Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment co-chairs release Transportation Infrastructure Investment Plan circular

BATON ROUGE, LA – Today, as co-chairs of the Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment, DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson, Ph.D. and Industry Executive John Basilica released a circular entitled “Transportation Infrastructure Investment Plan.” A byproduct of the Task Force report, the document highlights key facts and statistics about Louisiana’s existing investment in transportation and specifies how the recommended $700 million in additional recurring revenue would be strategically invested. The recommended investment is tied to the Louisiana Statewide Transportation Plan. The co-chairs also unveiled district profile sheets for each member of the legislature, articulating needs by legislative district and which projects could be constructed in the upcoming fiscal year with additional revenue.

The release follows the American Society of Civil Engineers’ April 26th presentation of its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, an independent process where each state is graded based on technical analysis of its infrastructure system which includes grades on roads, bridges, ports and aviation. The ASCE report can be found here.

Louisiana has sat idly by for the last 28 years while 44 other states have increased their investment in transportation,” said Wilson. “Unfortunately, we’ve earned our poor rankings, but we can change our standing and act now to build a better Louisiana or accept the rapidly diminishing conditions that will strangle economic development and quality of life.”

“The facts make an indisputable case for action, and today is about making sure these facts are known to the people of Louisiana and their elected officials so that sustainable solutions can prevail,” said Basilica.

The news comes as the Louisiana Legislature looks to consider a 17 cent fuel tax increase, which would generate approximately $510 million in annual recurring revenue. While not the $700 million recommended by the Task Force, if indexed properly, enough revenue can be generated to meet the State’s needs.

Without additional transportation revenues, Louisiana will be unable to secure currently available federal transportation funds, sending federal tax dollars paid by Louisiana citizens to other states, for the very first time. If Congress and the Trump Administration act to increase the federal investment in transportation, existing state transportation funds are insufficient for Louisiana to participate in new programs. Facing similar scenarios, several states have recently or are in the process of raising their fuel taxes, most recently Tennessee.

“The need is great, and the time is now,” said Basilica.

The circular and district profile sheets* can be accessed here.

*Note the amount of road miles and bridges in the district profile sheets are limited to those inside the boundaries of the district. Because megaprojects are of regional significance, district profiles include the A and B megaprojects in respective regions. Similarly, the multimodal assets listed in each profile are those that service respective constituents based on proximity.

Article V Convention Measure Could Be Headed For Senate Vote


MacIver News Service April 26 2017

By M.D. Kittle

[Madison, Wis…] – A resolution that could make Wisconsin the 30th state to call for an Article V convention in pursuit of a federal balanced budget amendment appears on track for a vote next month on the Senate floor, multiple sources tell MacIver News Service.

Sen. Chris Kapenga the resolution’s author, said sponsors are working through the political process, trying to bring reluctant members along.

„We are discussing right now to see if we can get it on the May calendar,” the Delafield Republican said Tuesday. „A couple of members have concerns. The reality is politics are playing in, which is part of our process.

Kapenga sounded confident that the resolution will make it to the Senate floor and that it will pass.

While Dems generally hate the idea of a balanced budget amendment and employing the never-used Article V mechanism to do so, Kapenga’s bigger challenge is selling his specialized bill to some of his fellow conservatives.

States may call a convention to craft constitutional amendments under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, but it requires at least 34 states to do so. It takes three-fourths of the states, 38, to ratify any proposed amendment that would come out of such a convention.

Amendments, to this point, have been the domain of Congress. „Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution,” Article V states. But the Founders in the same article gave the states the power to do the same.

As things stood Tuesday, 29 states have passed Article V resolutions calling for a federal balanced budget amendment.

Christian Schneider may be among the more vehement of Article V critics. In a recent piece, the conservative columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel colorfully summed up the trepidation expressed by some on the right.

„…(C)racking open the Constitution in 2017 could be as horrifying as when the Germans cracked open the Ark of the Covenant at the end of (the movie) ‚Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ Schneider wrote. „Once you’re inside, there’s no telling what you’ll find.”

The fear from the right and left is that invoking the constitutional power could unleash a „runaway convention.”

