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Nexera Law Group was acquired by Diamond and Diamond. Nexera Law Group is a real estate law firm. It specializes in residential purchase closings, mortgage refinancing, wills and powers of attorney, and other services. Nexera Law Group was founded in 2009 and is based in Mississauga, Ontario.
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Aug 27, 2022
Formula E: Documents give inside look at how Vancouver car race veered off track Back to video For more than a year before the event’s cancellation in April, several city departments were discussing unanswered questions and unusual challenges related to the ill-fated event, saying the organizers “continually failed or neglected to comply” with standard event permit requirements. Vancouver Sun Headline News Sign up to receive daily headline news from the Vancouver Sun, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. Email Address Sign Up By clicking on the sign up button you consent to receive the above newsletter from Postmedia Network Inc. You may unsubscribe any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our emails. Postmedia Network Inc. | 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4 | 416-383-2300 Thanks for signing up! A welcome email is on its way. If you don't see it, please check your junk folder. The next issue of Vancouver Sun Headline News will soon be in your inbox. We encountered an issue signing you up. Please try again Article content Internal city hall communications, obtained by Postmedia News through a Freedom of Information request, highlighted several risks, challenges and concerns with the proposal from a new organization called One Stop Strategy Group. The OSS Group was to be the promoter and organizer for what would have been Vancouver’s first time holding the Formula E Championship, an electric car race series that launched in 2014 and this season included 16 races in cities around the world. Advertisement 3 Article content City officials recognized several upsides to hosting such a major international sporting and entertainment event, the documents show, to strengthen Vancouver’s business climate and reputation, and provide “a very much needed boost to the current tourism climate” coming out of COVID-19-era restrictions. But as early as the first week of March 2021, internal city communications highlighted several “risks,” “challenges” and “concerns” associated with the OSS Group’s proposal. “Staff recognize the importance of the events sector to the local economy and will proactively work with tourism and hospitality partners to identify events that are the ‘right fit’ for Vancouver and support our destination profile and economic rebuild,” the March 2021 internal communication said. But it also noted: “If for any unforeseen reason, the event cannot take place and the city does not provide the permit — there is significant RISK of reputation and financial concerns for the City of Vancouver.” Advertisement 4 Article content A tally of risks like the one compiled in March 2021 is a typical undertaking when city staff contemplate a complex, major new event like the Formula E proposal, a city representative said this week. But in the case of OSS’s proposal for a Vancouver Formula E event — dubbed Canadian E-Fest — several factors required “additional attention,” the city statement said, “in particular the nature of the request and the timeline which presented significant challenges.” The challenges persisted over the next 13 months after the March 2021 internal report, the newly obtained documents show, up until OSS’s announcement in April that, after saying they had sold more than 33,000 tickets for the event, E-Fest wouldn’t go ahead on Canada Day long weekend as planned. Advertisement 5 Article content Formula E, the international group that runs the annual racing circuit, has urged OSS to provide refunds to fans. But as of this week — four months after the event’s cancellation and two months after OSS told ticket-holders the refund process would begin — there were no updates for those ticket-buyers seeking refunds. Shannon Campbell with daughter Sophia Borghetto in Tsawwassen on Aug. 21, 2022. Campbell spent almost $420 on tickets to take her daughter, a big car-racing fan, to enjoy the Formula E event scheduled to take place in Vancouver in summer 2022. Since the event was cancelled, she hasn’t been able to get a refund. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNG It’s been a bitter experience for Tsawwassen resident Shannon Campbell. As a single mom, it was a financial stretch for Campbell to spend $420 on two E-Fest tickets, she said, but she wanted to reward her 17-year-old daughter Sophia, a massive car-racing fan whose 16th birthday celebration was curtailed due to the pandemic. “It was just something to recognize her for being fricking amazing,” Campbell said. “She’s been garnering straight A’s, she’s on the principal’s list, she’s done everything you want her to do.” Advertisement 6 Article content For months now, Campbell’s inquiries about a refund have been met with silence. Sophia said: “I’ve always loved cars and racing, so it was so exciting something was actually coming so close to home for me and I’d have an opportunity to see it. To have that opportunity taken away was really sad for me … It’s taken away and they don’t say anything. And people spent their hard-earned money. I just don’t get it.” ‘OSS continually failed or neglected to comply’ Since at least early 2021, OSS had been communicating with city staff working on the event, but, in March 2022, the organizers missed city hall’s deadlines to provide documents required for a permit including proof of insurance and finalized agreements with private property owners for the use of their land in North East False Creek. Despite the blown deadline, city staff said they would provide “reasonable leeway” to help facilitate the event, and OSS leadership said everything was still on-track. Advertisement 7 Article content But behind the scenes, over the next four weeks leading up to the April 22 cancellation announcement , the internal documents detail the unsuccessful efforts of the city’s film and special events (or FASE) office, a department that issues about 600 permits annually, trying to get E-Fest on course. “In spite of clear instructions to OSS (instructions that are routinely understood and completed by other applicants for a FASE permit), OSS continually failed or neglected to comply with standard FASE Permit requirements in a timely manner and in some cases at all,” says one April 2022 document circulated among city staff before the event’s cancellation. “OSS has routinely submitted incomplete submittals lacking the information previously requested by city staff.” Advertisement 8 Article content For months leading up to that point, city staff had maintained an internal “working document” tracking the status of several items OSS needed to deliver before city hall could issue a permit. As of April 21 — less than 70 days before the event was slated to begin — it appears most elements were never completed, including schedules, a public safety plan, and engineer’s