It's vacation time, baby

It's vacation time, baby r1 ... View this e-mail in your browser. As we look toward September, we've got two things on our minds:

1) Narwhal tank tops

2) Vacation!

Let's start with No. 1 first. See those flashy tank tops Carol and I are wearing in that picture? We've got just 12 of those left in women's small, medium and large sizes. We'd love to get them out into the world to the first 12 people to become members today. Sign up as a monthly member for any amount and we'll pop you one in the mail. (Have we mentioned that our 750 monthly members make our independent journalism possible every single day and we love them more than anything?)

On the second point, we've been slogging away at our desks all summer and have decided it's time to take a quick breather before September hits us like a two-by-four. After all, our goal at The Narwhal is to take a step back from the daily news grind and provide a more thoughtful and insightful look at our relationship with the natural world.

To do that, sometimes you just need to get off your computer, ya know? So we're going to take a break from the newsletter next week and return at full power on September 4th. In the meantime, swing by our website or our Facebook page if you need to satisfy a craving for The Narwhal (we'll still be publishing occasionally).

This week we've got a doozy of a story for you on $61 million in taxpayer money going to build a new road that will open up mining in the Arctic and an illustrated story of hope and resilience from the Dane-zaa people of northern British Columbia. Read on!

Emma Gilchrist

Canadian taxpayers on hook for $61 million for road to open up mining in Arctic

By Jimmy Thomson

MMG Limited, a mining company controlled by the Chinese government, praised the public investment in Arctic infrastructure as biologists sounded the alarm about impacts on a dwindling caribou herd. Read more.

Death by a thousand cuts: a comic

By the Blueberry River First Nations, Christopher Pollon, Daniel Lafrance and Kelly Chen

A story of hope and resilience from the Dane-zaa people living in what is now known as northeastern British Columbia. Read more.

‘We have a biodiversity crisis’: feds announce $175 million for new conservation projects

By Sarah Cox

Twenty-seven initiatives to create new Indigenous protected and conserved areas are among the projects set to receive unprecedented federal funds as Canada strives to meet 2020 biodiversity targets. Read more.

The demand for luxury shellfish is polluting the ocean with plastic

By Leah Bendell

The federal government has given the West Coast shellfish industry a green light to expand farming practices of the lucrative geoduck to meet demand from Hong Kong and the rest of China. Read more.

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