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Vancouver CEO and actress charged after flying 2,200 km to sneak into COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Yukon

Rod Baker and Ekaterina Baker. Photo by Facebook

A former CEO of a Canadian gaming and hospitality company and his actress wife have been charged after allegedly chartering a plane to sneak into a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in a remote Yukon community about 2,200 kilometres from their Vancouver home.

Yukon News reported that Rod Baker, 55, and his wife Ekaterina Baker, 32, were charged in Whitehorse on Jan. 21, 2021 under the territory’s Civil Emergency Measures Act.

Yukon News reported the couple apparently travelled from their home in downtown Vancouver to Whitehorse and then chartered a private plane to fly another approximately 450 km northwest to Beaver Creek, an isolated community of about 100 people.

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After going weeks with no COVID cases, Nunavut community sees new infections

Iqaluit, Nunavut, is shown after 2 p.m. sunset on Nov. 24, 2020. Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The centre of Nunavut’s COVID-19 outbreak is now facing a second outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Last week, Arviat, a community of about 2,800, reported its first new case since Dec. 28.

With cases spiking over the weekend, the community, which had been COVID-free since Jan. 2, now has 17 active cases of COVID-19.

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Nearly half of Canadians know someone who has been infected with COVID-19, poll suggests

A patient is wheeled into a hospital by ambulance workers in Montreal, on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Photo by Paul Chiasson /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Around half of Canada personally knows someone who has been infected with COVID-19, a new poll suggests, as the past year has seen the novel coronavirus go from being a distant concern to an ongoing domestic crisis.

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