hearing comes after the association appealed an August decision by the Ontario government that gave the project conditional approval. The Amherst Island Island Environmental Review Tribunal is expected to be the largest such hearing since the process was established.

Island resident Amy Caughey led off the final submissions by arguing that the negative effects on children’s health have not been studied collectively.

Caughey said the proxi...

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Turtles topple turbines as ERT revokes project approval

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County Live Photo

County Live Photo

County Live June 6 2016

The County’s Blandings turtles, and nature in general, are victorious in the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists’ more than six-year battle to protect the south shore of Prince Edward County.

The Environmental Review Tribunal in the Ostrander Point industrial wind turbine hearing has decided “remedies proposed by Gilead Power Corporation and the Director (MOEE) are not appropriate” and has revoked the Renewable Energy Approval for the nine turbine project.

“The tribunal decision says that no matter how important renewable energy is to our future it does not automatically override the public interest in protecting against other environmental harm such as the habitat of species at risk,” says Myrna Wood, president of the Prince Edward Count...

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Paper Scissors Stone Gallery Supports APAI

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Paper Scissors Stone Gallery at 12485 Front Road on Amherst Island has generously agreed again this year to donate ALL proceeds from the sale of Chive vases to APAI. Thank you Todd!

The vases are very reasonably priced and make great gifts. My favourite “Hoot” makes a lovely memory of the Island and will be discontinued this year.

Some sample prices but do drop in to see the whole collection:

The 2016 Lineup
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Porcelain Matte bird: 4 holes for flowers – $25.00
Caterpillar: 6 connected clear ‘golf ball’ size vases – each able to hold a flower – $20.00
Giraffe: single bud vase – $18.00
Gnome: Figurine only / not a bud vase – $20.00

Two old favourites:
Polley – $35.00
Hoot – $65.00

While you are checking out the vases, please discover the art...

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100 Nature Hotspots in Ontario – Amherst Island Canada’s Owl Capital

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Listen to Biologist Chris Earley on CBC’s Fresh Air talking to host Mary Ito about 100 NATURE HOTSPOTS IN ONTARIO. That is the name of the guide he wrote with co-author Tracy Read to get you to the province’s best parks. regions and nature zones. Chris, who’s also an education co-ordinator at the Arboretum at the U of Guelph, joined host to talk about the book. Listen here

Amherst island is featured as Canada’s Winter Owl Capital at minute 7:21

Chris Earley

Nature Canada, Ontario Nature, the American Bird Conservancy, and Kingston Field Naturalists in an unprecedented partnership have told the Ontario Government that as Margaret Atwood said so well “Amherst Island is the wrong place, the very wrong place for wind turbines”...

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One of the many reasons to protect Amherst island from wind turbines. Thanks to NPR and Project SNOWstorm for this delightful and whimsical short about Baltimore, the Snowy Owl who wintered on Amherst Island. It was a special morning when the NPR staffers from one of America’s largest radio stations were interviewed at CJAI, Canada’s smallest radio station. The clip features Janet Scott, the Bird Lady of Amherst Island, and Maeve and Lily Caughey-Bermann as well as the star Baltimore.

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APAI ART AUCTION

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Peggie Coulter Artist

Peggie Coulter Artist

A rare opportunity to bid on an original acrylic painting by Peggie Coulter, an award-winning professional painter and esteemed member of the Ontario Society of Artists.

Peggie’s work is in major public, corporate and private collections across Canada and abroad. Among her many adventures Peggie has toured Europe in an antique London taxi, done a solo photo exploration of Haida Gwaii in a zodiac, and crossed the Atlantic as a crew member on a schooner.

Wild Flowers! and Four Leaf Clover 1

“Wildflowers! And Four Leaf Clover” is 45 by 35 inches, acrylic on canvas with its original frame and is from the personal collection of the artist. Arrangements may be made to view the painting by contacting Michèle Le Lay.

Bids sent to Michèle Le Lay, 5050 Front Road, Stella ON K0H 2S0 or mlelay@kos...

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Sandra Gulland: on writing and publishing

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SANDRA GULLAND: ON WRITING AND PUBLISHING

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016 AT 4 PM

THE LODGE ON AMHERST ISLAND

320 MCDONALDS LANE

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