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A Saskatoon widow’s claim: ‘Vaccine killed my husband’

Leo van Dam died on June 12 at the age of 64 after what his doctor deemed to be a cardiac event. His widow Kathryn says although her husband had a significant heart attack in 2015, she believes his vaccine contributed to his death.




Kathryn van Dam is still in mourning. One month ago the Saskatoon widow lost her husband three days after he received his second Pfizer shot for COVID-19.

Leo van Dam died on June 12 at the age of 64 after what his doctor deemed to be a cardiac event. His widow Kathryn says although her husband had a significant heart attack in 2015, she believes his vaccine contributed to his death.

“Every single person I talk to, I tell them I believe that this is from the second vaccination. And there’s no doubt in my mind that’s what has happened,” Kathryn van Dam told the Western Standard.

“Early on in March, our doctor phoned and said to Leo, ‘You have comorbidity because of your heart. You have to be very careful.’ So, we were just very diligent and so fearful of contracting COVID. We went to great lengths to make sure that we weren’t mixing with anyone. And he said that to me, too, ‘If I get COVID, Kathryn, I’m unlikely that I will survive.’”

Kathryn’s mother declined thalidomide while carrying her, a decision that might have saved her from birth defects. That experience is one reason Kathryn and her mother have declined the new COVID-19 vaccines. Kathryn was also concerned by reports of adverse reactions.

“This last year has been difficult for my husband and I because he felt very strongly that having the vaccine was our only way out of this,” she said.

“He said to me, ‘How many millions of people have to get vaccinated before you think it’s safe?’

“And I said, ‘Leo, it’s not just the amount of people…It’s the amount of people and then time. We don’t know what the long-term effects of this experimental emergency usage inoculation is.”

Her husband had his first jab April 5, and experienced pain not long after.

“He said, ‘Ugh, I just had this shooting pain, it started from my lower back towards the side…If I hadn’t been standing right in front of the pedestal sink and had that, to hang on to it, I would have dropped on the floor.’”

Accounts of others’ adverse reactions made Kathryn more concerned given her husband’s medical history, but Leo was more skeptical of alternate opinions than the vaccinations.

“They complained about muscle aches and all this pain… and I thought, ‘The heart is a muscle. If other people that are healthy are having these severe muscle aches, how is your heart going to manage with this vaccination’?” Kathryn recalls.

“I would show him alternate things that I was reading. It was always, ‘Well, and what’s the source? Where did you find that? Well, that’s just an op-ed, you can’t just read that. That’s just somebody’s opinion.’ Okay, fine, so I stopped showing these things that I was reading. 

“And I was like, ‘I know that mainstream media is lying to us. Some of these far-fetched conspiracy theories – I don’t believe those either.’ And I thought, ‘The truth is somewhere in the middle of all of this, but I don’t know what the truth is.’”

Two weeks before Leo’s second shot, Kathryn tried to convince him not to take it.

“He was adamant. This was our only way out to get the economy going again, for us to be able to travel. And he followed mainstream media and fell for it hook, line, and sinker.”

Kathryn had heard reports of adverse reactions spreading to those near the recently vaccinated. So when Leo had his first shot, Kathryn slept in the basement and kept her distance from him. After his second shot, she had foreboding and responded differently.

“What I said to him is, ‘Ah, honey, I can’t stay away from you anyway, so I’m not going to sleep in the basement. So I didn’t want to alarm him. But in my heart, I thought, ‘I think he’ll need me, so I won’t go and protect myself downstairs… If something should happen, I wouldn’t forgive myself for having done that.’”

Leo received his inoculation June 9 at 12:23 p.m. Kathryn recalls when he came home.

“Oh, he was so thrilled. He had a box of all kinds of cleaners that one of the First Nations had put together. And I said, ‘Well who’s paying for that?’ Every single person that got vaccinated gets… six bottles of some stupid cleaner. Other people get scholarships. There’s lotteries that are entered. I mean, who is paying that dime? And whenever have we had a vaccination where you actually can enter a lottery and win something for it, if that doesn’t tell you that it’s corrupt.”

Kathryn said her husband seemed fine the Wednesday he was vaccinated, but slept “an awful lot” both Thursday and Friday. He woke up early as usual on Saturday, made coffee, and stretched out on the basement couch to return messages and have a nap. She found it strange he had not reawakened after a few hours.

“I did exactly what I’ve done other times, just watch his chest, is he breathing…[T]his time, I couldn’t see it moving. So then I started with his feet, and his feet were already cold…I tried to wake him and I couldn’t. And so I immediately phoned 911.”

