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Vancouver tech company hires ex-U.S. Homeland Security special agent

Vancouver tech company hires ex-U.S. Homeland Security special agent

VANCOUVER — Big Blockchain Intelligence Group Inc. says it has hired a former U.S. Homeland Security special agent to head its forensics division.
Edmonton-based Liquor Stores N.A. hires cannabis strategist

Edmonton-based Liquor Stores N.A. hires cannabis strategist

CALGARY — Edmonton-based Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd. (TSX:LIQ) says it has hired one of its directors to map out its future cannabis strategy as Canada moves to make recreational pot legal by next July.
Bought a $450M painting? In NY, don't worry about the tax

Bought a $450M painting? In NY, don't worry about the tax

New York collects sales tax on even the smallest items, but it probably won't collect a cent on a nearly half-billion dollar painting by Leonardo da Vinci.

Nova Scotia commits another $25 million to two venture capital funds

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's government has plans to put another $25 million into two venture capital funds, with the expectation that other Atlantic provinces and private investors will join in. Innovacorp Inc.

Officials have more work ahead on Enbridge pipeline review

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota officials need to do more work on the environmental review of Enbridge Energy's proposed replacement for its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline, which has drawn strong opposition from environmental and tribal groups.
Understanding Bitcoin and the frenzy behind the digital currency

Understanding Bitcoin and the frenzy behind the digital currency

CALGARY — The bitcoin frenzy shows no sign of letting up, with the price of the digital currency topping US$17,000 Friday and bitcoin futures set to start trading on Sunday.
UK, EU hail Brexit breakthrough despite unresolved questions

UK, EU hail Brexit breakthrough despite unresolved questions

BRUSSELS — Britain and the European Union hailed a breakthrough Friday that allows them to begin talks on their post-Brexit relations without answering some key questions about how their divorce will play out.
2nd man convicted in West Virginia murder of coal executive

2nd man convicted in West Virginia murder of coal executive

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — A second man has been convicted of murder in the shooting of a coal executive in West Virginia last year.

Music streaming giants Spotify, Tencent invest in each other

STOCKHOLM — Swedish music streaming service Spotify and Chinese internet company Tencent have struck a deal to take minority stakes in each other.

Pace of Canadian housing starts picks up, six-month trend highest in years: CMHC

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the pace of housing starts picked up in November, pushing the six-month trend to the highest level in nearly a decade.