Great Canadian Gaming Leader's Resignation Shocks Gambling Industry

Daniel Fowler
January 27, 2021

Canadian media outlets have identified the couple as casino executive Rodney Baker, 55, and his wife, Ekaterina Baker, a 32-year-old actress whose recent credits include the 2020 films "Fatman" and "Chick Fight". Baker had served as Great Canadian's CEO since 2011.

Rodney was the head of the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, which runs racetracks and casinos across the country until he resigned on Sunday.

Both Baker and his wife Ekaterina have been charged for violating Yukon's Civil Emergency Measures Act, having travelled to the community of Beaver Creek just two days after arriving in Whitehorse, Yukon's capital city.

The maximum fine under the emergency measures act is $500, and up to six months in jail.

They were fined $1,150 each, Yukon News reported.

"But I'm also heartened to know that the vast majority of people in Canada and in B.C.do not think that way, and I know that the approach that we have taken to protect those who are most vulnerable is one that they support".

"Our overriding focus as a company is doing everything we can to contribute to the containment of COVID-19", he said.

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Yukon News reports they allegedly claimed to be local motel workers.

A spokesman for the Yukon government said it would implement new requirements for proving residency in the territory.

"I am outraged by this selfish behaviour, and find it disturbing that people would choose to put fellow Canadians at risk in this manner", Streicker said.

The White River First Nation condemned the couple's alleged actions, and are asking for more harsh penalties against them.

"As a company, Great Canadian takes health and safety protocols extremely seriously, and our company strictly follows all directives and guidance issued by public health authorities in each jurisdiction where we operate", said Chuck Keeling, executive vice president of stakeholder relations and responsible gaming, in an emailed statement. "WRFN was selected for vaccines given our remoteness, elderly and high-risk population, as well as limited access to health care", said Chief Demit said in a. statement.

Great Canadian shareholders voted to approval the deal late previous year and the Supreme Court of British Columbia has also signed off on the investment fund's takeover offer.

The gaming company is expected to be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange after the deal is finalized in the second quarter of 2021, as long as regulatory and closing conditions come through.

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