Source - A casino magnate has resigned as CEO of Great Canadian Gaming Corp. after being busted with his wife for cutting in front of vulnerable, elderly indigenous people for a coronavirus vaccine.
Officials in Yukon said that Rodney Baker, 55, and his wife, 32-year-old aspiring actress Ekaterina Baker, allegedly flew to remote Beaver Creek to get the highly coveted vaccines. Once they arrived in the 100-resident indigenous community in Canada’s Yukon territory, the pair posed as motel workers to get the Moderna vaccine at a pop-up site reserved for elderly indigenous people and other vulnerable First Nation members.
Arriving in Whitehorse, Yukon, last Tuesday, the Vancouver couple were supposed to stay put for 14 days of self-isolation, CBC News reported. But they broke that promise and instead chartered a flight to Beaver Creek, about 280 miles northwest, near the Alaska border.
I don't know anything about Ron or Ekaterina Baker, but I love them. I love everything about them. The fact that they actually decided to charter a plane to a 100-resident indigenous community in the Yukon territory disguised as motel workers just to get the vaccine kills me. Like, this dude made $45.9 million dollars last year. Forty-five MILLION! You'd think they'd be able to get it without having to go through all that trouble. I don't know. Regardless, the Bakers are facing a maximum fine of $1000 each and up to six months in jail- the latter of which will never happen.
From NY Daily News:
The Bakers were charged last week under Yukon’s Civil Emergency Measures Act with failure to self-isolate, and failure to follow a declaration, CBC News reported. The maximum fine is $500 for each count, meaning they will each pay $1,000 Canadian, and up to six months in jail.
“We are deeply concerned by the actions of individuals who put our elders and vulnerable people at risk to jump the line for selfish purposes,” Chief Angela Demit of White River First Nation (WRFN) said Saturday in a statement obtained by Yukon News. “While we understand many want to have a vaccination immediately, it is not appropriate to skirt the rules put in place and approach our community in this way.
The casino's board of directors also put out a statment Monday after Baker stepped down...
“Great Canadian’s board of directors has no tolerance for actions that run counter to the company’s objectives and values,” said Chuck Keeling, the company’s vice-president of stakeholder relations, in a statement obtained by The Globe and Mail. “Any such actions whatsoever that run contrary to the company’s core values, that do not comply with GCGC’s strict compliance policies in regards to travel, and ensure that the company and its employees follow all health guidance and directions, will not be tolerated.”
What a story. The good news is, both Baker and his wife are vaccinated so they technically accomplished their goal. The bad news is it cost Rod his job, not that he needs the money. Best of luck to both of them. Hopefully he's able to scrape by once this is all said and done. Now here's a clip I couldn't stop thinking about as I writing this blog. Enjoy…