Kevin Grandia
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Kevin is the President of Spake Media House Inc. a consulting firm that helps people who want to change the world communicate powerfully online.

Named a "Green Hero" by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the "Top 50 Tweeters" on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

He is formerly the Director of Online Strategy at Greenpeace USA and has been writing on climate change and other pressing social issues for more than seven years. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com that in 2011 was named one of the top 25 blogs in the world by Time Magazine. He recently helped launch and is a contributor to DeSmog Canada and was designated the first certified expert on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder.


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Entries by Kevin Grandia

Nine Risky Oil Company Projects Every Canadian Investor Should Know About

(6) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 10:40 AM

A new report released today finds that seven of the largest publicly-traded oil companies in the world are putting billions of dollars in jeopardy by investing in high-cost, high-risk oil extraction projects.

Many of the most risky ventures are right here in Canada and many of the companies named in...

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Harper's Out of Step With the Rest of the World on Climate Change

(17) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 6:14 PM

Last week Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood at the podium with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott to announce that dealing with climate change will not come at the expense of crippling the economy.

Harper told the press that he and Abbott would be calling on the leaders...

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Who Thinks Metro Vancouver's Incinerator Is Still A Good Idea?

(5) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 11:19 PM

Metro Vancouver's plan to control the flow of recycling in the Lower Mainland and construct a $520 million garbage incinerator is taking hits from all angles and really begs the question:

"Who actually thinks this is still a good idea?"

Over the weekend at their annual general meeting, the BC...

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Metro Vancouver Wants You To Pay For Burning Recycling

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 6:15 PM

The world came to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics and much was made of the natural beauty of our city. We were a mean, green city and we were proud of that.

Now a few short years later, the Metro Vancouver regional authority wants to build a...

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We Can Disagree Mr. Harper and That's Okay

(4) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 12:08 PM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs to figure out that not everyone is going to agree with him and his government's policies -- and that's okay.

Rock legend Neil Young is making his way across Canada this week on a high-profile concert series in support of First Nations...

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How Climate Change Could Affect Your Pension

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 12:31 PM

Is your pension fund or insurance company a leader or laggard when it comes to avoiding risky bets on the future impacts of climate change?

A new survey finds that major Canadian institutional investors -- like the Ontario Teacher's Pension Fund, AGF and Manulife Insurance -- are not adequately taking into...

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Blame Canada's Carbon Complacency for the Philippine Typhoon

(43) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 9:40 AM

The human tragedy playing out in the Philippines deserves a moment of pause to think about how we can help and to reflect on what it must be like to be in the shoes of a mother or a son who has lost everything.

Experts are saying...

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Will Harper Take a Big Climate Change Opportunity?

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 12:44 PM

With another round of international climate negotiations opening this week in Warsaw, Poland, and a new poll finding Canadians wanting leadership on the issue, Stephen Harper and his Conservative government have an opportunity to begin turning the tides on what has been up until now an abysmal failure....

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Big Bucks for Foreign Oil or a Safe & Stable Future for Canada?

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 11:19 AM

Just this morning, BC Premier Christy Clark and Alberta Premier Allison Redford have announced that they have penned a deal to ram a pipeline from Northern Alberta's oil sands fields to the West Coast. And according to news reports, there is "tentative" support for other pipelines.

In...

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Greenpeace Pipeline Protest Highlights What's At Stake For B.C.

(11) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 4:29 PM

Members of Greenpeace were back in Vancouver Wednesday where the famed (infamous?) organization started more than 40 years ago as a small ragtag group of people trying to stop nuclear testing in the North Sea.

In regular Greenpeace-style, sixteen members occupied and hung banners at the...

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Canada's Politics Have Become Worse Than America's

(6) Comments | Posted September 22, 2013 | 2:33 AM

It wasn't too long ago when Canadians were shouting at the top of their lungs about George Bush, the Iraq War, Guantanamo Bay, Gay Rights and a myriad of other "American" issues.

But the tides have turned quickly. Canada is now what the US was in the George W. Bush...

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Oil Sands: 4,000 Environmental Infractions, 40 Punishments

(73) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 6:43 PM

A new report out today finds that environmental infractions by companies in the Alberta oil sands are addressed with an enforcement action far less often than similar infractions reported to the United State's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The report [pdf], authored by the environmental non-profit Global...

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What Kellogg Is Killing to Make Cereal

(3) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 9:44 AM

The Sumatran tiger is awesome. One of the most beautiful creatures in the world, and there are less than 400 left in the wild.

To give you an idea of how fast this creature is being wiped out, I remember only a couple of years ago writing...

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Investors Give Canada's Tar Sands the Heave-Ho

(2) Comments | Posted July 7, 2013 | 9:52 PM

Citizens and community leaders converging this weekend in Northern Alberta for the annual "Tar Sands Healing Walk" will likely be quite happy with news that another major European financial institution is dropping their investments in Canada's tar sands. 

Norwegian financial services giant, Storebrand, issued an update saying that...

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Is Obama's Faith in Carbon Capture a Technicolor Dream?

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 6:24 PM

President Obama's climate action announcement yesterday relies heavily on carbon capture and storage technology eventually paying off as a commercially viable option. But carbon capture and storage (or CCS) continues to be more of a dream than reality. And a very expensive dream at that.

According to a database...

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[Infographic] Keystone XL Pipeline Means Less Jobs Than They Say

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 5:33 PM

The core talking points for the supporters of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline center around U.S. domestic energy security and economic growth. However, Keystone is an "export pipeline" that will take tar sands oil from Alberta and pump it down to a tax-free zone in Texas and out to foreign markets.

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Why United Airlines is Losing Its Best Customers

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 6:23 PM

Some of United Airline's most valuable and loyal customers are calling out the company today over its prolonged fight to stop new regulations aimed at reducing global climate pollution emissions from the airline industry.

And these aren't your everyday frequent fliers we're talking about: twenty are members of

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Is Google Involved in the Coal Industry's Toxic Air Campaign?

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 6:45 PM

Google, the search giant with the famous motto: “Don’t be evil,” is boasting about its involvement in a 2012 coal industry lobbying effort to block the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ability to protect the public from dangerous and potentially lethal coal plant emissions, according to a recently discovered...

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Passing the Pipeline Would Be Harper's Political Suicide

(151) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 1:00 AM

Even with BC Premier Christy Clark's government firmly rejecting tar sand giant Enbridge's proposed northern gateway pipeline project, there is still an outside chance that Prime Minister Stephen Harper could try and ram the project through.

In its official response [pdf] to the joint review...

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Climate Bombshell: B.C.'s Pollution Numbers Blow Up

(6) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 2:16 AM

The B.C. provincial government has been throwing around some big numbers and promises with the planned expansion of natural gas operations, but one large number missing in the discussion is the millions of tonnes of heat-trapping methane gas they are not reporting in official government documents.

According to...

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