The Little Island That Could!

On August 3, 2016 The ERT Panel composed Mr. Robert Wright and Mr. Justin Duncan denied the appeal of APAI and confirmed the decision of the Director of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to approve turbines on Amherst Island. APAI will hold its annual general meeting on August 7 2016 to consider its options and craft a game plan for the future.


APAI's appeal of Justice Sachs' decision to quash APAI's request for Judicial Review will be heard on October 18, 2016.


The Little Island That Could continues to be determined that its rich cultural and natural heritage will be preserved for future generations.


“We tell the world that turbines are not ‘a done deal’ on Amherst Island. We are resolute to continue to challenge every aspect of Windlectric’s ill-conceived proposal. The campaign affirms our commitment to convey to every decision maker that as Margaret Atwood said so well ‘Amherst Island is the wrong place, the very wrong place for wind turbines’ said Peter Large, President.


APAI CALLS ON IESO BOARD TO CANCEL WINDLECTRIC CONTRACT & SAVE $500 MILLION

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APAI President Michèle Le Lay has called on Dr. Tim O’Neill, Chair, and Members of the Board of the Independent Electricity Operator of Ontario to cancel a contract with Windlectric Inc. due to the inability of the company to achieve its Commercial Operation Date and comply with its contractual obligations.

In its 2016 Q2 Quarterly Report Algonquin now advises that construction is expected to take 12 to 18 months and that the Commercial Operation Date (COD) will be in 2018. This timeline is contrary to what was submitted to the Environmental Review Tribunal and to the Ontario Energy Board. A COD of 2018 is seven years from the date of award of the contract.

Cancellation of the contract at this time would enable the IESO to achieve cost avoidance exceeding $500 million over the next 20 y...

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Study calls for 18-km turbine setback

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By John Miner, The London Free Press
Monday, August 15, 2016 8:53:28 EDT PM

It’s a standard that would eliminate almost all of Ontario’s current wind farms and the ones recently approved.

In the wake of the release of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service migratory bird study, the American Bird Conservancy is calling for an 18-kilometre buffer around the Great Lakes for wind farms.

“It is highly problematic to build anywhere near the Great Lakes,” Michael Hutchins, director of the American Bird Conservancy’s bird-smart wind energy program, said Monday. “These losses are just not sustainable.”

Using radar designed to detect birds and bats, the Fish and Wildlife Service monitored four sites along the south shore of Lake Ontario in 2013. The results were released last month.

Hutchins...

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Blanding’s Turtle on South Shore

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Blanding’s Turtle sighted on South Shore on Amherst Island on August 15 2016. This road is proposed to be widened by Windlectric

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The End of Reason

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APAI commends Rick Conroy for capturing the essence of the challenge faced by Amherst Island.

Rick Conroy The Wellington Times

wellington times.ca

From Amherst Island, you can see the Lennox gas-fired generating station sitting idle most days. The plant sits just across the narrow channel. It burns both oil and gas to produce steam that, in turn, drives generators to create electricity. The plant has the capacity to generate 2,100 MW of electricity—enough to power more than a million homes. But that electricity is rarely ever used. Over the last decade, the Lennox station has operated at less than three per cent of its capacity. That means it is idle much more often than it runs. Yet it earns more than $7 million each month—whether it runs or doesn’t...

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Minister Requested to Require Environmental Assessment

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Cumulative Impact Eastern Lake Ontario

The Association to Protect Amherst Island has requested the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna to require an environmental assessment of the cumulative impact of wind turbine projects on the northeast part of Lake Ontario on the Atlantic migratory flyway and to ensure compliance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

The Amherst Island wind turbine was approved by the Ontario Government in August 2015 and an appeal to the Environmental Review Tribunal concerning the impact on the health and the natural environment was  dismissed in August 2016.

The Association to Protect Amherst Island represents the majority of residents on Amherst Island and is dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Island.

In her letter to the Mi...

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ERT Denies APAI Appeal

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Almost a year after the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change approved the Windlectric/Algonquin project to build 26 wind turbines on Amherst Island, the Environmental Review Tribunal ( ERT) panel dismissed the  appeal by the Association for the Protection of Amherst Island and confirmed the Director’s decision to approve the Renewable Energy Approval.

The Tribunal found that the evidence did not meet the statutory onus under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) of proving that the operation of the Project’s wind turbines will cause serious harm to human health  and serious and irreversible harm to the environment.

The decision is here.

The decision is extremely disappointing for APAI,  the majority of residents of Amherst Island, and the many people who treasure the I...

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Stories and Working with Memory: A Workshop with Author Denise Chong

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Denise ChongSunday August 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Marshall Barn 1830 South Shore Road, Stella ON K0H 2S0
a tranquil setting on the Island’s shore
$25 per person

Denise Chong, an award-winning author best known for her family memoir, The Concubine’s Children, has published four books of non-fiction, each as much a personal tale as social history. In researching our family stories, human nature is to hone in on the unknown or untold, and to try to peel back layers of family secrets. In this workshop, drawing upon examples from her research for her books, Denise discusses the writer’s task of turning knowing into telling and the power and flaws of memory. She also raises issues of privacy and respect, and a writer’s intentions in bringing such stories to the page.

In this interactive afternoon workshop Denis...

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ERT Decision Timing

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Copyright Peter G. S. Large

Copyright Peter G. S. Large 2016

Mr. Robert Wright and Mr. Justin Duncan ordered on Friday June 24 that the date for adjournment of the ERT is now July 21 2016 over ten months after APAI launched its appeal of the decision by MOECC to grant conditional approval of the Windlectric/Algonquin project.

This means that the Tribunal’s decision will be delivered on or before August 3 rather than on June 21, 2016 as previously indicated. The implications for Windlectric’s plan to start turbine construction in mid-September and complete the work by mid-April 2017 are unknown at this time. Several permits and approvals remain outstanding including a public meeting on the Island.

Many thanks to Eric Gillespie, counsel for APAI, and the Association’s legal strategy team, Strategy Group, and Board for ...

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“Road Warrior” Prints Now Available

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Copyright Peter G. S. Large

Copyright Peter G. S. Large

The Devil whispers “You can’t withstand the Storm”.
The Warrior replies “I am the Storm”.

For Amherst Island and Prince Edward County, the “Road Warrior” or Blanding’s Turtle symbolizes the need to protect Ontario’s sensitive environment.

“Road Warrior”, a limited edition print numbered and signed by esteemed artist Peter G. S. Large is now available. Only 50 hand-tinted, numbered prints have been created. Derived from an original drawing the prints are 19 X 13 inches printed on acid-free watercolour paper and are sold unframed and unmatted.  The watermark “Road Warrior” does NOT appear on the print.

Peter G. S. Large is an award-winning Canadian artist...

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APAI Begins New Campaign

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APAI Begins New Campaign

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Terry Horner, Judith Mackenzie and Harold Redekopp have agreed to lead a new campaign to raise $200,000 over the next several months. “We have had terrific success fighting this project during the past months but our successes have come at a cost. We just can’t give up now, so are gearing up to engage new donors as well as encouraging past donors to join us in this final push to protect the island. Donor response in 2014/15 was amazing and confirmed that Amherst Island is the wrong place for an industrial project like this”, said Redekopp.

The trio is planning a series of on-island and off-island special fund-raising events, an enhanced crowd-funding appeal and special appeals to individual donors...

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