What are we reading? May 12, 2022

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


Glen Korstrom, reporter:

A downdraft in the Canadian housing market has started, as higher interest rates push up mortgage rates. For the first time since 2010, five-year fixed mortgage rates are all above four per cent. – National Post



Consolidation could come to streaming platforms. One analyst is urging Disney to buy Netflix. – Barron’s 



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Interesting data on the multibillion-dollar value of energy trading between Canada and the United States. U.S. Energy Information Administration



And while we are on the subject of resources worth multibillions, consider the value of all that plastic in North American landfills. – Science Alert



Ending with a bang: the loudest sound ever recorded on Earth, and it was not the Ted Nugent Band's December 1974 performance at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom. – Discover Music



Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

Interesting if unsettling look at the psychology of disaster preparation – or lack thereof – in North America. – The Walrus



Astronomers have long known there’s a supermassive black hole in the centre of the Milky Way galaxy. Now there’s a pretty clear photo of it, courtesy of the Event Horizon Telescope. – Scientific American