What are we reading? November 18, 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:

This editorial reminds us that more than two years after its launch, B.C.’s groundbreaking Land Owner Transparency Registry is not yet fully operational – and that the province and the rest of Canada have a long way to go in fighting money laundering by shedding light on the dark corners of the real estate market – Globe and Mail



Steve Burgess’ riffs on Saskatchewan secessionist sentiment made me laugh. Example: “An independent Saskatchewan would be like the sleeping dude in the middle seat on a cross-country flight. Pretty awkward when Manitoba has to go the bathroom.” – The Tyee



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Readers who enjoyed "Tax Me I'm Canadian: The Taxpayer Guide to Your Money and How Politicians Spend It" might want to digest Mark Milke's most recent book: "The Victim Cult – How the Grievance Culture Hurts Everyone and Wrecks Civilizations" (www.victimcult.com ).

If the 21st century has anything in abundance it’s victims – real and imagined.


While we are on the subject of victims, were Neanderthals one of the first to suffer the catastrophic consequences of relentless victimization at the hands of Homo sapiens? Maybe not. – Discover Magazine



If all we really have is time, ponder this dive into the complexities of time dilation and Einsteinian relativity. It may be later than you think or it may be earlier, depending on your point of view and your position in a gravitational field. – Live Science



Glen Korstrom, reporter:

The disaster in Abbotsford’s Sumas Plain, with mass flooding and thousands of animals losing their lives made me curious about the history of the area. Here’s a good piece that discusses the evolution of that area. – Fraser Valley Current



It was 20 years ago, on November 17, 2001, when three men brutally beat Aaron Webster to death in Stanley Park. The vicious murder galvanized the city’s gay community. 

I read this longer feature about the event after seeing it posted on social media. The article was actually written on the 10th anniversary of the event, but it is just as poignant today. – Xtra Magazine