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⚡When the going gets good⚡ r1 ... View this e-mail in your browser. Wow, in less than 24 hours, 30 people have signed up as new monthly members of The Narwhal, taking us 20 per cent of the way toward our goal of being able to hire a new editor.

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Keep scrolling for all the stories we’ve been digging up this week!

Emma Gilchrist

‘Deep state’ lobbying a growing tactic of fossil fuel industry, report finds

By Sharon J. Riley

Since Justin Trudeau’s government took power in 2015, lobbyists in Ottawa have focused more attention on the nation’s bureaucrats, rather than elected office holders, representing what one researcher calls a troubling 'fusion of private interest and public bodies'. Read more.

Tsilhqot’in First Nation opens B.C.’s largest solar farm

By Judith Lavoie

The project, which will generate enough energy to power 135 homes and $175,000 in annual revenue, is being celebrated as an important milestone in the nation’s economic independence. Read more.

Anonymous Facebook page touts ‘recovery’ at Mount Polley while mine waste still piped into lake

By Sarah Cox

A mysterious new group claims ‘life is getting back to normal’ at the site of the 2014 Mount Polley tailings pond collapse — one of Canada’s largest-ever environmental disasters — while the growing volume of mine waste in Quesnel Lake and a revealing government inspection report point to continuing concerns on the ground. Read more.

A gathering of guardians: Indigenous monitors convene for historic knowledge exchange

By Jimmy Thomson

In remote areas from the B.C. coast to Nunavut’s far north, Indigenous guardians and coastal watchmen are increasingly relied on to monitor landscapes, conduct search and rescue, gather environmental samples and document the impacts of climate change. Now these communities are assembling to share best practices for everything from tracking data to supporting traditional ways of life out on the land. Read more.

What we're reading As the face of the climate change file, McKenna has endured a torrent of vile abuse. Behind it is a powder keg of anxiety, resentment, and a lot of anger. From Shannon Proudfoot ✏️ What we're listening to Western Alienation
CBC's latest Front Burner episodes explore the growing political anger in Alberta and Saskatchewan. In Part one: déjà vu, Jayme Poisson and political science professor Loleen Berdahl guide you through the history of western alienation. In Part two: collision course, Maclean's Alberta correspondent Jason Markusoff explains how climate change has put Ottawa at odds with Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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