We have some very exciting news! Our new podcast, Bear 148, is being featured by Apple podcasts this week alongside other made-in-Canada podcasts.

We're also ranked No. 4 for 'news and politics' podcasts in Canada right now. If you haven't checked it out yet, listen now.

Now, here's a tale of serendipity for you. I was in Banff about a year ago helping to train young scientists on how to talk to the media — and so was Molly Segal.

Molly and I hit it off immediately. Shortly after meeting, we went for coffee and she told me about an audio documentary she was thinking about making about Banff's beloved Bear 148, who'd died tragically a year earlier. It sounded like a perfect fit for The Narwhal — and, just like that, our first podcast was born in a coffee shop in downtown Banff.

It turned out Molly was a bit of a superstar. The Banff-based radio journalist was already making audio documentaries for CBC and NPR. This May Molly was named as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow, alongside top journalists from around the world.

We are thrilled to have her mad skills showcased in the telling of the life and death of Bear 148.

Keep scrolling for all of this week's headlines!

Emma Gilchrist

A deepsea ‘oasis’ is slated to become Canada’s biggest protected area

By Jimmy Thomson

An area four times the size of Vancouver Island is home to smoking vents and volcanic islands just under the water, supporting a staggering abundance of life. This alien ecosystem could see it's protected area increase by 139,700 square kilometres. Read more.

Geothermal energy is taking off globally, so why not in Canada?

By Vanessa Ratjen

Despite being one of the best-positioned countries to capitalize on geothermal energy, Canada seems stuck at the starting line. But behind the scenes, a few developments hint at a new horizon for this underestimated renewable energy. Read more.

Tsilhqot’in Nation blockade to remain despite Taseko Mines retreat

By Judith Lavoie

An area in central B.C. is revered by First Nations members as being "as sacred to us as a church," but it's pegged for exploration work for an open-pit gold and copper mine — despite the mine being rejected twice by the federal government. Confused? Read more.

How real is Andrew Scheer’s ‘real plan’ to tackle climate change?

By Sarah Cox

Academics say the proposal is ‘devoid of detail,’ sidesteps Canada’s responsibility for its own emissions and doesn’t do the math when it comes to slashing carbon. Read more.

B.C. government quietly posts response to expert fracking report

By Sarah Cox

The province has avoided investigation of human health impacts of fracking, despite an independent scientific review warning of unknown risks to air and water. Read more.

‘This must be Canada’s last chance’: UN gives feds 18 months to save Wood Buffalo

By Judith Lavoie

Canada’s largest national park will be added to the List of World Heritage in Danger without further action by Ottawa to mitigate impacts of hydro dams and oilsands development on Peace-Athabasca delta. Read more.

A few notes from our Narwhals
Chris Istace stopped in the Cowichan Valley's Stoney Hill Regional Park to get this snap and share some Twitter love: "Thanks for the postcard and sticker @thenarwhalca, happy to be a monthly supporter for investigative #journalism 👍" Thanks, Chris! If YOU also want a snazzy sticker or other sweet swag, sign up here.
Quirks & Quarks alumnus Jim Handman also has us totally twitterpated! Thanks for the glowing review, Jim! Are you listening to our new podcast yet?
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