The Tyee: Another Vancouver-spawned Bitcoin firm accused of owing millions

In a long read in The Tyee, I chronicle the tumultuous path of Vancouver’s David Smillie, who caught the cryptocurrency wave after leaving a high-flying TV career. He founded the Bitcoin exchange ezBtc, and it rose fast, but then users say they could not withdraw their money off the platform. Now ezBtc is accused of owing more than C$60 million and counting. Sounds familiar? The ill-fated QuadrigaCX came from the same city.

The Tyee: Feds compiled 110 pages on my moves as I filed info requests

I write in The Tyee that the words of a long-dead European thinker can apply well to the Canadian government’s approach to transparency: “When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” So said the 19th century German philosopher Nietzsche. Let me update that a bit. When you keep tabs on the government, you soon learn that, in some way, the government also keeps tabs on you.