Diabetic man held in detainment says no revision made to daily menu

Bridge City News has been bringing you accounts of travellers who have been forced into detainment after accidentally taking the wrong COVID test when arriving back to Canada.

We spoke with a diabetic man who says he wasn’t accommodated for his specific dietary needs while he had to undergo detainment for four days near the Calgary airport.

Roelof Duinkerken says he had to travel to Holland for his father’s funeral recently, but arrived back in Canada and came to realize he’d taken the wrong COVID-19 test to re-enter the country .  He says there was little communication from the people holding him in detainment, and no revision was made to his daily menu.

Aired on: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Jeannette Rocher

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette has had the opportunity to live in a variety of places including New York, Arizona, and Nevada. After completing college and a paid internship with CBC Winnipeg, Jeannette embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands. She covered a mass shooting, an Earth quake, murder cases and other substantial court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV. She now calls Miracle Channel home. In addition to reporting in the field, you can catch her anchoring daily weather reports, as well as longer interview segments on BCN, and the week-in-review show on BCN Weekends. 

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