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.

 

Welcome Back Baltimore – Project Snowstorm Update

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December 30, 2016 by Scott Weidensaul

Baltimore in February 2015, newly tagged and about to be released on the Maryland coast. (©Chris Hudson)

We’ve tagged more than 40 snowy owls in the past three years, and every one of them has given us insights and surprises. Like parents with a large family, we try not to have favorites.

But it’s fair to say that in our eyes, Baltimore is first among equals. We initially banded him as a juvenile in his first winter (and ours), in 2013-14, when he was caught at a small state airport near Baltimore, Maryland. Too small for the transmitters we were then using, he was banded and released in western Maryland, away from the hazards of an airfield.

The next winter he was back, though, at the same airport...

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Opponents question wind energy liaison group

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By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:13:41 EST PM

STELLA — The group fighting a wind energy project on Amherst Island is objecting to how the company building it is communicating with the public.

Algonquin Power’s subsidiary Windlectric is holding the first Community Liaison Committee meeting Wednesday night on the island.

The creation of the committee was among the conditions the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) put on the company when it gave conditional approval to the project in August 2015.

The committee is to meet on a monthly basis during construction of the 26-turbine, 75-megawatt project, and at least two of its meetings each year will be open to observation by the public.

Among the committee’s roles will be to revie...

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Retired prof slams handling of wind project

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The Ontario government’s handling of the Amherst Island wind energy project is “a calamity of governance and environmental policy,” says retired Queen’s University professor John Schram.

The Ontario government’s handling of the Amherst Island wind energy project is “a calamity of governance and environmental policy,” says retired Queen’s University professor John Schram.

By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 4:26:23 EDT PM

The Ontario government’s handling of the Amherst Island wind energy project is “a calamity of governance and environmental policy,” says a Queen’s University academic.

In a letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, retired professor John Schram, a senior fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy and an Amherst Island resident, compared the policy decisions that led to the Ontario government’s approval of the project to how gove...

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Wind project construction set to begin

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Premier Wynne and APAI President Michèle Le Lay

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By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 4:21:06 EDT PM

Construction of the Amherst Island wind energy project is to begin in the middle of this month.

Ariel Bautista, a senior project manager with Algonquin Power, owner of Windlectric Inc., notified the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change on Monday that “construction is scheduled to start around Nov. 15, 2016, pending final permitting associated with the work.”

The initial work could include construction of the mainland dock and access road, island dock and access road, island staging area access road, transmission line work and a portion of the island staging area for aggregate storage and positioning of the batch cement factory.

The work is to be t...

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ALGONQUIN POWER/WINDLECTRIC BULLYING LOYALIST TOWNSHIP AND ITS AMHERST ISLAND RESIDENTS

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Windlectric/Algonquin, the company that was granted approval by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to build 26, fifty storey turbines, has informed the MOECC Kingston Regional Director that it plans to commence construction activities around November 15, 2016.

This Notice comes a week after Mr. Robert Maddocks, Loyalist Township’s CAO, informed the company that Loyalist Township could not comment on the Operations Plan submitted by Windlectric because of its inadequacy. Mr. Maddocks wrote that “If a public meeting were held on the basis of this document, we fully expect that the residents would be left with more questions than answers, defeating the purpose of the public meeting.” In its letter, the Township requested a meeting with the company to explain the defi...

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Amherst Island, a calamity of governance and environmental policy

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Dear Premier Wynne

Through 48 years of development and policy work – eleven of them as Canadian ambassador to several Africa countries, and the last eleven as adjunct professor at Carleton and Queen’s – I have been convinced that the world faces an environmental crisis. The last thing I could imagine myself doing was, and is, to speak out against Green Energy.
Instead, I was at the forefront of those sent abroad by Canada to encourage democracy, human rights, the rule of law, transparency in business and government – and protection of the environment.

Now I am at home, teaching what I have learned to graduate students, and living on Amherst Island near Kingston...

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Cancel Amherst Island Project, Runciman Urges

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senator runcimanRemarks by Senator Bob Runciman, Senators’ Statements

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Honourable Senators, I’d like to speak to you today about a very special area of eastern Ontario that is at great risk because of the reckless policies of the Ontario government.

Amherst Island located west of Kingston in Lake Ontario is a 20-minute ferry ride from the mainland, which may explain why it remains unspoiled.

It is a place of narrow carriage roads, heritage buildings and the largest concentration of dry stone walls – many of them nearly 200 years old – in all of Canada.

It is also an internationally recognized Important Bird Area. Naturalists come from across the continent for a glimpse of up to 10 species of owls that winter there...

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Premier Kathleen Wynne and APAI President Michèle Le Lay

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Michèle Le Lay, President APAI, had a few moments with Premier Kathleen Wynne at Kingston’s Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday October 12. APAI’s relentless communication has the Premier’s attention as she is very aware of Amherst Island and our various appeals.

Marc Raymond, APAI Board Member, also had an opportunity to ask one of only two questions from the audience at the luncheon and of course Marc asked about cancellation of the AI project. Janet Grace tabled her questions with the Premier’s Senior Policy Advisor. The AI triumvirate was truly a force.

Please keep communicating about the cement plant adjacent to the school, the opportunity to save $500 million over twenty years by cancelling the AI project, the impact on North America’s Owl Capital and the high risk to public ...

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Amherst Island Residents Want Renewable Energy Development Rethink

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Amherst Island residents worried wind turbine cement plant to be built near school

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Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV
CKWS Newswatch
September 22, 2016 03:57 pm

It’s a heated topic on Amherst Island, the wind turbines. But, this time the concern has shifted.

Residents are worried about a cement batch plant said to be a base for the project, that they allege will be built very close to the Amherst Island Public School.

Beth Forester has lived on Amherst Island most of her life, along with 6 generations of her family.

She went to this school, as a student and teacher… and now her grandchildren go there.

“As far as I know it’s as close as those fence posts over there.”

Forester’s referring to a cement plant that will provide the materials needed for wind turbine footings – that residents say is being built near the school.

Beth Forester, concerned Amherst Island r...

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