APPEC’s final submissions to the Ontario Energy Board for wpd White Pines

On August 13, 2014 wpd Canada applied to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for Leave to Construct a 28 kilometre high-voltage transmission line that would connect their planned Prince Edward County South Marysburgh and Athol 29 industrial wind turbine project to the IESO-controlled grid. Among others, APPEC applied for and was granted Intervenor status.

All the documents submitted by wpd Canada and the Intervenors (including APPEC) can be viewed on the OEB website under EBR 2013-0339. For the convenience of Prince Edward County residents the APPEC submission has also been posted on this website (Click here for the submission). 

 

Posted in Ontario Energy Board, Uncategorized

Amherst Island Heritage House Tour Saturday September 27 between 10 and 4

Heritage-Home-Final1#2Acclaimed by Heritage Canada The National Trust, Amherst Island’s historic houses and Irish stone fences are set in a landscape that has remained unchanged over the past 100 years. Take a tranquil ferry ride to visit old stone houses, restored farms and quaint village cottages, and enjoy a homemade farm lunch at the Lodge on Amherst Island.

This is a fund raiser for the Association to Protect Amherst Island. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the event and costs $40.00. To purchase tickets and find out more about this event please visit the Association to Protect Amherst Island web site – click here.

Round trip tickets for the ferry cost $9 per car, so we suggest that friends come in one car! A bicycle ticket is $1.50. The ferry leaves the mainland every hour on the half hour and from the Island every hour on the hour. For example, to arrive at the Island in time for 10 a.m., take the 9:30 ferry from Millhaven. We will be waiting for you with a nice cup of tea or coffee.

The starting point and information centre is minutes from the Island ferry dock at the Lodge on Amherst Island. The Lodge will be open throughout the day for lunch, refreshments, directions, and a chance to relax and wander the shores of Stella Bay.

Posted in Events, Heritage, Uncategorized

APPEC Presents DownWind at The Regent Theatre July 10, 7PM

Down Wind Documentary

Down Wind Documentary

The Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County

Protecting What We Love 

is presenting the movie

 DownWind

at the Regent Theatre on July 10 at 7pm.

Admission $10.00

 This movie is about communities and people who are living with wind turbines.

It is an opportunity to hear what Prince Edward County may expect if wind turbines are built in South Marysburgh and Athol.

Come and educate yourself.

 

Posted in Events, Health, Uncategorized

South Marysburgh Heritage House and Winery Tour

Heritage House & Winery Tour

Heritage House & Winery Tour

Sunday June 22, 2014 10Am to 5PM

South Marysburgh has been a vibrant community since the United Empire Loyalists came to the County after the American Revolution. It has undergone many changes through the years with protected heritage buildings like Mount Tabor, the Milford Fair Grounds, the village of Milford and heritage homes from the 1800s throughout South Marysburgh.

The Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County is offering a rare opportunity to look inside some of the oldest and most interesting buildings in South Marysburgh – an opportunity to catch glimpses of the past.

Many houses on the tour tell the story of the families who lived in them and gives a suggestion of what life was like in the County in the 19th century. One house to be featured in the summer edition of County and Quinte Living will be on the tour. This is a chance to see inside the house before it appears in the magazine. Another house started in 1824 and added to over the years until 1885 as the family’s needs changed, illustrates the boom and bust cycles of local life. On Long Point, an old house has new owners who are working to restore some historic features of the house while adding their own ideas to make their heritage home comfortable for a modern family.

The three wineries in South Marysburgh who are participating in the tour will be adding their own special touches. At Long Dog, James Lahti will take visitors on a tour of some of his lovely historic buildings and offer a wine chosen by him especially for the tour. Exultet Winery, whose building once housed a cheese factory, is also offering a taste of wine chosen for the tour. This year will be the fourth year in a row that Exultet has won a gold metal for their Chardonnay.   A sample of red and white wine paired with cheese is available to ticket holders at Half Moon Bay. This is a winery that has come to the County recently.

As an added bonus there are little extras at each of the homes and sites – it might be a sampling of a fruit pie baked in a wood oven, peanut brittle, strawberries, or a glass of lemonade.

A Loyalist Tea, included in the price of your ticket, prepared by the Friends of Macaulay House, will be served in the Milford Town Hall from 2 to 5pm. The Town Hall is the first town hall to be built in the County and dates from 1840.

Suzanne Pasternak and friends will be signing songs and telling stories of South Marysburgh at the Milford Town Hall during the afternoon tea.

