OTTAWA — The first waves of Canadian election monitors have arrived in Ukraine, as fears rise over Russian meddling in the March 31 presidential ballot.The Canadian Press has learned the last of 58 long-term monitors arrived in the east European country on Tuesday.The group is made up of 50 people who are part of a Canadian-led bilateral mission that will eventually include an additional 100 more short-term observers.A further eight observers arrived recently as part of Canada’s contribution to the multi-nation mission led by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Canada will send another 14 short-term observers to that mission in the coming weeks.The observer missions are crucial to preserving Ukraine’s ability to conduct a democratically-sound election in the face of Russian disinformation efforts designed to portray the country as poorly run and corrupt.The head of Ukraine’s cyber police tells the Associated Press today that Russian cyberhackers have stepped up their efforts to penetrate its central election commission computer systems in order to manipulate information.The Canadian Press
Musicians on Call raised $700,000 last week at their sold-out 15th Anniversary Celebration, a record-breaking fundraising total in Musicians On Call’s history.The celebration, held at Espace in New York City, honored two notable supporters of the nonprofit, Grammy-winning artist Kelly Clarkson and Charlie Walk, Republic Records Executive Vice President, along with volunteers Sandy Lyon and Jeremy Bar-Illan.Republic artist Jessie J and Island Records artists Nick Jonas and Shawn Mendes.performed for star-studded guests including: Pete Wentz, Nick Lachey, Hoda Kotb, John Varvatos, Wyclef Jean, Flo Rida, Elvis Duran, and Rosanna Scotto.The event celebrated the organization’s 15 year history of bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. Since the organization’s inception, Musicians On Call has expanded to 15 cities across the country and performed for nearly half a million people.“We are incredibly grateful for the unwavering support of Kelly Clarkson, Charlie Walk, and our amazing volunteers,” said Pete Griffin, President of Musicians On Call. “The record-breaking donations received last night will allow us to bring more music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals as we expand our programs and increase our reach to those who need it most.”To continue the celebration, Musicians On Call is kicking off new fundraising campaigns. Win a 20/20 Experience on the road with Justin Timberlake, join Nick Jonas backstage at Jingle Ball in New York, win a private singing lesson with Jessie J, or take home an autographed from 15 different artists. Learn more at www.musiciansoncall.org/vip.Source:Musicians On Call
Ashley Brandson APTN News For decades, hydro development has wreaked havoc on communities in Northern Manitoba – culturally, socially, and economically.But now community members are speaking out.In this APTN News special report, residents are sharing how the developments have effected the [email protected]@ashleybrandson This Part 3 in the series Power Failure: The impacts of hydro dams on Northern Manitoba.
A bill proposed by state Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan streamlining broadband expansion work was approved today in a vote by the Michigan House.County road commissions hold jurisdiction in right-of-way instances and often require permits, inspections and project reviews due to the close proximity of other lines and mains beneath the ground. Right-of-way permit requirements vary widely from county to county, creating a time-consuming process for telecommunication and video service providers that serve large areas of the state. Griffin’s proposal caps fees that can be charged by commissions and will speed up projects while cutting government red tape.“There is an emphasis today on fast and reliable internet, and areas of Michigan that do not have reliable access to high-speed broadband are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to keeping and attracting jobs and residents,” said Griffin, who serves as vice-chair on the House Communications and Technology Committee. “I came to Lansing to cut the government red tape that has been holding our state back and these measures will help ensure that government is not in the way of broadband expansion efforts.”Providers will still be required to obtain permits to perform work in public right-of-ways. House Bill 5097 moves to the Senate for consideration. 28Feb Rep. Griffin bill works to accelerate broadband expansion efforts Categories: Griffin News,News