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.


Mission – Protect Amherst Island

Association to Protect Amherst Island – Mission

  1. To promote, maintain and enhance the natural environment and natural beauty of Amherst Island which is recognized internationally as a place of unique environmental significance and importance.
  2. To protect from, or ameliorate, any adverse environmental effects that may touch or concern the quality of the natural environment, including the flora, fauna, inhabitants and natural beauty of Amherst Island.
  3. To promote, educate and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the natural environment of Amherst Island in all its aspects.
  4. To develop and provide writings, activities and programs promoting the protection and preservation of the natural environment of Amherst Island and its culture and heritage and to conduct and sponsor research.
  5. To work and cooperate with agencies, organizations and groups involved in similar or associated activities to achieve the above.

Volunteers

A strong group of talented volunteers work on community engagement, government relations, and media relations. Vice President and Research Director, Dr. John Harrison, Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University has presented substantive studies on noise and shadow flicker. Dr. Harrison testified at the Ostrander Point Environmental Review Tribunal on the effects of noise.   The Board has also funded studies to document the species at risk on the Island.  Most recently, the economic analysis of the proposed project has been updated and forwarded to the Board of Algonquin Power.

Together The Board and its committees review and respond to Windlectric/Algonquin Power’s Renewable Energy Approval application documents and engage community members, the media, elected officials and other decision makers with the goal of  eliminating the threat of  industrial turbine development on the Island.

The research and understanding of Amherst Island and thorough review of Windlectric/Algonquin Power’s proposed industrial turbine development demonstrate very clearly that this plan would cause serious and irreversible harm to the environment and the community.

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