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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 23, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba BRANDON June 2002 A3 coli outbreak worries health officials WINNIPEG Federal health offi cials are hunting down the cause of an alarming outbreak of coli infec tions in and suspect ham burgers served at local restaurants may be the source of most of the The outbreak coincides with several reported coli cases in other provinces and has prompted the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to lead an investiga tion into the many from the same strain of the Pierre a medical officer with the Winnipeg Regional Health said 10 Winnipeggers and at least one person in rural Manitoba have come down with coli infections since May Those stricken range in age from six to Plourde said nine of the cases may have been from hamburgers purchased at The remaining person likely became ill from purposely eating raw hamburger Plourde said he didnt believe anyone in Manitoba had become seriously ill from the tainted Most had symp toms that included bloody inflamed intestines and vomiting symptoms common to most coli Its not unusual for city and provin cial health officials to get two or three reports of hamburgerrelated coli during peak barbecue But with reports five times the usual combined with a common reoccurring a red flag has been The fact that several of the cases of infections are the same strain of coli is said This signals a warning that the meat may have come from a common pack ing And the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is hot on the trying to find out if there is an identifi able supplier of this coli is a bacteria commonly found in the intestines of animals and It often shows up in ground beef conta minated during when infected cow intestines taint the surface of coli is particularly dangerous when it is further mixed into the meat during the grinding Eating undercooked meat tainted with coli can cause kidney failure and even particularly in seniors and those with compromised immune coli infection can be prevented in several including cooking ground beef until it is completely Canadian Press New womens jail will replace aging facility WINNIPEG Two levels of government will spend up to million to build a new provincial womens jail in Attorney General Gord Mackintosh The new jail will replace the dilapidated womens jail in Portage la which aborig inal and womens rights groups have been fighting to have closed for over 10 Closing the jail was one of the recommendations of the provinces aboriginal justice many people have waited a long time to hear Mackintosh It has been shown that renovations will not do the so we have made the decision that the facility must be The 109yearold jail is falling down around the 47 inmates incarcerated 85 per cent of whom are The Elizabeth Fry Society filed complaints with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission last alleging the state of the jail is so bad and programs there so sparse that female prisoners in Manitoba are discriminated against com pared to their male Debbie execu tive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of said she was ecstatic when she heard the We all yelled and screamed and threw up our arms and Blunderfield It will be several years before the new jail is and Mackintosh had no details yet on where the new facility will be or what type of facility it will Canadian Press Aboriginal feds reach land claim deal TORONTO A Saskatchewan aboriginal band has reached a land claim settlement with the federal the National Post reported yester The members of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation in southeastern Saskatchewan will receive the money for about hectares the band surren dered in the newspaper The agreement is expected to receive final approval from the federal cabinet in the next sever al A ratification vote among band members is to fol The agreement follows a study by the Indian Claims Commission that found the gov ernment was a dishonest broker in The government not only failed in its obligation to protect the Kahkewistahaw band but served in fact as a cunning inter mediary in procuring a surrender that can only be described as unconscionable and tainted in its passage and implemen the federally appointed commission found regarding Ottawas conduct in obtaining the land from the natives for local farmers and land In Chief Kahkewistahaw negotiated a reserve for his 365 band mem In with the bands number reduced to just more than 100 by disease and starva the federal government orchestrated the surrender of the An Indian agent arrived with cash and paid individual band Chief Kahkewistahaw was dead and no replacement had been The Kahkewistahaw band was particularly vulnerable because its members were illiterate and without effective the com mission CP Checking things out BRUCE SUN Visitors to the Performance with Pride Show and Shine truck show check out the chrome and airbrushed details on the big rigs parked in the Keystone Centres south parking lot yes terday protesters prepare for summit BY BILL GRAVELAND Canadian Press CALGARY With the G8 summit only days Calgarys final security and protest preparations are being nailed Metrehigh concrete barriers have been erected around city hall to ward off potential car bombers as part of the plan to have anything that could be used as a weapon taken away or secured in Mailboxes great hiding places for explosives have been removed from the down town core and at the University of Calgary The grates surrounding the bases of trees have been welded in Local businesses have stocked up on plywood to nail over windows that could become inviting targets for street protest I may sleep in the store and Im going to have my dogs We have the plywood just in the event that its said Michael owner of Micah Gallery and Gifts on the trendy downtown Stephen Down the the Grabba Jabba coffee shop was taking a simpler If theres the tear gas or something or security tells us to well just close up said an employee named Police