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 pproved the draft Operations Plan required by the Roads Use Agreement.     Contrary to commitments made at the ERT over 20 km of Island roads are being “reconstructed” with huge safety concerns.

The desecration of Amherst Island is unimaginable.  What Algonquin Power (AQN-T) and Windlectric Inc. say and what they do are vastly different.  No meaningful response to non-compliance is provided.

Call to Action
Please request Premier Wynne (premier@ontario.ca or 416-325-1941) and Minister Ballard (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.

Wind Turbines put Amherst Island on Heritage Canada Foundation Top 10 Most Endangered List

Category: Release

The Heritage Canada Foundation has recognized Amherst Island as one of the Top Ten Endangered Places in Canada due to the threat of an industrial wind turbine development. In its explanation of the selection of Amherst Island as a site at risk, the foundation stated the “proposed site of industrial wind turbine power installation would overwhelm unique cultural and natural heritage landscape.”

Amherst Island is a rural community west of the City of Kingston (Ontario) about 3 km off the northeastern shore of Lake Ontario. Windlectric, a subsidiary of Algonquin Energy has proposed construction of 36 wind turbines to blanket the Island.

The Heritage Canada Foundation’s Top 10 Most Endangered List recognizes sites for their significance, the urgency of the threat, and community support for its preservation.

With no defined rules or regulations surrounding the placement of wind turbine installations, there are currently no prohibitions against placing such developments in areas of similar sensitive ecological, cultural, or heritage value.

The Association to Protect Amherst Island (APAI) was formed to protect the Island’s cultural heritage and is strongly opposed to Windlectric’s plans, which would cause significant destruction to the island’s cultural and natural heritage sites.

Our community is seriously concerned about the impact 50 story wind turbines would have on sites that have existed for hundreds of years. Windlectric is all too willing to destroy our community and our history.

Amherst Island has a long history, serving as home to Aboriginal populations, early European settlers and Empire Loyalists. The island’s separation from the mainland has contributed to preservation of its unique cultural and natural heritage landscape, and still maintains the look of its Scotch-Irish past.

With three properties designated as heritage listed under the Ontario Heritage Act, as well as over 100 sites currently being documented for their heritage value by Loyalist Township, Amherst Island is one of Ontario’s most historically significant sites. The Island is also recognized internationally for the concentration of owls, hawks and eagles that call the area home.

The majority of residents of the Island oppose the project and want to convey to Premier Wynne and the Government of Ontario that Amherst Island is not the place for industrial wind turbine development.

The announcement by Heritage Canada Foundation should send a clear message that Amherst Island is the wrong place for this kind of project. We need to prioritize the protection of our cultural and natural heritage sites in Ontario.

Islanders are determined to expose the tragedy that would be caused by the approval of wind turbines in such a small, fragile environment and hope that being one of the Top Ten Endangered Place in Canada will help avoid this disaster.