The sad tale of a lost friend of Barbados

UPDATED: September 23, 2011

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Chief Justice of Canada, other dignitaries to open UBC’s Allard Hall

Peter Allard to speak live on webcast

We see that the British Columbia University law school has moved into their new building, Allard Hall. The official opening is Friday, September 23, 2011 10am British Columbia, 1pm Barbados time.

“The building was named Allard Hall in honour of UBC graduate Peter Allard, a Vancouver businessman, former lawyer, and principal at Peterco Holdings Ltd., who in July contributed $11.86 million to the faculty — one of the largest donations to a law school in Canadian history. Of the donation, $9.83 million will go towards the new building.”  … from Canadian Lawyer Mag

UBC website: About Allard Hall

“Our profession has more impact on our society than any other. When we do our job well, we see that the Rule of Law is upheld and we protect our clients, our neighbors and fellow citizens against the vagaries of unchecked abuses of power and corruption.”

… taken from Peter Allard’s remarks to be delivered live today via webcast. (PDF of Allard’s speech here.)

Our original story below tells the of Canadian Philanthropist Peter Allard and his history with Barbados.

If anyone out there has any updates on the situation with the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary and the Graeme Hall Wetlands, we’d love to hear about it.

A sad, sad tale for ordinary Barbadians as our government ‘leaders’ sell off and develop the last major green space between the airport and the city. Why don’t we just pave over the whole damn island and be done with it?

Original story below…

Philanthropist Peter Allard donates CDN$12 million to Canadian university

Why not to Barbados?

We haven’t heard much lately about Canadian businessman and philanthropist Peter Allard. The owner of the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary was last in the news in Barbados when he penned an open letter to Bajans explaining why he had to close one of the island’s premier tourist attractions and why he is suing the Barbados government for dumping raw sewerage into the Graeme Hall wetlands and other violations of various treaties and agreements.

As Allard said in a May 6, 2010 press release:

“The investment in the Sanctuary was supposed to be part of a sustainable environmental initiative, dependent on government leadership. As the largest private environmental stakeholder in Barbados, we continue to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to maintain the Sanctuary, but we all have to face the fact that it’s Government who is killing the wetland.   The study shows that our environmental commitment and investment cannot withstand this assault.”

… Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary owner Peter Allard in a May 6, 2010 press release.

We at BFP don’t understand why there has been such hostility by some in government towards Peter Allard – or maybe we do understand. Let us explain…

As we reported on July 7, 2007, the Owen Arthur government at one time out and out refused Mr. Allard’s kind offer to build a million dollar AIDS and cancer hospice. It must be some kind of warped agenda or hate to fuel a decision like that where the overall good towards Bajans was tossed aside to serve a narrow purpose by land developer friends of government. A million dollar hospice with no strings and no agenda other than helping Bajans and our so-called leaders wouldn’t give Allard the time of day.

Our “leaders” denied Bajans a million dollar AIDS/Cancer hospice to show their displeasure against Mr. Allard. Why? Well, that goes to the heart of the matter…

It was not so much an attack against the person Peter Allard as an attack against any principled individual standing in the way of corrupt government officials who wished to profit from the destruction and development of our last major mangrove wetlands. The government of Barbados apparently provided certain assurances to Peter Allard when he invested tens of millions in the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary, but then reneged when the government’s greedy developer friends started sniffing around. Ha! Nobody told Allard that the product on this rock isn’t exactly as advertised!

After the BLP government was tossed, the DLP Thompson government changed the law to “legalize” the rape of the wetlands by their own developer friends. Nothing much changes ’bout hey with the election of a new government. Same old, same old – just a new bunch.

New foreign investor arrives!

Unlike some other foreign investors though, Peter Allard was one chicken who refused to be plucked. Owen Arthur, Liz Thompson and their minions in government service refused to maintain the sluice gate at Graeme Hall. They knew that the sluice gate allowed the mangrove wetlands to breathe and be refreshed by the sea flow. Kill the gate, kill the mangrove wetlands. Kill the mangrove wetlands and sell the land to developers. That was the plan.

Except that the chicken named Allard refused to be plucked and he had the wherewithal to fight. Wuhloss! He launched an international lawsuit. Them foreign investor chickens usually get plucked and head back home without a squawk! What a surprise when the chicken dug in and fought for the interests of ordinary Bajans when our leaders wanted to sell off our environmental heritage and future.

