Scotiabank, employees seek injunction against blogger

Ryan Ross
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Screen shot of www.redlikeme.ca blog run by Rob McEachern.

Scotiabank, one of its affiliate companies, and two of its employees have applied for an injunction against an Island blogger over what they allege are attempts to tarnish their reputations.

On July 11, Scotiabank, ScotiaMcLeod, Eddie Curran and Yousef Hashmi filed an application for an injunction against Rob McEachern to have him remove any material on the Internet related to them that McEachern or someone acting on his behalf posted on the web.

That includes McEachern’s blog www.redlikeme.ca and social media websites or Internet forums.

Among the alleged defamatory statements are claims the applicants engaged in fraudulent activity in relation to their involvement in the securities industry and that they conspired to defraud clients of investments.

Curran is a branch manager and director of wealth management with ScotiaMacLeod.

Hashmi is a senior wealth advisor at the ScotiaMacLeod branch in Charlottetown.

Along with the application to have the posts removed, the applicants are also seeking a permanent injunction to keep McEachern from distributing, circulating or publishing any defamatory material about them online or through correspondence.

In 2012, McEachern released a book he wrote entitled “Red Like Me, How P.E.I. Liberals Stole 500 Million Dollars from Canada”, which detailed his dealings with the provincial nominee program and his perspective on how the program was run.

He also runs a blog on which he has posted several items about the applicants, which they allege are false and meant to discredit their reputations in the Charlottetown community.

The application said McEachern started a “relentless and malicious attack” on the applicants in a deliberate attempt to harm their reputations by spreading deliberately malevolent and hurtful material.

The applicants allege they have suffered ridicule, contempt and damage to their reputations because of McEachern’s statements.

In their application, the applicants said they put McEachern on notice about the defamatory nature of his publications, but rather than remove them he proceeded to publish 12 more posts within seven days of service.

McEachern has published several more posts about the applicants since the application was

filed.

None of the allegations have been proven in court and a hearing on the injunction application is scheduled for this Thursday.

rross@theguardian.pe.ca

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Organizations: Scotiabank

Geographic location: Charlottetown.Along, Canada, Charlottetown

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  • Kat
    July 25, 2014 - 08:33

    So Ryan Ross where is the follow up on this story? What happened in court?

    • Jocelyne Lloyd, web editor
      July 25, 2014 - 09:14

      Hi Kat, Ryan had the story written after court Thursday evening, but we didn't get a chance to post it to the website until this morning. Sorry for the delay. Please find it here: http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/News/Local/2014-07-25/article-3813203/Injunction-hearing-adjourned-in-blogger-case/1 Jocelyne Lloyd, web editor

  • Big Joe
    July 22, 2014 - 18:41

    Where there's smoke there's fire. I applaud Mr. McEachern for having the guts to tackle the PNP scandal and a whole lot more garbage that's happening much too frequently in PEI.

  • SlyFox
    July 22, 2014 - 15:58

    Instead of being shut down he posts 12 more posts.Now that's funny.I wonder if Mr.Eachern believes what he has written is true?Or does he have proof of what he claims? It would be really scary if what he has posted on his site is true.

  • bob from cardigan
    July 22, 2014 - 15:53

    sometimes the rtruth hurst. teh big bank might come out lookin g bad on this one. trying to hush up free speach is not a good publicity.

    • mary
      July 24, 2014 - 09:10

      free speech is one thing but malicious unproven accusations are irresponsible and detrimental to one's life. I know everyone loves to bash the big banks in Canada, but be thankful that we're not in the U.S. where there is few regulatory policies in place to derail schemes that allow millions of people to lose their life savings.

  • Lloyd
    July 22, 2014 - 11:18

    PNP Nothing but a massive cover-up. Phony companies and weathy thieses did great, The people that really needed it and got nothing.

  • beanbag
    July 22, 2014 - 10:41

    sounds like someone got their lilac scented feels hurt. when you empower the gov't to shut down speech you don't like they can come around and shut you up too. be careful what you empower the gov't to do.

  • James Petrie
    July 22, 2014 - 09:05

    I know nothing of the issues at hand, but in general it appears to me that PEI does not have a working justice system so Mr. McEachern can relying only on Freedom of Speech as his court room. I hope that the witnesses he might have come forward and world media is notified. Without real justice all citizens on PEI have lost "Freedom."

    • nitpicker
      July 22, 2014 - 17:40

      The trouble is, "Freedom of Speech" is not a license to spew gibberish. Spouting libel and slander, then hiding behind claims of "Freedom of Speech" is a disservice to the whole concept. In other words, speak the truth, back up what you say, or be quiet.

    • ??
      July 23, 2014 - 09:57

      Thank heaven for freedom of speech. Either Mr. McEachern has the goods and is expressing what he knows to be true, or he is guilty of defamation. I want him to have his day in court. God knows the courts aren't being used to prosecute the criminals who steal millions so perhaps we could use them to find out a bit of truth. How's that for a unique concept, truth and justice in the same room?

  • Sam
    July 22, 2014 - 08:07

    He should be free to say whatever he wants. They should have the right to defend themselves. Either way, the truth will prevail.

  • susan
    July 22, 2014 - 07:08

    Keep it in the forefront til those responsible for this terrible crime are held accountable and shamed for their role in taking advantage of less fortunate people and discrasing PEI