'Spookland' party site will no longer host large events, GM says

The resort that hosted a massive Halloween party near Gatineau, Que., says it will no longer allow such parties after nine hospitalizations and allegations of sexual assault at "Spookland" on Friday night.

Girl, 16, found naked, drugged, unconscious at event, 3 other teens complain to police

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Girl,16, found naked and drugged, one of several alleged victims of sexual assault at Quebec party

The resort that hosted a massive Halloween party near Gatineau, Que., says it will no longer allow such parties after nine hospitalizations and allegations of sexual assault at "Spookland" on Friday night.

"We regret that our name was associated with such an unacceptable situation, as our resort was not the organizer," said Luc Désormeaux, the general manager of Mont Cascades Ski Resort & Water Park, which is located in Cantley about 23 kilometres northeast of Gatineau.

"We have decided to put an end to this type of agreement. Mont Cascades is a sports and family resort and we work hard to offer a valuable experience to our guests. So, in order to make sure it doesn’t happen again, we are taking bold steps."

Mont Cascades will not be commenting further, Désormeaux said, citing the police investigation.

Désormeaux​ had earlier said the resort's officials were meeting with the Ottawa-based party organizers, I'm With the DJ, on Monday to talk about the event and its future at the resort.

About 1,000 people attended the private party, a licensed event with five DJs and three dance floors, aimed at people between the ages of 16 and 21, according to the party’s Facebook page.

Tina Pirvali, who attended the Halloween party, says someone was handing out pills on her bus heading to the event on Friday night. (CBC)
MRC des Collines police and paramedics say nine people were taken to hospital during the event after drug use and alcohol poisoning. Then on Saturday, four girls alleged they were sexually assaulted at the Halloween party.

Police said two investigations have officially begun involving 16-year-old and 17-year-old girls.

The 16-year-old was found at the party half naked and unconscious. She was taken to hospital and tests found the date rape drug GHB in her system, police said. 

The second case involves the alleged sexual touching of a 17-year-old girl.

Another 16-year-old girl has not launched an official police complaint, only telling police over the phone that she was touched inappropriately. Another girl has also come forward with similar allegations.

The investigations continue and police said they have no suspects. Anyone who witnessed a sexual assault or believes they were a victim at the event is asked to call police at 819-459-9911 or 1-888-459-9911.

Teens as young as 14 spotted at party, patrons say

Over the weekend, people who attended the party told CBC News teenagers as young as 14 were bused in from Ottawa and eastern Ontario towns like Carleton Place, Kemptville and Perth, where organizers recruited at area schools.

Event-goers display a ticket to 'Spookland' after the event at Mont Cascades was visited by police, fire crews and paramedics on Friday night. (CBC)
Those same party patrons also claim the organization of this year’s Spookland event was very different from the previous year, claiming too many tickets were sold and bartenders stopped checking IDs.

One party patron described the event as being "like a mosh pit" and another claimed people were handing out pills on the bus heading to the party, with one person allegedly suffering a seizure.

"We know ... that there were some pills being given, randomly, in those buses. We have that information," said MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais police spokesman Const. Martin Fournel on Monday. "So those kids don't have a clue what they're taking, and that's exactly what happened; they end up in the hospital."

Event organizers dispute those claims.

In a pair of email statements sent to CBC News, organizers said some people came to the event already "heavily intoxicated" and paramedics were called once the guests arrived at the venue.

Otherwise, they said, the night passed "without incident" and disputed any disorganization or issues with capacity. A statement released Sunday stated the group is co-operating with the police investigation into the alleged sexual assaults.


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