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Coinsquare Partners with FlexaHQ to Bring Crypto Payments to Canada

One of Canada’s top crypto exchanges, Coinsquare, has partnered with United States cryptocurrency payments startup Flexa to bring in-store digital currency payments to Canada. In-store crypto payments in Canada The official Twitter account of Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Coinsquare announced on August 13 that the firm partnered with U.S.-based crypto payments startup Flexa. The partnership will reportedly allow the latter company to expand its in-store crypto payment processing services to Canada. Coinsquare noted: “One of the biggest hurdles in mass adoption for crypto is finding a way to let users spend…

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Air Canada to Integrate Blockchain-Based Travel Distribution Platform

Canada’s largest airline Air Canada has announced its participation on a blockchain-based travel distribution platform developed by Swiss blockchain startup Winding Tree, according to a press release published Oct. 24. Air Canada was established in 1937 and provides scheduled and charter passengers and cargo air transportation. In 2017, Air Canada carried 48.1 million passengers, with an increase by 7.3 percent compared with 2016, per the company’s 2017 annual report. Air Canada has signed a letter of intent to participate in a decentralized open-source travel distribution platform developed by blockchain travel…

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Canada: Vancouver Mayor Suggests Ban on Bitcoin ATMs

The city of Vancouver, Canada, is considering banning bitcoin (BTC) automated teller machines (ATMs) due to money laundering issues, the Next Web reported on June 5. The mayor of Vancouver, Kennedy Stewart, has reportedly suggested a complete ban on bitcoin ATMs in connection with the increasing number of money laundering cases. A police report cited by the Next Web claim that criminals could purchase a bitcoin ATM for their own needs for a few thousand dollars, and then deposit their cash into that ATM “as many times as required” to…

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US Regulator Joins Canada in Fining Blockchain Firm CEO for Securities Act Violation

Blockchain entrepreneur Alex Tapscott has been fined $25,000 by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC,) according to a filing on May 14. Tapscott is the CEO of NextBlock Global, and in the filing, the SEC said neither the Canadian company nor its securities had ever been registered with the commission. The 33-year-old and his company have also been ordered to cease and desist from committing further violations of the Securities Act. According to the SEC, NextBlock was founded by Tapscott and three others in June 2017 for the purpose of investing…

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Canada Seizes $1.4 Million Bitcoin Holdings in Reportedly Largest Ever Forfeiture

A Toronto judge has ruled an online drug dealer must pay his entire $1.4 million Bitcoin (BTC) holdings to the state in what is reportedly Canada’s largest ever forfeiture, local daily news outlet The Star reported April 3. Matthew Phan, who dealt in illegal narcotics online, had tried to convince law enforcement he had amassed his 281.41 BTC (worth around $1.4 million at press time) through other activities. The court had sought to claim the stash in February, with Phan appealing against the demands, a process he has now appeared…

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Canada Revenue Agency Auditing Crypto Investors

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the government’s tax collection service, is reportedly auditing investors in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), Forbes reports on March 6. Citing sources close to the matter, Forbes states that the CRA has sent extensive questionnaires to investors pertaining to their crypto-related activities in recent years. The questionnaires reportedly run 14 pages long with 54 questions and multiple sub-questions. The CRA told Forbes: “In order to protect the integrity of our risk assessment systems, we cannot comment on the specific information or criteria we use to select…

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