WHITEHORSE – Charged with flying to a remote Yukon community to receive doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in January, a husband and wife have each pleaded guilty to two counts of offense to the law on civil emergency measures of the territory.
Rodney Baker, the former chief executive officer of the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, and his wife Ekaterina Baker, appeared remotely Wednesday in a courtroom in Whitehorse. They admitted that they failed to self-isolate for 14 days and did not act according to their statements when they arrived in the Yukon.
The Territorial Court heard that the Vancouver couple had 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 couple to pay the maximum of $ 500 for each charge, for a total of $ 1,000 each, plus a victim fine surcharge. The couple avoid prison.
Rodney and Ekaterina Baker told the court they each donated $ 5,000 to the vaccine-sharing program known as COVAX, while the judge encouraged the couple to offer their repairs directly to the community of Beaver. Creek, where the White River First Nation is located.
The man and woman declined the opportunity to address the court, but their lawyer said they apologized wholeheartedly and regretted the significant impact of their actions.