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Councillor Tek Manhas formally apologizes for social-media post

Municipal review of sexist joke continues

North Cowichan Councillor Tek Manhas has formally apologized in relation to a sexist joke that sat on his personal Facebook page for nine months.


“Last June I shared a post from somebody that at the time I thought was funny,” Manhas writes. “However upon further self reflection and comments from the public I have taken down the post. I sincerely apologize for any negative effects or harm this may have caused to many people.”


The meme depicted an elderly man holding a cigarette and can of beer and commenting: “When your woman is acting up just tell her ‘“less bitchen’ more kitchen.’


“Women love it when you rhyme.”


Manhas posted the apology Tuesday — one day after extremely heated debate on local Facebook sites. He removed the post on Sunday.


sixmountains.ca published the post on Sat., March 27, after giving Manhas an opportunity to comment. He did not respond.


Chief Administrative Officer Ted Swabey said: “We are reviewing this information against any applicable District policies and will take the appropriate action based on this review.”


The Cowichan Valley Citizen picked up the story Tuesday and further quoted Swabey saying: “We are taking this issue very seriously and the matter is under review for council, including seeking legal advice on actions available to the municipality, and therefore, no further comments can be made at this time.”


— Larry Pynn Mar. 30, 2021