Daily Archives: June 3, 2011

Bob Verdun “In deep trouble” – $650,000 judgment for defamation

“Canadian Jury found Verdun acted with malice”

We’re not 100% sure, but it looks like the Bob Verdun in this defamation lawsuit reported in Canadian newspapers is the same Bob Verdun who is a frequent visitor to Barbados and an investor in business and real estate on the island. The Bob Verdun we’ve covered in the past is a Canadian from the Kitchener area, and so is the Verdun in the Toronto Star defamation article. (Now we’re sure because we see Mr. Verdun’s photo on his blog: http://www.bobverdun.blogspot.com/)

“Verdun, who sold his paper to Torstar in 1999, represented himself at the trial.”

(What was that saying about representing yourself? Oh yes: It was  “an idiot for a lawyer and a fool for a client.”)

Could there be two persons from Kitchener named “Bob Verdun”? Sure there could, and we’re just as sure that one of our readers will have the answer! (ANSWERED: It’s the same Bob Verdun)

“One of the largest aggravated damages awards in Canadian history.”

“I expect this will work out but I can’t make any comment,” Verdun tells Law Times. “I am under an interim court order that prevents me from saying absolutely anything about him. I can say absolutely nothing. You can draw your own conclusions. I am muzzled.”

… from Law Times News article Landmark ruling in libel suit

Here’s what the Canadian papers are saying about Bob Verdun and then some links to a few of our past stories. The photo above is from our past story and we stole borrowed it from Ian Bourne at Bajan Reporter.

Somewhere in small town Ontario was a man who also thought he was holding a CEO to account. Except Bob Verdun isn’t a politician or a prosecutor. He’s a former publisher of the Elmira Independent and is now in very deep trouble.

Back in 2004, Verdun had a problem with the appointment of veteran insurance executive Robert Astley to the board of BMO Financial Services, alleging his involvement with the Clarica Life Insurance Company and its role in the development of a controversial Waterloo recreation complex made him unfit for the job.

After denouncing Astley at shareholders’ meetings and in emails to BMO executives — among other places — things turned about as bad as they could for Verdun, the recipient of a prestigious Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism in 1990.

Astley sued for defamation, alleging Verdun’s attacks painted him as unethical, selfish and greedy.

This week, a Toronto jury found in Astley’s favour, awarding him $250,000 in general damages and $400,000 in aggravated damages.

The jury found Verdun acted with malice.

Astley, 65, currently chair of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, “is very pleased the litigation has come to a successful conclusion,” said Brian Radnoff, one of his lawyers.

… from the Toronto Star Newspaper article Bank director wins $650,000 in defamation suit against shareholder activist

Further Reading about Bob Verdun at BFP

July 9, 2010 – Bob Verdun: Racist? Well meaning but culturally naive? Just truthful?

June 27, 2010 – Canadian investor Bob Verdun accosted by Barbados Boscobel Toll Gang

June 24, 2010 – Bob Verdun lecture Friday, June 25 “15 ways to improve Barbados tourism without spending a penny!”


Filed under Barbados, Canada, Crime & Law

Barbados Free Press supports unlocked Wi-Fi

We at BFP want to say a big “Thank You!” to LEX Caribbean…


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday June 2, 2011 – In January 2010 the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation (BEF) launched a mission to provide free Wi-Fi connectivity around Barbados by November 11th, 2011. Since then the Foundation has been steadily encouraging companies and individuals throughout the island to unlock their Wi-Fi so as to realise the vision which drives this mission.

Last Tuesday, 24th May, LEX Caribbean, a leading law firm on the Island, with offices in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and London as well was the latest company to unlock their Wi-Fi in furtherance of the BEF initiative. LEX Caribbean now provides free Wi-Fi access via a signal that extends approximately a kilometre to the West and North of their offices in Worthing, Barbados.

Continue reading this story at Caribbean360.com


Filed under Barbados, Freedom Of The Press, Technology