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.

Dry Stone Walls

Matthew Ring of the Dry Stone Wall Association of Canada believes that Amherst Island has one of the most significant concentrations of historic dry stone walls in Canada and even suggests that Amherst Island be referred to as a “Canadian Dry Stone Historic Site”!

The historic stone walls on Amherst Island are among the most tangible remnants of early Irish-Scottish settlement and development in Canada.  (NOTE: provide link to his article at : http://www.dswa.ca/story/amherst-island-a-canadian-dry-stone-historic-site )

The Island dry stone walls were usually built along roads. Particularly vulnerable to vibration, these walls will most certainly be impacted by over-sized construction equipment being transported down the Island’s narrow gravel roads.

Canadian MP and astronaut, Marc Garneau, says  “… all efforts should be made to preserve these walls and to protect Amherst Island’s cultural heritage landscape for all Canadians, present and future”.

It is clear to anyone who has spent time visiting Amherst Island, living in our community or researching it that our island has a considerable amount of history that defines the planning of our village and the built forms seen throughout the island. It is for this reason that we express great concern with what appears to be a lack of understanding and wholesale discounting of Amherst Island’s heritage and archeological significance by Windlectric/Algonquin Power.

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

APAI Archaeology Letter and Review Final