Daily Archives: December 13, 2017

Bitcoin boom seen as survival, not speculation, in Venezuela

In the last month, John Villar has bought two plane tickets to Colombia, purchased his wife’s medication and paid the employees of his startup business in Venezuela — all in bitcoin. As Venezuela’s national currency loses value at a catastrophic rate, thousands have begun turning to the world of cryptocurrency to salvage what little value remains from their increasingly worthless ...

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All 25 passengers on crashed Saskatchewan flight 'accounted for' but some require air ambulance, RCMP say

All 25 passengers onboard the West Wind Aviation flight that crashed shortly after taking off from the Fond-du-Lac, Sask., airport Wednesday night “have been accounted for and removed from the scene of the crash,” the RCMP said late Wednesday. There were no fatalities, RCMP added in a 10:30 p.m. CST news release. “There was no explosion or fire. A number ...

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Morneau's small business tax changes promise simpler rules for income sprinkling

The federal government has unveiled its new proposal to curb “income sprinkling” by some small business owners to family members, with substantive changes to a much-criticized initial proposal unveiled in the summer. But the government still intends to apply the new rules for the 2018 tax year to reduce the illegitimate use of income sprinkling, a tax-planning measure to shift income ...

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Man accused in bat attack is Toronto lawyer with influential roots

CBC News has learned the man charged in connection with a baseball bat attack on an immigrant family is a Toronto personal injury lawyer and the great-grandson of former Toronto mayor Nathan Phillips.  Mark Phillips, 36, was charged on Dec. 8 with aggravated assault and three counts of assault with a weapon in connection with the incident in the parking lot ...

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Senators snap 5-game skid with win over Rangers

The Ottawa Senators snapped a five-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. The victory was just Ottawa’s (10-13-7) second in regulation since Nov. 11. Bobby Ryan, Cody Ceci and Zack Smith scored for the Senators. Craig Anderson, with 27 saves, ended a personal seven-game losing streak with his first win since Nov. 11. ...

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Three Billboards tops Screen Actors Guild nominations, The Big Sick bounces back

The 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards have heartily endorsed the Frances McDormand-led revenge drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, offered swift redemption for the Golden Globes-overlooked romantic comedy The Big Sick and left many Oscar favourites empty-handed. Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash announced the nominees in West Hollywood, Calif., on Wednesday,  Martin McDonaugh’s Three Billboards led all films with four nominations, including best ensemble, and acting nods for McDormand, ...

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Alabama Senate election: Doug Jones wins in major upset, Roy Moore won't yet concede

Democrat Doug Jones has pulled off a major upset in Alabama by defeating Republican Roy Moore in Tuesday’s special election, becoming the first Democrat to win election to the Senate from the deeply conservative state in 25 years. “We have come so far and the people of Alabama have spoken,” Jones said during a victory speech in Birmingham late Tuesday.  But ...

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Steve Wozniak, other tech pioneers, blast FCC's net neutrality repeal

What is net neutrality? A vote by the Federal Communications Commission on December 14, 2017 will decide the fate of net neutrality. But what is it? Steve Wozniak and other tech pioneers are trolling the FCC’s efforts to end net neutrality with a new letter that says, “You don’t understand how the internet works.” Internet founders including Tim Berners-Lee and ...

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