What are we reading? October 31, 2019


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


Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Micro-brewing business is booming in B.C. as illustrated by Business in Vancouver's most recent list of the province's biggest breweries, but its payrolls are also hitting multibillion-dollar totals in counties across the United States. – U.S. Census Bureau 



Coming soon to a media outlet near you: pretentious job titles by the bucketload. How about: headline optimiser, story scientist or data detective? Better still, how about first  investing in better story writers, editors and information gatherers and leave the pretension to PR hacks, politicians and publicity-hungry posers?  – FIPP



Glen Korstrom, reporter:

It’s always interesting to see how Vancouver is portrayed in the New York Times. This piece starts by talking about Vancouver’s tech boom and how that’s affecting the office real estate market and then flows into major mixed-use projects such as Oakridge and largely residential projects such as Vancouver House. – New York Times



Hayley Woodin, reporter:

The news industry needs money and Facebook needs a new story. The ‘newsonomics’ of the Facebook news tab. – Nieman Lab



The Daily podcast from The New York Times examines the promise and peril of vaping. The second episode in the two-part series raises the following ominous question: did an innovation billed as a better alternative to smoking ultimately create more smokers? – The New York Times




So western governments should be wary of installing Chinese-designed tech infrastructure in their cities?” “Yes.” A conversation with a Chinese security issues analyst. – The Guardian



Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:


Scientists have estimated that rising sea levels mean that 37 million people now live in places that will be underwater at high tide by 2050. A new study, however, predicts it’s going to be a lot worse than that. – New York Magazine



Carbon taxes were a Tory piñata in the federal election – but a new poll suggests that stance helped cost the Conservatives the election. – The Star