British Columbia couple charged with skipping COVID-19 vaccine queue by chartering plane to Yukon in court next month – fr

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British Columbia couple charged with skipping COVID-19 vaccine queue by chartering plane to Yukon in court next month – fr


VANCOUVER – A Vancouver couple accused of anticipating the deployment of the age-based vaccine in British Columbia by chartering a plane to the Yukon are due in court next month.

The pair had an appearance scheduled for Tuesday in the Northern Territory of Canada, but the case was adjourned until June 15.

This is the second time in a row that proceedings have been delayed as Rob Baker and his wife, Ekaterina, were scheduled to appear before a judge in a Whitehorse courtroom on May 4. At that time, the case was adjourned until May 18.

The couple did not show up in person.

The bakers were each charged under the territory’s Civil Emergency Measures Act.

It is alleged that Baker, the former CEO of Great Canadian Gaming, and his wife chartered a plane for the small community of Beaver Creek in January. Officials say they flew to the community to get their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which they weren’t eligible to receive in British Columbia at the time.

It is also alleged that they impersonated hotel workers, in order to qualify for the vaccine.

The bakers were arrested at the airport as they tried to leave.

Rob Baker, who made nearly $ 7 million at his job in 2019, resigned from the company days after the allegations were made public.

With files from APTN and the Canadian Press

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