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Casino Mogul Charged After Getting COVID-19 Vaccine Meant For Indigenous Locals

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<img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/60133f722000003100c6c6b3.jpeg?ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="Rodney and Ekaterina Baker are seen here in an undated Facebook photo. The 55-year-old man and his 32-year-old wife were charged in Yukon for failing to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the territory." data-caption="Rodney and Ekaterina Baker are seen here in an undated Facebook photo. The 55-year-old man and his 32-year-old wife were charged in Yukon for failing to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the territory." data-rich-caption="Rodney and Ekaterina Baker are seen here in an undated Facebook photo. The 55-year-old man and his 32-year-old wife were charged in Yukon for failing to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the territory." data-credit="" data-credit-link-back=""><div class="content-list-component text"><p>A Canadian casino mogul and his aspiring actor wife have been charged after they allegedly posed as motel workers to receive <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/news/topic/covid-19" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">COVID-19</a> vaccine doses intended for <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/topic/indigenous-people" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Indigenous </a>residents.</p><p>Rodney Baker, 55, resigned as CEO of the Great Canadian Gaming Corp. on Sunday after being accused with his wife, Ekaterina Baker, 32, of <a href="https://yukon.ca/en/cema-report" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">violating Yukon’s Civil Emergency Measures Act.</a></p><p>This followed the Vancouver couple allegedly breaking a mandatory 14-day self-isolation that they agreed to upon flying into the Whitehorse airport on Jan. 19. Just two days later, on Jan. 21, they chartered a plane to the small community of Beaver Creek, which is roughly 270 miles northwest along the Alaska border. There, they allegedly identified themselves at a mobile vaccine clinic as new employees at a local motel in order to qualify for the coronavirus vaccine, the <a href="https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/great-canadian-gaming-ceo-yukon-covid-vaccines-1.5886734" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported</a> citing local officials.</p><p>The couple allegedly then traveled back to the Whitehorse airport, where they were intercepted by Yukon Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) officers for questioning.</p></div><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/60103b4d2500000a191d5f27.jpeg?ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="The couple are accused of flying into the Whitehorse International Airport in Yukon, Canada, and then violating a 14-day mandatory self-isolation by flying to a small community northwest where they obtained vaccine doses intended for rural residents." data-caption="The couple are accused of flying into the Whitehorse International Airport in Yukon, Canada, and then violating a 14-day mandatory self-isolation by flying to a small community northwest where they obtained vaccine doses intended for rural residents." data-rich-caption="The couple are accused of flying into the Whitehorse International Airport in Yukon, Canada, and then violating a 14-day mandatory self-isolation by flying to a small community northwest where they obtained vaccine doses intended for rural residents." data-credit="Matthew Roberge via Getty Images" data-credit-link-back=""><div class="content-list-component text"><p>“Effectively what they did was they put our community and our isolation team at risk,” Yukon Community Services Minister John Streicker <a href="https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/non-yukon-residents-covid-19-vaccine-1.5884275" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">told the CBC.</a> “I’m pretty angry at the whole thing.”</p><p>Yukon’s rural and remote communities have been <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/immunization/national-advisory-committee-on-immunization-naci/guidance-key-populations-early-covid-19-immunization.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">given vaccine priority</a> due to the residents having limited access to health care. These residents include members of the Yukon First Nation.</p><p>Anyone found to have<a href="https://legislation.yukon.ca/acts/ciemme.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> violated Yukon’s CEMA faces</a> a maximum fine of $500 and/or up to six months in prison.</p><p>The White River First Nation, whose main population is in Beaver Creek, condemned the couple’s actions in a<a href="https://www.facebook.com/White-River-First-Nation-145131578917905/photos/pcb.3588385377925824/3588385011259194" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> statement on Facebook</a> Monday and called for them to face a more serious penalty in order to discourage similar behaviour.</p></div><!-- start relEntries --><div class="related-entries related-entries--list yr-related-entries"><h3 class="related-entries__head">Related...</h3><ul class="related-entries__list"><li class="related-entries__list__item yr-related-entry"><a class="related-entries__title entry__link--omit yr-card-headline" href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/chris-hemsworth-slams-australia-day_au_60107e38c5b61cb9534f3047?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Chris Hemsworth Slams Australia Day: ‘It Signifies Abuse’ Of First Nations Australians"> Chris Hemsworth Slams Australia Day: ‘It Signifies Abuse’ Of First Nations Australians </a></li><li class="related-entries__list__item yr-related-entry"><a class="related-entries__title entry__link--omit yr-card-headline" href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/serena-williams-gives-insight-on-australias-insane-mandatory-hotel-quarantine_au_6011dfdfc5b6b8719d8985ed?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Serena Williams Reveals What It's Really Like Inside Australia’s ‘Insane’ Hotel Quarantine"> Serena Williams Reveals What It's Really Like Inside Australia’s ‘Insane’ Hotel Quarantine </a></li><li class="related-entries__list__item yr-related-entry"><a class="related-entries__title entry__link--omit yr-card-headline" href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/why-2021-is-the-year-to-acknowledge-so-called-australia-day-for-what-it-is_au_600a487ec5b6a0d83a19f190?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Why 2021 Is The Year To Acknowledge Australia Day For What It Really Is"> Why 2021 Is The Year To Acknowledge Australia Day For What It Really Is </a></li></ul></div><!-- end relEntries --><div class="content-list-component text"><p>“We are deeply concerned by the actions of individuals who put or elders and vulnerable people at risk to jump the line for selfish purposes,” Chief Angela Demit said. “WRFN was selected for vaccines given our remoteness, elderly and high-risk population, as well as limited access to health care.”</p><p>According to Yukon News reporter Haley Ritchie, Ekaterina Baker <a href="https://twitter.com/hyritchie/status/1353785251106074625" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">had publicly posted on Instagram </a>about staying home, quarantining and keeping communities safe during the pandemic, suggesting that the couple were aware of the implications of their actions. 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Rodney and Ekaterina Baker are seen here in an undated Facebook photo. The 55-year-old man and his 32-year-old wife were charged in Yukon for failing to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the territory.

