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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 op-ed in the Star makes the case that with the federal election results, “the threat of separation will become a common, angry, theme in Alberta’s political life.”

Maybe, though as pollster Mario Canseco has pointed out, the spectre of a breakaway in Alberta has for decades made for good copy but has never had anything close to the kind of public support that gets separation referendum ballots printed. Still, I don’t recall any Alberta politician losing a lot of votes by wallowing in infantile regional grievance. – The Star


Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer made a fatal mistake by following a Trump-like strategy of stoking his right-wing base and tuning out all other wavelengths of the political spectrum, says CBC News columnist Robyn Urback.

“That would have been a decent strategy for a Conservative Leader Lisa Raitt or a Rona Ambrose — someone who wasn’t so susceptible to Liberal war room attacks about a hidden social conservative agenda. But for Andrew Scheer, it meant parking himself at the end of the cliff, and hoping no one gave him a nudge.” – CBC


Glen Korstrom, reporter:

With Albertans angrier than ever at the federal government, and many angling to separate from Canada, it is worth looking into the Canadian phenomenon of equalization payments to so-called “have-not” provinces. The  formula is more complex than I thought. Here’s a good piece on how the payments are calculated and what they were set to be in the 2018-19 fiscal year. – University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy


Amsterdam is often cited as a model for a low-carbon emission city, and as a cycling Mecca. This piece looks at how different Victoria (and Vancouver) are compared with Amsterdam. Are factors such as culture, density and geography significant enough to keep B.C.’s largest cities from becoming like Amsterdam? – The Capital


Hayley Woodin, reporter:

Are China’s “tantrums” a sign of strength or a sign of weakness? The Atlantic questions China’s response to references about Hong Kong and why American companies have been quick to cow to the country’s requests. – The Atlantic

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