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Bitcoin analysis: Is the world LOSING interest in BTC? | City & Business | Finance





After falling below $4,000 before Christmas, bitcoin never looked like seriously breaking back through the $3,900 line, threatening a brief recovery only once in that time. This morning, the decade-old original cryptocurrency – brainchild of the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009 – stood at $3,800. It has been lingering there or thereabouts for nigh on three weeks as it bounces along what many still see as a path of descent. At one point between Christmas and New Year, bitcoin plummeted to $3,500 before a curious leap propelled it to $3,900 the following day.

Fingers were crossed, encouragement was shouted from the sidelines and hearts were in mouths as the anticipation of a fresh break upwards was on the cards.

Alas, it failed to materialise.

And here we are, four days into 2019 with little in the way of movement to report other than sideways.

Plenty will contest that sideways movement is a good thing.

Well, that would certainly be true if bitcoin was still worth the $6,500 it swaggered around at for much of 2018.

And, to be fair, it would be harsh to describe this sideways shuffle as a bad thing.

It is pretty much holding steady, albeit at a much lower level than most people were hoping for.

The deeper concern here is displayed if you draw a line across the graph of the last three months – from October 2018 to where we currently stand.

There can be no denying that represented there would be a downward trend.

Couple that with a relative lack of trading volume and it points to one conclusion in the eyes of many – people are simply losing interest.

Perhaps it is the festive hangover, perhaps it’s the cautious masses waiting for something more solid to happen in the markets? Lots of people will have lots of theories.

But perhaps it is the start of a new movement – a shift towards altcoins that may create a little more sport for investors who are now coming to realise their ticket to a Lamborghini perhaps doesn’t lie with bitcoin after all.

Since the Bitcoin Cash hard fork in November, something stirred in the markets that left Nakamoto’s creation with a mountain to climb.

Despite the constant denials of a deliberate act by those involved, that hard fork – which saw Bitcoin Cash split into Bitcoin ABC and Bitcoin SV – triggered the volatility we continue to see.

The battles which ensued in the aftermath (various unseemly public spats between the likes of Vitalik Buterin, Roger Ver, Calvin Ayre and Dr Craig S Wright) have led to a shift in investor activity – the pattern of which is only now emerging.

Volume is heading towards the likes of Ethereum, Ripple (XRP) and to some extent the leftovers of Bitcoin Cash in a way that could see one of them mount a serious challenge to ailing bitcoin.

Bitcoin purists will, of course, tell you there could never really be a serious challenge and the battle will always be for second place.

But that spot is currently occupied by Ethereum which is experiencing a surge of support.

Quite what will become of that support over the next few weeks when we will see a series of forks from Ethereum is a matter for deliberation when it happens.

However, the momentum is undeniably there.

As is the support for Ethereum and its mastermind Vitalik Buterin.

The educated guess here for the opening days of 2019 is that the battle for the number two slot is over.

What we need to see from the end of January onwards is whether or not Ethereum has the strength to carry out an ascent.

Coin Rivet is a website bringing news, information, analysis, opinion and insight from the fast-moving blockchain world.


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Future of Ottawa: Coffee with Francis Bueckert





Francis Bueckert: When it comes to the current landscape of coffee-roasting companies and independent cafes in Ottawa, I think we are at a really interesting moment in time. There are more local roasters that are doing artisanal small-batch production—with more attention to the quality and origin of the beans.

With larger corporations such as Starbucks closing locations, it has opened a bit of space for local players to grow. We have been lucky to work with many folks in the coffee-roasting community, and we have found that there is a willingness to collaborate among different coffee roasters. For example, when Cloudforest started back in 2014, we were roasting our coffee at Happy Goat and it was the expertise of their head roaster Hans that helped me learn how to roast. Other companies such as Brown Bag Coffee have also lent a hand when we needed extra roasting capacity. There are others, such as Lulo, Mighty Valley Coffee, Bluebarn, The Artery, and Little Victories that are also part of the growing local coffee community. It’s small roasters like these who have shown me what a coffee community can look like, and that we can help to elevate each other, rather than being locked in competition.

If you care to make a prediction… What’s happening to the local café industry in 2021?

We believe that there is hope and that 2021 can be a big pivot year for small roasters and cafes.

This year will not be ideal from a business point of view. However, it could create a shift in people’s attitude toward where they get their coffee. We are holding out hope that people will support the roasters and cafes that are local to help them economically survive what is in all reality a very difficult time.

It all depends on where consumers decide to go this year. People are starting to recognize that supporting large corporations at this moment will be at the cost of the local roasters and cafes. There is the growing realization that a future where there is only Amazon, Walmart, and Starbucks would be pretty bleak. So we have an opportunity this year to support the kind of local businesses that we want to see thrive.

In your wildest dreams, what will the landscape for local coffee roasters and cafés look like in your lifetime?

