What are we reading? September 3, 2020

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

 

Kirk LaPointe, publisher and editor-in-chief:

Are you bored? Is that really a question and not a statement in the pandemic? Boredom has its role. Embrace it. – The New Yorker

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-inquiry/what-does-boredom-do-to-us-and-for-us#intcid=recommendations_the-new-yorker-homepage_51b8dc57-6161-43e7-9211-cef8c0e042e0_popular4-1

 

George Packer has been an astute societal observer and chronicler for decades. He’s warning Americans that Joe Biden could lose. – The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/08/how-biden-loses/615835/

 

Ever gone online shopping and spent well more than you expected? There’s tech behind that. – Wired

https://www.wired.com/story/amazon-online-retail-dark-patterns/#intcid=_wired-homepage-right-rail_dadb580e-c771-413b-8a26-68eafad0192d_popular4-1

 

Emma Crawford Hampel, online editor:

So we are now wearing the masks. But are we wearing them correctly? How face masks work and which ones provide the best protection: – Wall Street Journal

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-face-masks-work-and-which-types-offer-the-best-covid-19-protection-11595946178?mod=wsjtwittertest19

 

Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

John Horgan enjoys the highest approval rating among Canadian premiers in a new Angus Reid poll. The survey suggests that a lot of the B.C. premier’s approval, at 69%  – rests on the BC NDP government’s response to the pandemic, despite the recent rise in the number of new cases of COVID-19 in the province.  – angusreid.org

http://angusreid.org/premier-approval-august2020/

 

The end of many pandemic support programs, including B.C.’s Temporary Rental Supplement, will likely touch off a wave of evictions in the province, observers warn.  – rabble.ca

https://rabble.ca/news/2020/08/bcs-housing-crisis-hit-boiling-point-pandemic-protections-are-set-be-lifted

 

Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

In need of a little light summer reading? Try digesting the OECD's roundup of global tax policy reforms in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, how those reforms have helped or hindered economies, what countries and their populations will need to do to pull themselves out of the financial morass they are all now mired in and why international taxation co-operation is needed more than ever.

http://www.oecd.org/tax/tax-policy-reforms-26173433.htm