Charlottetown bank employees seek injunction against local blogger

TC Media
Published on July 22, 2014

Screen shot of 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 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.