Delirious laughter

Delirious laughter r1 ... View archive version A year ago, Carol and I were working very peculiar hours getting our ducks in a row to launch The Narwhal on May 14th.

If you’d have told me on one of those very late nights that a year later I’d receive news that The Narwhal is a finalist for three awards from the Canadian Association of Journalists, I probably would have broken out in delirious laughter.

But it’s true — we just found out on Tuesday that we’re finalists for three awards alongside the country’s biggest media companies! The Narwhal published two of the finalists for best photojournalism and Sharon J. Riley’s reporting in Alberta earned a nod for best labour reporting.

As a regular reader of The Narwhal, you’ve been a crucial part of this journey and I want to say thank you! The Narwhal exists because thousands of Canadians like you are willing to support a different model for media.

For the 583 of you who are already monthly members of The Narwhal — thank you, you hold a special place in our hearts!

If you aren’t a member of The Narwhal yet, we’ve got an offer for you.

We just got in a fresh shipment of our signature toques and we’d love to get them out into the world — become a member by Friday at midnight and we’ll send you a toque in the mail.

As a non-profit online magazine that doesn’t run advertising, we are so proud to be able to say: nobody owns us. And that’s only possible because good people like you have stepped up and dared to believe that another model for news is possible.

Our members are the lifeblood of our newsroom, providing reliable monthly support for our independent, honest reporting. Being a member of The Narwhal means you’re part of building people-powered media for the common good. Bonus: sign up to give whatever you can each month by midnight Friday and we’ll send you a free toque.

Thank you to each and every one of you for making our independent journalism possible. We hope you raise a glass and celebrate tonight.

Now, read on to see what else we’ve been up to this week!

Emma Gilchrist

Alberta issues 97% of reclamation certificates without ever visiting oil and gas sites

By Sharon J. Riley
The vast majority of reclamation certificates are granted by an automated online system with no human review and no on-site inspection. Read more.

B.C.’s last great herring fishery

By Chris Pollon

There used to be five herring fishies off the coast of B.C. Now there is just one in the Georgia Strait — where a battle is on to prevent herring from becoming slurry to feed farmed salmon. Read more.

Potential health impacts of fracking in B.C. worry Dawson Creek physicians

By Melissa Lem

"I have some patients whose symptoms I can’t explain." Read more.

The trouble with staking Alberta’s future on oil

By Sharon J. Riley

With changes in the world’s appetite for oil — and global goals to reduce carbon emissions — Albertans are left to wonder if it's safe to assume the province can once again make a fortune in the oil industry. Read more.

Notley vs. Kenney on how to deal with Alberta’s 167,000 inactive and abandoned oil and gas wells

By Sharon J. Riley

There’s little doubt Alberta is chock-full of oil and gas wells. There’s a well for every 1.5 square kilometres in this province — what’s less certain is when all these wells are going to be cleaned up. Read more.

Major gaps in mining regulations flagged in environment commissioner’s report

By Carol Linnitt

It turns out much of what is actually happening at Canada's 255 mines goes unreported and unmonitored. Read more.

8 major gaps in B.C.’s knowledge about fracking

By Andrew Nikiforuk

A scientific panel outlines just how much we know — about what we don’t know — when it comes to regulatory oversight, water usage, earthquakes and radioactive waste. Read more.

Note from a Narwhal "I am a monthly supporter of The Narwhal and am happy to contribute to this initiative. I am a stay-at-home mom currently living in D.C. I miss my home province of B.C. and value the work you’re doing to protect and promote awareness." — Kim
Thanks for your extra special support from afar, Kim. A massive, massive congratulations to our B.C. legislative reporter, Sarah Cox, who was shortlisted this week for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize.

Sarah's book, Breaching the Peace, is a finalist for the prize, which rewards the country's best political writing. Fingers crossed for you, Sarah!

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