Great Canadian Gaming’s (GCG’s) former CEO Rod Baker and his aspiring-actor wife Ekaterina were recently slapped with a fine of $2,300 for breaking quarantine rules in Yukon, Canada.
On 12th of January this year, 55-year old Baker and 32-year-old Ekaterina traveled to a remote Yukon vaccination clinic and allegedly bluffed their way to the front of the line by claiming that they were hotel workers and therefore eligible for a jab.
The story made headlines around the globe, and Baker quit as CEO of Great Canadian Gaming just a few days after the story broke. However, some reports suggested that his resignation had already been in the cards as the company’s shareholders had approved a $1.9 billion takeover by private equity firm Apollo Global Management.
The wealthy couple was severely criticized for bluffing their way to the front of the line in the White River First Nation community. The village, the North American country’s westernmost community, was among the first in the country to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The remoteness of Beaver Creek means that members of the community who fall seriously ill have to travel hundreds of miles to get treated.
In January, the Bakers flew from Vancouver to Yukon capitol Whitehorse, and chartered a flight to an airstrip around a mile outside Beaver Creek. The village is situated at a stone’s throw from the border of Alaska. Many argued that the couple sitting on a huge pile of wealth should not have received the jabs at the cost of the remote community.
Janet VanderMeer, a member of the White Creek First Nation community, said he had waited in the queue for a vaccine for her elderly mother on the very day when the Bakers bluffed their way to get the jabs first.
In an impact statement, VanderMeer suggested the defendants that they should educate themselves. He said, “You should educate yourself on First Nations people and small communities. Educate yourself.”
Baker and Ekaterina recently appeared in the Yukon Territorial Court via a video link and pleaded guilty to multiple charges under the Civil Emergency Measure of the province. They admitted that they failed to self-isolate for two weeks on arrival in the Yukon. The judge eventually fined the couple $2,300, which was the maximum fine the judge could impose.