ALGONQUIN BULLYING LOYALIST TOWNSHIP AND ITS AMHERST ISLAND RESIDENTS

Windlectric/Algonquin, the company granted approval to build 26, fifty storey turbines informed the MOECC that it plans to commence construction around November 15, 2016.


This Notice comes a week after Loyalist Township’s CAO advised the company that the Township could not comment on the Operations Plan submitted by Windlectric because of its inadequacy. The CAO 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.”


The Township requested a meeting to explain the deficiencies so that the company understands what additional detail is necessary to allow the Township to provide comments on the Plan.


The Notice of Commencement of Construction 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.moe@ontario.ca or 416-314-6790) to reject Windlectric's Notice of Commencement and direct that no construction proceed until all approvals and permits are in place.


We are being bullied AND we are resilient, tenacious, and absolutely committed.


One Piano – Four Hands

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You are invited to attend and encouraged to ask your Toronto friends and neighbours to join you:

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An afternoon with Robert Kortgaard and Peter Tiefenbach

Sunday, December 4, 2016 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, 14 Elm Street, Toronto

Peter and Robert have planned a delightful romp through some of the beautiful, fascinating, and often neglected repertoire for one piano, four hands. Wonderful works by Grieg, Dvorak and Poulenc set among sprinklings of period parlour pieces and other surprises.

An event to support the Association to Protect Amherst Island Legal Defense Fund

www.protectamherstisland.ca

Light Refreshments, Cash Bar
Silent Auction featuring Amherst Island Artists and Weekend Getaway Packages
Tickets $40.00 per guest

https://www.eventbrite...

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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

Premier Wynne and APAI President Michèle Le Lay

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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Globe and Mail – Landbirds see large decline

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On August 10,  The Association to Protect Amherst Island requested a federal environmental assessment of the cumulative impact of wind turbine projects at the eastern end of Lake Ontario an the Atlantic migratory flyway and to ensure compliance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Click here to read

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