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Hamilton targets 2023 for next Battle of Stoney Creek; ‘in-person’ events return as COVID rules ease – Hamilton | Globalnews.ca

Hamilton targets 2023 for next Battle of Stoney Creek; ‘in-person’ events return as COVID rules ease - Hamilton | Globalnews.ca

There’s some assurance going forward, as it relates to re-enactments of the Battle of Stoney Creek.

A motion approved by Hamilton city council directs staff to plan for delivery of an in-person event in 2023 that includes re-enactment activities and portrays in a “respectful and historically-accurate manner” all communities involved and impacted, including Indigenous Peoples.

The event is traditionally held on the first weekend of June at Battlefield Park, but did not take place last weekend because of COVID uncertainty. It was also put on hold in 2020 and 2021, due to pandemic restrictions.

Ward 5 Coun. Russ Powers presented the council-approved motion on Wednesday, citing questions about the re-enactment’s future.

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“This motion is offered as clarification and direction, on a recent issue that has prompted a significant reaction by multiples of hundreds of Stoney Creek and Greater Hamilton residents,” said Powers.

Carrie Brooks-Joiner, Hamilton’s director of tourism and culture, expanded upon recent questions about the future of the re-enactments, which are a 40-year tradition at Battlefield Park.

Brooks-Joiner said they stemmed from a recent meeting designed to gather ideas for the future.

“Unfortunately those ideas were misconstrued as decisions, where in fact, decisions had not been made on the 2023 event.”

She also stressed that the city continues to expand the provision of space for “the sharing of Indigenous stories and voices,” including the Soaring Spirit Pow Pow Festival at Battlefield Park, scheduled for June 25-26 of this year.

Several festivals and events returning to Hamilton this weekend

With Ontario expiring remaining mask mandates this weekend due to improving COVID-19 indicators, a number of Hamilton events are set to resume after a two-year hiatus.

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Ancaster Heritage Days will go on Saturday despite some construction delays at the new arts centre.

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The parade along Wilson Street is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday beginning at Academy Street and ending at Todd.

Sulphur Springs Road will host the soapbox derby between Wilson and Mansfield Road from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Concession Streetfest stage will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and is anchored with shopping, food truck, car show and other entertainment along the thoroughfare between Upper Wentworth and East 25th.

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Meanwhile, the Barton Village Festival will offer similar elements along Barton Street between Victoria Avenue and Wentworth.

Three entertainment stages, an art and children’s zones will open at 11 a.m.

Also this week, the City of Hamilton has confirmed the return of Canada Day celebrations in Bayfront Park, ending with a fireworks display this July 1.

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Revised street closure policy targets safety at larger events

Revised street closure policy targets safety at larger events

Newton Fire Chief Jarrod Wellik on Feb. 21 shared details of the city’s revised street closure policy for larger public events, which may require organizers to fill out applications. The fire chief told council members the goal of the updated policy is to provide a safe environment for all attendees and event holders.

“I think sometimes what people don’t realize is, as an organizer of a larger event where you’re going to have people that are going to be operating in enclosed conditions or in closed streets or they’re going to be operating on the public right-of-ways, there is liability that comes with that,” he said at a recent staff report.

Minimizing liability exposure to the city is another reason staff wanted to revise the policy, which is still in its draft form and is not yet up for council approval. Some big events can carry liability towards the city if something goes wrong. Wellik cited a number of past events inside and outside of Iowa that have gone wrong and why it is important to have such a policy in place.

In 2011, the Indiana State Fair stage collapsed when a wind gust from an approaching storm toppled the roof structure, killing seven people and injuring almost 60 others. Wellik also referenced the November 2021 incident in which a driver allegedly drove his car through a parade route and killed six people.

“Any time you bring people together in tight spaces and they’re operating outside of their normal boundaries of how they operate on roads and so on, we inject that opportunity for something to happen,” Wellik said, also noting that staff would like to limit the impact to transportation in the community when events close streets.

Some occasions would require organizers to request a street closure, which do impede regular traffic. For instance, some streets in town serve as truck routes. When the city decides to close those pathways, staff have to designate new routes and they have to be signed appropriately, Wellik said.

Another aspect of the policy is communication. The city wants to keep all effected parties informed of events in their area. Wellik said staff frequently hear citizens say, “I didn’t know the street was going to be closed” or “I didn’t realize parking was going to not be available during this time.” A revised policy should help.

