Amherst Island residents demonstrate at Wynne fundraiser

Residents fighting the planned destruction of Amherst Island by a wind power development travelled several hours through Eastern Ontario yesterday to let their views be known to Premier Kathleen Wynne as she arrived for a Liberal Party of Ontario fundraising event in Perth, Ontario.

With signs proclaiming “Save Amherst Island” and “STOP the wind scam” the Amherst Island citizens lined a roadway leading into the Civitan Centre.

Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington MPP Randy Hillier was there too, lending support and addressing the crowd. “The message is clear, save Amherst Island!” he said.

Amherst Island is a significant Important Bird Area and has an endangered species of owl, as well as the Blandings turtle which caused an Environmental Review Tribunal to revoke approval of a wind power project at Ostrander Point in nearby Prince Edward County. (That decision is now under appeal by the wind power developer and the Ministry of the Environment.)

The Heritage Canada Foundation recently listed Amherst Island among the Top Ten endangered places in Canada, due to the wind power development.

For more information on Amherst Island and the community group, see the link under WCO member groups, right.

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