Brantford mayor working to save music festival
Brantford Mayor Chris Friel says he is working with Star Security to revamp the security plan for Hockeyfest and hopefully salvage the music festival, which was scheduled to take place this weekend at Brant Conservation Area.
"I'm in a couple of meetings about (Hockeyfest) right now," Friel said on Monday morning.
The Grand River Conservation Authority, which operates Brant Conservation Area, pulled its support for the event with just one week to go after Brantford police expressed concerns about site security during a meeting on Friday.
GRCA spokesperson Dave Shultz on Monday morning said that the conservation authority has not reversed its decision.
“At this point we haven't received any notification that anything has changed, so from our perspective everything is the same way that it was on Saturday,” Shultz said. “Beyond that, I'm not sure if I can really get into addressing 'what if' questions.”
Hockeyfest organizer Ralph Spoltore said he had planned to proceed with festival setup at Brant Conservation Area while the security details were worked out, but Schultz visited the site Monday morning and reported no activity.
Spoltore said he received legal advice to not proceed with festival setup.