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Feds will pay for burials from deaths caused by COVID vaccine

Department staff said in a briefing note “serious and permanent vaccine injuries are rare but as with any medical product they do occur.”




The Canadian Department of Health has announced they will be paying for burial costs of any Canadian “killed by federally-approved vaccines,” Blacklock’s Reporter says.

Department staff said in a briefing note “serious and permanent vaccine injuries are rare but as with any medical product they do occur.”

The Vaccine Injury Support Program explained itself as “the program will provide death benefits and support for funeral expenses,” for Canadians who die as a result of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The budget for all claims was set at $75 million. Staff said Canadians “should be fairly supported” by the program.

According to the department, the new program will address “a longstanding gap” within Canada’s nation-wide immunization program “by providing a timely, no-fault financial support mechanism” for anyone in Canada who incurs serious and permanent injury as a result of getting immunized — or what the department calls “performing a public good.”

The number of claims to be paid out by this program was not estimated in the briefing note. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Consulting (RCGTC) has been contracted with the management of the program.

RCGTC currently manages the Memorial Grant Program, a $21.6 million program that gives $300,000 to families of first-line responders who die as a result of service.

Senior medical advisor for the health department, Dr. Supirya Sharma, said last December 9 long-term effects of the COVID-19 vaccine were not yet known.

Sharma said the benefits greatly outweigh the risks of the vaccine, “but it is still a drug and still a vaccine and there are potential risks even if they’re rare.” Sharma said the health department continues to monitor the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam in an October 22 videoconference at Carleton University described vaccines as yet another “layer of protection” which will not be “a hundred percent effective.”

“I was told I was such a downer when I was just trying to be realistic about communicating the fact it is not a magic solution,” said Tam.

“We have never said the vaccine was going to be a hundred percent effective. But people pick at that concept for unrealistic expectations,” Tam said. “So, we have to go out there and set some expectations.”

Tam said she was frustrated with the sudden rise in “armchair epidemiologist”‘s created from the pandemic.

Finally, Tam said the public’s distinction between her and her colleague’s jobs as medical advisors versus the “decision-makers” might help them understand just how much pressure the doctors are under.

“Not everybody likes what we say. We’re resigned to that. There is a lot of people who will tell me I’m not doing the right thing — too fast, too slow, too soon, too much, you know. But I don’t make decisions singularly.”

Jackie Conroy is a reporter for the Western Standard

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  1. Left Coast

    August 26, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Tam should be arrested and charged with crimes against Canadian Citizens . . .


    Soon Israel may no longer be able to hide the very obvious about the Covid vaccine, despite booster doses, lockdowns and suppression of V data

    Leaked yesterday – 95% of deaths in the vaccinated and a huge jump from June.

  2. Left Coast

    August 25, 2021 at 11:17 am


    Death rates in countries that rely on hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for the treatment of Covid-19 appear to be dramatically lower than death rates in countries that discourage the use of the drug. A new study claims that the death rate in the countries that used HCQ early on was 79% lower than in countries where the drug was not used. (c19study.com).

    The entire “science” of lockdowns, as a strategy to combat a virus- has not undergone any kind of normal scientific vetting. The “lockdown” is a brand new strategy that has literally been dreamed up by a group of leaders in consultation with various “experts”. The concept apparently came from a 2006 high-school science project. It was a strategy – some would say a panicked response -that was very quickly improvised in an attempt to respond to a new virus that threatened to overwhelm health care systems. At this time, there is absolutely no “science” behind the “lockdown” model, as it has never been used before in human history. If the lockdown model required a year-long study before it could be used, it would never have been implemented – which might have been a good thing.

  3. Left Coast

    August 25, 2021 at 11:12 am

    Canada today is a mere shadow of it’s former self . . . the GDP collapsed in the summer of 2019 . . . our Crime Minster and his band of Gender & Diversity Morons have blown through almost a TRILLION $$ . . . that the good citizens will likely NEVER pay back.

    But like many African countries today . . . China is ready to step in an take over.
    Think about that as you Vote in September . . .