A Canadian casino mogul and his aspiring actor wife have been charged after they allegedly posed as motel workers to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses intended for Indigenous residents.

Rodney Baker, 55, resigned as CEO of the Great Canadian Gaming Corp. on Sunday after being accused with his wife, Ekaterina Baker, 32, of violating Yukon’s Civil Emergency Measures Act.

This followed the Vancouver couple allegedly breaking a mandatory 14-day self-isolation that they agreed to upon flying into the Whitehorse airport on Jan. 19. Just two days later, on Jan. 21, they chartered a plane to the small community of Beaver Creek, which is roughly 270 miles northwest along the Alaska border. There, they allegedly identified themselves at a mobile vaccine clinic as new employees at a local motel in order to qualify for the coronavirus vaccine, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported citing local officials.

The couple allegedly then traveled back to the Whitehorse airport, where they were intercepted by Yukon Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) officers for questioning.

The couple are accused of flying into the Whitehorse International Airport in Yukon, Canada, and then violating a 14-day mandatory self-isolation by flying to a small community northwest where they obtained vaccine doses intended for rural residents.

“Effectively what they did was they put our community and our isolation team at risk,” Yukon Community Services Minister John Streicker told the CBC. “I’m pretty angry at the whole thing.”

Yukon’s rural and remote communities have been given vaccine priority due to the residents having limited access to health care. These residents include members of the Yukon First Nation.

Anyone found to have violated Yukon’s CEMA faces a maximum fine of $500 and/or up to six months in prison.

The White River First Nation, whose main population is in Beaver Creek, condemned the couple’s actions in a statement on Facebook Monday and called for them to face a more serious penalty in order to discourage similar behaviour.

“We are deeply concerned by the actions of individuals who put or elders and vulnerable people at risk to jump the line for selfish purposes,” Chief Angela Demit said. “WRFN was selected for vaccines given our remoteness, elderly and high-risk population, as well as limited access to health care.”

According to Yukon News reporter Haley Ritchie, Ekaterina Baker had publicly posted on Instagram about staying home, quarantining and keeping communities safe during the pandemic, suggesting that the couple were aware of the implications of their actions. Her Instagram account has since been deactivated. 

The Bakers could not be immediately reached for comment.


 

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/casino-mogul-charged-after-getting-covid-19-vaccine-meant-for-indigenous-locals_au_601337b9c5b63b0fb27f4e01

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