In my wildest dreams, all of the coffee roasters and cafés would be locally owned and independent. They would all be focused on direct trade and artisanal coffee. Each different coffee roaster and café would know exactly where their coffee came from. Ideally, each company would be a partnership between the farmers who grow the beans and the people here selling them. There would be a focus on how to cooperate and collaborate with the farmers in the countries of origin to share the benefits around. We would all work together and share orders of cups, lids, and other packaging so that we could get better bulk pricing. In this way, we would make our local coffee community so efficient that the large corporate coffee companies wouldn’t even be able to compete.

We would also like to see people use coffee as a way to create social good. For example, we started Cloudforest as a way of helping support farmers in Ecuador who were taking a stand against large mining companies. This remote community stood up to protect their environment, so that they could have clean drinking water and soil for the next generation. They started an organic coffee cooperative to help show that there are other models of development, and we are doing our part year after year to help support their vision. They have a vision of development that does not include mass deforestation and contamination, and organic coffee is a key (among others) to show that another way forward is possible.

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Special events in the Ottawa Valley dominate annual OVTA tourism awards





The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association hopes that its annual tourism awards will provide a little sunshine during what is a dark time for local tourism operators because of the pandemic.

The Ottawa Valley Tourism Awards are presented annually by the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA) to individuals, businesses, and events that recognize the importance of working together for the growth of the local tourism industry, as well as offering exceptional visitor experiences.

“After a year that saw a lot of businesses in the hospitality and tourism industry being challenged like never before, the annual Ottawa Valley Tourism Awards represent a bit of light on the horizon” said Chris Hinsperger, co-owner of the Bonnechere Caves.

The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association’s (OVTA) Awards Committee co-chairpersons, Meghan James and Chris Hinsperger, said they were very pleased with the recent nominations received, especially in the Special Events category. Submissions were received for The Farm to Fork Dinner Series at the Whitewater Inn; Light up the Valley; The Eganville Curling Clubs’ Rock the Rings; The Ontario Festival of Small Halls ; The Bonnechere Caves On-line Underground Concert Series; The Opeongo Nordic Ski Clubs’ Ski Loppet; The Tour de Bonnechere — Ghost de Tour 2020; and The Bonnechere Caves Rock ‘n Roll Parking Lot Picnic.

“During a time when communities were challenged, it is nice to see that people still made an effort to get together and celebrate, albeit under certain conditions. It just shows the creativity and resiliency of our tourism Community here in the valley” said Meghan James, director of sales at the Pembroke Best Western.

There are three Award categories: The Marilyn Alexander Tourism Champion Award, The Business of Distinction and The Special Event of the Year.

Hinsperger, is excited about this year’s awards.

“During this pandemic the hospitality and tourism industry was the first to be hit, was the hardest hit and will be the last of our industries to fully recover. As Valley entrepreneurs we owe it to ourselves, to our businesses and to our communities to be an active part of that recovery. Our livelihood and economic recovery depends on our efforts. And we will get back to welcoming people from all over the world to share a little bit of the place we are privileged to call home. This awards process leaves myself and others fully optimistic about our positive outcomes.”

Award winners will be announced at the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association’s virtual annual general meeting on Monday, May 31.

The OVTA is the destination marketing organization for the Upper Ottawa Valley and proudly represents more than 200 tourism businesses, comprised of attractions and outfitters, accommodation, food, beverage and retail establishments, artists and galleries, municipalities, as well as media and industry suppliers. The OVTA is supported by the County of Renfrew, Renfrew County municipalities and the City of Pembroke.

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Future of Ottawa: Farming with Jeremy Colbeck





Jeremy Colbeck: Well first, let’s talk about what we mean by farming. Although farms, and farming as an occupation, are in decline across Canada, they are still a major part of our rural landscape. That’s even more true for a strange city like Ottawa which includes a LOT of rural areas and whose urban boundary takes, what, three hours to cross? About 40 per cent of the rural land in Ottawa is farmland. Most of that farming is corn and soybean cash-crop, as well as some dairy and livestock farming. That’s mostly conventional farming (the kind that is profitable but not exactly where you take your kids on a Saturday).

There are also a lot of agri-tourism businesses in Ottawa, which give you that oh-so-good Saturday spot for family donkey-petting and apple-picking. And it’s totally understandable from a business perspective, but sometimes surprising to find out, that even though they grow some of the Christmas trees they sell, they might also be reselling some that come from much larger farms far away. The farmland around Ottawa is also inflated in price because of its proximity to the city, where it is in demand by would-be hobby farmers—folks who want to do some farming on their property in their spare time but make their money (to subsidize their small-scale farming habit) elsewhere. Unfortunately, many of these properties will have large mansions built on them, which will then make them completely unaffordable for the average farmer

There’s also a segment of small-to-medium-sized Ottawa farms that grow “premium” (artisanal, unique, extra-fresh, ecologically- or organically-grown etc…) products that they sell directly to local eaters via farmers’ markets or other direct marketing channels, including on-farm stores and farm stands. That’s where BeetBox fits in.

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