Democrats like Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca of Kenosha insist Americans’ rights could be „up for grabs” at a constitutional convention.

„These are unsettling times and there is probably not a worse time to have a Constitutional Convention in our nation,” Barca told the Associated Press last month.

Iron-boned conservative groups such as the John Birch Society and the Eagle Forum have, in this case, joined left-wing groups, although in separate campaigns, in fighting the Article V movement.

But liberals, too, have jumped on the Article V bandwagon for a cause they hold dear: overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling that widened the gates on campaign finance and political speech.

Schneider of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel laid out what he and other conservatives see as the potential perils of the convention.

„…Republicans would put at risk all the other existing amendments that have defined America for centuries,” he wrote. „Just within the past three years, Senate Democrats introduced a proposed amendment that would have drastically altered the freedom of political speech provided by the First Amendment.”

Kapenga asserts the anxiety is unfounded. His resolution specifically calls for a convention on a federal balanced budget amendment – and nothing more.

Kapenga has introduced a separate measure requiring Wisconsin convention delegates to faithfully follow the rules laid out last summer by the Assembly of State Legislatures.

While a separate conservative-led movement calls for expanded amendments to rein in the power of the federal government, those who worry about runaway federal spending say a balanced budget amendment is of primary concern.

„It’s immoral for one generation to borrow and spend beyond its means and leave the bill to the next generation,” Scott Rogers, director of the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force, told the New York Times. Representatives from the Task Force did not return MacIver News Service’s request for comment.

With the U.S. debt approaching $20 trillion and recent Congressional Budget Office report painting a bleaker picture for the next few decades, Kapenga said voters are, for good reason, worried about the federal government’s out-of-control spending. While transportation, education, health care and other fiscal issues take center stage in the Badger State’s budget debate, Kapenga said ever-rising national debt remains in the public eye.

That’s why he’s confident his Article V resolutions will move forward in the days ahead.

„No one looks at the federal debt and says it’s not a big deal,” he said.

Global CEOs Call For Greater Disclosure of Climate Risks

  • Heads of major global businesses urge G20 nations to formally accept and act on the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure, chaired by Michael Bloomberg.

  • The business leaders, convened by the World Economic Forum, argue that companies should disclose the material financial risks they face from climate change in AN OPEN MESSAGEto the G20.

  • They say this is critical in delivering the Paris Agreement and the stability of financial markets.

  • The statement with signatories.

Geneva, Switzerland, 21 April 2017— The heads of major global businesses are urging G20 governments to formally accept that companies should disclose climate-related financial risks.

The 27 business leaders were convened by the World Economic Forum and include the Chief Executive Officers of global banks, consumer goods and utility companies. 

They are asking G20 leaders to act on the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), an industry-led body chaired by UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change and former New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg.

Together the business leaders represent US $4.9 trillion in assets under management and US $700 billion in total revenue.

In an open message, they say that climate change is not only an environmental problem, but a business one as well.  Improving disclosure of the material financial risks companies face from climate change is critical to the financial stability of markets and would enable greater investment in low-carbon and climate-friendly opportunities.

The message is timed as G20 Finance Ministers meet in Washington DC for the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. 

The business leaders stress that G20 support would “send a strong signal that government leaders desire more transparency from business on the short and long-term impact of climate change on their operations’”. They added that they “welcome the current TCFD recommendations, and will actively support their successful implementation.” 

They believe that universal agreement on climate disclosure would help investors make more informed long-term decisions while highlighting the financial risks of the physical impacts of climate change and liability risks that may arise from inaction. 

There are real financial risks associated with climate change and financial opportunities for companies in transitioning to a low carbon economy,” said Richard Samans, Head of the Centre for the Global Agenda, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum Geneva. “One of the biggest risks to market stability and performance is asymmetry of information. Increasing companies’ disclosure of their climate risks – and standardising that disclosure – will go a long way to addressing this current market failure and will help governments deliver the Paris Agreement.”  

It would also create greater visibility on how companies are managing these risks and where they are able to take advantage of new opportunities. Greater visibility of climate risks would help an orderly transition to a low-carbon economy.

