City councillor may be docked pay after asking woman if her COVID-19 vaccine changed her period

“Alarmingly invasive:” This Ontario mayor may have his pay docked after asking a woman online if her COVID-19 vaccine changed her menstruation

“Alarmingly invasive:” This Ontario mayor may have his pay docked after asking a woman online if her COVID-19 vaccine changed her menstruation

TORONTO — A city councillor in Ontario’s Durham region is considering action after a city hall worker “behaved in an alarmingly invasive way” when she objected to his suggestion that someone should change a woman’s contraception for her.

In a staff report that the city council will consider on Wednesday, Coun. Rob Semanik is accused of saying he “hoped the” woman could “find something that would change her period.”

“It’s extremely upsetting,” the councillor told CTV News. “I apologize and obviously I learned a very valuable lesson and as a result I’ll be taking a few days off to reflect and I’ll be certainly learning from this experience and hopefully going forward.”

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An email was sent by the woman to the Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) complaining about the councillor’s comment.

Semanik later told Global News he doesn’t have his email account and so he did not recall the interaction.

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“It was certainly inappropriate,” Dr. Iqbal Ahmad, director of the DRPH said, but stressed that it’s not clear whether Semanik made the comments.

When asked whether he would be getting a pedicure after his council vote on Wednesday to let him pay his pay with tobacco cash, Ahmad laughed.

“All of that will be determined tomorrow,” he said.

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