The president of the Public Health Agency of Canada says it’s “unacceptable” that one of many company’s managers ignored recommendation and vacationed in Jamaica final fall.
Iain Stewart mentioned that though the journey taken by Dominique Baker in November was not associated to her work for the federal company, its staff are anticipated to heed public well being recommendation to not journey.
Baker has now eliminated a weblog put up from her private type weblog and movies from her Instagram account about an all-expenses paid journey she took to an costly resort in Montego Bay in November.
Her bosses have been alerted to the journey simply as a collection of tales emerged about politicians and well being officers ignoring the warning to not journey whereas the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage.
Baker is the supervisor of the workplace of border and journey well being — a Public Health Agency of Canada program tasked with retaining communicable ailments out of Canada and decreasing public well being dangers to travellers.
Baker has not responded to an e mail requesting remark.
Her journey was paid for by Air Canada Vacations as a part of its work hiring social media “influencers” to advertise their excursions. The November 24 weblog put up Baker printed concerning the journey is not on-line.
The federal public well being company “takes these matters very seriously,” Stewart mentioned.
“PHAC has consistently told Canadians they should avoid travel during the pandemic,” he mentioned. “To have employees disregard this travel advice is unacceptable. As a general principle, we expect PHAC employees to encourage Canadians to follow public health advice, not to engage in non-essential travel.”
He mentioned the company grew to become conscious of the journey after pictures have been posted on social media as a part of a marketing campaign to advertise worldwide holidays.
“When the situation was brought to PHAC’s attention, the matter was acted upon immediately and a review was initiated. We will not comment further to respect the employee’s privacy.”
Baker’s movies included an outline of what it was wish to fly through the pandemic, and the precautions taken by the airline and the lodge to maintain individuals secure.
Stewart additionally was requested whether or not there was an moral difficulty with an worker accepting a free journey. He mentioned the company has a Values and Ethics Code which requires staff to declare any “real, potential or apparent” battle of curiosity.
Stewart didn’t say if Baker is being disciplined for the journey, or if she declared any battle associated to it.
In the final two weeks, the checklist of federal and provincial politicians and well being officers whose worldwide holidays have gone public has grown lengthy. Several MPs and provincial legislature members and staffers have been demoted from cupboard or have misplaced roles on committees and as cupboard aides consequently.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed frustration earlier this week about Canadian politicians who have been failing to guide by instance and ignoring the request to not journey internationally.
Canada’s border is closed to non-essential travellers, however there’s nothing stopping Canadians from leaving if they need. Canada can not cease Canadians from returning, although they have to quarantine for 2 weeks upon their arrival again in Canada.
As of Tuesday, all worldwide travellers coming to Canada should present proof of a unfavourable COVID-19 check however nonetheless should quarantine upon arrival.
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc mentioned Tuesday Canada doesn’t wish to be a part of the small checklist of nations that require residents to get permission earlier than leaving the nation, however he mentioned something that helps persuade Canadians to not journey proper now’s “something we’re prepared to look at.”