By filling out an application, too, authorities will have the contact information of organizers. Should something happen during an event, Wellik said public safety officials would be able to get in contact with organizers immediately and carry out contingency plans or mitigate a situation.

The city’s revised policy is intended to target events in excess of 200 people, specifically those that are not contained on private property. Churches that may have larger gatherings on their property, for example, would not be affected unless organizers need use of city right-of-ways.

By having the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Wellik said it has allowed city staff to learn a lot of lessons about how to manage larger scale events.

“We’ve learned some pretty good lessons out there about weather and how it impacts people and how long it takes people to get to shelter and so on,” he said. “Go back to when RAGBRAI was here … We had a storm that moved in and we had to make a decision as it approached. We decided to shut things down.”

It wasn’t a very popular decision, Wellik added, but it is one of those decisions made for the sake of safety. Pre-planning allowed organizers to shuttle people to shelters, at least the ones who chose to take the city up on its offer.

Wellik showed a draft copy of the street closure application, which is intended to be submitted 90 days in advance of the event. If organizers plan greater than 60 days in advance the fee is $25; if it is submitted less than 60 days in advance but still greater than 45 days the fee increases to $100; less than 45 days is $250.

“So there is good incentive here to make sure you’re planning well in advance of these events,” Wellik said.

If the city is given less than 30 days notice for a street closure, Wellik said it is going to be more difficult to plan and it is likely staff would recommend organizers to schedule it for next year. A single application can be submitted for events with multiple dates, such as the Newton Farmers Market or Thunder Nites.

Applications require organizers to submit contact information, start and end times, setup and tear down times, how many people are anticipated to attend and what type of audience they are expecting. Staff also want a map of the event to better understand the impact to the community.

“We want to make sure we’ve got those things identified that need to be completed,” Wellik said.

The city also has a temporary no-parking consent form, which would require organizers to gather signatures from people residing 125 feet from the street closure. Wellik said the city is looking for at least 75 percent approval from the adjacent property owners.

Parking plans will need to be defined, and barricading of streets will have to meet the standards set by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). If not, Wellik said it opens up the city to liability issues. Complex barricading may require organizers to use contractors.

Wellik said the city still wants more input from partner groups and other agencies that are more likely to be affected by the policy. He also stressed the policy’s emphasis on larger events, and not events like block parties – although the city does have a policy for residential block parties.

“None of this really applies to neighborhood block parties, unless you want to close six or eight blocks and do a real knock-down-drag-out where you’re going to affect half the town — that might be a little different,” Wellik said.

Contact Christopher Braunschweig at 641-792-3121 ext. 6560 or cbraunschweig@newtondailynews.com

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World Athletics targets new events to boost revenue – SportsPro

World Athletics targets new events to boost revenue - SportsPro
  • World Athletics CEO Jon Ridgeon reveals organisation is “exploring possible ideas” around events, products and data
  • Governing body not looking to sell existing rights

World Athletics is seeking to put on new events which it says will help boost income for the global governing body and its athletes.

The Times reports that World Athletics has turned to sports marketing agency Two Circles and Oakwell Sports Advisory – which advised CVC Capital Partners on its UK£365 million (US$495 million) Six Nations rugby union investment – as part of efforts to generate new revenue streams.

Speaking to The Times, World Athletics chief executive Jon Ridgeon said there was no plan for the organisation to sell any of its existing rights and, instead, would be looking to create new opportunities.

“This is in the early stages and it will start by exploring possible ideas,” Ridgeon said. “We are not doing this because we are in any trouble as an organisation. Financially we are doing pretty well.

“But we now need to look at ways to take the sport forward at a time when we have so many major events coming up. It’s about looking at new events, new products, utilising data – and hopefully providing more money to more athletes.”

World Athletics had already revealed its intention to expand its calendar when it announced China’s Wanda Group as the title partner of the Diamond League series in September 2019. The ten-year agreement, which is reportedly worth more than US$100 million, included provision for a new annual Diamond League meeting in China organised by Wanda Sports.

Also included in the contract was a media rights agreement for a secondary international athletics series, the World Athletics Continental Tour, which replaced the World Challenge competition. So far, the new tour is set to hold 130 meetings in 2022.

This year’s World Athletics schedule is headlined by the World Athletics Championships, which will be held in Eugene, Oregon, from 15th to 24th July. Other notable competitions in 2022 include the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Serbia from 18th to 20th March and the World Athletics U20 Championships in Columbia from 1st to 6th August.