What are we reading? July 16, 2021

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Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor

Given the amount of media doomsaying about Canada’s vaccine rollout in the first few months of this year, you’d have been forgiven for thinking that we were heading for pandemic Armageddon as a defenceless population fell victim to COVID-19. Western University research emeritus professor Mike Bancroft cites an example of this sky-is-falling blather in a National Post piece from February 24 that claimed Canada has “ended up in a situation where you’ll be experiencing death and economic collapse for 30 weeks longer than any other country with similar resources.”

Wrong – Canada has done as well or better than most comparable countries, Bancroft notes. – London Free Press

https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/bancroft-media-ignores-canadas-rallied-success-in-vaccine-rollout

 

About a third of Canada’s youngest adults say they’re going to chuck their financial advisors – or are seriously considering it – in favour if DIY investing.  – Bloomberg

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/younger-canadians-drop-financial-advisers-for-diy-investing-1.1623130

 

Glen Korstrom, reporter

Hours after Burrowing Owl Estate Winery on July 13 put out a press release to say that it was buying Wild Goose Winery, B.C. wine author John Schreiner posted this excellent long read with substantial detail on how the deal came together. 

He already had court documents to reveal that the deal was worth $12.6 million, and that it was borne out of receivership. 

The piece also explained the secret initial sale of Wild Goose Winery that followed founder Adolf Kruger’s 2016 death, and why receivership was needed to salvage the winery. – John Schreiner’s LinkedIn page

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/burrowing-owl-buys-wild-goose-john-schreiner/

 

In case it needs to be said, it is probably not a good idea to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in investment capital to teenagers to invest in cryptocurrencies. 

It may go missing. 

They may say they were hacked and that the money has disappeared. Then they might go missing. – Wall Street Journal

https://www.wsj.com/articles/investors-trusted-teenagers-to-manage-crypto-investments-now-they-want-answers-11625742001?st=tf1khhp1wlmxgvn&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink

 

I liked the way this story tried to get into the mind of its subject: England football striker, and attacking midfielder, Raheem Sterling. 

When Sterling was 13 years old, he used to take three buses across London each day to train and learn soccer skills after school at Queens Park Rangers’ academy. 

The writers took those same three buses, taking the same route to document what the daily long trek would have been like. – The Athletic

https://theathletic.com/2681868/2021/07/03/england-still-has-an-uncomfortable-problem-with-raheem-sterling/?source=user_shared_article

 

Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Fresh from the country's latest failure to "Bring It [football] Home" in the Euro 2020 final, Britain's failed 40-year initiative to embrace healthy eating is worth digesting. – Cambridge University research

https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/british-consumers-complicit-in-forty-year-healthy-eating-failure-new-study-suggests?