  4. Josh

    August 24, 2021 at 9:31 am

    David Martin has a message for Canadians. Best watch it before the election.

    A word of advise: Don’t take advise or treatment for a problem that the same people promoting advise/treatment created.

  5. John Lankers

    August 24, 2021 at 9:12 am

    There have been fully approved drugs with fare fewer and less dangerous side effects pulled of the market and here there is an untested and not fully approved drug, that the government finally acknowledges, can cause death and the best they can do is to offer financial assistance when a person dies???
    This so called ‘vaccine’ should be banned, it should have never even been tested on humans to begin with.

  6. SaskFreedom

    August 23, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Easy for them to say that when they control the doctors. I know several people who died nearly immediately after the vaccine and when families questioned the doctor about the timing, no, they wouldn’t even look into it. It’s not like these people died in car accidents either. I know one 25 years old, male, extremely athletic, dies of heart attack… no investigation… just a coincidence… yeah because 25 year old athlete dying of a heart attack with zero prior heart issues… should not be looked into. Pretty easy to say you’ll pay for deaths caused by vaccine when you know you’ll never admit they had anything to do with it or pay for the medical evidence to be gathered.

  7. Left Coast

    August 23, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    How many 10s of Millions did the Feds save on OAS & Can Pensioners who are no longer getting Paid . . . because they are Dead from Govt Incompetence?

    WHO Tam is the face of Corruption & Failure.

  8. K

    August 23, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    @DEB Totally agree. This is just another propaganda tactic to ‘endorse the safety and efficacy’ of the shot

  9. Steven

    August 23, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    LOL ! The Federal Gov will pay for your funeral if caused by the vaccine, and it keeps getting stranger in Ottawa, by the minute.

    How about the Gov raise the DEATH benefit from $2,500 to $10,000 & we can bury our own dead regardless of the cause.

    When the Gov says “We are here to help you” run like hell.

  10. Deb

    August 23, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Good Luck trying to get them to believe the death or adverse affect was from the vaccine. Didn’t go well for Dr. Hoffe. https://rumble.com/vldsuw-vaccine-choice-canada-with-dr-david-martin.html

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BC removes capacity limits in some areas, but only if you’re double vaccinated

The change comes into effect October 25, and it applies to indoor sporting events, concerts, theatres, weddings, funeral receptions outside of a funeral home, and organized parties.




British Columbia will be seeing some restrictions eased for those who have can prove two doses of vaccination against COVID-19.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Tuesday that capacity limits for events and gatherings throughout much of the province — where proof-of-vaccination is required — will be lifted.

The change comes into effect October 25, and it applies to indoor sporting events, concerts, theatres, weddings, funeral receptions outside of a funeral home, and organized parties.

Health officials will also be removing the requirement to stay seated at restaurants.

The changes do not apply to regional restrictions in effect in Interior Health, Northern Health, and eastern Fraser Valley.

Personal gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, are restricted to fully vaccinated people throughout the Northern Health region, with the exception of Terrace, Kitimat, Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Stikine, and the Nisga’a areas.

Indoor mask requirements remain in effect for all indoor gatherings and events.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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WORLD WATCH: U.K. warns of new COVID variant as cases rise yet Japan numbers plummet

Experts are taking a close look at AY.4.2. to see how much of a threat it may pose, but say it is not yet considered a “variant of concern”.




News reports out of the U.K. are linking an uptick in cases to a new variant that “could be 10 times more infectious than Delta,” yet Japan is seeing some of their lowest case counts since this time last year.

According to the latest official data out of the U.K., an increase in COVID-19 cases includes a genetically sequenced variant labelled AY.4.2 accounting for 6% of new cases.

Graph courtesy worldometers.info

The new strain, some call “Delta Plus”, is said to contain mutations that could give the virus “survival advantages” and could make it more contagious.

Experts are taking a close look at AY.4.2. to see how much of a threat it may pose, but say it is not yet considered a “variant of concern”.

Meanwhile, reports from Japan say a very different narrative where cases have mysteriously plummeted over the last two months.