The group said that risk disclosure was not a climate change panacea, but should be part of a suite of complementary approaches to recalibrate the financial system to support the transition to low-carbon economies citing the need for effective carbon pricing and the phase-out fossil fuel subsidies.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces New Initiatives to Advance Forensic Science and Help Counter the Rise in Violent Crime

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As part of the Department’s efforts under the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety (Task Force), Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced a series of actions the Department will take to advance forensic science and help combat the rise in violent crime.

These actions are being undertaken on the expiration of the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) and will increase the capacity of forensic science providers, improve the reliability of forensic analysis, and permit reporting of forensic results with greater specificity. The Task Force’s Subcommittee on Forensics will spearhead the development of that strategic plan.

The availability of prompt and accurate forensic science analysis to our law enforcement officers and prosecutors is critical to integrity in law enforcement, reducing violent crime and increasing public safety,” said Attorney General Sessions. “As we decide how to move forward, we bear in mind that the Department is just one piece of the larger criminal justice system and that the vast majority of forensic science is practiced by state and local forensic laboratories and is used by state and local prosecutors. We applaud the professionalism of the National Commission on Forensic Science and look forward to building on the contributions it has made in this crucial field.”

The following three actions were announced today:

1. In the coming weeks, the Department will appoint a Senior Forensic Advisor to interface with forensic science stakeholders and advise Department leadership;

2. The Department will conduct a needs assessment of forensic science laboratories that examines workload, backlog, personnel and equipment needs of public crime laboratories and the needs of academic and non-traditional forensic science practitioners, and issue a report to Congress; and

3. The Department will publish a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment on how the Department should move forward to strengthen the foundations of forensic science and improve the operations and capacity of forensic laboratories. The notice will remain open until June 9, 2017.

The Attorney General will continue to receive and act upon recommendations from the Task Force as they become available.

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Shelley B. Slafkes, Levitt and Slafkes, Featured in NJBIZ

Newark, NJ (1888PressRelease) March 30, 2017 – Maplewood, NJ – Shelley B. Slafkes, Esq., MSW, Partner, Levitt & Slafkes, P.C., was recently highlighted in NJBIZ Triple Play. In this feature, Slafkes discusses the inclusion of personal bankruptcy planning as part of a financial portfolio.

Although there is strong economic numbers being reported in 2017; there are also layoffs happening on a regular basis. With a new President in the White House, the state of health care is in an uncomfortable limbo and, as is true every year, divorce is still taxing families both emotionally as well as financially.

Yet, there is help out there. According to Shelley B. Slafkes, Esq., MSW, Partner, Levitt & Slafkes, P.C., a Maplewood, New Jersey, based law firm that handles personal bankruptcies, foreclosures, loan modifications and business litigation matters, „Just as people look to protect their assets by using a financial planner – personal bankruptcy planning should also be a key component of a comprehensive financial plan.”

NJBIZ tapped Shelley to explain how personal bankruptcy planning can help people protect themselves and their families. To read her response in its entirety, please click here.

Slafkes practices law in both the private and non-profit sectors. She concentrates on consumer rights, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Slafkes is part of a successful team, professionally and personally, and practices law with her husband, Bruce Levitt. Shelley is both an attorney and a social worker.

Levitt & Slafkes P.C. is a professional and compassionate legal firm that handles bankruptcies, foreclosures, loan modifications and business litigation matters. The firm assists clients in personal and small-business bankruptcy cases as well as other debt issues.

Both Bruce Levitt and Shelley Slafkes have helped thousands with debt issues eliminate debt and save their homes. Levitt & Slafkes, P.C., is perhaps best known for their successful representation in the landmark, Kemp v. Countrywide Loans, case. This lawsuit gained national prominence in the ongoing battle to require mortgage lenders to follow the law before they can foreclose and take away a person’s home.

„We wholly understand the problems debt can cause individuals, families and small businesses and have a proven track record in solving these issues. We pride ourselves on providing high level and compassionate service to each client we represent. Our lawyers know every situation is unique and important. We fight for each client as if we are fighting for our own home and our own family.”

From getting ready to file or exploring every option, Levitt & Slafkes P.C, carefully explains the bankruptcy process so clients can understand and make informed decisions.