Now we see that Peter Allard gave almost $12 million (Canadian) dollars to the University of British Columbia law school. He’s building them a new world-class facility and giving it as a gift. A while ago we saw another big gift from Allard to a medical foundation.

Coulda, shoulda, would been a gift to Barbados but our leaders abused the man. We don’t have to bow to anyone on this island and we won’t and shouldn’t – but the truth is that Peter Allard has been a better friend to ordinary Bajans than our own leadership.

We’ll continue to follow the saga, but we can’t help but thinking, “woulda, coulda, shoulda”.

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24 responses to “The sad tale of a lost friend of Barbados

  1. bk

    I for one am glad that he did not give the money to Barbados or any Barbadian institution for that matter. Don’t get me wrong, I think that the money would have gone far to help anyone he deemed fit to give it to. However we all know that if any of these greedy politicians, board members or whoever get their grubby hands on it, poof it would be gone.

    As for the rest of wunna thieves (you know who you are) wunna time gine come soon enough, some of them aint even gonna get chance to spend the money good. God isnt sleeping. It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven i.e its impossible. Go Figure

  2. Anonymous

    Funny benefactor you have BFP. Have you read the court transcripts from the Canadian lawsuit?

    Even after everything that is outlined in those documents you still call him a benefactor?

    check ya self!

  3. Miguel Marasso

    Mr. Allerd said he count not afford to keep the Bird Sanctury open, yet he can afford Bds$24.0 M in a charity contribution. That kind of logic don’t wash bout here.

  4. Paper Mate

    When will the GOB acquire this property from mr. Allerd, for my one part……them taking way too long to alleviate him of this possession.

  5. No Way Jose!

    Allard didn’t say that he couldn’t afford to keep the Nature Sanctuary open, he said it was a useless exercise when our government changed the law and removed the protection of the surrounding wetlands and allowed development of previously protected lands. It’s Bajans who are losing, not Allard and the answer lies with government. Nothing Allard can do. It’s up to the guvment.

  6. Zif

    @Papermate…. why the hell should GOB waste money doing this? The man wants to take care of the Nature Sanctuary at his own expense.

    Quit being so ignorant.

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  8. Green Monkey

    Sacred Economics: Chapter 7, “The Crisis of Civilization”
    by Charles Eisenstein

    We have bigger houses but smaller families;

    more conveniences, but less time.

    We have more degrees but less sense;

    more knowledge but less judgment;

    more experts, but more problems;

    more medicines but less healthiness.

    We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,

    but have trouble in crossing the street to meet our new neighbor.

    We built more computers to hold more copies than ever,

    But have less real communication;

    We have become long on quantity,

    but short on quality.

    These are times of fast foods but slow digestion;

    Tall men but short characters;

    Steep profits but shallow relationships.

    It’s a time when there is much in the window

    But nothing in the room. –Authorship unknown

    The financial crisis we are facing today arises from the fact that there is almost no more social, cultural, natural, and spiritual capital left to convert into money. Centuries of near-continuous money creation have left us so destitute that we have nothing left to sell. Our forests are damaged beyond repair, our soil depleted and washed into the sea, our fisheries fished out, and the rejuvenating capacity of the earth to recycle our waste saturated. Our cultural treasury of songs and stories, of images and icons, has been looted and copyrighted. Any clever phrase you can think of is already a trademarked slogan. Our very human relationships and abilities have been taken away from us and sold back, so that we are now dependent on strangers, and therefore on money, for things few humans ever paid for until recently: food, shelter, clothing, entertainment, child care, cooking. Life itself has become a consumer item.

    Today we sell away the last vestiges of our divine endowment: our health, the biosphere and genome, even our own minds. Pythagoras’s dictum, “All things are number,” has nearly come true: the world has been converted into money. This is the process that is culminating in our age. It is almost complete, especially in America and the “developed” world. In the “developing” world (notice how these terms assume our own economic system as the destination of other societies) there still remain people who live substantially in gift cultures, where natural and social wealth is not yet the subject of property. Globalization is the process of stripping away these assets, to feed the money machine’s insatiable, existential need to grow. Yet this strip-mining of other lands is running up against its limits too, both because there is almost nothing left to take and because of growing pockets of effective resistance.

