What are we reading? August 16, 2018


Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.

Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

Prince Rupert, busiest Pacific port in North America, thrives amid Trump tirades. – Bloomberg



Inside the Toronto Star’s bold plan to save itself – The Walrus



Carrie Schmidt, editorial researcher:

I used to work at a new age bookstore. One of the psychics who worked in the back room talked with angels, much like the woman described in this article, except she wasn't raking in the cash, pre-internet, like Melanie Beckler is. - Digg



Magazine cover? Ad? Both? - The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/08/style/vanity-fair-michelle-williams-louis-vuitton.html


Nelson Bennett, reporter:

Most Canadians probably didn’t know that Eastern Canada gets up to 11% of its oil from Saudi Arabia. Will Canada’s spat with the kingdom wake Canadians up to the realization that energy independence is good for Canada’s economy and conscience? - Calgary Herald



How to touch the Sun without getting burned. NASA has launched a probe that will soar past Venus seven times, and eventually get within 4 million miles of the surface of the Sun. How can a probe get that close to the Sun without burning up? And what might it tell us about solar flares that have the potential to knock out Earth’s electrical system? -  Science Alert



Should free speech advocates be worried that Silicon Valley is setting itself up as the arbiter of what people can and can’t say on its platforms? Is this a free speech issue, or just Silicon Valley finally setting community standards that the mainstream media has always applied? The Intercept discusses the recent decision by Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to ban Alex Jones from their platforms. - The Intercept via YouTube



Emma Crawford Hampel, online editor:

There is now more support in Scotland for remaining in the EU than at the time of the 2016 referendum, according to polling, as most Scottish voters say they are being ignored in negotiations. - The Guardian



Tesla has allegedly hired several employees accused of spying on competitors while they worked at Uber, according to a new whistleblower complaint against the company. - CNBC


Albert Van Santvoort, reporter:

This piece from The Economist explores the political ramifications of growing wealth inequality. -The Economist


The New York Times’ editorial board  explores what they say is the growing political power of labour unions.-The New York Times



This story by Mehdi Hasan provides some context about Saudi Arabia in its dispute against Canada. -The Intercept