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SUISSE news Winter 2018 / January 2018

News about Switzerland and Canada (January 2018)
Philipp Gysling

A collection of recent, random articles about Switzerland and Canada!


Jan 18, 2018

Bitmain, one of the largest bitcoin mining companies in the world (from China), recently opened a key strategic office in Zug in Switzerland’s “Crypto Valley”, is also eyeing a site in Quebec for further expansion.

Link to article from Coindesk:
https://www.coindesk.com/report-bitmain-eyeing-canada-for-bitcoin-mining-expansion/ 

Jan 12, 2018

China is cracking down on bitcoin mining, Canada and Switzerland could both see benefits from this, read why here:
https://www.investopedia.com/news/which-countries-benefit-chinas-crackdown-bitcoin-mining/

Jan 18, 2018

This is what happens when a sitting American president descends upon Switzerland! Interesting how the laws are circumvented both in Switzerland and in Canada.
Article from Le Matin:
https://www.lematin.ch/suisse/Donald-Trump-debarque-avec-la-cavalerie/story/23003730
[in French]


Jan 14, 2018

Cooking live lobsters is illegal in Switzerland; the discussion on whether the animals can feel pain goes on.

The Toronto Star reports:
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2018/01/14/as-another-country-bans-boiling-live-lobsters-some-scientists-wonder-why.html 


Jan 13, 2018

A New York to Zurich Swiss flight had to be diverted to Newfoundland due to an unruly passenger.
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/01/13/unruly-passenger-on-new-york-zurich-flight-charged-after-plane-diverted-to-newfoundland.html  


Jan 12, 2018

Three players of the Canadian Olympic hockey team play in the Swiss league.
Article in the Kaplan Herald:
https://kaplanherald.com/2018/01/12/a-take-a-look-at-canadas-maless-olympic-hockey-roster-heading-to-south-korea/

And five players on the US Olympic team:
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/sports/1075814/hockey-jeux-olympiques-brian-gionta-capitaine-etats-unis [in French]

Jan 12, 2018

Swiss Family in 150 Mile House … read about the trials and tribulations of an emigration from Aargau to British Columbia:
https://www.aargauerzeitung.ch/aargau/freiamt/auswanderer-die-schweiz-ist-unsere-heimat-in-kanada-sind-wir-daheim-132078700  [in German]

Jan 8, 2018

Cannabis Capsules sold in Canada are manufactured in and imported from Switzerland.
https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/01/08/1285085/0/en/Harvest-One-Announces-Retail-Platform-and-Branding-Strategy.html


Jan 8, 2018

And Switzerland might be looking to Canada for some guidance on legalizing cannabis consumption, according to this article from Watson:
https://www.watson.ch/Schweiz/GLP/528296330-Wie-die-Gr%C3%BCnliberalen-Kiffen-legal-machen-wollen-%E2%80%93-und-was-Kanada-damit-zu-tun-hat [in German]

Jan 5, 2018

The 1977 Toronto street cars (which are only now slowly being phased out) came from Switzerland:
http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/passenger/light-rail/the-car-that-saved-torontos-streetcars.html

Not surprisingly both the Swiss and the Canadian passports rank high in the world passport index. Both sit in fourth position:
https://www.passportindex.org/byRank.php

Jan 4, 2018

Swiss drones used in Canadian mines; it turns out that drones can be an excellent tool underground too but they need to be resistant to collisions!
https://internetofbusiness.com/collision-resistant-drone-mining-canada/  

Jan 3, 208

Interesting comparison of Canadian and Swiss educational systems and how immigrants fare respectively in each country (especially in high school), from The Georgia Straight:
https://www.straight.com/news/1013391/government-report-shows-among-second-generation-immigrants-chinese-fare-best 

Jan 1, 2018

Why the WEF in Davos is important to Canada, from the Globe and Mail:
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/does-davos-really-matter-to-canada/article37469355/

Dec 9, 2017

Google is helping develop an entire neighbourhood in Toronto, the NZZ has dedicated a Feuilleton article to the topic:
https://www.nzz.ch/feuilleton/wie-wollen-wir-leben-ld.1336803