COVID-19: Unvaccinated nurses' clinic in Kamloops evicted by building owner - Vancouver Sun
Ezra Wellness in Kamloops says it's looking for support to find another place to operate.
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Nov 03, 2021 • 1 day ago • 3 minute read • 166 Comments
A private health clinic that was started by unvaccinated nurses last week in Kamloops has been evicted by the owner of the building.
In a Facebook post, Ezra Wellness in Kamloops says it’s looking for support to find another place to operate.
“If you have or know of some office space available, with like minded compassionate owners, please let me know so we can land and move forward peacefully,” Glenn Aalderink, the nurse who started the clinic, said in the post.
The post said when the provincial government ordered all health-care workers to be vaccinated, he “moved on” and created an alternative clinic.
“The landlord does not want us, we will move on and find an alternative. And they will suffer for the loss, not us,” said Aalderink.
The building is owned by Brendan Shaw of SRSN Ventures Ltd.
In an email, he said the commercial space is rented to a long-term tenant who subleased part of their space to a user-pay medical clinic without the permission of the owner.
“We have a no sublease clause in place and this is not an allowable option,” said Shaw.
“With each of our commercial tenants, we have a process we follow to vet and approve all tenants. Part of that due diligence process is to ensure all tenants are able to meet the legal, financial, and insurance covenants on the commercial space. Without having gone through this process and because we have a no sublease clause in place, we cannot reasonably give approval on a lease.”
Aalderink, who is a member of the Canadian Frontline Nurses, a controversial group that staged “freedom rallies” against vaccines and masks at hospitals, told local radio station CHNL last week that the clinic was started on a volunteer basis but that the plan was to eventually bring in a fee for clients accessing their medical and wellness advice.Glenn Aalderink at Ezra Wellness in Kamloops is one of a team of nurses who started the clinic on a volunteer basis when unvaccinated health-care workers were put on unpaid leave. Photo credit: Radio NL Photo by Radio NL /PNG
Messages left for Aalderink requesting an interview have not been returned.
In a statement, Interior Health said it does not oversee private clinics providing medical services, and that all clinics are required to comply with the B.C. Health Professionals Act.
The health authority said if clinics don’t comply it will report individuals involved to their respective professional regulating bodies, including the B.C. College of Nurses and Midwives for nurses and B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons for physicians.
The B.C. College of Nurses and Midwives acknowledge there are college members who participate, organize or agitate against public health orders in place to deal with COVID-19.
“We want to assure registrants and the public that we are working with our partners in the health-care system, including the Ministry of Health, and are taking steps to address such reports,” the college said in a statement Tuesday.
The college said it can and will take action against registrants who could bring the profession of nursing or midwifery into disrepute.
The B.C. Ministry of Health said late Wednesday that it is up to medical colleges to enforce their rules and that the ministry is working with the colleges to develop policies requiring vaccination as a condition of working in the field.
As of Wednesday, Aalderink is authorized to practise nursing, according to the college. His primary employer is listed as Royal Inland Hospital. The college does not comment on whether it is investigating a registrant but outcomes of any decisions are made public.
On Monday, B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry had some of her sternest words yet for unvaccinated health-care workers .
“If people are in our health-care system and not recognizing the importance of vaccination, then this is probably not the right profession for them, to be frank,” she said.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said B.C. hospitals are postponing some surgeries due to staffing shortages created by unvaccinated health-care workers who have been put on unpaid leave.
Dix said about 3,325 health-care workers across the province have not been immunized against COVID-19 and are in violation of the government’s proof-of-vaccination policy, which took effect last month.
— With files from The Canadian Press
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