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Electric car racing is a growing sport with a massive international fan base that includes thousands who bought tickets to a race that was supposed to happen in Vancouver over Canada Day weekend.

“I was excited. I’m a car racing fan,” said Keith Paterson, who spent more than $500 on a pair of weekend passes.

A total of 33,000 tickets were sold for the event before the race was canceled in early April after the City of Vancouver abruptly ended its agreement with event organizer One Stop Strategy Group.

According to internal city emails seen by CTV News, OSS regularly missed planning deadlines and failed to meet standard requests the city makes from large event organizers.

The emails say OSS failed to provide proof of insurance, failed to show it had agreements in place with private property owners at the race site, and failed to provide timely engineer-approved plans for temporary buildings and grandstands.

“OSS routinely submitted incomplete submissions without the information previously requested by city staff,” one of the emails said.

With little planning completed and less than three months before the event, on April 5, the city’s legal department informed OSS that it was terminating the agreement to host the race in Vancouver.

“We actually found out on the news. There was no email directly from OSS Group telling us it was postponed,” said a ticket holder named Amy, who asked to be identified only by her first name. .

OSS eventually told ticket holders that the Vancouver race would take place in 2023 and that tickets for the 2022 event would be honored for the new date.

Despite the delay claims by OSS, when the Formula E international race schedule was released in June, it did not include a Vancouver stop.

An attorney who has been contacted by a number of ticket holders about the possibility of a lawsuit does not believe a future event will occur.

“Formula E says it has terminated its contractual obligations with the One Stop Strategy Group,” said Richard Chang of Diamond and Diamond Lawyers.

Even if the event goes ahead in the future, under BC’s Consumer Protection Act it will still be up to the ticket holder to decide whether they want a refund or tickets to the rescheduled event.

“I lost confidence pretty quickly and I immediately said I don’t want to reschedule, I want a refund,” said Paterson, who tried unsuccessfully to get his money back.

Chang said ticket holders who have been in contact with his firm have also been unsuccessful in obtaining refunds, and are concerned that the company will not be able to organize a Formula E race in Vancouver for next year.

“Individuals who have contacted us are questionable. Therefore, there is an investigation on our part as to the merits of filing a class action lawsuit on behalf of these individuals,” Chang said.

CTV News was unable to reach OSS for comment on the status of refunds or possible future dates for the race.


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