Head of UBC school of public health resigns after travelling amid COVID-19 restrictions

High-level UBC staffer Peter Berman has stepped down from his position as Director of the School of Public Health because of the controversy over his holiday travel. Jordan Armstrong reports.

The head of UBC‘s School of Population and Public Health has now resigned after travelling for a vacation over the holiday break.

Dr. Peter Berman travelled to Hawaii amid COVID-19 restrictions and public health advice not to travel internationally.

Berman originally apologized for taking the vacation, saying he truly regretted the decision.

However, nearly two dozen faculty members of UBC’s School of Population and Public Health signed a letter expressing dismay over their director’s decision.

“This decision to travel harms our school’s ability to contribute leadership in calling for our communities to sustain daily sacrifices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for the public good,” the letter stated.

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UBC public health faculty members pen letter slamming director’s Hawaiian vacation

In a statement, UBC said it cannot police employees’ personal time.

Berman is still on the faculty at UBC as a professor with a $400,000 salary, however, and has only resigned from his position as the head of Population and Public Health.

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