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.


Archaeology – Amherst Island

Archaeology on Amherst Island is a treasure trove.  From shipwrecks that risk being disturbed by industrial haulage by water or the creation of new docks or laying of cables to the potential risks of archeological disturbance on land, it is clear that while Algonquin Power is prepared to recognize the degree of archeological purity on Amherst Island, they have not fully considered the potential for their actions to wipe out these historical and culturally important records.

B W Folger Sank in Kerr Bay Amherst Island

B W Folger Sank in Kerr Bay Amherst Island

Today Kerr Bay continues to welcome sailors and those in need of shelter.

Kerr Bay 2

Sailboats Kerr Bay Amherst Island 

Visitors quickly recognize the Island is steeped in history, where the past is still visible and embraced. Its oral histories, genealogy and academic research per capita surpasses all other Ontario townships but then, its very size and distinctiveness attracts this inquiry.

The name Isle Tonti still lingers from the French period.   Henri Tonti was LaSalle’s lieutenant and both searched for China. Settlement of the Bay of Quinte region and the Island dates to the Loyalist period, following the American Rebellion 1776-83.   Sir John Johnson, the most influential Loyalist leader, was granted the entire Island in 1788. The legacy of his feudal ownership and administration dominated the community for nearly a century.

The early community was composed of numerous wealthy Loyalists, some late loyalists, and a proportion of French Canadian fishermen. These settlers of the Island frontier had been attracted by its accessability, water was virtually the only transportation in the Loyalist period. The shoreline of the Island was settled by the close of the 1820’s. An Irish wave of immigration to the Island followed, with the population peaking at 2,000 in 1842. The Island was a convenient stepping stone; almost urban in accessibility, and its Estate policy encouraged temporary residency. Most moved on to the frontiers of Ontario and the American Midwest. The Island became insular, independent and conservative when the monopoly of marine transportation was surpassed by mainland roads and railroads.

Visitors today appreciate that the Island community still reflects an earlier time. Many descendants of those 19th century Islanders are retracing their ancestor’s steps and rediscovering their Island heritage.

For more information on APAI’s response to Windlectric/Algonquin Power’s archeology assessments, please click the link below

APAI Archaeology Letter and Review Final