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Oh, this old thing? r1 ... Subscribe to this newsletter the narwhal logo BECOME A MEMBER The Narwhal's managing editor Carol Linnitt
There’s a kind of irony to the fact that, although we’re all storytellers at The Narwhal, it can be difficult for us to tell the story of The Narwhal.

Over the last year we’ve published an average of eight stories a week, yet you’d be hard pressed to find one that talks about what it takes to bring those stories to life. There’s always a ton of chatter at Narwhal HQ (i.e. the world wide web) about how we’re measuring our impact and charting our growth — but we’re guilty of not sharing enough with you.

That’s why it was so fun to look back at what our members have helped to accomplish over the last year and pull out some highlights to share with you. Because these details? Boy, do they ever tell a story.

So ’scuse me while I get a little … braggadocious.

Let’s start with the numbers.

Over the last year our website readership grew by 65 per cent, our newsletter audience grew by 127 per cent and our Instagram following grew by more than 100 per cent.

But perhaps the best number of all is that during the global cataclysm that was 2020, The Narwhal’s membership grew by a staggering 129 per cent (cue tiny fireworks display!). And that membership growth helped our team blossom from four to a pod of 11.
This incredible support, which keeps The Narwhal free for everyone, also gave our team the capacity to wrangle some pretty big investigations.

There is no shortage of bad news about Canada’s media landscape — just think about all those Bell Media employees who were given 30 minutes to clear their desks earlier this month (even though Bell Media’s parent company had just received $122 million in COVID relief funds through the federal government’s wage subsidy program).

News like this bums us all out. And it’s hard not to become disenchanted about the state of Canadian journalism. But news like this also highlights why what’s happening here at The Narwhal is so important, especially because it’s the result of our connection with you, our readers.

Not only is The Narwhal bucking the trend when it comes to the media industry, but we’re showing what can happen when we work to renew the relationship between journalists and the public they serve.

There’s so much more we want to do — but we need your help. Will you help us build back Canadian journalism by becoming a monthly member of The Narwhal today for any amount you can afford?

Stay safe and toot your tiny trumpets,

Carol Linnitt
Managing editor

P.S. Our members provide the support for us to report in-depth and investigative stories that would otherwise go untold. Can you help us do more of this important work by becoming a member today?

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This week in The Narwhal

Here’s why Alberta’s ban on mountaintop-removal mining won’t affect proposed coal mines in the Rockies

Aerial view of mountaintop mining in B.C.'s Elk Valley By Sharon J. Riley

When the government said it would put an “outright ban on mountaintop mining,” many Albertans rejoiced. But Alberta’s energy regulator says that only applies if the top of a mountain is “completely” removed. Read more.

‘Localized harassment’: RCMP patrol Wet’suwet’en territory despite UN calls for withdrawal

Wet’suwet’en land defenders gather outside a Coastal GasLink work sitework site on Feb. 14, 2021, for a ceremony to remember Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls By Matt Simmons
One year after the RCMP’s highly publicized militarized raids on land defender camps, a continuous police presence is affecting the lives of Wet’suwet’en people who say intimidation and nuisance tactics are being used to suppress opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline. Read more.

‘This is something to celebrate’: B.C. defers logging in home of Canada’s last three wild spotted owls

Northern spotted owl pictured here in the Olympic National Forest in Washington State By Sarah Cox
In the absence of endangered species legislation in B.C., the provincial and federal governments have announced a new nature agreement that includes pilot projects to protect at-risk species. It starts with logging deferrals in habitat where the existence of a pair of breeding spotted owls, thought extinct in Canada, was made public in 2020. Read more.

What we’re reading Global News article: How colonial systems have left some First Nations without drinking water The Atlantic article: The Terrifying Warning Lurking in the Earth’s Ancient Rock Record owl bobbing head gif When there’s hope for spotted owls and journalism in Canada. Tell your friends the good news and have them sign up for our newsletter. r33

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