The Daily Courier

Couple accused of flying to Yukon for vaccine ‘despicable’


VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s public safety minister says a Vancouver couple accused of flying to Yukon to get a COVID19 vaccine is one of the most “despicable” things he’s heard in a long time.

Mike Farnworth says the alleged actions of former Great Canadian Gaming Corp. CEO Rodney Baker and his wife Ekaterina Baker show a “complete lack of any sort of ethical or moral compass.”

Tickets filed in a Whitehorse court show the 55-year-old man and his 32-year-old wife were each charged with failing to self-isolate for 14 days and failing to act in a manner consistent with their declaratio­ns upon arriving in Yukon.

The allegation­s against them have not been proven in court and the tickets indicate the couple can challenge them.

Ekaterina Baker did not immediatel­y respond to calls and emails requesting comment while Rodney Baker did not immediatel­y return a request for comment sent to Great Canadian Gaming, which accepted his resignatio­n Sunday.

Farnworth said the couple paid a “pretty high price,” with Rodney Baker losing what the minister described as a “$10-million-a-year job.”

An informatio­n circular published by Great Canadian Gaming in March 2020 says Baker earned a total of about $6.7 million in compensati­on from the company in 2019.

The tickets were issued on Thursday under Yukon’s Civil Emergency Measures Act and both people face fines of $1,000, plus fees.

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