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A husband and wife accused of flying to a remote Yukon community to receive doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in January have each pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the Act. civil emergency measures in the territory.
Rodney Baker, the former CEO of Great Canadian Gaming Corp., and Ekaterina Baker appeared remotely Wednesday in a Whitehorse courtroom to plead guilty to not self-isolating for 14 days and not acting in ‘in a manner consistent with their statements upon their arrival in Yukon.
The territorial court heard that the Vancouver couple chartered a plane to Beaver Creek, a small community near the Alaskan border, where they were vaccinated at a mobile clinic before returning to Whitehorse.
Law enforcement officers then intercepted the couple as they were queuing back to Vancouver and issued tickets to them.
Chief Justice Michael Cozens accepted a joint sentence submission, ordering the Baker to pay the maximum of $ 500 for each charge, a total of $ 1,000 each, plus a victim fine surcharge.
The court heard that the Baker’s each donated $ 5,000 to the global vaccine-sharing effort known as COVAX, while the judge encouraged the couple to offer their reparations directly to the Beaver community. Creek, home to the White River First Nation.