May 16, 2021

Lonnie Listonsmith

Experienced Health Expert

Kelowna fitness studio mistaken for gym caught up in COVID controversy

11 min read

KELOWNA (NEWS 1130) – A fitness studio in Kelowna is trying to set the record straight as it continues to receive hateful messages, calls, and emails over what appears to have been a case of mistaken identity.

Flow Academy Martial Arts Club made headlines this week after a post on its website said it wouldn’t take membership applications from people who were vaccinated against COVID-19, falsely claiming there are unknown health effects that would not be covered by its liability insurance.

That move prompted some people to direct their anger and outrage towards Move and Flow, a fitness studio, also in Kelowna.

“It’s definitely been a challenging time for all small businesses,” owner Sara Green Eddy told NEWS 1130.

She says people have been calling to unload on her, asking her “what gives you the right to have that policy and exclude people who are vaccinated?”

“Saying that we’re unsafe and not following medical advice and things like that,” she explained, adding one person even caller her up to say they hoped she would get COVID-19.

But she stresses her fitness studio — Move and Flow — is not the same as Flow Academy.

“Our names sound a bit common but we’re not affiliated with them at all. We’re not the same business, and we’ve been working really hard to follow all the requirements since COVID started to keep everybody safe and to be able to stay in business,” she said.

City of Kelowna receives complaints about martial arts club

The City of Kelowna confirms it received a complaint about Flow Academy Martial Arts Club a few weeks ago, saying that the business was not following provincial health orders.

Lance Kayfish, who works with city leadership on pandemic response, says after closer review, it turned out the martial arts club did not have a business licence.

“They were prompted of course to apply for a business licence, at which point we received their application and denied that business licence because they were not in compliance with current provincial health orders,” he explained.

At this time, Kayfish says the city is looking at and considering what other enforcement options it has.

He notes the city is also reaching out to partners, including Interior Health, the RCMP, and WorkSafeBC.

“We understand that this is a bit of a more complex file and there’s an obvious, blatant disregard in this case for the provincial health orders. We think it’s best to work with our partners on a coordinated approach,” Kayfish added.

The city continues to urge people and businesses to follow current guidelines.

Kayfish admits it can be frustrating for those who are following the rules to see others flout them and show “blatant disregard” for the orders.

“We, like everyone else at the City of Kelowna, are looking forward to the future when this pandemic is done, and we can get back to normal — or the new normal — and that’s only going to occur if we all come together and do our part,” he said.

Interior Health confirms it issued Flow Academy an order and ticket for non-compliance in February.

“Additional follow-up is taking place because of ongoing concerns and additional complaints. We have also been consulting with the city and the RCMP,” a statement from the health authority reads.

It tells NEWS 1130 “there is no public health basis for a policy excluding people who are immunized against COVID-19.”

“All businesses need to follow public health orders and adult group activities are not currently allowed,” the statement adds. “Where businesses can operate within public health orders, they are still required to have COVID-19 safety plans in place to prevent transmission and protect patrons and staff. IH will follow-up with any business that is not in compliance and take appropriate actions, which can include fines and closures.”


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rnSome, however, say it's likely the people behind the line had no idea.rnrn"Iu2019m sure theyu2019ll learn from this if they see this post," says one person.rnrn"It's a little disappointing to me that North Shore Rescue has chosen to vilify this so readily," posts another. "Highlining is an incredible sport that occupies its own rightful place in the backcountry, and it is EASILY possible for athletes to work with the proper agencies in aviation to avoid user conflicts. There are examples of a collaborative approach to this working successfully in the past. Diplomacy and education on proper process would be better than being entirely closed off to something. This CAN be done safely if all stakeholders are properly regarded."rnrnSlacklining -- or highlining -- is a popular backcountry sport. This instance has proven to be a good reminder of the dangers it can cause to others.rnrnNorth Shore Rescue is asking people to "not set up these lines in areas where helicopters fly, especially in busy areas such as the North Shore."rnrnIt's unclear if the line has been removed or who set it up.","post_title":"'Slackline' on North Shore mountain prompts warning from SAR","post_excerpt":"North Shore Rescue is asking people not to set up slacklines in areas where helicopters fly, noting the dangers around a recent instance on Strachan Mountain.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"slackline-warning-north-shore-rescue","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2021-04-16 06:29:40","post_modified_gmt":"2021-04-16 13:29:40","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw","permalink":"","post_title_shortened":"'Slackline' on North Shore mountain prompts warning from SAR","post_thumbnail":"","ID":3435198,"post_author":"45","post_date":"2021-04-16 05:20:46","post_date_gmt":"2021-04-16 09:20:46","post_content":"In today's Big Story podcast, in recent years, meditation has become a huge business in the western worldu2014with millions of people testifying it has helped them calm their minds, improve their mood or even work through bouts of mental illness.rnrnThere is no shortage of press about the positive effects of meditation on people, and there are plenty of studies to back them up. But there is also evidenceu2014evidence that's been growing for decadesu2014that prolonged meditation can have a drastic negative impact on some people. This doesn't make the practice bad, or invalidate the help it has given to many ... but ask yourself if you've ever heard anything about the possible dangers of meditation. Why is that?rnrn GUEST: David Kortava (Read David's piece in Harper's Magazine)rnrn can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyrnrnYou can also find it at","post_title":"Why does nobody talk about the dangers of meditation?","post_excerpt":"","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"the-dangers-of-meditation","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2021-04-16 03:28:54","post_modified_gmt":"2021-04-16 10:28:54","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw","permalink":"","post_title_shortened":"Why does nobody talk about the dangers of meditation?","post_thumbnail":"","ID":3435117,"post_author":"1007","post_date":"2021-04-15 23:44:20","post_date_gmt":"2021-04-16 06:44:20","post_content":"VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) -- New information about workplace clusters of COVID-19 is shedding some light on which sectors have been hardest hit in Metro Vancouver recently, and a union leader says the data underscores the need for true paid sick leave amid the pandemic.rnrnThe information provided by provincial health officials Thursday shows restaurants, bars and lounges reported the highest number of clusters and individual cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region in February and March -- with more than 50 clusters, and 450 individual infections. In the Fraser Health region, restaurants and bars were number two on the list, with 50 clusters and more than 250 cases between Feb. 1 and April 12.rnrnThis information comes in the wake of tightened restrictions banning indoor dining province-wide. Two restaurant owners who defied this ban said they were doing so because they had not been given any data to show that eateries or bars are sites of transmission.rn

