What are we reading? August 1, 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:

Forget about being happy at work. It’s a fleeting emotion. Better if you find meaning, say the experts. - Harvard Business Review



It is difficult to know what to feel worse about: how Martin Luther King Jr. maintained a double life or how the FBI was determined to destroy him, even to coax him into suicide. A historian has pored through recently released records to paint a harrowing portrait of that era. - Standpoint



Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced billionaire, appears to have had a larger impact in mind over the years: He wanted to seed the human race with his DNA. - The New York Times



Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

Canada finds itself increasingly isolated internationally, with longtime allies the U.S. and the U.K. stumbling into xenophobia and isolationist policies, and Russia and China ramping up strongarm tactics against Ottawa. But there could be as much opportunity for Canada as there is potential conflict. - Economist



Democratic presidential primary contender Bernie Sanders is pushing the idea of importing more Canadian pharmaceuticals to the U.S. to reduce high drug prices. Not so fast, says a coalition of Canadian medical and patient groups – there are already shortages of many prescription medicines north of the U.S. border. - CNN



Glen Korstrom, reporter

Given that U.S. President Donald Trump roiled markets on Thursday with a few Twitter posts about how he would implement new 10% tariffs against $300B worth of goods from China, this tweet thread that Heidi N. Moore posted earlier in the week increased in relevance. 

I disagree with Moore’s contention that journalists should not monitor or pay attention to Twitter content, or pitch editors about what is said on Twitter. Trump proves that Twitter is a platform for world leaders to make significant and consequential statements. CEOs, such as Elon Musk, have also learned that their tweets have consequences. Here’s the part of Heidi’s long tweet-thread, which is more like an essay that she doled out in tweets, where I started reading – Twitter



When cannabis was illegal in the 1990s, Vancouver was often dubbed Vansterdam, and cannabis use was prevalent. Many believed that the culture alive then showed a glimpse of what it would look like to have cannabis be legal. How wrong they were, writer Enzo Dimatteo argues. For him, government attempts to control the market are wrongheaded, and only acts to fuel the drive of activists to free the weed – Now Toronto



Hayley Woodin, reporter:

In San Francisco, the current waitlist for a shelter bed is more than 1,000 people deep. California is looking for a way to get its homelessness crisis under control. – Vice



How decades of cuts to legal aid have diminished the right to legal equality in England and Wales. (We should consider what the picture looks like in Canada, and what chronic underfunding of justice systems means for legal equality and access to justice.) – The Conversation



BCBC calculations show B.C. businesses are paying nearly $5 billion more in taxes each year than they were in 2013 – and it’s not the result of economic growth. – BCBC