say that given the 11 no security precau tion can be We dont know exactly what will We dont have a crystal said Calgary police Al The twoday meeting of the Group of Eight leaders begins Wednesday in 100 kilometres west of Prime Minister Jean Chretien is hosting his counterparts from the United Japan and Calgary is the closest major centre to Kananaskis and will host thousands of journalists and G8 delegates at the main media headquarters in the down town Telus Convention As police put the final touch es on the first official protest against the G8 Summit CANADIAN PRESS George El Khazen welds a grate around a tree in down town Calgary yesterday in preparation for the upcom ing G8 Summit in occurred late yesterday after About 50 members of a group called the Bike Brigade cycled to Calgary from Edmonton and Saskatoon to join 150 Calgary cyclists in send ing an environmental message to the G8 Its time for Canada and the other G8 leaders to ratify Kyoto and get on with reducing green house gas said Yon Jamin of The chimes of bicycle bells rang through Calgarys down town core as they wheeled through the To allay the fears of mer chants and Jamin said activists have no desire to cause any trouble over the next Protesters met behind closed doors yesterday to finalize plans to bring downtown traffic to a standstill Wednesday and artists painted banners and created G8 leader puppets to hoist in todays community solidarity This gang of eight leaders is not about democracy at but pure said Xstine Cook as she put the finishing touches on the eight vulture puppets made from garbage bags and topped with the heads of the leaders of the worlds eight most industrialized They are the vultures of the preying off the Federal policy would settle more immigrants outside major cities TORONTO Canadas immigration minister wants to see more new immi grants settle down in less populated parts of the Denis Coderre is proposing a new pol icy that would put one million newcom ers in sparsely populated regions by In an interview with the National Coderre said he wants more immi grants to live in the Atlantic Canada and rural areas of Ontario and He wants them to sign a contract where they would agree to live in those areas for three to five years before mov Vancouver and Montreal have been magnets for the immi grants and refugees who seek a new life in Canada each But Coderre says this skews national population growth and smaller communi ties end up with shortages of skilled work We have some major problems in the next five Coderre told the We will be in a deficit of one million skilled workers and by our labour force will depend only on so we have to find a way to resolve this prob More than applicants are awaiting permission to immigrate to About 60 per cent of them have applied under the skilledworker catego ry the remainder are familyclass appli cants who have family ties in Coderre plans to discuss the proposal with his provincial counterparts at a meeting this CP NDP leadership hopefuls gauge support at Ontario convention The presence of potential candidates for the New Democratic Partys federal leadership caused a buzz at a provincial party con vention Manitoba MP Bill the only declared candidate in the race to replace Alexa Toronto city council lor Jack Layton and federal MP Lome Nystrom were all on hand to schmooze and gauge support of the 600 Ontario del egates in This is a good opportunity to meet with Ontario New Blaikie Ive had conversations with quite a Blaikie announced his candidacy at a press conference in Winnipeg June A lot of people are coming up to wishing me encouraging me and vol unteering to help me in my he When asked about his potential rivals Layton and Nystrom Blaikie said he is assuming they will both I look forward to having them as said Layton and Nystrom have yet to Im very close to a decision on the leadership said I want to gauge the level of support in In the end the decision is very person Layton said he will make his decision in two The feedback is very he Canadian Press Welltravelled musician meshes western influences BY JOANNE VILLENEUVE Brandon Sun Blues musician Harry Manx returns to Brandon tonight to follow up on a suc cessful appearance in the 2001 Brandon Folk Music and Art Originally from the Isle of Manx first came to Canada as a At he began playing guitar and left home to become a roadie for bands like Chilliwack and He developed an affinity for the blues while doing sound at the El Mocambo club in Manx also spent a decade in Europe After marrying a Japanese he moved to her homeland and toured While in he discovered the music of Grammy awardwinning Indian music guru Vishwa Mohan Manx was so taken with Bhatts music that he spent five years in India studying with the master of the mohan veena a 20stringed instrument resem bling a Mostly Im known for playing the mohan Manx Thats what I brought to the my contribution to Since moving back to Canada two years he has been enthralling audi ences across the country with his rough edged his I on that blues and Indian Ragas are pieces of Indian classical Thats the interesting point for lis Trying to find where those two styles of music meet and are similar thats what my records are He also plays banjo and harmonica and his own brand of blues imbued with the microtonal music of Since settling on Salt Spring Island with his new whom he met in Manx has recorded two CDs the awardwinning Dog My Cat and his newest Wise and It took a while to get myself known in but its picking up he The response has been great since I won that award I got the Indie Canadian Independent Music Award award for Best Blues Album this year and that helped a The albums include traditional original songs as well as cover Some of the latter include Van Morrisons Crazy Love and Jimi Hendrixs Foxy Brandon is but one stop in Manxs busy touring He started this tour a few weeks ago in British and will continue further east to Montreal before he heads to Europe for summer festivals in Belgium and Harry Manxs sole show in Brandon is tonight at 8 at the Music 940 Rosser Tickets are at the For more call CAM ;