Windlectric Inc. a subsidiary of Algonquin Power and Liberty Utilities blanketed Amherst Island with 26 fifty storey turbines. The desecration  is unimaginable.    Call to Action: Please request Premier Ford (premier@ontario.ca) to cancel the project  because it’s absolutely the right thing to do.

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APAI’s Raffle – Tickets Now Available

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Project Snowstorm on Amherst Island

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APAI commends Project Snowstorm for its ongoing research and the exciting placement of transmitters on two Snowy Owls on Amherst Island last week. Thanks to the Project Snowstorm team lead by Dr. Jean-Francoisl Therrien, Senior Research Biologist,Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for outstanding work in icy cold conditions, to Kurt Hennige of the Kingston Field Naturalists for liaising with the team, to Janet Scott for her gracious hospitality, to Bonnie LIvingstone and Janet for scouting owl locations, to Jean Iron of the Ontario Field Ornithologists for connecting everyone, and to the many Islanders who cheered and supported the team.

Let’s hope “our” Snowies survive the turbines.

Return to Amherst – Scott Weidensaul, 

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THE LOW SUN GLINTS OFF THE ICE SURROUND...
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The Desecration of Amherst Island Continues

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Windlectric (Algonquin AQN-T) has chosen to construct in winter endangering both their own workers and Island residents. Safety continues to be a major concern. No Coast Guard rescue is available in the winter months. Barges and tugs cross the Amherst Island Frontenac II ferry path creating ice dams. Narrow icy roads are closed concurrently with lengthy forced detours isolating vulnerable residents. Other roads are reduced to one lane. Numerous instances of non-compliance with both the REA conditions and the Operations Plan have been reported with no meaningful response from the company.

Our sadness is overwhelming. Our resolve and tenacity to protect the rich cultural and natural heritage of the Island are intensified.

 

 
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APAI Appeals to the Minister MOECC to save Amherst Island, a place of wonder

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November 13, 2017

Honourable Chris Ballard

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

Ferguson Block -11th Floor

77 Wellesley Street W.

Toronto, ON

M7A 2T5

Honourable Minister,

RE:      Association to Protect Amherst Island

            Appeal to the Minister MOECC Under Section 20 of the

            Environmental Protection Act on Matters Other Than Law

This is an appeal on “matters other than law”.  Accordingly, you are not bound by precedent nor by the efforts of counsel for the Approval Holder, Windlectric Inc., and counsel for the Government to limit your authority to consideration of errors or to the narrow test required at the ERT to demonstrate “serious harm to human health; or serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment”...

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Wind power big part of hidden hydro costs, says community group on Amherst Island —

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For immediate release

October 19, 2017

The planned wind power projects on Amherst Island and in neighboring Prince Edward County are among the costs that will raise Ontario electricity customers’ bills in the years to come, costs that are being hidden by the Ontario government, says APAI (Association to Protect Amherst Island).  

These wind projects must be factored into the hidden costs that will raise Ontario electricity customers’ bills in the years to come, costs that are being hidden by the Ontario government. According to Parker Gallant, “The Minister (of Energy) has an opportunity to save ratepayers $1 billion dollars in future rate increases by simply canceling the Amherst Island Windlectric project and the Prince Edward County White Pines project, to name two...

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WIND INDUSTRY TRUMPS PUBLIC INTEREST

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From this – view from the Little’s house on Second Concession

To This

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 

MOECC fails to enforce its own laws and regulations

The Association to Protect Amherst Island has filed an Appeal to the Minister requesting the Honourable Chris Ballard, Minister of Energy and Climate Change (MOECC) to revoke the Renewable Energy Approval issued in 2015 to Windlectric, a subsidiary of Algonquin Power Utilities.

APAI is asking the Minister to give precedence to the public interest rather than allowing the most expensive and unneeded wind turbine project in Ontarion to proceed on Amherst Island, which is absolutely the wrong place in Ontario to build such an industrial project.

APAI is asking the Minister to use his power under Section 20 of the Environmental P...

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PROVINCIAL AUDITOR GENERAL REQUESTED TO COMPLETE A FINANCIAL AUDIT OF THE AMHERST ISLAND WIND PROJECT

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STELLA- March 23, 2017  

Following the Ontario Energy Minister’s statement that there is a robust supply of energy for decades to come, the Association to Protect Amherst Island  (APAI) called on the Provincial Auditor-General, Bonnie Lysyk, to examine why the provincial Liberal Government is not exercising its right to terminate an expired wind turbine contract signed in February 2011 and save the Ontario taxpayers more than $500MM over the next 20 years. Windlectric, a subsidiary of Algonquin Power and Utilities Corporation, continues with plans to build a 75 MW wind project on Amherst Island that would produce unnecessary and expensive electricity costing  $140 per MWh.

Although Premier Wynne admitted that the “green energy” policy is a mistake and that the electr...

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Stop the Outrage – Write Minister Glen Murray re EBR 012-9749 re Contaminated Invista Lands

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Stella, February 6, 2017 

APPROVAL OF CHANGE OF LAND USE FROM PARKLAND TO INDUSTRIAL BY MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE CRITICAL TO FUTURE OF AMHERST ISLAND WIND PROJECT

After assuring the public repeatedly that all approvals were in place and starting construction of the Amherst Island wind project, Windlectric was advised by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) that the company lacks approval to use the contaminated Invista South Parcel lands designated as Parkland...

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Amherst Island: perfect example of why wind power can be a bad choice

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Parker Gallant Energy Perspectives January 29 2017

Thank you Parker for highlighting the folly of the Amherst Island Wind Project.

Cancel the contract Minister Thibeault 416-327-6758

Ontario’s Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault, at the launch of planning for the next Long-Term Energy Plan, said “We have a robust supply of all forms of energy for at least the next 10 years.” The month prior to the launch he announced the suspension of LRP II slated to acquire another 1,000 MW of renewable energy. His claim at that time was, it would save ratepayers $3.8 billion in electricity costs over the projected term of the contracts.

Cancel the contracts

Why didn’t he go further and cancel contracts that have not broken ground and saved billions more? Amherst Island’s “Windlectric” project, owned ...

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Why Kathleen Wynne might tackle hydro delivery charges to cut electricity bills

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Alena Schram comments:

We here on Amherst Island are faced with high monthly bills. But in addition, we overlook the Ontario government’s folly: we look out on a hideous generating plant that produces virtually no energy, and are soon to have Dalton McGuinty’s infamously cancelled gas-powered electricity plant beside it. And if that weren’t enough the Liberals are ramming 26 industrial wind turbines down our throats, despite nearly a decade of protest. We are a small island. But we could soon be surrounded by three massive — and useless — sources of energy. And you the Ontario taxpayer will be paying through the nose for it all.

Premier hinting that next relief on electricity prices will help those who are struggling the most

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