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APAI was not successful in achieving Leave to Appeal.

Windlectric/Algonquin, the company granted approval to blanket Amherst island with 26, fifty storey turbines, has completed dock construction on Amherst Island and commenced dock construction on the mainland. Loyalist Township has not approved the draft Operations Plan required by the Roads Use Agreement.  Windlectric has not entered into a Roads Use Agreement with the County of Lennox and Addington.   The company’s pre-construction study and Operations Plan note that Island roads with the exception of Front Rad do not have the load bearing capacity to support project traffic and equipment.  Island roads will fail!

In its first weeks of work the company caused a major power outage on the Island and a water emergency in Prince Edward County.  Restrictions due to fish spawning and grassland birds were blatantly disregarded.    Not a good beginning!

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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Why Kathleen Wynne might tackle hydro delivery charges to cut electricity bills

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Alena Schram comments:

We here on Amherst Island are faced with high monthly bills. But in addition, we overlook the Ontario government’s folly: we look out on a hideous generating plant that produces virtually no energy, and are soon to have Dalton McGuinty’s infamously cancelled gas-powered electricity plant beside it. And if that weren’t enough the Liberals are ramming 26 industrial wind turbines down our throats, despite nearly a decade of protest. We are a small island. But we could soon be surrounded by three massive — and useless — sources of energy. And you the Ontario taxpayer will be paying through the nose for it all.

Premier hinting that next relief on electricity prices will help those who are struggling the most

By Mike Crawley, CBC News Posted: Jan 24, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last U...

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Windlectric fails to submit Marine Safety and Logistics Plan

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Amherst Island is served by the talented and professional crews of the Frontenac 11 ferry 365 days per year. The ferry is the lifeline for the Island. People work, children go to school, and the absence of services on the Island means that everyone shops and gets gas and attends appointments using the ferry. Most importantly, the ferry provides transport for ambulances and back-up fire equipment from the mainland. In this context, APAI has expressed its strong concern about the lack of a Marine Safety and Logistics Plan for the proposed Amherst Island wind project.

Technical expertise is required to simulate the barge and ferry schedules and conflicts and to present a Plan that addresses the high risk to the community and the environment...

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Today’s Power Outage Courtesy of Windlectric

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According to Hydro One staff the three hour power outage which left over 200 Island households without electricity on Saturday morning January 21 was caused by work carried out by Surespan, a contractor hired by Windlectric.

Windlectric committed to the Ontario Energy Board that the project would have no adverse impact on Hydro One’s customers. The company’s carelessness is unacceptable and placed the entire community at risk.

Windlectric has been requested to provide a full report, to update the Emergency Response and Communications Plan as required by the Township, to provide the Marine Safety and Logistics Plan required by MOECC, and to advise what company procedures and processes have been revised to ensure that the company addresses the basics of safety such that the community does no...

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Loyalist Township Finds Operations Plan Lacks Requisite Detail

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Loyalist Township in a letter dated January 20, 2017 to Algonquin Power advises that Operations Plan submitted on December 23, 2017 lacks the requisite detail to enable a “through review of the Plan as it relates to the public interest namely minimizing impacts to its residents, protection an maintenance of municipal infrastructure, preservation of Amherst Island heritage and and to ensure continued and effective emergency services during construction”.

The CAO’s letter concludes ” Loyalist Township believes that a clear and comprehensive Operations Plan will be of great benefit to all parties, during the implementation stage of this project. Accordingly, we formally request a detailed written response to the matters raised herein, by no later than February 28,2017″.

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Construction starts on wind energy project on Amherst Island despite incomplete approvals, residents say

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Elliot Ferguson, Postmedia News | January 19, 2017 1:57 PM ET
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Michele Le Lay, president of the Association to Protect Amherst Island, says initial work on a wind energy project on the island is premature. Elliot Ferguson / The Whig-Standard / Postmedia Network

The opening stages of construction of the Amherst Island wind energy project are underway, much to the dismay of the residents who opposed the development.

Workers are building footings for a new dock and a marshalling area on the island west of Kingston, Ontario.

Michele Le Lay, president of the Association to Protect Amherst Island, said the start of construction has come before all of the required permits have been secured and before efforts to stop the project have finished.

“It’s worrisome because they d...

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Great Amherst Island Yard Sale – Save the Date

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When Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 8:00am – 3:00pm. 
Where  Everywhere on the Island.  Maps provided.
Fundraising You are encouraged to donate 50% of proceeds to APAI.  100% would be awesome but whatever you can contribute would be great!  Our goal is BIG!
Rain date    The Yard Sale goes rain or shine.
What Collect your ‘classy clutter’, furniture you no longer need, boats that still float, vehicles that still go, books, CDs, DVDs, tools, a pie or two, jams 
Support APAI will promote, identify sites with markers, print maps and provide you some ideas and tips
Register Signup in early spring. Share a site with your neighbour. 
Volunteer We’d love some help. Contact protectai@kos.net
Community Tell your friends and family...
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Wind Energy Projects Lacked Power in 2016

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By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
Monday, January 2, 2017 2:15:21 EST PM

With the exception of the Amherst Island project, there was little happy news for Kingston-area wind energy proposals in 2016.

Given conditional approval in 2015, Algonquin Power’s subsidiary Windlectric cleared one of the last major roadblocks to its Amherst Island wind project.

After one of the largest Environmental Review Tribunal hearings ever, one that included 25 days of hearings in Stella, Bath and Toronto and testimony from more than 40 witnesses, an appeal to the project’s approval was dismissed in August.

The Association to Protect Amherst Island’s (APAI) had appeal the project’s conditional approval on grounds that construction of the turbines would cause serious harm to human and wildlife hea...

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Welcome Back Baltimore – Project Snowstorm Update

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December 30, 2016 by Scott Weidensaul

Baltimore in February 2015, newly tagged and about to be released on the Maryland coast. (©Chris Hudson)

We’ve tagged more than 40 snowy owls in the past three years, and every one of them has given us insights and surprises. Like parents with a large family, we try not to have favorites.

But it’s fair to say that in our eyes, Baltimore is first among equals. We initially banded him as a juvenile in his first winter (and ours), in 2013-14, when he was caught at a small state airport near Baltimore, Maryland. Too small for the transmitters we were then using, he was banded and released in western Maryland, away from the hazards of an airfield.

The next winter he was back, though, at the same airport...

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Opponents question wind energy liaison group

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By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:13:41 EST PM

STELLA — The group fighting a wind energy project on Amherst Island is objecting to how the company building it is communicating with the public.

Algonquin Power’s subsidiary Windlectric is holding the first Community Liaison Committee meeting Wednesday night on the island.

The creation of the committee was among the conditions the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) put on the company when it gave conditional approval to the project in August 2015.

The committee is to meet on a monthly basis during construction of the 26-turbine, 75-megawatt project, and at least two of its meetings each year will be open to observation by the public.

Among the committee’s roles will be to revie...

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Retired prof slams handling of wind project

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The Ontario government’s handling of the Amherst Island wind energy project is “a calamity of governance and environmental policy,” says retired Queen’s University professor John Schram.

The Ontario government’s handling of the Amherst Island wind energy project is “a calamity of governance and environmental policy,” says retired Queen’s University professor John Schram.

By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 4:26:23 EDT PM

The Ontario government’s handling of the Amherst Island wind energy project is “a calamity of governance and environmental policy,” says a Queen’s University academic.

In a letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, retired professor John Schram, a senior fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy and an Amherst Island resident, compared the policy decisions that led to the Ontario government’s approval of the project to how gove...

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