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Have we found the key to the smart city?

By Thomas P. Keenan      

The technical side of all this will probably work just fine. The lesson from the early days of Bitcoin is that we will need to pay careful attention to the human side of the blockchain equation.

Blockchain technology is also being touted as a key enabler of the booming 'Internet of Things' which will see everything from your milk carton to your washing machine chatting behind your back. They might even spend your money. In a blockchain proof of concept, IBM rigged a Samsung W9000 washer to automatically order supplies like detergent when it runs low, and, yes, the lawyers say, if it’s your washer you will have to pay for the soap powder. Image courtesy of Samsung

CALGARY—The virtual currency Bitcoin has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital was forced to pay a ransom to hackers who hijacked their patient files. The $17,000 U.S. was demanded in Bitcoin, because it is essentially untraceable. A Calgary wine merchant was forced to send his IT guy out, just before Christmas, to buy $500 U.S. worth of Bitcoin to free his customer files from ransom ware.

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‘We’re flying the plane while we build it’: demolition work in Centre Block has begun

By this winter, PSPC expects work to assess the state of the Centre Block building to be completed, with schematic design plans expected by spring.

Platform costing measure gets nod, but fixes for getting info needed, says PBO

News|By Palak Mangat
'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'

Rookie MPs get crash course on life in ‘Ottawa bubble’

News|By Beatrice Paez
Learn to reach across party lines for relationships and resist sticking to talking points, new MPs told at a Carleton University-hosted orientation event.

Iranian investigator into downed Flight 752 should be replaced due to past, says former Liberal justice minister

News|By Neil Moss
Iran's chief justice Ebrahim Raisi was part of a 'death commission' in 1988, during a period of political repression which saw thousands of dissidents executed.

Lingering Phoenix issues ‘no surprise’ to union leaders, as annual survey shows increase in pay problems

News|By Mike Lapointe
The 2019 federal budget allocated $523.3-million over five years, starting in 2019–20, to 'ensure that adequate resources are dedicated to addressing pay issues,' according to PSPC.

Senate should be ‘very careful’ of widespread rule changes and ‘unintended consequences,’ says retiring Sen. Day

From a boyhood dream of holding the country’s top political office to almost 20 years in the Red Chamber, retiring Sen. Joseph Day reflects on his parliamentary career.

Agriculture Minister Bibeau was the most-lobbied MP in 2019

In an election year, lobbying activity dropped by 30 per cent compared to 2018.

No more shush deals: Senators ready to press for accountability, harassment reforms once Parliament returns

A Senate subcommittee approved a new policy for dealing with harassment in the Red Chamber before Christmas.

‘There’s a risk of excessive polarization of the party’: Harper’s interference in Conservative leadership dividing Conservatives

News|By Abbas Rana
Some Conservatives say Stephen Harper is certainly entitled to his opinion, but others say he should stay out of this critical leadership race.
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