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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

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  1. SaskFreedom

    August 10, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Sad. And the medical system is rigged to never attribute it to the vaccine. I personally know one person who had a stroke within a day of 1st vaccine, no previous cardiovascular issues, doctor won’t write down or report the timing was suspicious. I know another who had a fatal heart attack within days of second vaccine, no previous known heart issues. Nothing mentioned about timing. Both of these were under age 60. I know another under 70, dead within days of vaccine, doctor would not cite cause of death as being related to vaccine, despite relative health despite age (healthy enough to survive covid, which kills less than 4% of this age range). Hardly anything is getting reported as vaccine caused or suspected vaccine complicated effects.
    so I know 2 dead and 1 now paralyzed from a stroke from the covid vax, and I only know 1 person who actually had covid (officially), and they are perfectly fine now. None of the vax effects are getting reported. Considering the trials are now ongoing with the general populace, normally, trials report ever effect the test subjects have and then the data is worked through to determine if any of the symptoms reported were statistically significant, compared to the control group.
    This is perhaps the only experiment in modern medical history where all side effects are not being collected on either the test subjects or the control group… let alone those results being collated and analyzed statistically to try to make sense of them. Does that make any sense? Not only that but in the trials, the number of test subjects and control group are rather small compared to the data they could have with a worldwide test group. The statistics would easily determine significance, but they’re not being done with even a micro-fraction of the population participating.
    In addition… even if they were, it would not be double blind. The control group and test group know who they are, as does the facilitator of the experiment (the government).
    Or maybe we’ll find out one day there was a double blind test going on, and all the people who had “absolutely no side effects” got the saline placebo?? We know Trudeau got the saline, at least anyone with a brain knows it.

  2. 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.

  3. Josh

    July 19, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you for reporting this WesternStandard

  4. Baron Not Baron

    July 19, 2021 at 8:04 pm

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.


  7. 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 ! ! !

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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).

  11. 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/

  12. 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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CLEMENT: No reason to toast federal tax on non-alcoholic beer

Across the board, we should expect better from Ottawa, and the tax on non-alcoholic beer is yet another example of where they’ve gotten it wrong.




Sin-taxes, across all sectors, are fairly excessive in Canada. At almost every turn the government sinks its tax teeth into the process of you purchasing the products you like. This is true for cannabis products, alcohol, tobacco, vaping, gas, and annoyingly so, non-alcoholic beer. Yes, non-alcoholic beer in Canada is not exempt from federal excise taxes.

You read that right. The federal government also extends its sin-tax regime for non-alcoholic beer, at a rate of $2.82/hectolitre.

The application of excise taxes for non-alcoholic beer is problematic for a variety of reasons. The first, and most glaring, is that it is hypocritical given that the federal government has exempted non-alcoholic wine and spirits from the excise tax. Why apply it for beer, but not wine and spirits? Obviously, a more consistent approach would be to simply exempt all non-alcoholic beverages from the excise tax, because the purpose of the sin tax is to recover alcohol-related healthcare costs. That said, there are no alcohol-related healthcare costs at all from non-alcoholic beer, which immediately shows the lunacy of sin-taxing these products.

In addition to correcting hypocrisy, removing the excise tax for non-alcoholic beer would put federal policy in line with how the provinces treat these products. Provincial regulators, including Alberta, don’t require non-alcoholic beverages to be sold at licensed alcohol retail outlets, because they’ve accepted the obvious that these products don’t have alcohol in them and thus shouldn’t be strictly regulated. That is why in Alberta these products are often sold alongside carbonated water and pop. Removing the excise tax would be the federal government following the lead of the provinces in treating non-alcoholic beer differently than beer, because they are in fact different.

On the industry side, the federal excise tax acts as a barrier for product development in Canada, mostly because other beer producing jurisdictions (US,EU,UK) don’t tax non-alcoholic beer. Because of this the domestic industry in those jurisdictions has flourished, offering consumers more choice and at better prices. Their sane tax policy, coupled with increased consumer demand, is in large part why the non-alcoholic beer market is expected to grow to over $4 billion by 2025. These drinks aren’t just for hipsters, designated drivers and pregnant women anymore.

Lastly, and most importantly, is how non-alcoholic beer is yet another example of new products reducing harm for consumers. And while I don’t personally enjoy these drinks, I can see why someone would still want to enjoy a beer with their friends, or at a bar, without the alcohol that comes along with it.

From a harm reduction perspective, it makes perfect sense to have different tax strategies for products that vary in risk. The Trudeau government, at times, has championed harm reduction for illegal drugs but appears to have a blind spot when it comes to legal substances. This is an uncomfortable trend from Ottawa that is perfectly exemplified by the excise tax on non-alcoholic beer. Ottawa has kept the excise tax system for non-smokable THC cannabis products, like edibles and beverages, despite the fact they are significantly less harmful. They’ve sought to ban vape flavours, despite the fact that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking, and flavours are an incredibly useful tool for adult smokers trying to quit.

Across the board, we should expect better from Ottawa, and the tax on non-alcoholic beer is yet another example of where they’ve gotten it wrong. Hopefully, come Budget 2022, they can correct this mistake and remove the excise tax from these products entirely.

David Clement is a columnist for the Western Standard and the North American Affairs Manager with the Consumer Choice Center

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EXCLUSIVE: 2003 hearing ruled Chu’s accuser ‘not to be believed’

“I find her evidence not to be believed and I was not able to consider her evidence when deciding a sentence.”




