A Narwhal ✨reader✨ in the world

A Narwhal ✨reader✨ in the world r1 ... SHARE THIS NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER The Narwhal's masthead logo A collage made up of small photos of staff at The Narwhal and green blocks I know, I know, you hear it from us all the time: When I think back to where we were just three years ago … just two years ago … just last year…

But as one of the founders of The Narwhal, I can’t help but reflect on how much we’ve grown over the last little while and what that growth has allowed us to accomplish.

Over the last year we have added 14 new staff positions at ye ol’ Narwhal. FOURTEEN! (Four of those are special new reveals coming up soon so keep your eyes peeled.)

As I write this, two of our four OG Narwhals are on leave: one writing a book (we miss you Sarah!) and one with a two-day-old baby (congrats Sharon!!). And yet, back at homebase we still have an absolutely bustling pod of Narwhals working their tusks off to cover important stories.

We’ve got in-depth explanatory coverage of Canada’s recent decision to approve Newfoundland’s first-ever deepwater oil and gas drilling project; the B.C. story of a small mining-turned-arts town facing the prospect of another gold-mining boom; an in-the-forest look at what it means to spray pesticides from the sky; a profile on Ontario Liberal Party Leader Steven Del Duca, Doug Ford’s number one challenger in the upcoming election; a peek under the hood of the Ontario NDP’s climate plans and even a primer on what Ontario’s pending decision to open 10,000 acres of farmland to development means for growers and carbon sinks across the Peel Region.

But as you’ve likely noticed, our growing Narwhal pod means more than just great stories. It means we’re able to support programs like our 2022 BIPOC photojournalism fellowship, launch beeeeaaautiful print products like this year’s print edition and join as guests on podcasts and radio programs around the country like CANADALAND, The Big Story and On Point with Alex Pierson.

It means other things too: in a couple of weeks I’ll be heading off for a few months to welcome my own brand-new little soul into the world. Knowing the team we’ve assembled will keep The Narwhal swimming while I’m away means a lot more than I can easily express here. But I can tell you in this special moment, the gratitude I feel toward our readers, our newsletter subscribers and especially our members runs so incredibly deep.

It feels important to give that thanks, because we hear so much gratitude from you! And that also gives me great comfort and hope, because I depart knowing our newest members are sending in messages like these to the team:

"Best source of news available."

"I am committed to true reconciliation with Indigenous People and The Narwhal is leading the way."

“I want more independent media helping communities come together to solve problems.”

“I believe your work is the most important work of our times.”

“I want to support climate reporting as an essential piece of responding to our climate emergency.”

"I want to support the unbiased reporting especially by a bunch of interesting women!"

Thank you and remember: a gathering of Narwhals is actually called a blessing,

Carol Linnitt
Executive editor

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