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.


Heritage – A Top Ten Endangered Place

Named one of Canada’s Top Ten Endangered Places by the Heritage Canada Foundation in June 2013 due to the threat of wind turbines, Amherst Island’s rich cultural heritage should be preserved.  Because it is only accessible by ferry, the Island is a place where time has stood still with Ontario’s best collection of dry stone fences and over 100 historic structures of cultural and heritage significance reflecting the original settlement including the roads, farm lot layout, farmsteads, and villages – remnants of early Irish-Scottish settlement, most of which have remained unchanged over the last 100 years

A visit to Amherst Island, is like a step back in time…

General Store and Post Office

General Store and Post Office

Amherst Island, like other remote and rural places, has remained relatively unchanged over time. The roads, lot system and villages have not substantially changed since they were established by the first settlers and the descendants of many of the original families.

Amherst Island Barn and House pg 9The Island has a remarkable past owing in large part to its location on the “Great Waterway”. The archaeological record tells us that humans were hunting and fishing on the Island 4000 years ago. When Champlain mapped the area in the early 1600s the Huron people called the Island “Kaouenesgo.

Recorded history reveals that the Island was ‘owned’ in whole or in part by the French, followed the British and the United Empire Loyalists.

The Island’s remarkable past features the who’s who of the early exploration and settlement of southeastern Ontario.

Explore the Island’s heritage:

Below you will find APAI’s response to Windlectric’s Draft Cultural Heritage Assessment:

Comments – NATURAL HERITAGE ASSESSMENT – Executive Summary


FINAL – APAI Heritage Review