Statistics Canada says real gross domestic product grew 0.4 per cent in October, its sixth consecutive month of growth.
The increase followed growth of 0.8 per cent in September.
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Statistics Canada says its preliminary estimate for November indicates growth of 0.4 per cent for the month.
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B.C. couple accused of flying to Yukon to get vaccinated must wait for 2nd dose, ministry says – CBC.ca
A Vancouver couple who allegedly flouted COVID-19 rules and flew to Yukon to get the first doses of a vaccine will have to wait their turn for their second doses, says B.C.’s Ministry of Health.
Rodney Baker, 55, the now former president and CEO of the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, and Ekaterina Baker, a 32-year-old aspiring actress, are accused of breaking Yukon COVID-19 rules by chartering a plane to the small community of Beaver Creek, a community roughly 450 kilometres northwest of Whitehorse near the Alaska border
There, they took advantage of a mobile vaccination clinic that was administering the first doses of the Moderna vaccine to locals, claiming they were new employees at an area motel, according to Yukon Community Services Minister John Streicker.
Many in Yukon’s rural communities have been prioritized to receive vaccinations because they are hours away from medical care.
In a statement to CBC News, B.C.’s Ministry of Health said the couple will have to wait — like everyone else — until their eligible age category before receiving their second dose of the vaccine.
“There is no room in BC’s COVID-19 Immunization plan for people who deliberately put vulnerable populations at risk in order to receive their vaccine before the start of their eligibility group,” the statement read.
“As we move towards immunizing the general public … there will be clear processes in place to ensure people can verify their age and that they are currently living in BC.
“The pre-registration process will help ensure people wait their turn. The system will not allow people to book an appointment until their age category is eligible to pre-register for an appointment for the dose that they should be receiving.”
B.C.’s vaccine plan, which was announced on Friday, will focus on vaccinating high-risk and most elderly populations by April before reaching younger adults in the summer.
The goal is to vaccinate four million members of the general public against COVID-19 by September.
Currently, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends getting the second dose of the Moderna vaccine within 42 days of the first.
According to current plan, those aged between 59 and 30 — like the Bakers — will receive vaccines between July to September, well after 42 days from their first doses.
Vancouver couple accused of being COVID-19 vaccine tourists won’t be able to skip B.C. line – News 1130
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The wealthy Vancouver couple accused of flying to a remote Yukon town to get vaccinated against COVID-19 won’t be allowed to line up for a second shot in B.C. anytime soon.
Rod Baker and his wife, Ekaterina, reportedly flew from Vancouver, where they live, to the remote Yukon community of Beaver Creek, where they received the Moderna vaccine.
But according to a statement from the Ministry of Health, there won’t be any space made for the couple to get their required second shot in B.C.
“There is no room in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan for people who deliberately put vulnerable populations at risk in order to receive their vaccine before the start of their eligibility group,” reads the statement to NEWS 1130.
— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) January 27, 2021
Vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer require a second dose for full protection.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry didn’t indicate how long the couple would have to wait for their second shot as vaccines are in short supply.
“They should be ashamed of themselves,” Henry said Monday when asked about reports of the Bakers jumping the queue.
“They put a community at risk for their own benefit and that to me is appalling.”
The current plan for immunizing British Columbians against the virus won’t see the general population starting to get vaccinated until April. Even then, those at higher risk and those oldest will be immunized first, before the province works backwards in five-year increments until people 60 years and older are immunized.
Ministry of Health staff confirms there are clear processes in place to ensure people currently live in B.C. The pre-registration system also prevents people from booking an appointment before you are eligible –based on your age.
Following accusations of travel, Great Canadian Gaming confirmed Rod Baker was no longer with the company.
Tickets filed in a Whitehorse court show the 55-year-old man and his 32-year-old wife were each charged with failing to self-isolate for 14 days and failing to act in a manner consistent with their declarations upon arriving in Yukon.
The allegations against them have not been proven in court and the tickets indicate the couple can challenge them.
– With files from the Canadian Press and Denise Wong
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