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Couple accused of flying to Yukon for vaccine 'despicable': B.C. minister

BY The Canadian Press, Jan 26, 2021 2:33 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth speaks to media about how non-medical cannabis will be regulated in the province during a news conference in the press gallery at the legislature in Victoria on Monday February 5, 2018. Farnworth says a Vancouver couple accused of flying to the Yukon to get the COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most "despicable" things he's heard in a long time. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says the alleged actions of a BC couple accused of trying to jump the COVID-19 vaccination queue show a "complete lack of any sort of ethical or moral compass."

Farnworth says the matter is "one of the most despicable things he's heard in a long time," but he notes that the former Great Canadian Gaming CEO Rodney Baker has paid a high price in losing what he says is a "10-million-dollar-a-year job."

Baker, who's 55, and his 32-year-old wife Ekaterina Baker, are accused of flying to the Yukon, violating self-isolation rules and getting a COVID-19 vaccination shot at a remote community near the Alaska border.

Both were ticketed for the alleged infractions.

The claims against them have not been proven in court and the tickets indicate the Bakers can challenge the details.

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