In 2017, Ted Melchers tweeted a photo of a nurse holding an Evva Plus, an emergency injection, amid a mass shooting at a London, Ontario mosque. Melchers, mayor of London, has asked city staff and the Ontario Ministry of Health to investigate whether the emergency injection device is a contravention of the country’s Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) electronic record system.
On December 12, 2015, around the time the North York shooting occurred, Melchers asked on Twitter, “If anyone [is a survivor of the community shooting] given the COVID-19 vaccine, are you menstruating?” In response, a female user responded “guess what man it didn’t change.”
The Guardian reported that Melchers acknowledged to the London Free Press he made the comment “in an example of childish name-calling.”
“It was, uh, regrettable and I have said sorry,” Melchers said. “It was downright alarmingly invasive.”
The Toronto Star reported that Dr. David Musyj, an expert on youth sexual health and AIDS medicine and former president of the Canadian Association of Sexual Health Providers, said, “I am appalled that a health care professional would commit such an insatiable misogynistic assault on women and their bodies, in hopes of increasing his own power over them.”