Low case rates have not been the norm in Japan throughout the pandemic. However, despite the 2020 Summer Olympics being postponed to the summer of 2021 and Japan seeing some of the highest COVID-19 case rates in the world at times, the country has never implemented any full lockdowns.

Over the last two months, rates in Japan went from over 26,121 new cases recorded on August 22 to 494 new cases as of Monday.

Graph courtesy worldometers.info

Some are crediting the incredible turnaround to a late but rapid uptake in vaccinations. Others say it could have something to do with bad August weather in the latter part of the month that kept people home.

Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the huge decline in cases and experts are warning Japan could face another surge with the gradual waning of vaccine efficacy as well as heading into the colder winter months.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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EXCLUSIVE: Chu vows not to resign, apologizes and speaks out on allegations

Chu speaks out after allegations against him come to light.




Embattled Calgary Councillor Sean Chu says he has no intention of resigning, but has apologized to a woman he had a sexual encounter with 24 years ago.

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

City of Calgary officials confirmed Chu won the election race in Ward 4 by a mere 52 votes after allegations surfaced last week of his involvement in August of 1997 with a girl who was just 16 at the time.

“This was nothing but a political assassination,” said Chu.

Chu, who has represented Ward 4 since 2013, also fired back at some media reports which he claims were completely wrong.

Chu said he met the unidentified girl at a pub near Macleod Tr. and 94 Ave. S and not the Husky House restaurant downtown that some media had reported.

“Because it was a licensed establishment I thought the girl was at least 18 years old,” said Chu, who was in uniform with his partner at the time.

“I was single at the time and I thought some girl liked me.”

The Western Standard cannot confirm at this time if there is documentary evidence the encounter was at the Husky House or at the pub on Macleod Tr.

At some point in their interaction, Chu caressed the girl’s leg, an incident that later earned him a letter of reprimand on his file.

Chu said the girl seemed interested in him so when he was off duty he changed into civilian clothes and went back to the pub to meet the girl.

The evening continued with Chu and the girl eventually heading to his home.

Once there, the pair “started kissing and hugging, but there was no intercourse,” said Chu.

Chu admits there was “some touching underneath clothes”.

“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.

At one point Chu said he owned a shotgun, but denied that weapon was ever produced or shown in any way that night.

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

The Western Standard has not seen any documents that indicate the presence or absence of a firearm on the evening in question.

Chu said he does not drink alcohol, but added he didn’t know if the girl had been drinking.

After the incident, the girl reported the case to city police claiming she was sexually assaulted. That lead to nine years of investigations, court battles and appeals, with news of the case only leaking last week, days before the civil election.

There were never any sexual assault or weapons charges laid, and Chu says the letter of reprimand was the only discipline that came out of the entire process.

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.

Chu is now at the centre of a political storm with friends and supporters deserting him.

Premier Jason Kenney described the allegations as “appalling” but said he didn’t think there was any way for the province to remove a councillor who han’t been convicted under the Criminal Code.

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

Kenney said as much of the legal documents are under seal, it’s up to Chu to prove his innocence.

Calgary-Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner tweeted her disgust at the incident.

“I have supported Mr. Chu in the past, but firmly withdraw all such support in light of these reports. Believing women means walking the talk,” she tweeted.

“In light of the disciplinary action, as a result of inappropriate contact with a minor which has been reported by CBC Calgary, MP Rempel Garner is formally withdrawing her endorsement of Councillor Sean Chu and he is no longer a member of her Constituency Association.”

Rempel Garner tweet

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.”

It appears any bid to try and remove Chu would fail because he was not charged or convicted criminally.

Calgary police released a statement Monday about its investigation in 1997. It states:

“We want to reassure Calgarians that when this matter came to light in 1997 it was taken seriously by the Service and managed in accordance with the Police Act. This has been a complex legal matter with multiple complaints and investigations as well as appeals to the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board. One of those decisions was overturned by the Alberta Court of Appeal. Ultimately, one allegation of misconduct was sustained through our internal disciplinary process.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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