Great Canadian Gaming CEO resigns after flying from Vancouver to Yukon with wife for COVID-19 vaccinations

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      A Vancouver couple previously reported to have broken COVID-19 rules to obtain the vaccine in the Yukon have been identified.

      Several news reports have named the couple as 55-year-old Rodney Baker, the now-former head of the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, and 32-year-old actor Ekaterina Baker (Chick Fight, Fatman), who reportedly flew to Whitehorse, Yukon, on January 19.

      However, instead of remaining in self-isolation for the mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon arrival, the couple flew to Beaver Creek where they received the Moderna vaccine.

      White River First Nation released a statement to express concern that the actions of the couple have consequently placed others in their community at risk. The community was selected for vaccinations due to its remote location, elderly and high-risk residents, and limited access to healthcare.

      The two individuals have each been charged with failure to self-isolate and failure to follow a declaration, each of which is a maximum fine of $500, up to six months in jail, or both.

      The Great Canadian Gaming Corporation announced today (January 25) that Rodney Baker stepped down as president and chief executive of the company, and has also resigned as a member of its board of directors. 

      Baker has been CEO of the company since October 2011 and president since January 2010. The company is in the midst of being acquired by a fund affiliated with Apollo Global Management.

      All casinos, gaming centres, and bingo halls in British Columbia have remained closed since B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry ordered them to close on March 16, 2020.

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