Ms. Slafkes has a long standing commitment to volunteerism and the importance of contributing to the community. She has served three terms as an elected member of the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education. Additionally, she has mentored youth and served on numerous nonprofit boards including Family Connections and the Columbia High School Scholarship Fund. In 2005, Ms. Slafkes had the honor of serving on the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health, Children’s Advisory Subcommittee. She recently served as Board President for Family Promise of Morris County.

For more information, please contact 973-323-2953 or visit www.levittslafkes.com.

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Shelley B. Slafkes, Levitt and Slafkes, Featured in NJBIZ

Newark, NJ (1888PressRelease) March 30, 2017 – Maplewood, NJ – Shelley B. Slafkes, Esq., MSW, Partner, Levitt & Slafkes, P.C., was recently highlighted in NJBIZ Triple Play. In this feature, Slafkes discusses the inclusion of personal bankruptcy planning as part of a financial portfolio.

Although there is strong economic numbers being reported in 2017; there are also layoffs happening on a regular basis. With a new President in the White House, the state of health care is in an uncomfortable limbo and, as is true every year, divorce is still taxing families both emotionally as well as financially.

Yet, there is help out there. According to Shelley B. Slafkes, Esq., MSW, Partner, Levitt & Slafkes, P.C., a Maplewood, New Jersey, based law firm that handles personal bankruptcies, foreclosures, loan modifications and business litigation matters, „Just as people look to protect their assets by using a financial planner – personal bankruptcy planning should also be a key component of a comprehensive financial plan.”

NJBIZ tapped Shelley to explain how personal bankruptcy planning can help people protect themselves and their families. To read her response in its entirety, please click here.

Slafkes practices law in both the private and non-profit sectors. She concentrates on consumer rights, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Slafkes is part of a successful team, professionally and personally, and practices law with her husband, Bruce Levitt. Shelley is both an attorney and a social worker.

Levitt & Slafkes P.C. is a professional and compassionate legal firm that handles bankruptcies, foreclosures, loan modifications and business litigation matters. The firm assists clients in personal and small-business bankruptcy cases as well as other debt issues.

Both Bruce Levitt and Shelley Slafkes have helped thousands with debt issues eliminate debt and save their homes. Levitt & Slafkes, P.C., is perhaps best known for their successful representation in the landmark, Kemp v. Countrywide Loans, case. This lawsuit gained national prominence in the ongoing battle to require mortgage lenders to follow the law before they can foreclose and take away a person’s home.

„We wholly understand the problems debt can cause individuals, families and small businesses and have a proven track record in solving these issues. We pride ourselves on providing high level and compassionate service to each client we represent. Our lawyers know every situation is unique and important. We fight for each client as if we are fighting for our own home and our own family.”

From getting ready to file or exploring every option, Levitt & Slafkes P.C, carefully explains the bankruptcy process so clients can understand and make informed decisions.

Ms. Slafkes has a long standing commitment to volunteerism and the importance of contributing to the community. She has served three terms as an elected member of the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education. Additionally, she has mentored youth and served on numerous nonprofit boards including Family Connections and the Columbia High School Scholarship Fund. In 2005, Ms. Slafkes had the honor of serving on the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health, Children’s Advisory Subcommittee. She recently served as Board President for Family Promise of Morris County.

For more information, please contact 973-323-2953 or visit www.levittslafkes.com.

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New Era of “Always On” Transformation Puts Pressure on Corporate Boards to Step Up, Step In, and Guide the Transformation Process

