The GRCA has confirmed Hockeyfest will not be held at Brant Conservation Area. A media release issued by the organization at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday is below.
The Grand River Conservation Authority confirmed today that Brant Conservation Area will not be the venue for the Hockeyfest music festival June 1-3.
The GRCA took steps to terminate its contract with Hockeyfest on Friday May 25.
Since then a variety of emergency agencies, municipal politicians and the GRCA have engaged in efforts to satisfy concerns they have about the safety of those attending Hockeyfest.
The GRCA believes that it is important to send a clear message to the public that Hockeyfest will not proceed this weekend at Brant Conservation Area.
Today, all public emergency organizations that would be involved in this event met with the private security and paramedic firms designated by the Hockeyfest organizer.
The promoter had not made satisfactory arrangements with providers of public emergency services.
In addition, none of the private contractors were prepared to commit their services for the entirety of the weekend.
There is not sufficient time to resolve these issues before the scheduled start of the festival on Friday.
It was critical that there be dedicated police and emergency medical personnel on site during the event.
However, the Brantford Police Service advised that they had not been contracted to provide officers dedicated to the event.
Brant County OPP had not been contracted to provide sufficient traffic and safety services around the parking area on Colborne Street West. As well, Brant County had not approved any necessary road closures.
The Brantford Fire Department had only received a fire safety plan on Monday. The submitted plan did not meet the Ontario Fire Code. In particular the fire service was concerned that the exits in the plan were insufficient to accommodate a possible crowd of 20,000.
Brant County Ambulance had not been contracted to provide dedicated services for a festival of this size.
Neither the private security firm nor the private emergency medical company were prepared to commit to being on site throughout the entire festival.
As the campsites were booked through the organizer, the GRCA regrets that it cannot make the sites available and those who have booked sites should deal with Hockeyfest.
Please see the Brantford Police Service website for more information: www.brantfordpolice.ca.