What are we reading? March 19, 2020


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: 

Tips for socializing remotely when a pandemic puts a full stop on your lunch meetings, happy hours and baby showers. – The Atlantic



A British study that found that COVID-19 may cause more than two million deaths in the U.S. may have prodded the U.S. president to stop calling the pandemic a hoax and at least pay lip service to taking the virus seriously. – Talking Points Memo



Emma Crawford Hampel, online editor:

Stuck at home and bored? How to get a world-class education for free on the internet. There are courses from schools all around the world in a variety of subjects, all for free. – Quartz



Hayley Woodin, reporter:

This intelligence memo from economist Kevin Milligan discusses what the Canadian economy needs right now. What we’re looking at is a bridge to help get us – families, workers, businesses – to the other side of the COVID-19 slowdown. Once there, we can talk about ways to stimulate our battered economy. Today, it’s about survival. – C.D. Howe Institute



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Confirming that pandemics and other crises also bring out the worst from the bottom rungs of humanity, the Federal Trade Commission provides another instalment of coronavirus scams to beware of



Teleworking security tips from the National Institute of Standards and Technology



Layoffs coming soon to a supply chain near you. – Freightwaves



COVID-19 cutting nitrogen dioxide and other air pollutants in Italy and China, according to Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite data. – European Space Agency