Kamloops, a farm owner in BC, was criticized by the provincial solicitor general for refusing to accept an international traveler who had been vaccinated.
It is run by Liz Mitten Ryan, owner of the Equity Ranch in Kamloops in the central interior of the province. He told CBC News that he had exclusively served international travelers, including in the UK, Switzerland and Australia.
In a report published in The Guardian on Thursday, the prospective traveler, known as JW York, said he had booked a $ 3,200 retreat (£ 2,000) with Ryan in May 2020, but the trip was canceled due to locks and other infection controls.
According to York, they were recently told that they would no longer be welcome in Equality because they had been fully vaccinated against Govt-19 – and that they would not be able to get a refund due to farm policy.
Ryan confirmed that the hosts have a “no wax” policy on the farm, even with international travelers. Be fully vaccinated Enter Canada. The Guardian article quoted him as saying that vaccines are “life-saving tools” that can be transmitted to animals.
The entire episode was called “atrocity” by BC Solicitor General Mike Farnworth.
“I have asked my ministry and the consumer protection branch to look into this,” he told CBC News.
“This is wrong. You want to subscribe to a wake job conspiracy theory. It’s your business. But you do not tear people up like this. It’s unethical.”
The owner’s husband says the money can be refunded
In a statement, Kevin Ryan – Liz Ryan’s husband – said the farm would eventually get the money back to customers.
“For personal reasons this summer, [Liz] The report states, “We do not consider it necessary to comment on such fabrications.”
“Due to the current public interest in this situation and the informed discussions that followed, she now realizes that this deposit is valid and, in this case, must be withdrawn in accordance with the stated terms.”
Ryan told CBC News that all deposits “in the same condition” would be refunded by the end of the month.
EquineCity says on its website that it offers hosts a “unique journey” to discover “true healing” through meditation, horseback riding and other activities. Ryan says his wife has been running the company for more than 15 years.
Their price guide shows that individual hosts can expect to pay $ 2,800 for an eight-day retreat, while couples can expect to pay $ 2,400 each.
Prior to her husband’s report on the refund, Liz Ryan advised any vaccinated traveler to sell their booking. He said his farm had been closed for two years due to border restrictions, which was the longest of his career.
Farnworth told CBC News that Equality’s position against vaccinated travelers would create a bad impression of the province for international travelers.
“It sends a terrible message regarding tourism in British Columbia and Canada,” he said. “Because, let’s face it, the one who made this trip is now going to say to their friend … ‘Why do you want to come here?’
Farnworth said his staff would inquire if any Govt relief funds were available on the farm, and that the farm would not qualify under any circumstances, given the needs placed on vaccinated travelers.
“I don’t think this is particularly good business practice,” he said.