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Vancouver bans doorknobs in future construction

The city of Vancouver has banned doorknobs in new construction, a city official said Thursday. Wrist-twisting doorknobs will be replaced with levers to make it easier on seniors and those with disabilities, city spokeswoman Viviana Zanocco told AFP. The new rules are included in an amended building code, which takes…

‘World’s first’ bitcoin ATM opens in Vancouver coffeehouse

Three young entrepreneurs have opened what they call the world’s first ATM able to exchange bitcoins for any official currency. The machine inaugurated Tuesday, delivered to Vancouver in Western Canada by Robocoin, an American manufacturer, stands against a wall of a popular coffee shop, and resembles an ordinary cash ATM.…

Courts, cold hit Canada ‘Occupy’ protests

OTTAWA — A court on Monday ordered Occupy protesters in Canada’s largest metropolis to take down their tents in a downtown Toronto park as demonstrators in Vancouver also faced a deadline to clear out. “It is time this protest has come to an end,” Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told a…

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