What are we reading? March 7, 2019


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:

We have written at BIV on the difficulties with China not taking our recycling. Now the United States is finding a problem, too, and people are wondering if this is the end of recycling. - The Atlantic



Investigative journalist Jane Mayer examines how Fox News has moved from a partisan to a propaganda machine for the Trump administration. Her evidence is compelling. - The New Yorker



It is not panic time, yet, but Tesla has troubles with showroom closures and share declines are very perplexing for the firm. - The New York Times



Emma Crawford Hampel, online editor:

What makes a really strong password? Is yours really all that unique? Why is ‘ji32k7au4a83’ a surprisingly common password? - Gizmodo




Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

Entrepreneur Doug Putman is being heralded in Britain as the potential saviour of the HMV brand. The 34-year-old Canadian bought the ailing company in 2017 and is turning a profit on this side of the Atlantic by rebranding HMV locations as Sunrise record stores, and he aims to rescue the 100 remaining HMV stores in the U.K. - CBC



Retail survival story: Benny’s Market, at the corner of Union Street and Princess Avenue in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood, will celebrate its 100th birthday in August. - CTV



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

A trio of energy issues to consider:

If B.C. is aiming to sell boatloads of liquefied natural gas to Japan, the market there just got a lot softer, according to this U.S. Energy Information Administration report, which notes that in 2018 Japan restarted five nuclear reactors that were shut down after the 2011 Fukushima accident. As a result, says the EIA, the increased nuclear power production will likely to "cut Japanese imports of LNG in the electric power sector by as much as 10% in 2019." - U.S. Energy Information Administration



More marine cargo ports are getting on the green train. - GreenPort



Energy storage, that vital cog in the renewable-energy-viability wheel, continues to develop, according to Forbes


Glen Korstrom, reporter:

Inspiring to read about a past BIV 40 Under 40 winner, Vancouver’s Eric Pateman, in Forbes discussing his many international initiatives and how to create culinary tourism strategies. - Forbes



This well-argued opinion piece by David Clement, North American affairs manager at the Consumer Choice Center, outlines a lot of the pitfalls that could spur the legalization of cannabis-infused drinks. - Financial Post



NHL players will not be punished for using cannabis, according to this interesting investigation by ESPN, which contrasts policies for drug use and testing procedures among the major sports leagues. NHL teams are also proportionately more in states that have legalized medical or recreational cannabis compared with the other leagues. – ESPN



Nelson Bennett, reporter:

Wait, what? Australia, one of the world’s largest exporters of liquefied natural gas, is now considering also importing LNG to address a domestic natural gas supply shortage. - The Sydney Morning Herald



No, vaccines don’t cause autism. Anti-vaxxers have long relied on a single, 12-person study that linked vaccine to autism. That study was retracted and the author stripped of his medical licence. Now, a new long-term study of 657,461 children, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, finds no link between vaccinations and autism. - Axios



Some of the most vigorous opposition to practical solutions for dealing with climate change comes, not from climate change skeptics, but from some of the more dogmatic environmental groups. This Houston Chronicle piece on research into turning natural gas into both hydrogen and carbon nanotubes, which could replace steel, underscores why zealotry can be counterproductive to the effort to tackle climate change. - Houston Chronicle



Tyler Orton, reporter:

Here's what British people will eat if they end up with the worst-case Brexit. - Bloomberg



Hayley Woodin, reporter

The ideas of modern monetary theory are gaining interest, and perhaps some support. But the senior economics correspondent for The Upshot argues their real-world applicability best be tested before a roll-out to the world’s largest economy. Canada gets a shout-out as a potential 2.0 testing ground. - New York Times