Based on text messages on her husband’s phone, she knew he had received the second jab June 9 at 12:23 a.m. sent his last text at 8:37 am on June 12 and did not respond to a subsequent text at 10:56 a.m. She found Leo shortly before 12:40 pm. 

Kathryn said she told both the police and the coroner that Leo had died from the shot, and her claim was recorded in their reports.

“When I spoke to the coroner, I asked for an autopsy to be done if, in fact that they could determine that it was the vaccination. And they said it would be impossible to be able to tell. And so then I said if that’s [true], then there is no point in an autopsy.”

“The coroner’s report then went to our doctor. She said, ‘I’m going to talk to the smartest person that I know… I don’t know who the infectious disease specialist is. But he said to her that, again, it would be impossible to determine if it had been the vaccination. And he hasn’t heard of any deaths. So when she said they hadn’t heard of any deaths, then I thought, ‘There’s no point in that avenue, they’re all lying.’”

By May 18, the European Union’s records already showed 10,570 deaths from COVID-19 vaccines. By June 7, five days before van Dam’s passing, the U.S. government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System reported 5,888 deaths from the vaccines.

On July 8, Saskatchewan Health Minister Paul Merriman appeared on the John Gormley radio show and said, “Of all the people that were vaccinated in June and prior to that, there was no serious outcomes.”

Kathryn begs to differ.

“How can you say that, that there haven’t been any?…It’s all a lie,” she sobbed. “We’ve been lied to with mainstream media.”

Leo’s cause of death was listed as a cardiac event with no mention of the inoculation. It was the same for his obituary. Kathryn’s sister Karen Lilly removed a reference to the jab after family friends in the health care profession saw a first draft.

“I started out by saying, ‘Leo died suddenly, but peacefully in his sleep after his second Pfizer injection,’ and they both reared up and said, ‘You can’t say that,’” Lilly told the Western Standard.

“They didn’t say why I couldn’t say it, but it just gives the wrong impression. Yeah, I guess it would deter people from having the vaccination.”

Despite Kathryn’s convictions regarding her husband’s death, some people still urge her to get the jab.

“I do have a couple of friends that are very pro-vaccination. And they have said, ‘We don’t want to lose you too. You have to get vaccinated so that you don’t die of COVID.’…

“When someone else tells me I should be vaccinated, I’m going to tell them, ‘Yes, I’m strongly considering getting vaccinated as well because I want to join Leo in heaven. And that’s the only reason I’d get vaccinated.’”

In the week leading up to July 7, VAERS reported 2,043 more deaths from COVID-19 vaccines, while deaths of people with COVID-19 rose only 1,505.

Kathryn is working hard as she prepares to take over the volleyball camp slated for August that was run by her late husband. She took the time for a Western Standard interview because she wanted her husband’s story told.

“The message to get vaccinated is so loud and clear, it’s just nauseating,” she said.

“The pressure to get this is so great. That’s all we hear on mainstream media. The option to wait is not heard at all.”

Harding is a Western Standard correspondent based in Saskatchewan

Lee Harding is the Saskatchewan Political Columnist for the Western Standard. He is also a Research Fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and is the former Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

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  1. Smarter Thanyou

    July 23, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Guy with history of heart disease dies of heart attack, morons that have spent the last year screaming “what were their pre-existing conditions” on every news story about someone dying of covid suddenly don’t care about pre-existing conditions anymore. Yawn.

  2. Josh

    July 19, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you for reporting this WesternStandard

  3. Baron Not Baron

    July 19, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Why did you let him take it, you poor minded government believer!

  4. Penny4YourThouhts

    July 19, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    How many people need to die before people set aside their anti-vaxxer biases and start looking at the evidence right in front of them? The toxin from the injections settles into every single organ within 48 hours, according to the Japanese study, so the deaths will be determinant of each person’s specific weaknesses. Not to mention how incredibly dangerous these shots are for anyone taking statin drugs – but of course every single person who agreed to be injected had proper informed consent right? Oh, and everyone understood that the emergency use was necessary because there was no such thing as Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine? Those well-tested drugs were a figment of our imagination because after all, we tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy theorists are all kooks!

    I bet they’re already developing another shot for the Delta variant, and then there will be an Echo one, and a Foxtrot one then a Gamma one……all the way to the 79 patents these lying, greedy *7%$s hold. 79 patents that were registered WAY BACK between 2003 and 2016 but there was no conspiracy! No planned-demic.

    Time will separate the fools from the fearless.

  5. Left Coast

    July 19, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    On the Vaccine front in the USA . . .

