Divisional Court dismissed APAI's appeal of the Environmental Review Tribunal decision on Tuesday January 31, 2017. Counsel for APAI has submitted Leave to Appeal.


Windlectric/Algonquin, the company granted approval to blanket Amherst island with 26, fifty storey turbines, has commenced dock construction on Amherst Island. The Company has not submitted a Marine Safety and Logistics Plan required by MOECC nor has it submitted an Operations Plan acceptable to Loyalist Township. No acceptable Emergency Response and Communications Plan is in place. No Roads Use Agreement with the County of Lennox and Addington has been approved.


In its first weeks of work the company blatantly disregarded commitments to only use the Island ferry for dock construction, to not disrupt the ferry schedule, to give notice of traffic disruptions and to consult with Amherst Island Public School staff and parents concerning road safety by the school. Not a good beginning!


Construction also ignores a Road Use Agreement between the Township and Windlectric signed in October 2015. The Agreement stipulates that “Windlectric will host a Town Hall meeting to obtain feedback from the public and address concerns to minimize the level of disruption, disturbance and inconvenience to the Municipality’s residents.”


Call to Action


Please request Premier Wynne (premier@ontario.ca or 416-325-1941) and Minister Murray (minister.moecc@ontario.ca or 416-314-6790) to cancel the project without penalty because of the company's inability to achieve its Commercial Operations Date and because it's absolutely the right thing to do.


We are being bullied AND we are resilient, tenacious, and absolutely committed.


Board of Directors

Premier Wynne met with Amherst Island protesters at a recent Liberal fundraising dinner in Perth Ontario.  While protesting is something most Islanders thought they had left behind in the seventies, the Board and members of the Association are committed to eliminate the threat of turbines on the Island.

Premier-Wynne-Laurie-Kilpatrick

Laurie Kilpatrick, on behalf of the Board of APAI, explained to Premier Wynne that  Amherst Island is the wrong place for wind turbines.  The Premier took time to review the map of noise contours and to understand that almost all homes on the Island will be impacted by noise exceeding Ministry of the Environment’s standards.

The Board

The Board of the Association to Protect Amherst Island is committed to the preservation of the unique environmental, historical, and cultural landscape of Amherst Island.  The Board is determined to eliminate the threat of wind turbines from the Island.

President  Michèle Le Lay
Vice President  Deb Barrett
Directors  
Secretary  Roxanne Guttin
Treasurer  Rick Vanstone
   Brian Little
   Marc Raymond
   Lorna Willis
   Denise Wolfe

Peter Large is Past President.  Dr. John Harrison retired from the Board after many years of service but continues to assist the Board.

Members of the Association comprise the vast majority of Island landowners.

A sister organization, SAVE Amherst Island (SAVEAI), is equally opposed to wind turbines and works to engage people who live on the mainland.  SAVEAI also installs signs and proactively participates in protests to convey to Premier Wynne that Amherst Island is the wrong place for industrial wind turbines.