What are we reading? November 30, 2018


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

Kirk LaPointe, editor-in-chief:

A deep look at the unnecessary victims of Donald Trump’s trade war with China, many of whom he was elected to protect. - The New York TImes



Ever wonder why your restaurant is so loud? Blame the architects. - The Atlantic



An homage to Astral Weeks, the seminal Van Morrison album that turned 50 this week and still manages to acquire a new following year after year. - The Ringer



Anna Liczmanska, editorial researcher:

Massive digital ad-fraud scheme uncovered by the Department of Justice. - The Adweek



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

More light on the horizon for quality journalism in our new dysfunctional age of information where reality increasingly doesn’t matter, especially in public office. - FIPP



Insights into how a rapidly changing Arctic might be developed without being destroyed like much of the rest of the planet. - World Wildlife Fund



Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

Is it time to nationalize GM Canada? With the automaker’s announcement it will close its Oshawa plant, affecting thousands of jobs, business columnist David Olive thinks so. - Toronto Star



The harrowing story of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s combat experience in Vietnam sheds light on the former FBI director’s quiet relentlessness as he flushes out the crimes of the current U.S. maladministration. - Wired



Nelson Bennett, reporter:

Solar power makes sense in some provinces, but not in others. New National Energy Board analysis on the cost and value of solar power concludes that in provinces like B.C. and Quebec, which have relatively cheap, clean hydro power, solar power is more expensive than utility power. “Whether solar generation is competitive in a province or territory often depends more on local electricity prices, rather than the amount of sunlight received,” the report concludes. - The Economics of Solar Power in Canada, NEB



Hayley Woodin, reporter:

Backlash over a 3D puzzle for children depicting Kim Jong Un shows that there is a limit to the North Korean leader’s rapid public-relations transformation. - The Wall Street Journal



"No one wants to be the idiot that relocates all the factories today and then finds out tomorrow that the trade war is over." This piece argues that both the United States and China are in denial about their trade spat. - Foreign Policy



Albert Van Santvoort, reporter:

Northwestern B.C. has the worst economic mobility in the country. This story by the Globe and Mail provides an interactive look and how income mobility varies across the country.


Monopolization is an inherent property of capitalism that has negative affects on markets and market economies. This piece by the Guardian looks at monopolization in the sharing economy.


John A. McDonald made Canada the first country to pas anti-trust/anti-monopolization laws in 1899.