The Little Island That Could!

Evidence submissions concluded for the Amherst Island ERT on Friday May 13, 2016. Closing arguments will be made on Tuesday June 7 at 10:00 am at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church 1955 Stella 40 Foot on Amherst Island. Please fill the pews!


The decision will then be in the hands of the Tribunal.


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.


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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

Sandra is better known on Amherst Island as Carrie Sudds’ mother.

Sandra Gulland’s 5 historical fiction novels have been published in over 15 countries. She will be talking about the (often comic) arc of her writing career.

• The Shadow Queen (a Globe & Mail Canadian Bestseller) – “a fantastic novel”- The Pittsburgh Examiner
• Mistress of the Sun “One of those books that will grab you and hold you captive”- Calgary Herald
• The Josephine B. Trilogy “The rich tapestry of this trilogy is not to be missed” – Historical Novel Review

Sandra’s reading will be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception and book signing.

There will be door prizes and books f...

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‘The gem of Lake Ontario’

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By Gerald Walton Paul, Kingston Whig-Standard
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 3:08:50 EST PM

Amherst Island, more than 20 km long and 7 km wide with a population of 450 (many more in the summer months) is too small to absorb 26 windmills while keeping its beauty intact.

Opposition to Windlectric’s plan to erect 26 wind turbines on Amherst Island is evident in the signs and posters lining the the south shore. They carry slogans claiming birds, bats and butterflies and perhaps Blanding’s turtles are at risk. Other signs claim windmill placement would result in conflict between residents who want them and those who don’t.

Citizens of Amherst Island for Renewable Energy (CAIRE) and Association to Protect Amherst Island (APAI) indicate the polarization of residents...

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Existential threat

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Aquatic biologist Les Stanfield testifies before the Environmental Review Tribunal hearing of an appeal to 26-turbine project on Amherst Island. Stanfield was critical of a consultant’s report examining water flow on the small island. “You must understand how the water flows to assess the risk of such a project on wetlands, plants, reptiles and amphibians,” said Stanfield. “These are vital corridors. They are the circulatory system of the entire ecosystem.”

Aquatic biologist Les Stanfield testifies before the Environmental Review Tribunal hearing of an appeal to 26-turbine project on Amherst Island. Stanfield was critical of a consultant’s report examining water flow on the small island. “You must understand how the water flows to assess the risk of such a project on wetlands, plants, reptiles and amphibians,” said Stanfield. “These are vital corridors. They are the circulatory system of the entire ecosystem.”

February 12, 2016  The Wellington Times

Amherst Island residents see industrial wind turbines as an assault on their way of life

It is surely an understatement to say life on Amherst Island is highly dependent on the ferry that steams across the channel twice an hour between Millhaven and this teardrop of land situated just a...

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Project SNOWstorm Update – Tibbetts on Amherst Island

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With the arrival of Tibbetts, four SNOWstorm owls are on Amherst Island in southern Ontario. (©Project SNOWstorm and Google Earth)

With the arrival of Tibbetts, four SNOWstorm owls are on Amherst Island in southern Ontario. (©Project SNOWstorm and Google Earth)

We’ve been talking all winter about how Amherst Island in Ontario has a reputation as an internationally famous owl mecca — and the fact that three of our tagged snowies have been wintering there only confirmed that distinction.

Well, make it four.

This week Tibbetts, who had been wandering around the New York side of the St. Lawrence near Chaumont Bay, suddenly put on his traveling shoes and headed north. He spent the day Feb. 7 on Grenadier Island, then at dusk skipped north along the edge of Wolfe Island and was by the wee hours of Feb. 8 perched on a barn roof in the middle of Amherst.

Since then he’s been sticking close to the north shore of the islan...

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Late influx of witness statements delays tribunal

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The 133-year-old St. Paul's Presbyterian Church on Amherst Island is the setting for this week's hearings by the Environmental Review Tribunal hearings for an appeal to the approval of a wind energy project on the island. (Elliot Ferguson/The Whig-Standard/)

The 133-year-old St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church on Amherst Island is the setting for this week’s hearings by the Environmental Review Tribunal hearings for an appeal to the approval of a wind energy project on the island. (Elliot Ferguson/The Whig-Standard/)

By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 4:28:12 EST PM

STELLA — A late influx of witness statements from Amherst Island residents had lawyers appearing before the Environmental Review Tribunal manoeuvring to find a way to incorporate them into this week’s hearings.

On the weekend, 14 more factual witness statements were submitted by lawyers representing the Association to Protect Amherst Island. They joined 30 other statements already filed.

Many of the statements include descriptions of sightings of th...

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Endangered turtle key to project opposition

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By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
Thursday, January 28, 2016 7:03:23 EST PM

The village of Stella on Amherst Island is hosting three days of hearings by the Environmental Review Tribunal. (Elliot Ferguson/The Whig-Standard)

The village of Stella on Amherst Island is hosting three days of hearings by the Environmental Review Tribunal. (Elliot Ferguson/The Whig-Standard)

STELLA — Approximately 30 residents of Amherst Island will get to testify before the Environmental Review Tribunal about the presence of endangered Blanding’s turtles on the island.

In a conference call Wednesday, the tribunal rejected an attempt from lawyers for Windlectric Inc. to have the witness statements excluded from the proceedings.

Instead, the residents are to be presented during three days of hearings on the island next week.

Algonquin Power’s subsidiary Windlectric Inc. is proposing to build about 26 wind turbines on the island...

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Wind energy hearing picks up on island

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Amherst Island Hay Wagon

A billboard protesting the proposed wind energy project greets ferry passengers arriving on Amherst Island, including members of the Environmental Review Tribunal, which started on Monday, Jan. 25, 2015. Tribunal members, parties, participants and presenters with authorization took part in a tour of the island prior to the start of three days of hearings on the island. Elliot Ferguson/The Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network

By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
Monday, January 25, 2016 4:56:17 EST PM

STELLA — After more than a month-long hiatus, the Environmental Review Tribunal’s hearing into the Amherst Island wind energy project resumed Monday.

The tribunal began three days of hearings in Stella this week and included a tour of 16 points around the island.

While the hearing is open to ...

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Wind project opponents can testify at tribunal

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By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
Friday, December 18, 2015 8:42:08 EST PM STELLA —

The group fighting a proposed wind energy project on Amherst Island is claiming a small victory in its appeal to the Environmental Review Tribunal.

The ruling could stall the tribunal hearings for almost three months.

Algonquin Power’s subsidiary Windlectric Inc., the company proposing to build about 26 wind turbines on the island, had filed a motion to have testimony from witnesses supporting the appeal excluded from the hearing.

The company asked that statements from seven witnesses called by the Association to Protect Amherst Island be excluded, but on Monday the tribunal ruled the testimony would be included.

In response, the company’s lawyers advised the tribunal that it would not have witness...

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