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About us

We are The Narwhal.

Our team of investigative journalists dives deep to tell stories about Canada’s natural world you can’t find anywhere else.

We have just two rules: 1) Follow the facts. 2) Tell it like it is.

We’re tired of false dichotomies and business-as-usual perspectives. We’re not shy about the fact we think Canada’s greatest assets are our people, our lakes, our rivers, our forests. We tell stories Canada’s big news outlets miss and hustle to help our readers make sense of complex (sometimes downright messy) issues.

As a non-profit magazine, our goal isn’t to sell advertising or to please corporate bigwigs — it’s to bring evidence-based news and analysis to the surface for all Canadians.

In 2018, The Narwhal won four Canadian Online Publishing Awards, including silvers for best news website and best publication and gold and silver for best photo journalism. In 2019, The Narwhal won an award for excellence in photojournalism from the Canadian Association of Journalists and received multiple nominations for the Digital Publishing Awards and National Magazine Awards. The Narwhal became the sole Canadian member of the Institute for Nonprofit News in April 2019. In November 2019, The Narwhal won two awards from the Northwest Territories Professional Media Association — one for best published word and one for best documentary short.

Our History

The Narwhal was created by Carol Linnitt and Emma Gilchrist in 2018, and grew out of their previous project, DeSmog Canada.

DeSmog Canada’s reporting sparked coverage by the New York Times, the Globe and Mail and CBC and was frequently cited in the House of Commons and the B.C. Legislature.

Why The Narwhal?

Narwhals have intrigued explorers and scientists for hundreds of years. Indeed, just a few years ago, scientists discovered the narwhal’s tusk is actually highly sensitive like an antenna.

Throughout the Middle Ages, the narwhal was hunted for its tusk — which was more coveted as a magical unicorn horn than as the elongated tooth of a marine mammal. Whalers made a fortune selling horns while the rest of the world was duped into buying teeth.

The Narwhal is here to celebrate the truth, and to tell stories about the world around us — even if those stories sometimes dispel cherished myths. The Narwhal is here because there’s no such thing as unicorns.

Our Editorial Team

Emma Gilchrist
Editor-in-Chief/Executive Director

Emma Gilchrist is a reporter, editor, public speaker and spreadsheet-keeper. She started her journalism career more than 15 years ago…

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Carol Linnitt
Managing Editor

Carol Linnitt is a journalist, editor, illustrator and co-founder of The Narwhal. Carol has been reporting on energy and environmental…

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Sarah Cox
B.C. Reporter

Sarah Cox is an award-winning author and journalist based in Victoria, B.C. She got her start in journalism at UBC’s…

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Sharon J. Riley
Alberta Investigative Reporter

Sharon is a Canadian writer and reporter. Her essays, interviews and long-form nonfiction have been published by The Walrus, Harper’s,…

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Jimmy Thomson

Jimmy Thomson is a freelance journalist. He has worked as a CBC videojournalist and has bylines in the Globe and…

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Judith Lavoie

Judith Lavoie is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Victoria, British Columbia. Lavoie covered environment and First Nations stories for…

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Taylor Roades

Taylor Roades is a photographer based between Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She brings context and humanity to her…

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Board of Directors

Tanya Talaga

Tanya Talaga has been a journalist at the Toronto Star for 20 years, covering everything from general city news to…

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James Hoggan

James Hoggan is a best-selling author and president of an award-winning public relations firm. He writes and speaks widely on…

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Alex Himelfarb

Alex Himelfarb was a senior executive with the federal government for almost 30 years, serving in a number of departments…

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Candis Callison

Candis Callison is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Journalism at UBC. Her research and teaching are focused…

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