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Yeah ya did r1 ... View archive version Ask and you shall receive. Isn't that what they say?

I think this must be especially true when it comes to readers of The Narwhal, who last week pooled together the resources to send our B.C. legislative reporter Sarah Cox to Newfoundland to attend the public inquiry on the Muskrat Falls hydro dam.

Thank you to the 129 of you who helped make this happen!

The response was so positive that we were also able to hire Newfoundland photographer Paul Daly to capture the key characters in the Muskrat Falls saga on film (or, um, pixels).

Already this week Sarah has heard testimony from a top Nalcor official and representatives from SNC-Lavalin and met with many local figures in the prolonged fight against Muskrat Falls.

Stay tuned for Sarah's upcoming coverage, made a reality by you — our readers.

It's been a very busy week for us at The Narwhal so be sure to read on.

Emma Gilchrist
Editor-in-chief, The Narwhal

Fishers, First Nations fight Northern Pulp mill’s proposed effluent pipeline into ocean

By Joan Baxter

After half a century of discharging contaminated waste into Boat Harbour, the Nova Scotia mill is proposing a new plan to pipe 85 million litres a day of warm treated effluent further into the ocean — where locals fear risks to a critical seafood industry. Read more.

Three oilsands companies surrender land for new Alberta park to be co-managed with First Nations

By Judith Lavoie
The new park was created after three companies — Teck Resources, Cenovus Energy and Imperial Oil — voluntarily gave up oilsands and mining leases in the area following negotiations with the Alberta government and Indigenous groups. Read more.

Petrowest numbered company awarded $10 million Site C dam contract on eve of bankruptcy

By Sarah Cox

Petrowest’s financial woes were widely known when BC Hydro quietly awarded a major contract to a B.C. numbered company — 1054143 — that an investigation by The Narwhal reveals was incorporated by key Petrowest executives. The numbered company received millions in public funds while Petrowest fell into receivership, its assets seized just weeks after the contract award. Read more.

Agreements mark ‘turning point’ for six B.C. caribou herds, but leave most herds hanging

By Sarah Cox

A new southern mountain caribou protection agreement is being heralded as a landmark measure to protect six highly endangered herds in Treaty 8 traditional territory in B.C.’s northeast.

But scientists say a second, new conservation agreement aimed at protecting the rest of B.C.’s imperilled southern mountain caribou herds is “vague,” and some conservation groups are calling it a roadmap for the potential local extinction of herds already in sharp decline. Read more.

It’s only a matter of time before deep-sea mining comes to Canada. We’re not ready.

By Sonia Jind
A new era of seafloor mining is upon us, yet so far Canada has not taken steps to identify and protect vulnerable marine areas — like the ecologically rich ‘Deepsea Oasis’ off the coast of Vancouver Island — from this burgeoning industry. Read more.

Fracking-induced earthquakes prompt call for buffer zones around Site C dam

By Ben Parfitt

In November, two wells being fracked caused an earthquake so severe it halted construction at Site C, 20 kilometres away. The incident is prompting locals to question how B.C. regulates the region’s abundant oil and gas activity near schools, hospitals and farms. Read more.

Canada clearcuts one million acres of boreal forest every year ... a lot of it for toilet paper

By Tzeporah Berman

Every year, Canada clearcuts a million acres of boreal forest, or seven NHL hockey rinks per minute. From 2001 to 2017, Canada lost nearly 40 million hectares of forest — releasing huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere equivalent to the annual emissions of nearly 321 million cars. Read more.

Note from a Narwhal "I discovered the Narwhal a few months ago and have been keeping up-to-date with all your stories. This is TRUE JOURNALISM — the style of journalism we have lost here in Canada due to the loss of ad revenues and subsequent loss of funds for investigative work as you have indicated." — Terry
You're our reason for being, Terry. Thanks for your support.

A special thanks to all of you who came to say hello at the Barry Lopez event in Vancouver on Monday.

It's always a pleasure to meet another Narwhal in the flesh!

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