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Dear Narwhals,

Before we dive into the waters of the Great Lakes, pardon this bright spot of news amid what’s been a chaotic time here at Narwhal HQ.

When we heard about photojournalist Amber Bracken’s arrest while she was on assignment on Wet’suwet’en territory for The Narwhal — and learned of the legal battle that awaited us — we reached out to all of you asking for your help. Then, something amazing happened: 6,000 people signed a letter to the federal public safety minister, demanding an investigation of RCMP arrests of journalists; photographers, reporters, editors, lawyers and countless others from coast to coast reached out to ask what they could do to lend a hand; and, incredibly, upwards of 700 readers stepped up to donate whatever they could to help The Narwhal weather this storm and future ones.

We are humbled, thankful and overwhelmed by the support. We don’t take this show of faith lightly, and we promise to work hard every day to keep building on the trust and relationships we’ve formed with all of you.

Now, over to this week’s slippery story...
Kendall Dewey, centre, is delighted by his catch as fellow fishermen look on.
Commercial fishing has been part of Kendall Dewey’s family for four generations. There won’t be a fifth.

“It’s sad to think about the future,” says Dewey, who fishes along Lake Ontario’s Bay of Quinte, a short drive from Prince Edward County.

Thanks to some combination of government policy, high entry costs, tourism and career options, fishermen like Dewey are a dying breed in Ontario.

Reporter Lindsay Campbell and photographer Johnny C. Y. Lam documented the daily lives — and frustrations — of three families fighting to save their industry in this vivid piece that will transport you to the shores of the Great Lakes.

As the fishermen themselves will tell you, one thing that’s not to blame for the decline is fish stocks themselves. Take brown trout, which is at its highest level since the 1990s. Experts say the industry can more than accommodate increased operations, which would give Ontarians access to more fresh, local and sustainable food options.

The proof is already there: just look at Lake Erie fisherman Tim Martin, whose family business managed to find a swath of new local customers when the pandemic sent global supply chains into a tailspin.

“People have told us how grateful they are to have us,” Martin says. “They still tell us.”

Take care and hug a fisherman,

Arik Ligeti
Director of audience
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The Narwhal in auction land

Ryan Dickie's Summer of the Horse: horses in the evening light along East Tuchodi Lake.
The beautiful work of photographers you’ve come to know and love in The Narwhal could soon be coming to your living room.

We’ve partnered with the wonderful folks at the Real Estate Foundation of B.C. to auction off prints by Louis Bockner, Ryan Dickie and Taylor Roades. There are more than 20 prints up for auction, including stunning shots of the aurora borealis, old-growth valleys and snow-capped mountains. The best part: all proceeds will be split evenly between the photographers and The Narwhal so we can keep producing award-winning visual journalism.

Make sure to get those bids in: the auction closes at midnight on Friday, Dec. 17.

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