Dozens of world leaders will soon head to South Africa for the state funeral of Nelson Mandela. The former president, and one of the world's most respected statesmen, died yesterday at the age of 95. Next week, Mandela's body is expected to lie in state in the capital of Pretoria. And, reports say a state funeral will likely be held in the village of Kunu in the Eastern Cape, where he grew up.
BC Ferry Cuts
Ferry Advisory Committee Chairs may've found a way to save B-C Ferries and the province some money without service cuts to smaller routes. Paul Ryan, chair of the Quadra-Cortes ferry advisory panel, says the province should look at chopping some of the under-used major routes. Ryan says the Tsawsassen-Duke Point route has lost as much as 30-million dollars a year in each of the last five years. He says cuts to that route would save B-C Ferries 9.6-million dollars.
Public Schools-Hydro Increases
Head of the B-C School Trustees Association wants the province to exempt public schools from B-C Hydro rate hikes. Rates will rise by as much as 25 per cent over the next five years. Teresa Rezansoff says the increases will cost schools more than 29-million dollars over that period. Rezansoff says it's another cost pressure facing public schools. Energy Minister Bill Bennett has rejected the association's request. He says if he grants a special deal to school boards taxpayers, businesses and industrial power users would have to make up the difference.
B-C Safety Authority wants people to equip their households with C-O detectors. Many homeowners are turning up their furnaces, fireplaces and other gas appliances to fight the chill. Comox Fire Chief Gord Schreiner says people need to take precautions against the dangers of carbon monoxide. It's recommended that gas and fuel burning appliances be serviced at least once a year by a licensed contractor.