Endangered turtle sighting testimony to be allowed in Amherst Island appeal

Spotted! (and by a lot of people) Endangered Blandings turtle
Spotted! (and by a lot of people) Endangered Blandings turtle

In spite of a move by the proponents’ lawyer to block testimony by expert witnesses called by the appellant, the Association to Protect Amherst Island, and further to disallow testimony of 30 residents of Amherst Island who have logged sightings of the endangered Blandings turtle, the Tribunal ruled today that the witness testimony would be heard.

The hearings in this matter have already begun, with a site tour on Monday and proceedings yesterday; the appeal will now likely take longer than the four days originally allowed.

The tribunal ruling is an important step in that allows actual residents of the affected community to be heard during the appeal.

For more information on the wind power project and Amherst Island, check the APAI website here: http://protectamherst.yolasite.com/

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Mike Jankowski
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This is, of course is a step in the right direction, but I fear pages of the material will be striken and the proponent will promise to build a recreation club for turtles and all will be forgotten…

Keeping hoped high and expectations low.

Wind Concerns Ontario
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The fact that it happened is a step forward. There is no “silver bullet” in this struggle but every step forward counts.

Richard Mann
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What happened to the MNR turtle expert (Joe Crawley?) who testified at the Ostrander Point tribunal? Will they be called as a witness here? Will the government be called upon to produce the missing documents (from 2010?). The absurdity of the ERT continues…

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