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BC Family Faces Eviction From Ronald McDonald House Due to Vaccination Policy

A Kelowna family is facing eviction from a Ronald McDonald House facility in Vancouver after it abruptly introduced requirements that all guests need to have COVID-19 vaccination. Austin Furgason and his wife Lindsay have been staying at the facility run by the Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon (RMHBC) since October while their son undergoes treatment for his recently diagnosed acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In a letter issued on Jan. 10, Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon (RMHBC) said that “everyone five years and older who are working, staying or visiting our facilities must show proof of full vaccination (two doses) in addition to completing our existing screening.” Because neither he nor his wife have chosen to take a COVID-19 vaccine, Furgason and his family are now forced to leave and find alternate accommodation until June when his son’s treatment is scheduled to end. “[They] evicted a four-year old boy with cancer,” …

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