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.

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REA - Amendment Modification 4 Report Appendix A-F_Page_002

More than two years after Algonquin/Windlectric Inc. submitted a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) Application to the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to develop, construct and operate a 33-36 wind turbine project on Amherst Island, the proponent has just published a 4th Modification to its original application. Algonquin/Windlectric announced that it proposes to use higher power turbines and to compensate by reducing the number of turbines to 26.

While the reduction of the size of the project is a welcome development, this decrease in the number of turbines does not adequately respond to the concerns of the community regarding the natural and cultural heritage...

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Ontario Energy Board – Call to Action

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One More Time: Please Send An Email Today and Comment by Jan 5

Windlectric has applied to the Ontario Energy Board for Leave to Construct a 5.9 km 135 kV transmission line including a submarine cable, eleven up to 80 foot steel poles linking the transmission line across Front Road to the west of the school to a hydro substation on the Island and buried cable linking the transmission line to a hydro substation on the mainland. The OEB’s narrow grounds for considering the application are:

  • the interests of consumers with respect to electricity prices and the reliability and quality of electricity service
  • the promotion of the use of renewable energy resources in a manner consistent with the policies of the Government of Ontario
  • the form of agreement that Windlectric offers to landowners aff...
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Major Milestone Achieved

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Thanks to everyone who has donated/pledged APAI has been able to advise Bryan Finlay QC Partner Emeritus at WeirFoulds LLP that we have sufficient funds to proceed with the next phases of the Judicial Review. This was the Association’s highest priority. You responded to the call and contributed generously in the first few weeks of our campaign. Your commitment was both humbling and sincerely valued. And we are all inspired by Mr. Finlay’s leadership and spirit.

We are within $13,000 of achieving our next goal which is to fund a possible Environmental Review Tribunal. If you haven’t already contributed please send a cheque payable to “APAI”, Box 6, Stella ON K0H 2S0. Every donation large or small makes a huge difference.

Together we have achieved an amazing 69% or $137,839 of our $200,000 g...

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The Owl Woods

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From the November 2014 Beacon

– Janet Scott, the Bird Lady of Amherst Island

Welcome to Amherst Island. Is anyone visiting Amherst Island for the first time? Be careful it might be catching. I moved here 30 years ago and I am still here. Owls are one of the many species that come to visit Amherst Island and can be seen in the Owl Woods. There is not such a place as The Owl Woods located on any official map and the unmaintained road that people refer to as The Owl Woods Road is really the Marshall Forty-foot. I hope today to take you on a magical visit in words to the Owl Woods of Amherst Island. So why is the Owl Woods a significant birding area?

In the July/August 2003 copy of “Wildbird”, Kevin T. Karlson wrote this article “Owl Capital of North America...

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Prof disputes wind turbine report

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By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 8:35:52 EST PM

A recent Health Canada report saying wind turbines do not cause health problems is flawed, says John Harrison, a Queen’s University professor emeritus in physics and a member of the Association to Protect Amherst Island. (Elliot Ferguson/The Whig-Standard)

One of the key experts backing opposition to a wind energy development on Amherst Island said a recent Health Canada study is more politics than science.

John Harrison, a Queen’s University professor emeritus in physics and a member of the Association to Protect Amherst Island, said the report contradicts itself and was not peer reviewed.

In a report released last week, Health Canada said there is no link between noise from wind turbines and adverse he...

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Windlectric’s Application to the Ontario Energy Board

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Windlectric Inc. is asking the Ontario Energy Board for permission to construct approximately 5.9 kilometres of 115 kilovolt electrical transmission line and associated facilities.  The transmission line would connect Windlectric’s proposed industrial wind wind turbines on Amherst Island to the provincial power grid.

Windlectric Inc. is also asking the Ontario Energy Board to approve the form of four agreements it has offered to landowners to use their land for routing or construction of the proposed lines.

The Ontario Energy Board will hold a hearing (may be written or verbal) to consider these requests and will consider three issues:

  • the interest of consumers with respect to process and reliability and quality of electricity service;
  • the promotion of the use of renewable energy sources...
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As Sally Field might say:

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No glitz. Just the facts. We asked. You gave. And for that we are humbly grateful.      Thank you.

Our current total of donations and pledges stands at $103,165.

If you can, please give generously. If you have already contributed, thank you.

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Wind energy: Amherst Island family’s lives ‘changed dramatically for the worse’ by development, states letter

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By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
Friday, October 24, 2014 5:37:23 EDT PM

The group opposed to a wind energy development has taken its fight personal.

In a letter Tuesday to Glen Murray, the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, the Association to Protect Amherst Island explained fears of one family living on the islands.

Under Windlectric’s current proposal, Brian and Eva Little’s home on the Second Concession will see three 155-metre-tall wind turbines built on the north, south and west sides of their property.

The letter, complete with personal photographs, described the family as moving to their current home to “raise their family in a friendly, peaceful environment.”

“Then the Ontario Government introduced the Green Energy Act and the Littles’ lives changed ...

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All hands on deck when islanders make 911 call

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Alena Schram

Kingston Whig Standard
Monday, October 6, 2014 9:04:53 EDT PM

“The pain’s coming every three minutes.”

Under different circumstances, I’d be starting to boil water and tear rags. But this isn’t some poor woman in the final stages of labour. This is my husband John, struggling with what he’s been insisting for the past eight hours are “just gas pains.”

And now it’s 2 a.m.

My mind rockets back to our years in Africa when John would occasionally wake up at night and ask plaintively, “Is your stomach upset, too?” Never good news.

Instantly I’d fire up the mental jets and calculate backwards the time needed to get him to Johannesburg, our nearest medical evacuation centre: an hour to contact the insurance company and arrange for the medevac plane; two to five hours — depending on w...

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Amherst Island Heritage Home Tour

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What a lovely day! Thank you to all of our visitors, those who opened their homes, silent auction donors and the many volunteers especially Elizabeth Barr and Amy Caughey who spearheaded the event. The day was hugely successful and energized those welcoming guests into their homes and staffing The Lodge. Your collective generosity and spirit were sincerely appreciated.
Thank you.
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