August 29, 2016 Category: Uncategorized
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...Read More
August 16, 2016 Category: Uncategorized
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.
August 15, 2016 Category: Uncategorized
Blanding’s Turtle sighted on South Shore on Amherst Island on August 15 2016. This road is proposed to be widened by WindlectricRead More
August 12, 2016 Category: Uncategorized
APAI commends Rick Conroy for capturing the essence of the challenge faced by Amherst Island.
Rick Conroy The Wellington Times
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...Read More
August 12, 2016 Category: Uncategorized
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...Read More
August 4, 2016 Category: Uncategorized
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...Read More
July 20, 2016 Category: Uncategorized
Sunday 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...Read More
June 25, 2016 Category: Uncategorized
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 ...Read More
June 16, 2016 Category: Uncategorized
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...Read More
June 15, 2016 Category: Uncategorized
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...Read More