    “The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database contains information on unverified reports of adverse events (illnesses, health problems and/or symptoms) following immunization with US-licensed vaccines. Reports are accepted from anyone and can be submitted electronically at http://www.vaers.hhs.gov.”

    There have been 411,931 adverse reactions reported to the vaccine.

    Also, last week there were 1,505 COVID-19 deaths in the United States.

    That means there were more Covid vaccine deaths in the United States last week than Covid deaths in the United States last week.


  6. Left Coast

    July 19, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Just heard a similar story from a friend the other day. One of his buddies got the Second Shot, felt terrible for a couple of days, went to the hospital and was dead 3 days later.
    In my small circle I have seen far more Vaccine problems and deaths than people I have know that contacted the Wuhan Virus . . . why is that if this virus is so deadly?

    “The consequences of government-enforced lockdowns killed more Canadians under the age of 65 than the COVID-19 virus itself, according to a report by Statistics Canada.

    In a report titled Provisional death counts and excess mortality, the government agency reviewed the number of deaths between January 2020 to April 2021 and concluded that 5,535 Canadians under the age of 65 died because of “indirect consequences” due to the pandemic.

    Over the same time period, 1380 Canadians in the same age group died because of COVID-19 itself.

    “Beyond deaths attributed to the disease itself, the pandemic could also have indirect consequences leading to an increase or decrease in the number of deaths due to various factors, including delayed medical procedures, increased substance use, or a decline in deaths attributable to other causes, such as influenza,” the report says.”

    The last 18 months have been a Massive FAIL by our Political Class, our mostly inept Doctors and our Lyin FakeStream Media ! ! !

  7. Dennis

    July 19, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Thank you for this story Lee. These people need to be heard. There is something very sinister around the whole so called Pandemic that must be brought to the public’s attention. Family Doctors who refuse to discuss alternate treatment for fear of loosing their licence, Doctors and professors whose careers are ruined because they speak out with concerns about the vaccine. What the hell is going on?

  8. mm

    Lee Harding

    July 18, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    One part that didn’t make the final edit was that Karen Lilly suspects “vax death” when she sees “died suddenly” in obituaries now….which is surprisingly often.

  9. GonadTheRuffian

    July 18, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Check out Health Impact News. It has many pages of stories of the “vaccine” injured and dead (many with pictures of the victims).

  10. mm

    Karen Selick

    July 18, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    It is indeed quite likely that her husband’s death was hastened by the vaccine. I’ve been doing video updates about the VAERS death data since February. There are now 10,991 reported deaths in connection with these vaccines, and we know that the vast majority of adverse events are never reported. Check this out. https://www.bitchute.com/video/lLlnIFWnuYVD/

  11. Wesley

    July 18, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Thank you. These stories need to be told! I trust the mainstream media about as much as I trust Trudeau!

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SLOBODIAN: Decade long investigation into Manitoba residential school involves nearly 100 officers and 700 interviews

The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.




A “large and complex” decade-long investigation by RCMP has been underway into allegations of sexual abuse at a former residential school in Manitoba’s Sagkeeng First Nation.

The Fort Alexander Residential School opened in 1905 on Sagkeeng First Nation, located 120-km north of Winnipeg. In 1970 it was converted to a day school that operated for several years.

Manitoba RCMP issued a press release Tuesday confirming the major crimes unit began looking into allegations of abuse in February 2010, then launched a formal criminal investigation the following year.

RCMP began by gathering information, including reviewing archival records in both Ottawa and Manitoba. They went through thousands of documents such as student and employee lists and quarterly returns.

This involved more than 80 officers who interacted with more than 700 people across North America in an effort to find possible victims and witnesses.

“After compiling and collating all this data, investigators developed an investigative plan that began with the canvassing of people whose names had been identified in the documents as well as a door-to-door canvas in the Powerview/Fort Alexander area, where the school had been located,” said the statement.

The criminal investigation launched in 2011 involved 75 formal witnesses and victim statements.
Recently, Sagkeeng Chief Derrick Henderson said elders and survivors have long spoken about abuse at the school and children that went missing.

The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.

“Violation of the privacy rights of those involved in this investigation will not only cause further trauma to everyone involved, but also potentially compromise this highly sensitive investigation,” said Henderson. “We ask that the trauma our community has experienced and continues to live every day is respected and that those affected are afforded their privacy at this time.”

RCMP are working closely with First Nations leaders and no other criminal investigations into former residential schools are underway in Manitoba, said RCMP.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard  lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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BC increases vaccine efforts amid slowing rates, including ‘vax vans’

“Over the next two weeks, BC will push hard to vaccinate as many eligible people as possible.”