BOSTON, March 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In the face of disruptive technology, globalization, and a volatile marketplace, leading companies are committing to a new kind of transformation—one that is putting boards under new kinds of pressure and demanding that they become active and interventionist, stepping in to guide the process.
Instead of pursuing transformation as a one-time, crisis-driven initiative—and instead of focusing primarily on cost cutting—companies are committing to “always on” transformation, which requires that they profoundly changing their strategy, business model, people, and processes on an ongoing basis in order to stay ahead.For boards, this means taking on new roles, expanding their responsibilities, and changing their culture, says a new e-book published by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).Boards must get actively involved by hiring the right CEO, then stay involved by helping the CEO drive change.“Boards of directors need to play a critical role starting at the beginning and all the way through the transformation journey,” says Lars Fæste, a senior partner at BCG and one of the editors of Transformation: Delivering and Sustaining Breakthrough Performance. The e-book draws on the firm’s work on more than 400 transformations that generated a median annual impact exceeding $340 million through cost cuts, revenue levers, the application of capital efficiency levers, and improvements in organizational performance.“Boards must embrace the concept of always-on transformation, and embrace change as an everyday way of operating—not as a one-off event,” says Fæste. “The first step is to get comfortable with it, to abandon the idea that you can be a one-time cost cutter or acquirer and start addressing the fundamental transformation of the business on an ongoing basis. This affects every aspect of the board’s work.”Job #1 for Boards: Finding and Hiring the Right CEO for “Always On” Transformation“For the board, selecting the right CEO is a tall order,” says Jim Hemerling, a BCG senior partner and coeditor of the e-book. “Many CEOs are still focused on cost and efficiency. But what firms need now is growth. It’s always easier to trim and optimize and cut costs than to figure out something new.”Four More “Must-Dos” for BoardsFour other imperatives for boards in the new era of always-on transformation are these:Look “around the corner” to understand and preempt key trends. The board should identify the trends that affect the company and work with the CEO to adjust the company’s strategy before the trends alter the business landscape. Listening to customers and workers is essential if the company is to spot trends before competitors do. Said one chair, “You need to be paranoid about how the world is changing.”
 
Align with the CEO—at least in public. The organization needs to know that the board fully supports the CEO and that both the board and the CEO support the company’s new direction and execution plan. And it needs to be clear that the CEO, not the board, makes all the operational decisions. But the chair can and should act as the CEO’s “sparring partner,” pushing back appropriately outside of formal situations.
 
Commit time, make good use of it, and ensure that the board composition is right. During transformations, boards need to meet as often as weekly, and the chair might be required to be involved several times per week. The board also needs a small and dedicated team that can devote adequate time and be available on short notice for critical decisions. Board composition also matters: it will probably be necessary to recruit a chair or board member with transformation experience, bring in experienced external advisors, and create a transformation task force.
 
Make themselves always-on. After two or three years of transformation efforts, many CEOs and leaders have a hard time continuing to turn things upside down. Boards can and should step in at times like this to make sure the transformation process continues and that the leadership team isn’t getting set in its ways.“Fundamentally, boards that succeed will be those that accept the new reality of transformation, accept that transformation is for leaders rather than laggards, adopt the right leadership style, and commit to bold action,” Hemerling says. “The imperative to change is a given. The open question is how CEOs, boards, and leadership teams will respond.”Transformation: Delivering and Sustaining Breakthrough Performance is available for download at here.To arrange an interview with one of the authors, please contact Eric Gregoire at +1 617 850 3783 or gregoire.eric@bcg.com.About The Boston Consulting Group
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises. Our customized approach combines deep insight into the dynamics of companies and markets with close collaboration at all levels of the client organization. This ensures that our clients achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with 85 offices in 48 countries. For more information, please visit bcg.com.
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NICHE Canada : Make Public Safety “No1 Priority” in New Marijuana Laws: Top Cop

SURREY, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A veteran top cop is calling on Ottawa to make public safety the number one priority as Canada moves towards legalizing marijuana next year.

“There must be clear direction on legislation, enforcement, crime prevention and substance abuse,” said Jim Cessford, the former head of the Municipal Chiefs of Police and BC Association of Chiefs of Police.

“There must be current technology that enables roadside screening for police and the development of laws that are understood and enforceable,” said Cessford, who retired after a police career spanning 47 years.

Cessford, an advisor to the National Institute for Cannabis Health and Education (NICHE Canada), said it is essential that the Federal Government develop a public awareness and education document outlining all of the information relating to the legalization of marijuana in Canada so everyone is aware of the introduction of this new legislation into the community.

His comments come in the wake of reports that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government will introduce legislation to legalize recreational marijuana the week of April 10th and it should become law by July next year.

