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Outrage over rich couple’s alleged vaccine queue-jumping trip to Indigenous community

Yukon’s community services minister, John Streicker, has alleged the couple flew last week in a chartered plane to Beaver Creek, where they posed as visiting hotel workers and received shots of a coronavirus vaccine at a mobile clinic.

Actress Ekaterina Baker lists ‘Fatman’, which starred Mel Gibson, on her credits.

Actress Ekaterina Baker lists ‘Fatman’, which starred Mel Gibson, on her credits.

Streicker said that he was outraged and that members of White River First Nation in Beaver Creek felt violated.

The community was given priority to receive the vaccines because of its remoteness, an elderly population and limited access to healthcare, White River Chief Angela Demit said.

“There is nothing more un-Canadian than going to another jurisdiction to jump the line because you have the means to do so,” British Columbia Premier John Horgan said.

The Solicitor-General for British Columbia, Mike Farnworth, also criticised the Bakers. “It shows a complete lack of any sort of ethical or moral compass,” he said.

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Tickets filed in a Yukon court indicate that Miller, 55, and his wife, 32, were each charged with one count of failing to self-isolate for 14 days and one count of failing to act in a manner consistent with their declarations upon arriving in Yukon. The allegations against them have not been proven in court and the tickets indicate the couple can challenge them.

Ekaterina Baker did not immediately respond to calls and emails requesting comment. An attempt was made to speak to Rodney Baker through a request to Great Canadian Gaming, which accepted his resignation.

An information circular published by Great Canadian Gaming in March said Baker earned a total of about C$6.7 million in compensation from the company in 2019.

The company owns and operates more than 20 casinos in British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Baker became president in 2010 and CEO the following year.

A spokesman, Chuck Keeling, said the company did not comment on personnel matters.

Ekaterina Baker is an actress who had small roles this year in Chick Fight starring Malin Akerman and Bella Thorne, and Fatman, which starred Mel Gibson as a rowdy, unorthodox Santa Claus, according to her IMDB Pro page. The biography on the page describes her as a European-born actress who is now based in Canada.

AP

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