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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - February 15, 2001, Winnipeg, Manitoba Best GIG 10 certain conditions may 141 1 Henderson 9257420 491 Portage 7884040 1510 Marys 9257423 3025 Portage 9257390 Winnipeg Free Press FEBRUARY 2001 LOCAL A3 CITY EDITOR Steve Pona 6977292 FEATURES EDITOR Margo Goodhand 6977292 [email protected] Latest meningitis case no cause for says MD By Kevin Rollason PROVINCIAL health officials have con firmed that a fifth Manitoban has con tracted Joel the provinces chief medical officer of said yester day a 29yearold Winnipeg man was hospitalized on the weekend with a case of meningitis that caused a blood infec tion instead of the usual It would be wrong to say Im not con cerned with Kettner We are watching Kettner said even though Manitoba normally has five to 10 meningitis cases a and there have already been five theres no reason for Manitobans to be worried and no need for vaccina tions to be carried out as in Our rates are certainly higher than but the risk of contracting the disease here is one in less than he Its still a pretty rare occur Kettner said the latest case is still being but of the four previ ous one closely matches the majority of the cases in an outbreak in while another is similar to the less frequent cases in the same Alberta Kettner said even though up to 10 per cent of the population carries the bac teria that can lead to the overwhelming majority of people never get sick with Kettner said to prevent transmis people should avoid sharing lip lip of kiss too many Meningitis causes inflammation of the brain lining and can be PCs pull plug on Barretts membership Tories cut offaffiliations with insider for his role in 1995yoterigging scandal By Sean OConnor MARC GALLANT FREE PRESS Separated by a redtape wall from family member Van Ngo from Hi Vans sister Di Van her brother Chi Hao her mother Muoi her father Kien Sanh and Di Vans fiancee Dai One member left in family vexed by visa refusal By Leah Hendry Muoi Chau wont She cant All she can think about is her daughter who remains behind in Her distress grows when her daugh ter tearfully calls Canada with stories of men knocking oirher apartment door at night who know her family is gone and that she is Tu Van Ngos application to come to Canada was rejected because she did not meet the occupational demands she was trained as a bookkeeper and Canada didnt need The visa office in Singapore ignored the fact that she had applied for humanitarian the familys lawyer It overlooked the fact that she is the sole remaining member of her family in that she has parents in Canada who need her and that she is subject to discrimination because she is ethnic To add to the Ngo familys frustra tion and the rejection letter was addressed to someone This is a particularly blatant case of incompetence and bum says David the familys who has applied for a judicial review by the federal Its a total lack of service and insensitivity on the visa offices To them its just a piece of it means nothing to But it means something to Di Van her mother become more depressed each day as the worry for her youngest daughter takes over her It breaks my heart to see her like Di Van her voice wavering slightly as her mother sits slumped in a her eyes fixed on the Tu Van was close to her parents and was primary caregiver her father had a stroke about four years ago and her mother is recovering from severe burns to her neck and jyjjt Although there is always someone at home to keep an eye give my on her Di Van naroilfs works fulltime and Parenis doesnt have time to SOITIB give her father the peace Of attention he needs to keep his mobility All The 30year we Want IS old pharmacist spon u sored her parents and younger brother and reunited they joined her in Win nipeg in 1999 under Van Ngo the assumption that Tu Van who was refused by immigra tion officials at the time because she was too old and not a fulltime student would soon join We put all of our energy and hope into Di Van said yesterday at her apartment in the I just want to give my parents some peace of All we want is to be But accdrding to Janet the executive director of the Canadian Council for its not that Its very difficult to get people accepted on humanitarian Dench From a bureaucratic point of there is a system in place for the people they want to bring into Canada based on family and refugee Humanitarian and compassionate grounds are the excep tion and there is pressure to keep exceptions to a Although there is training forvisa Dench said the council is con cerned about the quality of training they particularly when they are the ones who determine who will be let into the David Matas couldnt agree One simple and obvious area where he sees a need for improvement is to allow visa offices access to counsel so they can have access to adequate information about immigration law to ensure that these types of mistakes dont happen There is too much forced on visa They are sent away from usually to a place where they need to get used to the We need to locate more of these decisions in Canada or in offices that deal with these type of humani tarian reasons all the Di Van tries to tell her sister to be patient but its little She tries to explain to her parents that the case is in the courts hands but they look like they are waiting to You cant stop them from crying and you cant push them to Di Van Ngo MANITOBA Tories have revoked the lifetime membership of for mer party insider Roland Cubby Barrett for his part in the 1995 Interlake voterigging Leader Stuart Murray said Barretts and affiliations with the party were revoked in a unanimous vote during a Tory executive council meeting Barrett is also facing unrelated charges under the Election Act for alleged involvement in a smear cam paign against NDP MLA Tom Nevak shonoff Barretts own nephew during the 1999 who had been a major donor and board member of the Progressive Conservative Manitoba has been a thorn in the side for his chosen party since details of the 1995 election scan dal came to light during a 1999 judicial The inquiry revealed that Barrett paid an independent native candidate to run in the Interlake constituency in an effort which proved unsuccessful to split the NDP vote during the 1995 provincial No charges were laid because too much time had passed since the After the former premier Gary Filmon said Barrett would be pro hibited from participating in party busi But he said the party did not have the power to withdraw Since then the party has established its own code of All I can tell you is I cant go back in history and recreate I wasnt said who became party leader in 0 I think its an important message to WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES Barrett membership revoked let people know that as the leader1 of this moving these are the kinds of things I just wont Murray faced a barrage of media questions regarding Barretts standing in the party late last after Elec tions Manitoba announced charges relat ed to the 1999 election Barrett is accused of preparing and sending put a document that contained bogus criminal record information about NDP candidate Nevakshonof f a weeks before the Nevakshon off won the election by almost Elections Manitoba also charged Tory volunteer Heather CampbellDewar with defamation and obstructing inves Murray was quick to point out that Barretts membership was revoked because of the earlier noting that on the latest issue Barrett must be considered innocent until proven who was not available for comment has said he will fight the latest Man arrested in B shooting POLICE arrested a 26yearold man yesterday in connection to a shooting outside a Boniface apartment block Monday The Winnipeg resident will likely face a number of including attempted murder and other weapon related More information will be released this At about 9 a 21year old man was shot in the back outside an apartment block at 420 Marys y He was taken to Boniface Gen eral where he remained in stable condition 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