What are we reading? June 10, 2021

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

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Kirk LaPointe, publisher and editor-in-chief:

Two r & r stories from The Atlantic are advisable for health purposes: why a good night’s sleep pays off profoundly, and why America has a drinking problem. – The Atlantic




When Canada legalized cannabis, someone had to start tabulating its activity. This is the story of the quest, which remains a little hazy. – The Walrus



This exceptional oral essay examines the historic journalistic decision to publish the Pentagon Papers. – The New York TImes



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

For deep history fans interested in knowing what was happening in their neighbourhoods prior to the Big Bang, this Big Think piece fills in a lot of blanks



And when you are finished pondering the deep past, here is a look ahead to the near future of work and the top 10 jobs heading your way. If you have ever dreamed of being an Algorithm Bias Auditor, start polishing your resumé now. – Big Think



A largely optimistic outlook on global economic recovery front from the World Bank.



Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor

A study by University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation pegs the U.S. death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic at more than 900,000 – a number more than 50% higher than the official figure. – NPR



The accelerating pace of vaccinations has pumped up pressure on employees to return to the office. But many workers are quitting their jobs rather than go back to their pre-pandemic commutes and cubicles. – Bloomberg



Hayley Woodin, executive editor:
Retail may not be dead, but it is in for reinvention. From travelling show rooms, to luring customers with cafés and art galleries, retailers are experimenting with pop-up stores. – Bloomberg


Two scientists in Canada who shared information and virus samples with China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology remain under RCMP investigation. "This needs to be a wake-up call for Canada about how aggressive the Chinese have become at infiltrating Western institutions,” says one security expert. – CBC


Glen Korstrom, reporter

Was reflecting on the earthquake risk in Metro Vancouver and found this good long read from 2015. That may seem like a while ago, but part of its interesting thesis was around determining how frequent Cascadia fault line quakes can be. Their science determines that it would be around once every 243 years. Given that science and Indigenous oral history has it that the last massive quake here was in 1700, we’re about 321 years into an average 243-year interval between quakes. – New Yorker