What are we reading? July 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.


Kirk LaPointe, publisher and editor in chief:

The extraordinary tale of a music superstar in the control of her father has been the summer’s big celebrity diversion. This exceptional piece of reporting explores Britney Spears’ quest to shake off conservatorship by her father, with new information that prompted resignations this week by her manager and her lawyer. – The New Yorker



The federal government has posted “guiding principles” for diversity in online content. No matter your perspective, certainly worth reading. – Government of Canada



Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

Why women feel side effects from COVID-19 vaccines more keenly – and why clinical trials failed to predict the gender imbalance in the immune response. – The Walrus  



The number of electric vehicles on B.C. roads is fast outpacing the ability of fast-charging stations to keep up with demand, notes a new B.C. government report. Industry observers point to several ways to meet EV needs, including a heavy jolt of private investment. – electricautonomy.ca



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Sobering job loss numbers caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic according to OECD estimates: 114 million and counting.



Good news and bad news on the anti-aging front. – Neoscope