To purchase tickets online use the PayPal button on the sidebar OR at the Books and Company in Picton or Retrospective in Bloomfield OR call Johanna 613.476.0240 or Patti 416.462.2788

Exultet Estates

Exultet Estates

Long Dog Vineyard & Winery

Long Dog Vineyard & Winery

Half Moon Bay Winery

Half Moon Bay Winery

 

 

 

 

http://www.exultet.ca/     http://www.longdog.ca/  http://www.hmbwinery.ca/index.html

 

Posted in Events, Uncategorized

Open Letter to Protect Mount Tabor and the Panoramic View

Mount Tabor - Winter 2014

Mount Tabor – Winter 2014

APPEC is encouraging you to add your name to the attached open letter to the Ministry of the Environment’s Agatha Garcia-Wright, copied to Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister Michael Chan. The letter is an appeal to protect Mount Tabor and the panoramic view of Milford from the negative visual impacts of Turbines T01 to T06.

Bruce Dowdell and Liz Driver hope to gather as many signatures as possible by next Wed, May 7, for submission to the EBR by Thurs, May 8.

If you are happy to have your name added to the letter, please send an email ASAP to Liz Driver at liz.driver@sympatico.ca with the following information:

Name + how you would like to be represented, e.g., name and address and/or local business or affiliation with local community organization.

wpd has not made a single adjustment to its project to reduce negative impacts on the County’s cultural heritage – This is unreasonable and unacceptable. The MOE should require wpd to remove the offending turbines from around Milford, to protect Mount Tabor and the village. We hope that this letter, endorsed by many community members, will persuade the MOE to require wpd to make changes.

Posted in Heritage, Uncategorized

SUBMITTING COMMENTS on wpd’s White Pines Wind Project by MAY 10, 2014!

APPEC has put together a list of comments related to the revised wpd White Pines Project Heritage Assessment, the Heritage Interconnection Line and the Natural Heritage Assessment (NHA) reports. The Comments are being posted here to help concerned PEC residents raise their own comments and to submit them to the Ministry of the Environment (MOE). Our hope is that more people will submit comments by mail or email to express your concerns with the wpd White Pines Project in South Marysburgh and Athol stating the impact this project will have on our heritage, our homes and our natural environment. These are important things that APPEC members and supporters love and need to protect.

For your review, the APPEC Comments can be reviewed at these links: Heritage Assessment Comments , Heritage Interconnection Line Comments and Natural Heritage Assessment Comments. Any additional insights from these comments that you may have can be submitted to MOE at the postal or email address below.

Additionally, APPEC has put together a spreadsheet of all the resident buildings along the Interconnection Line where wpd will be laying power lines underground. Some wpd construction will occur within as little as 10 meters of buildings. A wpd report warns that damage due to vibration may occur for properties inside 40 meters from the excavation / construction. The 40 meters is a mitigation but is not being applied consistently as many of the buildings are within the 40 meters. Also it is not clear what solutions there are if the vibration level exceeds the maximum recommended or who is responsible to satisfactorily repair any damages.

As far as APPEC is aware, no wpd notification or agreements have been made with County residents. It might be worth your time to review the Structures along wpd Interconnection Line document and raise a comment if your home or buildings might be impacted by wpd construction along the interconnection / transmission lines.

APPEC has retained council to appeal to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of the Environment related to the transmission lines. By reviewing this document, you may have comments that you would like to submit, or inform friends that may be impacted to allow them to raise comments to the ministry (see mailing information below).

The deadline for submission of comments is May 10, 2014. Comments can be submitted by letter or email to the person noted below.

Ramona Afante
Senior Project Evaluator
Ministry of the Environment Operations Division
Environmental Approvals Branch 
2 St. Clair Avenue West, Floor 12A
Toronto, Ontario M4V 1L5 
 

OR     submit your comment by email to ramona.afante@ontario.ca

Important – Be sure to include < EBR 012-1279 > in the subject line of your email or letter.

Posted in Environment, Heritage, Ontario Energy Board, Uncategorized

Yard Sale – FUNDRAISER FOR PECFN AND APPEC

When: MAY 24 (rain date May 25) – 9 am to 4 pm
Where: 14011 Highway #33, near corner of County Rd 32
  

Spring cleaning?

Why not put aside those unwanted items that someone else may be able to use and support the legal funds to stop wind turbines in the County.

Large donations can be dropped off at 7am the day of the sale at the big barn, 14011 Highway #33, near corner of County Rd 32, or pick up of larger saleable items (no junk or bedding please) can be arranged by emailing contactus@appec.ca. Include your name, address, phone number and brief description of item(s). Small items can dropped off at Royal LePage, 104 Main Street Picton from Wednesday May 21 to Friday May 23.

Donate and/or come out to the Yard Sale on May 24 and find a treasure.

Tickets for the South Marysburgh Heritage House and Winery Tour will be available to purchase at the Yard Sale.

Posted in Events, Uncategorized