COVID-19: Unvaccinated nurse clinic in Kamloops thrown out by building owner

Ezra Wellness in Kamloops says it is looking for support to find another place to operate.

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A private health clinic started by unvaccinated nurses last week in Kamloops has been thrown out by the owner of the building.

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In a Facebook post, Ezra Wellness in Kamloops says it is looking for support to find another place to operate.

“If you have or know of any vacant office space with like-minded compassionate owners, let me know so we can land and move on peacefully,” said Glenn Aalderink, the nurse who started the clinic, in the post.

The Post said that when the provincial government ordered all health workers to be vaccinated, he “went ahead” and set up an alternative clinic.

“The landlord does not want us, we go ahead and find an alternative. And they will suffer for the loss, not us, ”Aalderink said.

The building is owned by Brendan Shaw of SRSN Ventures Ltd.

In an email, he said the commercial space is leased to a long-term tenant who sublet part of their space to a user-paid medical clinic without permission from the owner.

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“We have a no sublease clause in place and this is not a permissible option,” Shaw said.

“With each of our commercial tenants, we have a process we follow to vet and approve all tenants. Part of this due diligence process is to ensure that all tenants are able to meet the legal, financial and insurance obligations in the commercial area. Without going through this process, and because we have no sublease clause in place, we cannot reasonably approve a lease. “

Aalderink, who is a member of Canadian Frontline Nurses, a controversial group that organized “freedom meetings” against vaccines and masks in hospitals, told local radio station CHNL last week that the clinic was started on a voluntary basis, but that the plan was to eventually bring in a fee for clients who have access to their medical and wellness advice.

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Glenn Aalderink at Ezra Wellness in Kamloops is one of a team of nurses who started the clinic on a voluntary basis when unvaccinated health workers were put on unpaid leave.  Image credit: Radio NL
Glenn Aalderink at Ezra Wellness in Kamloops is one of a team of nurses who started the clinic on a voluntary basis when unvaccinated health workers were put on unpaid leave. Image credit: Radio NL Photo by Radio NL /PNG

Messages left to 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 BC Health Professionals Act.

The health authority said that if clinics do not comply, they will report involved individuals to their respective professional regulatory bodies, including the BC College of Nurses and Midwives for Nurses and the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons for Physicians.

The BC College of Nurses and Midwives recognizes that there are college members participating, organizing, or agitating against public health orders that are in place to handle COVID-19.

“We want to reassure 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.

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The college said it can and will take action against registrants who could bring the profession of nurse or midwife into disrepute.

From Wednesday, Aalderink is authorized to practice nursing, the folk high school informs. His primary employer is listed as Royal Inland Hospital. The College does not comment on whether it is investigating a registrant, but the results of any decisions are made public.

On Monday, BC’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry some of his harshest words to date for unvaccinated health workers.

“If people are in our healthcare system and do not recognize the importance of vaccination, then this is probably not the right profession for them, to be honest,” she said.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said BC hospitals are postponing some surgeries due to staff shortages created by unvaccinated health workers who have been put on unpaid leave.

Dix said about 3,325 health workers across the province have not been immunized against COVID-19 and are in violation of the government’s proof-of-vaccination policy, which went into effect last month.

– With files from The Canadian Press

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