The accuser at the centre of the embattled Calgary Coun. Sean Chu controversy told a hearing he sexually assaulted her while holding a gun to her head, according to documents obtained by the Western Standard.

But the presiding officer at the police disciplinary hearing, Insp. Debbie Middleton-Hope, said the then 16-year-old minor’s testimony was not credible and not to be believed.

The sentencing hearing took place Jan. 31, 2003 and lasted eight minutes.

Chu did admit to caressing the woman’s leg while in uniform at the King’s Head pub on Macleod Tr. after meeting her while conducting a walk-through patrol in August of 1997.

After his shift, Chu went home to change into civilian clothes before returning to the pub to meet the girl.

Middleton-Hope said in her statement that Chu provided investigators with intimate details of sexual contact the pair had when they returned to his home.

“I find Const. Chu to be forthright in his description of the details and I find his evidence to be believed,” said Middleton-Hope, a long-serving, well-respected Calgary policewoman, now retired.

The woman, in turn, denied Chu had caressed her leg.

“… her evidence was directed on an aggressive, physical struggle at which time a gun was held to her head,” said Middleton-Hope.

But Middleton-Hope said she found the woman’s testimony “inconsistent.”

“Under cross-examination (the woman) had difficulty in recalling pertinent details,” said Middleton-Hope.

“I find her evidence not to be believed and I was not able to consider her evidence when deciding a sentence.”

Middleton-Hope also addressed the age of the woman, who was 16 at the time.

“I have no evidence before me Const. Chu was aware of this fact. Several witnesses said [the girl] appeared to be 19 to 21 years old,” she ruled.

The accuser also testified she had an interaction with Chu two years previous after an altercation at school. Chu wasn’t the investigating officer, but did speak to the girl on the phone.

“…and [received] a Christmas card from her as a result of that phone call,” Middleton-Hope said.

“No evidence was presented that Constable Chu was aware of her age from this verbal contact.

“I believe Constable Chu to be sincere when he indicates he was unsuspecting of [the accusers] exact age.”

Middletin-Hope then ordered Chu have a letter of reprimand on his file for discreditable conduct for caressing the accuser’s leg while on duty.

Chu was also ordered to undergo six months of ethics training.

Middleton-Hope noted performance reviews in his 10-year police career described Chu as “hard working” and “highly motivated.”

For the third time, Chu was elected on October 18 to be the councillor for Ward 4. He won by 100 votes, winning the advance poll, but losing on election day. Documents over the case had been leaked to the media just days before the election in what Chu called a “political assassination.”

There have been a chorus of demands from other politicians for Chu to resign and a byelection called. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, incoming Calgary mayor Jyoti Gondek and most of the incoming council have demanded Chu resign.

Chu said he would be happy to meet with Mayor-Elect Gondek to discuss the situation.

Dueling protests — one for Chu and one against — are planned in front of city hall on Sunday.

Chu has vowed to not resign and wants to clear his name.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean any harm,” Chu told the Western Standard in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

Chu admits there was “some touching underneath clothes” in the 1997 incident.

“She then said she wanted to go home and I drove her straight there.”

Chu denied media reports that a gun was produced during the evening at his home. He said he checked his service weapon in at the police’s traffic office when he signed off duty.

“If there had been a gun involved there would have been charges,” said Chu.

Documents obtained by the Western Standard and other media indicate that the woman claimed the whole process was a “cover-up.”

Chu served as a Calgary police officer from 1992 until he was elected in 2013.

Now Chu said he is looking at his legal options and a possible defamation suit over some of what he called the false reporting.

“I have always told the truth. My reputation is important to me and now my family is hurting,” said Chu.

Chu said he wouldn’t comment on remarks made by Gondek that she will try and remove him from council.

“I will continue to tell the truth at council and will be a fiscal hawk,” he said.

“The most important thing is I told the truth and the truth will prevail.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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TV news mistakes leads to censure

“The details were clearly inaccurate and related to historical facts,” wrote the Canada Broadcast Standards Council.




A St. John’s TV station breached newsroom ethics when it put out a report containing mistakes, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The TV station was censured for garbling a handful of facts in a local story.

“The details were clearly inaccurate and related to historical facts,” wrote the Canada Broadcast Standards Council.

Correct information “could have been easily verified by the reporter prior to airing the news segment,” wrote the Council.

NTV on its flagship suppertime newscast last April 26 broadcast a story on a local parole case that misstated the year of the crime, the date the killer was convicted, and the number of years the murderer served in the penitentiary.

“This whole story was riddled with inconsistencies,” complained one viewer.

“He was charged and convicted in 2003. They reported 2002.

“These facts were not factual. There were four mistakes in the story.”

NTV management apologized and acknowledged errors were made as the story was “rushed to air” but denied any breach of newsroom ethics.

“Although we do not believe our coverage of this story was in breach of any industry guidelines or codes, we understand every individual may view news material or programming from a different perspective,” wrote station managers.

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code Of Ethics states, “It shall be the responsibility of broadcasters to ensure that news shall be represented with accuracy.”

A similar Code Of Journalistic Ethics by the Radio Television Digital News Association states: “We are committed to journalism in the public interest that is accurate and reliable.”

“There was no deliberate attempt by NTV to change the narrative of this story which focused on the revocation of the parole of the convicted murderer,” wrote the Standards Council.

“It is understandable that in a rush to get the story to air, incorrect pieces of information were used.”

“Journalists should strive to verify facts and put them in context. These inaccuracies constitute breaches.”

There are no fines for breaching TV codes. The station must announce the violation on its newscast.

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