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About us

We are The Narwhal.

Our team of investigative journalists dives deep to tell stories about Canada’s natural environment 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 organization, 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.

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. In 2015, we were named as a finalist for a Canadian Online Publishing Award for “best news coverage.” And in 2017, we were named as a finalist for “Best Continuing Coverage of a News Story” and “Best Video Content.”

The Narwhal regularly collaborates and shares content with other independent news sites including the DeSmog network, The Tyee and the National Observer.

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. Legislative Reporter

Sarah Cox is an author, journalist and communications strategist based in Victoria, B.C. Sarah was born in Montreal and grew…

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Jimmy Thomson
Deputy Editor

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

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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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Judith Lavoie
Reporter

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

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James Wilt
Reporter

James Wilt is a freelance journalist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He holds a journalism degree from Mount Royal University in…

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Matt Jacques
Photographer/Reporter

Matt Jacques is a journalist, photographer and social scientist living in Canada’s Yukon Territory. With a Ph.D. in experimental psychology…

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Christopher Pollon
Reporter

Christopher Pollon is a Vancouver-based independent journalist who reports on the politics of natural resources, focusing on energy, mines and…

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Taylor Roades
Photojournalist

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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Brendan DeMelle

Brendan DeMelle is executive director of DeSmogBlog.com. He is also a freelance writer and researcher specializing in new media, politics,…

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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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Get in Touch with us

We're always happy to get tips, links and story ideas from our readers.
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Mailing Address Suite 634
185 - 911 Yates St.
Victoria, BC, V8V 4Y9