January 29, 2021 Casino, Legal, Land-Based

Former Great Canadian CEO, wife face possible jail time after breaking public health rules

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Former Great Canadian Gaming Corporation CEO Rod Baker and his wife are now facing possible jail time for breaking public health rules in a ploy to receive Covid-19 vaccination.

Baker resigned from his role as CEO on Monday after news broke that he and his wife, Ekaterina Baker, visited the remote town of Beaver Creek, two days after flying on a chartered plane to Whitehorse, the capital city of Yukon. 

The Yukon community services minister has served a notice to the couple to appear in court, where if convicted, they could serve up to a six-month jail sentence. 

The couple violated Yukon’s 14-day self-isolation policy by visiting Beaver Creek, where they posed as motel workers to receive the Moderna vaccine. 

Yukon minister John Streicker told reporters Wednesday, “I have to say I’m outraged by this selfish behavior. All of us as Yukoners are outraged. I find it disturbing that people would choose to put fellow Canadians at risk in this manner.” 

Following Baker’s resignation, Great Canadian appointed the operator’s chief compliance officer Terrance Doyle to the CEO position on a temporary basis. 

The internal turmoil comes as Great Canadian prepares to complete a $2bn takeover from Apollo Global Management Inc.. As Gambling Insider previously reported, the transaction is pending regulatory approval but should be completed by Q2 2021. 

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