drawings for structures including stages and grandstands. Northeast False Creek, where the cancelled Canadian E-Fest was scheduled to take place from June 30 to July 2, 2022. Photo by NICK PROCAYLO /PNG As early as January 2021, the city’s special events office advised OSS of “the critical importance” of providing a traffic management plan “as soon as possible in the process,” one document says. “Despite numerous requests and repeated warnings” to OSS of the implications of defaulting on their agreement with the city, a first draft of a traffic management plan was only received March 28, 2022, and was deemed “unapprovable since it is missing key components.” Advertisement 9 Article content “In initial meetings with FASE, OSS and Licensing Department in 2021, it was made clear that permit licences for use of private property requires a long planning runway, examples were provided of other major events on the same site that typically apply nine to 12 months in advance,” internal communications said. However, OSS only provided a “high-level overview” to the city’s chief licence inspector on March 9, 2022, and by April 2022 no completed plans or applications had been submitted. OSS declined to answer questions this week about this timeline and the description of the process outlined in the city documents. “OSS has routinely submitted incomplete submittals lacking the information previously requested by city staff. For example, city requires certain submittals related to building of large structures to be certified and stamped by a professional engineer and OSS would repeatedly submit such a submittal only partially complete and without satisfactory detail or an engineer’s stamp, resulting in material delays since city staff could not review or approve and would have to wait for OSS to submit compliant submittals,” one document says. “When city staff did receive moderately compliant submittals, city staff responses on same would not be addressed by OSS in a timely manner and in some cases not at all.” Advertisement 10 Article content A March 2021 document says that in early conversations between OSS and city hall earlier that year, the event organizers asked “to receive pre-approval of event by city prior to consultation with impacted residents and businesses.” This request raised concerns for city staff, the document says, noting: “The city has a well-established process in place for issuing event permits,” and “staff do not have the authority to override the current event permit process or commit the city to an event prior to consultation and approval” from the affected departments, including police, fire, park board and traffic management. Therefore, the document says, staff did not recommend the city “pre-approve or provide any letter confirming intention to provide event permit” for the proposed site in Northeast False Creek “or any alternative site, until the proper consultation and engagement of impacted stakeholders agree upon event plan.” Advertisement 11 Article content Sergio Sette Camara of Brazil and Dragon/Penske Autosport (No. 7) in action during the Final Race of the Hana Bank Seoul E-Prix Round 16 on Aug. 14, 2022, in South Korea. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun /Getty Images ‘It’s a lot of money’: Still no answers on refunds After OSS initially announced that refunds would be processed in June , and then July , the organizers didn’t answer Postmedia’s questions seeking updates for ticket-buyers wanting their money . But in a brief phone conversation this week, OSS CEO Matthew Carter said he was working from Vancouver, “and will be here until we put the race on for next year.” Asked if something had changed since Formula E said in June that Vancouver wouldn’t be included in the circuit’s 2023 provisional race calendar, Carter replied: “They will not say anything publicly until everything’s arranged, but there will be a race in Vancouver next year.” When Postmedia contacted Formula E to ask about Carter’s new statement regarding next year’s race, Formula E sent an emailed statement saying: “As previously stated, Formula E has terminated all contractual agreements with OSS Group. This position has not changed. Advertisement 12 Article content “While Vancouver was not included in the 2023 race calendar which was announced in June, also as previously stated, we retain an active interest in delivering a race in Vancouver in the future,” said Formula E’s statement. “Our immediate expectation remains for OSS Group to apply urgency in making a public statement regarding the process for ticket refunds for this season’s cancelled race.” In the meantime, several upset ticket-buyers have contacted Postmedia asking what they can do if OSS refuses to answer their calls and emails. Richard Chang, a lawyer with Diamond and Diamond Lawyers Photo by NICK PROCAYLO /PNG Richard Chang, a lawyer with Diamond and Diamond Lawyers in Vancouver, said his firm is in the “early stages” of investigating the possibility of launching a class-action lawsuit representing E-Fest ticket-buyers seeking refunds. E-Fest ticket-holders looking for more information about the potential lawsuit can phone Diamond and Diamond at 1-800-567-4878. Advertisement 13 Article content Consumer Protection B.C. spokeswoman Tatiana Chabeaux-Smith said, in general, consumers should “do their best to understand who they are buying the ticket from and read the terms and conditions” before making a purchase. If ticket-holders are unsure of what recourse they have, they can file a complaint through Consumer Protection B.C.’s website for assessment, Chabeaux-Smith said, but she added the agency may not be able to help depending on the specifics of each case. Chabeaux-Smith added that, generally speaking, consumers who don’t receive products or services they bought can pursue a chargeback through their credit card. While some E-Fest ticket-buyers told Postmedia they successfully obtained chargebacks through their credit card companies, Campbell said this protection isn’t available to her because she used a debit card. Advertisement 14 Article content When the city announced in late July it would transfer back the $500,000 deposit OSS had paid, so that the promoter could use that money to refund ticket-holders, suppliers and other creditors involved with the cancelled event, Campbell said she thought: “Yeah, finally, we’re going to get our money back.” That glimmer of hope was short-lived. The city has confirmed to Postmedia its refund offer was conditional on OSS and the city jointly retaining a lawyer, who would be able to review OSS’s financial records and liabilities, to oversee the repayment process. “OSS has rejected the city’s conditions,” the city said. “Discussions on the repayment have now stalled, which we are disappointed about, but the city remains eager to move forward if OSS reconsiders its position.” It’s another in a series of disappointments for purchasers like Campbell. “It is a lot of money,” Campbell said. “It’s not money that I just had sitting around, it was a splurge for a special occasion. And I’ve really lost trust in the system if this can happen.”
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