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.


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