Day: January 25, 2022

Canadian Justice | A Dispute in the New NAFTA Agreement

Christine welcomes a panel of legal and policy experts for a discussion on the new NAFTA agreement, whether or not Canada breached its dairy obligations, and what it could mean for future trade.

Is Now the Time to Improve Canada’s Healthcare System?

Guest Host David Clement welcomes economist Ash Navabi and secondstreet.org President Colin Craig for an honest assessment of Canada’s fragile front line healthcare system and whether a private healthcare option might actually help.

Олександр Квіташвілі став радником з питань охорони здоров’я Consumer Choice Center

Міжнародна організація з захисту права споживачів на вибір оголосила про призначення Олександра Квіташвілі радником з питань охорони здоров’я. Про це повідомила прес-служба Consumer Choice Center.

Коментуючи своє призначення, Олександр Квіташвілі зазначив:«Я надзвичайно радий приєднатися до CCC як радник з питань охорони здоров’я. Я слідкую за роботою CCC з моменту їх створення, і я вражений їхніми досягненнями. Дискурс у сфері громадського здоров’я часто переповнений догмами та односторонніми поглядами, а тому CCC є справді єдиною у своєму роді організацією. У ССС блискучий досвід, глобальна перспектива та відданість захисту права споживачів на вибір. Я з нетерпінням чекаю активної співпраці з CCC у сфері охорони здоров’я».

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“Crypto” vs Bitcoin and Why It Matters for Policy

By Yaël Ossowski

One frequent social media criticism against our consumer organization is that we discuss smart policy on “crypto” more broadly rather than just Bitcoin.

Realistically, that means we focus on the significant regulatory hurdles to the general “crypto” economy rather than focusing solely on the merits of Satoshi’s invention of Bitcoin and a path to its universal adoption.

Whatever our thoughts on Bitcoin as the one and true asset, the political narrative is about a category of digital assets and digital cash. Regulators don’t care if you’re stocked up on DOGE or BTC, they just know that you have it, it has value, and they want a cut.

At this moment, there are thousands of online crypto services, wallets, and apps that are only available to you based on your passport or your street address.

And this only gets worse if we don’t push smart and innovation-friendly solutions that will keep the confiscatory and bureaucratic tendencies of national and supranational governments at bay.

That’s because the greatest impediment to any growth in the crypto economy, “hyperbitcoinization”, or whatever you want to call it, is the on and off-ramps. Fiat to crypto, crypto to fiat.

Until people independently charge and get paid in crypto, or create mining collectives in their communities, the on-off ramps will shape adoption, and because these ramps are governed by financial regulators, there will always be a bottleneck.

Or a threat that only certain countries with more relaxed rules will allow on-off ramps, which will necessarily limit market penetration and any crypto future.

The lower we can make the transaction costs (as an economic principle, not dollars and cents) to on-off ramping, the closer we can get to broad crypto adoption. And that means treating crypto as a category in any policy debate or conversation, whatever our personal preference

The arguments of the best cryptocurrencies can and should be fought, and coiners already vote with their wallets, their code, and their clicks. But regulation matters.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out our principles for smart crypto regulation here, and support our efforts to promote these principles at the legislative level by supporting our BTCPay server below, or with altcoins on our donate page.

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