    snip

    Various pundits have observed that Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme was not so different from the financial industry’s pyramid of mortgaged-based derivatives and other instruments, which themselves formed a bubble that, like Madoff’s, could only sustain itself through an unceasing, indeed exponentially growing, influx of new money. As such, it is a symbol of our times — and even more than people suppose. It is not only the Wall Street casino economy that is an unsustainable pyramid scheme. The larger economic system, based as it is on the eternal conversion of a finite commonwealth into money, is unsustainable as well. It is like a bonfire that must burn higher and higher, to the exhaustion of all available fuel. Only a fool would think that a fire can burn ever-higher when the supply of fuel is finite. To extend the metaphor, the recent deindustrialization and financialization of the economy amount to using the heat to create more fuel. According to the second law of thermodynamics, the amount created is always less than the amount expended to create it. Obviously, the practice of borrowing new money to pay the principal and interest of old debts cannot last very long, but that is what the economy as a whole has done for ten years now.

    Yet even abandoning this folly, we still must face the depletion of fuel (remember, I mean not literal energy sources, but any bond of nature or culture that can be turned into a commodity). Most of the proposals for addressing the present economic crisis amount to finding more fuel. Whether it is drilling more oil wells, paving over more green space, or spurring consumer spending, the goal is to reignite economic growth — that is, to expand the realm of goods and services. It means finding new things for which we can pay. Today, unimaginably to our forebears, we pay even for our water and our songs. What else is left to convert into money?

    snip

    I sometimes read the financial website Zero Hedge for its remarkable insight into the pretenses and machinations of the financial power elite. In that website’s dim view, no asset class except physical gold and other physical commodities is safe today. I agree with its logic as far as it goes, but it does not go far enough. If the system breaks down to the point of hyperinflation, then the institution of property — as much a social convention as money is — will break down too. In times of social turmoil, I can’t imagine anything more dangerous than possessing a few hundred ounces of gold. Really the only security is to be found in community: the gratitude, connections, and support of the people around you. If you have wealth now, I recommend, as your investment advisor, that you use it to enrich the people around you in lasting ways.

    In the meantime, before the collapse of the current system, anything we do to protect some natural or social resource from conversion into money will both hasten the collapse and mitigate its severity. Any forest you save from development, any road you stop, any cooperative playgroup you establish; anyone you teach to heal themselves, or to build their own house, cook their own food, or make their own clothes; any wealth you create or add to the public domain; anything you render off-limits to the world-devouring Machine will help shorten the Machine’s life span. And when the money system collapses, if you already do not depend on money for some portion of life’s necessities and pleasures, then the collapse of money will pose much less of a harsh transition for you. The same applies on the social level. Any form of natural wealth, whether biodiversity, fertile soil, or clean water, and any community or social institution that is not a vehicle for the conversion of life into money, will sustain and enrich life after money.

    http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_chapter_7_crisis_civilization

  9. curtis greenidge

    So Funny these comments I agree give it to the Government to add to all the other mess Barbados is already in

  10. BFP

    Green Monkey…

    Thanks for that.

    Robert

  11. Dynamic People

    What happen to the post about the MP, the bottle of white rum, St. Peter, the devil and Heaven and Hell…………………..oh yeah, and lawyers?

  12. BFP

    Hello Dynamic People,

    That was a past post brought forward for a day. You can read it again here: A Barbados politician arrived in Heaven…

    Anytime you want to see a past article, you can search by date in Archives, or enter a keyword into the search box on top. In this case, “Devil” or “Heaven” would take you to the article.

    Cheers!

    Robert

  13. Fire Gline Clarke's ass!

    Allard is a “rich white boy” and Member of Parliament Gline Clarke says Barbados shouldn’t be doing business with “rich white boys”.

    Gline must have been smoking something that day or drinking but he said wat he want to say.

    Too bad he is a Member of Parliament and his party did not criticize him for his statement. NOTICE: Rich white boys stay away from Barbados because they don’t want to do business with rick white boys.

    What a f’ing idiot Gline Clarke is and what f’ing idiots the rest of Parliament are to not fire his ass.

  14. Anonymous

    Gline Clarke is not in Government, he is in the opposition. Which doesn’t the present government do something about Graeme Hall, don’t you think 4 years is a lot of time?

  15. just want to know

    Didn’t the DLP do the same thing with Taan, please me the difference?

  16. Smile then smack dem down

    Allard was welcomed to Barbados and his race didn’t matter because he had money. The minute that something went wrong between Allard and the government (whose fault I don’t know does anyone really?) Allard became a “WHITE BOY” in the parlance of Barbados and was attacked because he is white.

