What are we reading? April 8, 2021

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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

‘Zero COVID’ – strategy aimed at making coronavirus infection rates vanish – is best, concludes a French study partly based on Canadian data. The study found that B.C. and five other provinces “face steeply rising infection rates tied to evolved variants of the virus, while provinces and territories that hewed closer to the Zero COVID approach do not.” – The Tyee



The European Union and the U.K. have pledged support for Ukraine after new threatening troop movements by Russia. – The Guardian



No supply chain is safe from this pandemic. With deliveries surging, restaurants report they’re having trouble finding enough ketchup packets for customers’ orders. – Wall Street Journal



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Interesting overview of life in the freelance lane during the pandemic economy. – Freelancer.com



The latest stats celebrating national beer day, which raises a glass or two to April 7, 1933, when the sale and consumption of beer and wine with an alcohol content of 3.2% was legalized in the United States. – United States Census



More data to underscore the brakes COVID-19 applied to North American energy consumption in 2020. – U.S. Energy Information Administration