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.

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