A jaw-dropping season finale

A jaw-dropping season finale r1 ... The Narwhal's masthead logo Nine Narwhal staff pose around a Narwhal-branded surfboard. Dear Narwhals,

Just before our journalists headed out for a well-earned break, they got two jaw-dropping bills for freedom of information requests.

B.C. investigative reporter Sarah Cox was quoted $1,500 for a list of all direct award contracts for the controversial Site C dam, while Ontario reporter Emma McIntosh was quoted $360 for documents on Doug Ford’s plans to cut into the Greenbelt.

These are just two of 284 access to information requests our journalists filed this year and they shine a light on how expensive it is to do brave investigative journalism. That’s why I’m turning to each of you, The Narwhal’s most loyal readers, to help support us so we can get back these documents and do more hard-hitting reporting in 2023.

Will you help ring in the new year by donating whatever you can afford to make our investigative reporting possible? Give by midnight tonight and your donation will be doubled — plus you’ll get a 2022 tax receipt.

Here’s just a small glimpse into the incredible things our readers made possible at The Narwhal in 2022:
  • We hired eight new staff, including reporters dedicated to climate investigations, mining and biodiversity, and offered two photojournalism fellowships to broaden our coverage by, and about, people from communities that have long been underrepresented in Canadian media
  • We published 13 investigations on everything from RCMP conduct in B.C. to oil and gas lobbying in Alberta to Greenbelt changes in Ontario
  • The Narwhal’s work was read more than 3.5 million times
  • We won four awards from the Canadian Association of Journalists, two at the Digital Publishing Awards, one at the National Magazine Awards and one at B.C.’s Webster Awards
  • We collaborated with some of the biggest news organizations in the country, spreading The Narwhal’s journalism far and wide to new readers across Canada
  • We welcomed 1,700 new members into The Narwhal’s pod
Pretty incredible, isn’t it? And at the heart of it all is each and every reader who finds our stories, subscribes to our newsletter, tells their friends about us and makes a donation to support independent, non-profit journalism about the natural world in Canada that you can’t find anywhere else.

We have so many big stories planned for 2023 — but we need your support to make them a reality. Can you make a tax-deductible donation today? Bonus: every dollar you give between now and midnight will be matched by generous donors. If you give $100, we get $200!

Our commitment to independence means we don’t run any advertising and all of our reporting is free for all to read. This model only works because a small percentage of our readers give whatever they can afford to make The Narwhal’s journalism possible.

Thank you so much for putting your faith in our team. We can’t wait to serve you in the new year.

With gratitude,

Emma Gilchrist

P.S. Did you know The Narwhal is able to issue charitable tax receipts? Make a donation by midnight to qualify for a receipt for the 2022 tax year. Even better? Between now and midnight your donations will be matched!
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