The Canadian government is expected to follow the advice of a marijuana task force headed by former Liberal Health Minister Anne McLellan as well as the advice of former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, who is the parliamentary secretary to the justice minister.

“Canadians need to have a full comprehension of the impact and opportunities that may exist with the advent of this new legislation,” said Barinder Rasode, president and CEO of Niche Canada. “Success will come only through broad understanding, acceptance and support.”

“There are so many questions still unanswered and there is no time to lose,” she said. “We’ll continue to work with the medical profession, police, academics and scientists as these deadlines approach.”

Based in Vancouver with a national vision, NICHE Canada was established in 2017 after discussions with the Federal and Provincial governments, industry, universities, patients, consumers, non-governmental organizations, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders.

ABOUT NICHE CANADA
(National Institute for Cannabis Health and Education)

NICHE is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides impartial and evidence-based research about cannabis production and use in Canada. NICHE’s vision for a safe and sustainable cannabis industry encompasses health, social and economic impacts.

Based in Vancouver with a national vision, NICHE was established in 2017 after discussions with the Federal and Provincial governments, industry, universities, patients, consumers, non-governmental organizations, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders. We have the support of highly reputable individuals who are invested in success and the wellbeing of Canadians.

In part, NICHE was a response to the federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation calling on industry and government to “build upon existing and new organizations to develop and co-ordinate national research and surveillance activities.”

Much of the discussion about cannabis is taking place with little understanding of the diversity of public opinion on germane issues. The development of successful public policy will require a profound understanding of the public mindset towards these matters. Understanding the level of public awareness and engagement, and public opinion on matters that will need to be decided through legislation, will be an important part of ensuring that legislation is developed that is accepted by society.

NICHE has a national mandate to facilitate research, analyze policies, identify best practices for safe and sustainable cannabis use, share information broadly, and create open dialogue with communities. Our work will be academically rigorous, independent, and unbiased. All research and analysis will be publicly released and made available at the NICHE website.

Research from NICHE will focus on:

• The medical, social, and economic impacts of cannabis in Canada

• Understanding the risks of cannabis production and use in Canada and how risk information is used in decision making

• Best practices for safe production, processing, distribution and use of cannabis products

• Risks and best practices associated with specific products or health conditions

• Identifying areas where new research is needed to provide a foundation for informed public engagement and the ongoing development of sound policy.

Overall success will require engagement and collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders. Our governance model includes a community advisory council that will ensure our connection to grassroots voices.

NICHE Canada : Make Public Safety “No1 Priority” in New Marijuana Laws: Top Cop

SURREY, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A veteran top cop is calling on Ottawa to make public safety the number one priority as Canada moves towards legalizing marijuana next year.

“There must be clear direction on legislation, enforcement, crime prevention and substance abuse,” said Jim Cessford, the former head of the Municipal Chiefs of Police and BC Association of Chiefs of Police.

“There must be current technology that enables roadside screening for police and the development of laws that are understood and enforceable,” said Cessford, who retired after a police career spanning 47 years.

Cessford, an advisor to the National Institute for Cannabis Health and Education (NICHE Canada), said it is essential that the Federal Government develop a public awareness and education document outlining all of the information relating to the legalization of marijuana in Canada so everyone is aware of the introduction of this new legislation into the community.

His comments come in the wake of reports that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government will introduce legislation to legalize recreational marijuana the week of April 10th and it should become law by July next year.

The Canadian government is expected to follow the advice of a marijuana task force headed by former Liberal Health Minister Anne McLellan as well as the advice of former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, who is the parliamentary secretary to the justice minister.

“Canadians need to have a full comprehension of the impact and opportunities that may exist with the advent of this new legislation,” said Barinder Rasode, president and CEO of Niche Canada. “Success will come only through broad understanding, acceptance and support.”

“There are so many questions still unanswered and there is no time to lose,” she said. “We’ll continue to work with the medical profession, police, academics and scientists as these deadlines approach.”

Based in Vancouver with a national vision, NICHE Canada was established in 2017 after discussions with the Federal and Provincial governments, industry, universities, patients, consumers, non-governmental organizations, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders.

