Deal with Harold MacKay makes city look bad, weakens bargaining position with TCL

Metallica attendance was 24,000.

I was wrong: contrary to my earlier supposition, the payment from Harold MacKay to the city just before the Metallica show was in fact related to the concert loan scandal, and not simply pre-payment for Metallica costs.

Council Tuesday released this statement:

13.3 Contractual Matter – Concert Update
That Halifax Regional Council approve the settlement with Harold MacKay and any related companies which provides for:
(a) the payment of $38,000.00 in satisfaction of the Municipality’s claim for recovery of funds advanced in respect of concerts on the Common; and in addition
(b) the payment of the cost of policies services provided for the Metallica concert on the Garrison Grounds.
It is further recommended that this report be released to the public following Council’s ratification of the recommendation.
I didn't immediately report this because I wanted clarification as to how the $38,000 figure was arrived at. I dutifully called City Hall Wednesday morning to ask, was promised a response, but have heard nothing back. This is, I'd add, precisely why I was incorrect in my previous reporting: the city bureaucracy is treating the concert scandal as some sort of state secret; without firm information in hand, the best we can do is make informed guesses as to what's going on.

About The Author

Support The Coast

At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Comments (11)

Add a comment

Add a Comment

Get more Halifax

Our Thursday email gets you caught up with The Coast. Sign up and go deep on Halifax.

Recent Comments