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If you’ve been following The Narwhal for a while, you might know that we’re pretty huge fans of a wave-making U.S.-based organization called the Solutions Journalism Network.

The network, co-founded by a trio of New York Times writers, takes on big challenges in journalism — and they do it by digging into the (really) hard questions.

They ask how journalists can "seek to rebalance the news, so that every day people are exposed to stories that help them understand problems and challenges." And they encourage journalists to tell "stories that show potential ways to respond."

AKA ... exactly what we try to do here at The Narwhal.

Which is why we were totally tickled when they asked us to tell them more about our work.

We're featured as this month's "Solutionist," and we couldn't be more thrilled.

Our Alberta reporter, Sharon J. Riley, and I talked with Allen Arthur about how The Narwhal got started, how our readers (i.e. you!) reward us for telling complex stories by donating to support our journalism and about whether journalists can really be "objective conveyors of the facts."

Aaaand we talked about what we like to call "gateway buts." What's that, you ask? It stems from something our Alberta reporter hears all the time: "I support oil and gas, but ..."

"The 'but' to me is what’s interesting," Sharon says. "It’s a gateway to a much more nuanced conversation."

You'll find all sorts of (what we hope are) super quote-able tidbits in our interview — and, of course, we couldn't stop singing the praises of our readers, because "they send us story ideas, they give us pats on the back and they donate to us. They share our stories." As always, we couldn't be more grateful.

Keep scrolling for all our reader-funded stories this week.

Thanks for reading,

Emma Gilchrist

Ten per cent of northeast B.C. oil and gas wells leak — more than double the reported rate in Alberta: new study

By Romain Chesnaux

A survey of the province's database shows wellbores releasing 14,000 cubic metres of methane — a potent greenhouse gas — every single day amid weak regulations and inconsistent monitoring. Read more.

To understand B.C.’s push for the Coastal GasLink pipeline, think fracking, LNG Canada and the Site C dam

By Sarah Cox

The pipeline at the centre of the Wet’suwet’en conflict is also central to the province’s long-running effort to attract multinational corporations and build up a liquefied natural gas export empire — all with infusions of public money. Here’s what you need to know. Read more.

Alberta loans industry-funded association $100 million to ‘increase the pace’ of orphan well cleanup

By Sharon J. Riley

As oil and gas companies are increasingly unable or unwilling to properly close down and clean up well sites, the province is stepping in with additional money — following hundreds of millions in past loans and grants — to support the Orphan Well Association. Read more.

‘A massive liability’: B.C.’s orphan fracking wells set to double this year

By Sarah Cox

Since 2016 the number of orphaned wells increased by a staggering 770 per cent. Now, as the tally grows, the province is left with contaminated sites, a leaking wastewater pond and an escalating cleanup bill estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. Read more.

In Photos: The battle to protect the heart of the Fraser River

By Fernando Lessa

Considered one of the most productive channels in the world, the lower Fraser and its unique islands provide important nurseries for juvenile fish, including endangered Chinook and prehistoric white sturgeon. But these islands are being bought, logged, diked and developed at a pace scientists and conservationists fear will upend the entire ecosystem. See the photos. The Narwhal in the world Look who we spotted sporting a Narwhal t-shirt on CBC's The Nature of Things! (In case you somehow missed the show's last, erm, 59 seasons, that'd be David Suzuki.)

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