ABOUT NICHE CANADA
(National Institute for Cannabis Health and Education)

NICHE is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides impartial and evidence-based research about cannabis production and use in Canada. NICHE’s vision for a safe and sustainable cannabis industry encompasses health, social and economic impacts.

Based in Vancouver with a national vision, NICHE was established in 2017 after discussions with the Federal and Provincial governments, industry, universities, patients, consumers, non-governmental organizations, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders. We have the support of highly reputable individuals who are invested in success and the wellbeing of Canadians.

In part, NICHE was a response to the federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation calling on industry and government to “build upon existing and new organizations to develop and co-ordinate national research and surveillance activities.”

Much of the discussion about cannabis is taking place with little understanding of the diversity of public opinion on germane issues. The development of successful public policy will require a profound understanding of the public mindset towards these matters. Understanding the level of public awareness and engagement, and public opinion on matters that will need to be decided through legislation, will be an important part of ensuring that legislation is developed that is accepted by society.

NICHE has a national mandate to facilitate research, analyze policies, identify best practices for safe and sustainable cannabis use, share information broadly, and create open dialogue with communities. Our work will be academically rigorous, independent, and unbiased. All research and analysis will be publicly released and made available at the NICHE website.

Research from NICHE will focus on:

• The medical, social, and economic impacts of cannabis in Canada

• Understanding the risks of cannabis production and use in Canada and how risk information is used in decision making

• Best practices for safe production, processing, distribution and use of cannabis products

• Risks and best practices associated with specific products or health conditions

• Identifying areas where new research is needed to provide a foundation for informed public engagement and the ongoing development of sound policy.

Overall success will require engagement and collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders. Our governance model includes a community advisory council that will ensure our connection to grassroots voices.

WebRTC Market : Global Snapshot by 2021

New York, NY — (SBWIRE) — 03/29/2017 — Some of the major players in the global WebRTC market are Google Inc., Facebook, Inc., Citrix Systems, Inc., TokBox Inc., Sinch AB, Twilio, Inc., WIRE SWISS GmbH, Talko Inc., Screenhero, Inc., and Comcast Corporation etc.

WebRTC enables peer to peer audio, video and data communication between the browsers without plugins. This key functionality of WebRTC not only reduces the time required but also makes the process easy for a non-technical user since WebRTC requires no plugins, frameworks or applications. The browsers use Session Description Protocol (SDP) to establish a connection for data transfer. WebRTC is using JavaScript Application Programming Interface (APIs) and HTML5 for embedded communication within the browsers. However, WebRTC is an emerging platform that is anticipated to have significant impact on the communication between browsers in near future.

WebRTC is available for free and is accessible worldwide which is the key growth driver of this market. Moreover, WebRTC is platform and device independent which would help to attract global audience. Further, it provides better video and voice quality with advanced security and other operational features. WebRTC can adapt to various network conditions and is interoperable with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Unified Communications (UC) solutions which is expected to help companies to easily integrate it with their existing infrastructure. WebRTC provides a bright solution for customer facing businesses. As this communication is real time, WebRTC provides audio visual solutions without any cost. Retail and healthcare are two industries with high demand for WebRTC as direct communication with end users or customers is of immense importance in these industries.

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One key restraint associated with the use of WebRTC is that it uses internet platform which is a public domain and thus, the quality of service cannot be guaranteed all the time. Use of Internet could result in privacy issues as it is still not clear how WebRTC manages the security and privacy. Further, integration is another key challenge associated with WebRTC. Organizations could face problems in integrating and adapting the WebRTC to their current system. WebRTC is currently not supported on Microsoft Internet Explorer. Thus, there are a number of complexities linked with WebRTC however, technological advancements are anticipated to eliminate these challenges in near future.

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With WebRTC nearing its completion, organizations especially the consumer facing entities are expected to use this technology in near future across all platforms. WebRTC is an emerging industry standard for audio and video communication through a web browser. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) decided that browser makers should implement VP8 and H.264 video codecs. WebRTC is of huge importance for call centers and customer care centers, where direct communication is happening between a company representative and the end user or customer. WebRTC can simplify this communication further and increase the level of customer satisfaction. Companies are integrating WebRTC into their websites to enhance the overall user experience.