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Here’s a riddle for you. What do the provinces of B.C., Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador all have in common?

If you answer caribou, Canada geese or muskrats you are correct.

But there’s something else the three provinces share — large hydro dams being built with public money that are billions of dollars over budget.

We’ve written a lot about the Site C dam on B.C.’s Peace River, and a little about the Keeyask Dam in Manitoba. But until this month we’ve barely scratched the surface of the boondoggle Muskrat Falls dam on Labrador’s lower Churchill River.

That dam is now the subject of a two-year, $33.7 million public inquiry to determine why public money was squandered — an inquiry that has compelled everyone from former premiers to SNC-Lavalin executives to take the stand.

Thanks to donations from more than 100 readers, we were able to send reporter Sarah Cox (that's her in the picture above) to the inquiry in St. John’s, N.L., for five days.

“I met people like Labrador resident Roberta Frampton Benefiel, who has been trying to stop the Muskrat Falls dam for two decades, learned about the devastating impact the dam will have on the Inuit way of life and dug deep into binders of evidence from SNC-Lavalin, which is also a key player in B.C.’s Site C dam,” Sarah says.

This week we rolled out the first two parts of Sarah's coverage of Muskrat Falls — read on for all the juicy details and more!

Emma Gilchrist
Editor-in-chief

Postmedia hires former Kenney staffer to lobby Alberta government on involvement in ‘energy war room’

By Sharon J. Riley

The Alberta Lobbyist Registry reveals the company that publishes newspapers in at least 34 Alberta communities has hired former United Conservative Party campaign director Nick Koolsbergen. Documents state Koolsbergen was hired to "discuss ways Postmedia could be involved in the government’s energy war room." Read more.

A soap business bubbles up in midst of Yukon mining boom

By Jimmy Thomson

In the second video of our Land Crafted series, we meet Joella Hogan. After buying Yukon Soaps, she wanted to move the bustling business downtown, but a new mine is complicating matters for the small community of Mayo. Watch the video.

A reckoning for Muskrat Falls

By Sarah Cox

At an inquiry into mismanagement of the hydro dam — called "the biggest economic mistake in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history" — citizens are finally able to demand answers from top officials responsible for a project that will impact generations of hydro customers with its astronomical price tag. Read more.

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Mercury rising: how the Muskrat Falls dam threatens Inuit way of life

By Sarah Cox
With soaring food prices, Inuit living downstream of the massive hydro project say they’re faced with the impossible decision of eating contaminated land-based foods or abandoning traditional practices. Read more.

Saving our caribou forces us to face tough questions

By Justina Ray

We all benefit from healthy ecosystems and biological diversity and it should not be up to any one community to bear the entire burden of making long overdue changes to the way we approach protecting wildlife and wild places. Read more.

Become a Narwhal Nicole became a monthly member of The Narwhal in February. She loves the way we're bringing complexity to stories that are so often painted as black and white.

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