BC health officials want more people rolling up their sleeves for the COVID-19 shot, and say they will be increasing efforts in the coming weeks to do just that.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Dr. Penny Ballem addressed BC’s vaccine roll-out plan during a Tuesday morning news conference.

Among their announced efforts are “walk-in Wednesday” which will take place August 4 when 20,000 jabs will be made available with no need to book in advance.

Walk-in Wednesday is part of the “Vax for BC” campaign.

“I’d like to begin by thanking each and every one of the millions of British Columbian’s, like me, who have stepped up to be vaccinated,” said Henry.

“Because of this small act, we have been able to re-open our province.

“While we have made tremendous progress with our immunization plan, there is of course more work to do. We know that some people still struggle to find a convenient time in their day to get immunized, and others may still have questions, and be hesitant about the vaccine.

“So starting today, we are making it even easier for people to get vaccines. To help protect themselves, and their loved ones against COVID-19.”

Henry said the province will be introducing “custom vax vans” so people will be able to get vaccinated on their lunch break or “while cooling off at a lake.”

The province is also reducing the wait time between first and second doses from eight weeks to seven weeks.

There are currently 906,772 eligible people who have not received a dose, roughly 19.6% of the population older than 12, according to data from July 23.

Interior health has an un-vaccinated population of 26.2% while Northern health has 32.5% without a first shot.

On Monday, the Surrey Board of Trade wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Health Minister of Canada Patty Hajdu, BC Premier John Horgan, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix urging them to “implement a proof-of-immunization model.”

“We support a centralized, Canada-wide approach to COVID-19 proof-of immunization that could be easily used to confirm vaccination status for international and domestic use,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

“Without inter-provincial harmonization, Canada risks a piecemeal approach, making life more difficult and unpredictable for individuals and employers during an already uncertain time.”

Last week, YVR airport implemented separate lines for vaccinated and un-vaccinated individuals prior to reaching customs.

The separation of lines – which was put in place as a federal policy – has since been removed following extensive public push-back.

As for enforcing proof-of-immunization policies at concerts, night clubs, and sporting events – an increasing number of British Columbian’s are cozying up to this idea.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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Feds silent on $120M loan to company not ‘worthy of taxpayers’ largesse”

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions.




Federal agencies yesterday remained mum about a $120 million housing loan to one of Canada’s wealthiest developers, after Cabinet earlier defended the loan as critical, said Blacklock’s Reporter.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Ahmed Hussen, minister responsible for housing, told reporters. “That’s why the government is taking action to increase the supply of rental housing through projects like the one we’re announcing.”

Cabinet on July 19 announced the $120 million loan to build 302 apartments in Brampton, Ont. The developer is Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. The company’s CEO was paid $3 million in salary and benefits last year, according to corporate filings.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Hussen’s department said in a statement. “A solid and reliable supply of rental housing is critical to ensuring more Canadians have access to housing that is affordable.”

Choice Properties is owned by George Weston Ltd. The developer’s 2020 net income totaled $451 million. The loan was approved through a federal program, the Rental Construction Financing Initiative, that extends 10-year, easy-term credit “for certainty during the most risky periods of development,” according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions. The news website Press Progress cited data from Canada Mortgage and Housing that of 302 apartments in the Brampton project, as few as 61 would rent at below-market rates. The building is scheduled for completion by 2023.

“We know that finding an affordable place to live is a challenge for many Canadians in communities across the country,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at the time. “Today’s announcement is great news for families in Brampton. The Government of Canada will continue to invest to increase affordable housing options.”

George Weston Ltd. reported net earnings of $1.6 billion last year. It also operates the Loblaw Companies Ltd. supermarket chain that in 2019 received a $12 million federal grant to install new freezers. “Canadians might wonder why the Liberals handed over $12 million to Loblaw’s, one of Canada’s richest companies,” Conservative MP Mark Strahl (Chilliwack-Hope, B.C.) earlier told the Commons.

The freezer grant was paid under a Low Carbon Economy Fund. A now-disbanded ecoEnergy program similarly paid grants to large corporations in the name of energy efficiency.

Sobeys Inc. received $1.48 million in ecoEnergy grants in the period from 2006 to 2013. Loblaw Companies received $801,000. A total $207,968 was paid to McDonald’s Restaurants and $153,960 to Sears Canada.

“These companies are flush,” Liberal MP John McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood, Ont.) said in an interview at the time. “Companies, given their financial statements, don’t seem to be worthy recipients of taxpayers’ largesse.”

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard.

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