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Former Air Canada President and CEO, currently retired Calin Rovinescu, recently became a shareholder in Switch Health of Ontario, which is currently under investigation by a language official.

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Switch Health Holdings is a young Toronto company retained by the federal government in 2020 to administer COVID-19 testing for travelers arriving in the country from abroad.

English monolingual services, unreasonable wait times, misplaced checkouts… Our reports highlighted the multiple shortcomings of the services offered by this company.

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However, on October 27, this same private company announced in a press release that Calin Rovinecu was added to the number of investors in Switch Health Holdings and at the same time became a senior advisor to his young team, headed by a certain Dilian Stoyanov. .

“I was deeply impressed by the vibrancy and response of Switch Health, as well as the scale of its development, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Calin Ruvenescu in a press release.

One of the most common criticisms against Switch Health relates to the apparent difficulty in serving French-language travelers at home sampling, at the end of their confinement period.

In response, dozens of complaints were submitted to the Office of the Official Languages ​​Commissioner, which subsequently opened investigations into several of the alleged violations. The results of these surveys are not yet known.

Under the Official Languages ​​Act, federal institutions are obligated to ensure that services provided by third parties on their behalf can be provided in both English and French.

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