    There is the lesson for dealing with Barbados and many other Caribbean nations: when everything is going fine the government is happy to take your money, but if there is a problem it becomes racial because calliing “WHITE BOY” is a convenient way to not have to deal fairly with someone you want to take money from. Many WHITE BOYS thought they were “investing” in Barbados businesses, but when there is a dispute they are attacked for being WHITE BOYS and they run back to England or whereever wid their tails between their legs. Yelling WHITE BOYS is a way to get every black Bajan on your side. Allard is only one more RICH WHITE BOY victim.

  17. Howdy

    I view the moves by Allard to protect the KNox family as a champion of the oppressed. However, it seems there is a lot of ower mixed up in the oppression that happened to the Board, and if so his efforts came way too late, and the methods maybe didn;t sit too well policuically. I think it is a simple mind who thinks that once the law has got the better of your companies that you can change it, i have seen others get ripped off, and there is often no love between family members, where they sell each other out, Having said this I don’t know the Knox true company story, so i am an outsider looking in, and this eems to be very political with plenty of yardy action all throughout.

    Putting this aside, as it has nothing to do with Graeme Hall, I say do not attack me because what I say above may be wrong, consider how BARBADOS will be best served by this Graeme Hall area?

    Will we be best served by condos half started and unsold? Shall we place our trust in bankrupt CLICO? Or will we be best served by a nature sanctuary where Bajans and tourists can go for eco-happiness, and learn to do more for this wonderful island?

    How de razgate can we make Barbados a ore attractive place for our tourists, and when will we see what is truly best for where we are trying to go?

    I don;t care who Allard is, I want to see Barbados go up, I only love Barbados and it hurts me to see attacks on Barbados saying we are ‘finished’. We are not finished, we are just starting, and it is normal to have this discussion

  18. St George's Dragon

    I fully support sustaining Graeme Hall, wetlands and all, but a man who employs a private investigator to follow people around and steal and check the rubbish from their bins is not the sort of person who inspires confidence.
    Check the Court transcripts.

  19. Frightened to give real name in Bim

    Check the transcripts alright and you’ll find that there were death threats against Allard, the Knox family, the PI, the witnesses. The people who oppose the nature sanctuary threatened to murder Adrian Loveridge and to murder and rape his wife. They set his hotel on fire. An earlier witness called Nitin Amersey was threatened by the same people. They set his home on fire in Barbados and sent in the army with guns to steal his business. Partnering with the Barbados government is a deadly serious decision. Chief Justice Simmons had to admit in testimony that he burned relevant business records when the court dispute was ongoing.

    Allard left the island and hasn’t returned because of the death threats. The Barbados Police stopped the investigation of arson and death threats against Loveridge when Dr. Duguid admitted that some of the threats came from a computer at Barbados Parliament in the private lounge for the MPs.

    There’s lots of information in the court transcripts. Yes there is.

  20. Burned in Barbados

    Allard is not the first nor will he be the last good-hearted soul to get burned trying to do some good in the world, and he is certainly not the first nor the last victim of the greedy corrupt bastards who run Barbados. They wanted the Graeme Hall lands to build condos but they were nothing but a garbage dump until Allard cleaned and restored the natural area. Once he spent his millions to make it something to be proud of the greedy developers and their politician friends set about squeezing him out to take everything. They only did that after his investment though. Typical pattern.

    We wonder why we are having trouble getting new international investors and philanthropists to come to Barbados? Look no further than the record on the internet. Government can’t control the news getting out.

    Buy a condo, discover there are no laws to protect foreign buyers and then spend 20 years in court in Barbados paying for lawyers. TWENTY YEARS FOR A CONDO DISPUTE TO GO THROUGH BARBADOS COURT!!!!!!!!!!!

    Twenty years and there is still no law to regulate the condo industry and protect buyers from unscrupulous vendors and developers. Word is out, Barbados is a dangerous place to do business: Put your money in the international bank in Bim, that’s okay. Come for a holiday to have your offshore company board meeting. That’s okay. But actually INVEST in the country? Not a fucking chance.

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  22. clipto

    Peter Allard is not the first nor the last White Boy to be pocket picked in Bim. Trouble is, it is all on the internet and no hiding it. That was a bad decision by whoever decided to screw another foreigner.

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