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rnDr. Bonnie Henry explained that it's difficult to say whether staff or customers were driving cases in these settings.rnrn"It was a little bit of both, that's, That's the more qualitative part of the data. It was a combination of things. Staff people were becoming ill, and people were pushing the limits, not wanting to limit it to six people to a table, or wanting to congregate at the end of the night," she said.rnrn"We started to see a lot more interactions where people were pushing the limits and not wanting to do what people asked them to do. In those places, we saw a lot of transmission -- both between staff and patrons, and between staff and their households. So the social connections that people have were spilling over into workplaces, spilling over into people who were in those workplaces."rn rnrnrnWith more transmissible variants of the virus, Henry says small lapses began having bigger consequences.rnrn"Suddenly, with those little bits of leeway we were no longer able to protect people, and we saw lots of infections," she said.rnrnGyms and fitness centres were also high on the list of workplaces with clusters. In Vancouver Coastal, they were number two on the list but a fairly distant second. Fewer than 20 clusters were recorded, and 40 people contracted the virus. In Fraser Health, there were about 50 clusters, with 350 infections.rnrn"Things that had been working quite well in many places were being taken advantage of in some places, but we started to see across the board increase transmission from some of the group activities that were happening in those settings," Henry said.rnrnWhen B.C. banned indoor dining, it also put a stop to indoor, adult, group fitness classes.rnrnThe highest number of workplace cases in Fraser Health was in industrial/manufacturing -- with a total of 450 people infected. Henry said those sites can't as be easily closed, nor can activity be easily curtailed. Instead, workers at sites with active outbreaks -- like a glass manufacturing factory in Langley -- are being targeted for vaccination.rn

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rnMeantime, the president of the BC Federation of Labour says these workplaces largely rely on hourly employees with no paid sick days who can't do their jobs remotely.rnrn"I'm not surprised by the numbers not only in service but in manufacturing in the Fraser Health Region. We see it in places where workers -- obviously -- they can't work from home in these jobs, they have to be in workplaces with other workers, with the public," says Laird Cronk.rnrn"When we talk about workers in the service industry they're often low wage workers minimum wage workers, workers that make a low wage are least able to afford to stay at home with symptoms and with no sick pay from an economic perspective. So it puts them the most at risk."rnrn sick leave, says Cronk, is a critical component of any strategy to stop the virus from spreading at work.rnrn"What we know for sure is that workers have been going to work with symptoms and transmitting the disease in the workplace. We saw again today reinforcement that there's workplace transmission.rnrnWe need to stop this chain, we need to stop this transmission in the workplace and the best thing we can do is make sure that every worker in the morning when they wake up if they have symptoms that they don't worry about the economics of staying home that they can do the right thing and stay home without worried about paying the bills," he says.rnrn"That's why it's incredibly important that if they have COVID symptoms or any kind of illness feeling related to that, that they have the ability to stay home and not worry about the economics of paying the rent, paying the bills. They need true paid sick leave."rnrnCronk says unions have been advocating for paid sick leave since the onset of the pandemic, and that the program brought in by the federal government is not an adequate substitute.rn

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rnCronk also says workers need to know they won't be sacrificing pay in order to make it to their vaccine appointments. Although the province has said employers will be obligated to provide time off for the shot, there is no requirement for employees to be paid.rnrn"Vaccines are now becoming available for workers, and we need to make sure that when a worker gets notification of their vaccination that they can get it, that they can get it without worrying if it's during work time that they're going to lose wages we also need to take that economic barrier away," he says.rnrn"We've seen evidence already of workers who have not shown up for vaccines. It's not because they don't want to be vaccinated, it's not because they don't want safety for themselves and their families and their communities. It's because they're worried about the economics."rnrn[pdf-embedder url="" title="Modelling - Workplaces - COVID-19"]","post_title":"Workplace COVID-19 clusters hit restaurants, gyms, manufacturing in Metro Vancouver","post_excerpt":"New information about workplace clusters of COVID-19 is shedding some light on which sectors have been hardest hit in Metro Vancouver recently, and a union leader says the data underscores the need for true paid sick leave amid the pandemic.u00a0","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"workplace-covid-19-clusters-hit-restaurants-gyms-manufacturing-in-metro-vancouver","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2021-04-16 00:46:27","post_modified_gmt":"2021-04-16 07:46:27","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw","permalink":"","post_title_shortened":"Workplace COVID-19 clusters hit restaurants, gyms, manufacturin...","post_thumbnail":""]; /* ]]> */© All rights reserved. | Newsphere by AF themes.