The Father Daughter Dance at West Vancouver country club Hollyburn is usually a fairly tame affair, where the city’s well-to-do dress up, eat steak, and dance with their little girls in a tony family friendly setting where everyone is home by bed time.

Production-wise, it’s quite the show. Hollyburn doesn’t do anything by halves, so the event stops barely short of being a magic castle fairyland.

This past Friday’s event started like most of the previous ones, with hundreds of princesses and daddies, gowns and taffeta, glitter and song.

It ended with something different as Bridgemark scandal profiteer Anthony Jackson was cornered at the bar, heckled, and a physical altercation broke out.

According to several people who claimed to have been feet away from the action, Jackson and associate Abeir Haddad were collared by a pair of local brothers who took umbrage at their continuing presence in polite society while Jackson is accused of securities fraud. Haddad, who had previously been wrapped up in the Bridgemark proceedings, was exonerated some months ago.

According to multiple reports, Jackson and Haddad, predictably, took umbrage at the approach – made in front of their daughters.

According to Haddad, who was asked for a quote and clarification through a third party but preferred to send one through his lawyers by way of a cease and desist letter;

  • It is false that “all hell broke loose” [as described in an earlier version of this story] when Mr. Jackson and our client arrived at the Hollyburn Father Daughter Ball. At the end of the evening, Mr. Jackson, Mr. Haddad and two other individuals were at the bar meeting for a drink before going home when two other individuals, who appeared extremely intoxicated, approached Mr. Jackson and Mr. Haddad and started yelling obscene comments about their families.
  • It is false that “this year’s event erupted into a literal streetlight”. After the two intoxicated individuals approached Mr. Haddad and Mr. Jackson, Mr. Haddad tried to deescalate the situation by asking everyone to move outside so as to avoid upsetting the surrounding children. Once outside, there was absolutely no physical altercation between any of the individuals and any statement to the contrary is categorically false.
  • As mentioned above, it is false that any person became physical or attempted to physically harm another person. At no time were any “fists swinging”. Furthermore, it is also false that Mr. Jackson and Mr. Haddad’s daughters were present. As stated above, Mr. Haddad, in an attempt to shield his daughter from the two intoxicated individuals’ obscene remarks, moved outside and away from the children.

Giving Haddad the benefit of the doubt on specifics, this story isn’t about who won a fight, or whether a fight was actually a fight, it’s about the lasting legacy of the Bridgemark affair, and how those touched by it, even in a minor way, continue to feel its effects, even in places that should be neutral ground.

Jackson, who remains under investigation, has not had a great year.

Starting in January 2018 these companies, their executives and the more than two-dozen supposed consultants — including many members of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia — are alleged to have entered into phony consulting agreements. The companies collectively issued tens of millions of dollars worth of shares to the consultants via private placements (sales of shares) while simultaneously entering into contracts for services that were never rendered, the BCSC alleges. The consultants then offloaded their newly acquired free-trading shares on the exchanges, to unwitting retail investors.

Dozens of companies, such as Beleave (BE.C), Abattis (ATT.C), Affinor Growers (AFI.C) and Citation Growth Corp (CGRO.C – formerly Liht and Marapharm), were involved in the deals in question.

Shortly after the investigation went public, Jackson’s wife purchased this $16m West Vancouver mansion.

An earlier version of this story stated Haddad was under investigation for the Bridgemark scandal. Equity.Guru would like to clarify he is no longer under investigation and was never specifically accused of ‘large scale fraud.’ Which is fair and accurate.

— Chris Parry

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Chris Parry

A multi-Webster Award winner for excellence in BC journalism, Parry is the founder and publisher of Equity.Guru, which he built with the specific plan to blend old school reporting with stock promotion, in a way that puts the emphasis on truth, high standards, and ethics. Parry is a veteran of TV, radio, and print, and consults with public companies to help them figure out their storylines, lay down achievable milestones, and improve their communication with shareholders, while also posting regular deep dive analysis of companies in the public spotlight.

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