A community leader said, “We are deeply concerned with the actions of individuals who put our elders and vulnerable people at risk for jumping the line for selfish purposes.”
The CEO of a casino company and his wife are facing charges after allegedly leasing an aircraft to a remote indigenous community in Canada, breaking segregation requirements, and receiving the coronovirus vaccine last week Is pretending to be a member of a vulnerable population.
Rodney Baker, 55, and Ekaterina Baker, 32, were charged with failure to self-immolate for 14 days upon entering the area under the Yukon Territory Civil Emergency Measures Act on January 21 and behaving in conformity with the declaration Failure. Upon entry, according to court documents provided to Buzzfeed News. They face a fine of $ 575 on each face.
As of Sunday, Rodney was the president and CEO of Great Canadian Gaming, where he earned millions in compensation. The company announced in a statement on Monday that it was “no longer affiliated in any way with the Great Canadian, and the company had not received any form of severance.” Ekaterina is an actor with credits Chick fight And the film Mel Gibson fat man. Her manager did not immediately respond to Buzzfeed News’ request for comment on Tuesday.
The couple was first identified by Yukon News, who reported on Monday that officers at a mobile vaccine clinic in Baker Creek in Bakers Creek had lied that they were workers at a local motel to receive the COVID-19 vaccine .
Beaver Creek is an isolated community near the Alaska border that is home to fewer than 125 people, many of them members of the White River First Nation. Local outlets reported that the couple traveled to the city of Whitehorse before taking a chartered plane to Bever Creek more than 200 miles away.
In Canada, vaccines are currently being preferred for remote and segregated Indigenous communities, healthcare workers, and long-term care facility residents and staff residents. According to the Yukon Government Immunization Plan, the appointments are currently open to all Beaver Creek residents 18 and older.
The White River First Nation has called for more severe punishments against the bakers, calling their actions “disregarding weak rules,” meaning protecting their vulnerable community during an epidemic.
“We are deeply concerned with the actions of individuals who have put our elders and vulnerable people at risk for jumping the line for selfish purposes,” the country’s head Angela Demitt said in a statement on Monday. “While we understand that many people want to be vaccinated immediately, skirting the rules imposed in this way and contacting our community in this way is not appropriate.”
Demitt said Beaver Creek was chosen to receive priority for vaccines due to its remniness, chronic and high-risk populations, and limited access to health facilities.
After receiving a dose of the vaccine, the couple asked if they could “get a lift to the airport,” a request that workers refused because they were busy vaccinating community members, Yukon’s community service minister , John Streaker said in a video clip shared by CBC News.
CEMA enforcement officers, who were told of the couple’s behavior, responded at Whitehorse airport, where they found Bakers boarding a flight to leave the northwestern area.
“[Officials] The couple were able to confirm that the couple had violated the area’s self-segregation requirements and were not following those declarations upon entering the area, “Streaker said in a statement to Buzzfeed News.” I am offended by this selfish behavior. And it is troubling that people would like to put fellow Canadians at risk in this way. “
He said that the incident has been reported to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The law enforcement agency told Buzzfeed News that it was looking into the case.
Meanwhile, British Columbia – where the bakers actually live – is on the verge of another spike in COVID-19 cases. The Provincial Health Officer of British Columbia, Dr. Bonnie Henry said the couple should be “embarrassed” to put the small community of Beaver Creek at risk.
“I’m very sad and disappointed that people will do this, but I’m also glad to know that most people in Canada and BC don’t think so and know that we have to protect those who are the weakest.” Which they support, ”Henry said.