UBC president Santa Ono says he flew to Baltimore in December to visit his sick mother

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      There's been another travel confession from a high-profile British Columbian.

      Today, UBC president Santa Ono said in a statement that he flew to Baltimore for four days after his mother was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

      "Since my mother and father, who is 93, live alone, I was concerned about their welfare," Ono said. "There is no one in my extended family who lives in Baltimore and was able to provide support for them."

      He declared that he self-quarantined for 14 days upon his return to Canada.

      "I carefully weighed the decision to travel and out of concern for my parents, made the decision to proceed with the trip," Ono said. "During my trip, I strictly followed COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines, including quarantine rules. I felt it was important to travel at that time. This trip was not a vacation."

      Ono's younger brother Ken is a mathematics professor at the University of Virginia. Ono's older brother, Moromo, is a professor of music in Omaha, Nebraska.

      The UBC president's revelation came after the director of UBC's School of Population and Public Health, Peter Berman, apologized for taking a vacation to Hawaii over the holidays. 

      In addition, the dean of medicine and vice president of health at UBC, Dr. Dermot Kelleher, also acknowledged that he travelled "home" to Ireland in early December. This was to address "serious personal and private matters".

      "I did not make this decision lightly," Kelleher said in a statement. "Further, I continued to work from my home in Ireland during this time.

      "As such, I have strictly followed both the Irish and Canadian government's COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines, including quarantine rules and very strict limits on social interactions." 

      Public health officials, including Dr. Theresa Tam and Dr. Bonnie Henry, have discouraged Canadians from taking nonessential international trips.

      Santa Ono was president of the University of Cincinnati when he observed the head coach, Tommy Tuberville, signing the final beam of a new football stadium.
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      Ono's ex-compatriot is now part of Sedition Caucus

      Ono is also the former president of the University of Cincinnati. He was appointed to this position on October 23, 2012 after serving as interim president over the previous two months.

      It means he once had a connection to a U.S. politician who's now part of the so-called "Sedition Caucus". Alabama senator Tommy Tuberville earned this moniker for opposing the will of the people in Arizona.

      Less than two months after Ono become president of the University of Cincinnati, it hired Tuberville as its new head football coach.

      According to USA Today, Tuberville collected total pay of $3,143,000 in 2013, ranking him 15th among the 126 head coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the NCAA.

      In the November 3 U.S. election, Tuberville defeated Democrat Doug Jones to become the new junior senator for Alabama.

      And yesterday, Tuberville was one of six senators who voted to sustain the objection against endorsing the Electoral College results for Arizona.

      It meant that Tuberville was not prepared to accept that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in the Grand Canyon state.

      This objection was defeated in a 93-6 vote.

       

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