The disability watchdog warned that comment, made by a Wilton Manors official on her Facebook page, sent the wrong message to the community
‘Alarmingly invasive:’ This Ontario mayor may have his pay docked after asking a woman online if her COVID-19 vaccine changed her menstruation
A small-town mayor in Ontario, Canada, may have his pay docked after using his Facebook page to ask if the vaccination that her young daughter received would change her menstrual cycle.
The comment, made by Wilton Manors mayor Joy Cooper, is the subject of a complaint from the Ontario government’s disability watchdog, alleging that it “has the potential to be alarmingly invasive and insensitive in nature to many members of the community in which the mayor works”.
A written statement released by Cooper said the advice she had been given was she had to take her daughter to a clinic within 12 hours of receiving the COVID-19 vaccinations – which include human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine – to “be protected from various sexual cancers that she could contract if not”.
The husband of one of Cooper’s children had been diagnosed with multiple cervical cancer in the past year, Cooper added.
The GCSAA – Ontario’s provincial disability ombudsman – said in a written statement that the advice was not only wrong, but “inconsistent with key issues” in regard to COPV prevention.
The ombudsman’s guidelines state that “parental consultation is not the same as having the authority to ask or tell others about which individualized treatments or interventions a parent chooses for their child”.
In a statement, the city council said it would “immediately review this and any similar material” in response to the ombudsman’s letter, and that Cooper had already begun the review.
According to the letter from the ombudsman, “Mayor Cooper’s post initially appeared on her personal Facebook page with the cover of profile picture stating her name as ‘Mayor Joy’. However, upon the post’s discovery, it was taken down immediately, removing the photo and cover picture.”
After that, Cooper’s public Facebook page was “retroactively tagged as containing statements that are likely to be misunderstood, offensive or cause racial or ethnic offence”.
The mayor has 60 days to respond to the ombudsman’s concerns. If she fails to do so, her pay will be docked by one month.