It’s absolutely ridiculous that all Mayor Chris Friel can say is “poor Brantford might get it’s name muddied” cause of Hockeyfest. You think? Since the mayor withdrew support of Hockeyfest for 2012, he should have at least given moral support and set some expectations regarding security. Maybe he should have had someone from Brantford Police and Brantford Fire liasing with the organisers of Hockeyfest? Maybe months, if not weeks from the event?
Instead we get ass covering and “it wasn’t me, it was them” blame game. Good on you guys. So now over 30,000 people from all over Ontario and the US may not be able to enjoy acts like Creed, The Trews, Weezer, Mariana’s Trench, and Down with Webster among others.
Shame not only on organisers, but on Chris Friel, shame on Brantford Police, shame on council, and shame on the Grand River Conservation Authority. You should have helped not turn this into the giant boondoggle it is going to be. Not exactly Brantastic.