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Kevin Grandia

President, Spake Media House

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

He is also the co-founder of Zappz Studios, a global smartphone and tablet app development house.

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 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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Passing the Pipeline Would Be Harper's Political Suicide

British Columbians would not take kindly to an Alberta pro-tar sands Prime Minister ramrodding through a decision to approve the Northern Gateway Pipeline in the face of opposition from so many different constituencies. In my personal opinion, it would be political suicide.
06/03/2013 03:46 EDT

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

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. And, with the planned expansion of natural gas extraction and exports, B.C.'s climate targets are set to rise by as much as 25 per cent, or the equivalent of adding three million cars to our province's roads.
05/28/2013 01:16 EDT
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Franke James and the Art of Activism

In 2011, Canadian artist Franke James set out on a solo European art exhibit spanning 20 countries. But what happened instead, prompted an Amnesty International campaigner in Croatia to declare it a "sad day for Canadian democracy."
05/22/2013 05:42 EDT
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10 Reasons Canada's Tar Sands Suck

Pardon my french, but Canada's tar sands suck. As a Canadian it blows my mind that we can have the second largest deposits of oil in the world, but our government remains billions in debt and one in seven Canadian children live in poverty. Here are ten reasons Canada's tar sands suck.
05/16/2013 05:26 EDT

Alberta Energy Regulator Gerry Protti is the Oil Patch Lobby's Golden Goose

Gerry Protti, Alberta's new overseer of environment and safety in the province's oilpatch, has been central to a network of oil industry front groups and lobbyists for many years and it is raising the eyebrows of more than a few people. Protti was recently named as the new head of the Alberta Energy Regulator, a new provincial agency whose mandate, is " provide for the efficient, safe, orderly and environmentally responsible development of energy resources in Alberta."
05/10/2013 02:54 EDT

With Kinder Morgan, Clark Will Destroy Vancouver

According to Tourism Vancouver, in 2011 visitors to our city spent an estimated $92 million, and "cruise passengers increased by 15 per cent over 2010. Between May and October 2011, Port Metro Vancouver welcomed 663,425 passengers on 27 different vessels over 199 cruise ship calls." While Vancouver has many amazing attractions, restaurants and cultural centers, it is the ocean and all the nature around that bring people from all over the world to visit our city. Quite frankly, if it wasn't for the amazing oceanscapes and natural beauty, Vancouver would be nothing more than a small version of... wait for it... Toronto.
04/29/2013 11:13 EDT
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Will Harper Stick His Nose In B.C.'s Pipeline Debate?

British Columbians clearly oppose both Kinder Morgan and the Northern gateway, but I wouldn't doubt we will see the pro-pipeline Harper federal government stick their nose into the B.C. election in the coming weeks, as they twist in the wind watching the fate of their beloved tar sands pipelines land right in the waiting hands of Adrian Dix and the NDP.
04/24/2013 02:19 EDT

The Effects of Canada's Climate Change Ambivalence

Every UN nation -- 194 countries and the European Union -- is currently part to this agreement. Canada is setting a shocking precedent of climate ambivalence at a time when strong leadership is what is needed the most. All of us live in a world governed by a climate whose energy is becoming more dynamic and expressive by the year.
04/03/2013 12:07 EDT

We're Putting the Great Barrier Reef at Risk for This?

The largest and most well-known of these reefs, Australia's Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of the province of Queensland, is under threat of becoming a shipping route for uranium -- the radioactive substance used for nuclear power and high-powered military weaponry.
03/19/2013 05:21 EDT

If We're So "Oil Rich" Why is Alberta Planning Spending Cuts?

Canada has the third largest proven oil reserves in the world, but the province of Alberta is planning to cut education and health care spending this year, and Canada's national debt stands at a whopping CDN$600 billion. How can that be? With so many people calling our massive tar sands reserves the "Saudi Arabia of the North," how can we be so cash-strapped?
03/06/2013 05:32 EST

A Math Lesson for Political Opposition Parties

Right now in Canada, we need to get real about the math. That is of course, if you're one of the more than 60 per cent that voted for anyone other than Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party in the last federal election. The political math makes it virtually impossible for any of the opposition parties to beat Harper in the next election.
02/27/2013 05:50 EST

The White House Rally That Puts Canada's Reputation on the Line

The battle over Keystone XL has been brewing for more than four years. With a final decision on Keystone expected from President Obama as soon as the next month or so, the situation has reached a fever pitch: on February 17 in front of the White House, if expectations hold true, we will witness the largest rally ever held in the U.S. on the issue of climate change. More than 20,000 people will gather to lobby for action on climate change and to pressure their president to disallow the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. These tens-of-thousands of everyday Americans, whether they know it or not, are protesting Canada as much as they are the Keystone project.
02/13/2013 12:27 EST
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On Climate Change, Baird and Kerry Are Like Oil and Water

Newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet on Friday with his Canadian counterpart, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. If I were advising Kerry, I would suggest one question he should ask of John Baird to see if he is an honest broker. The question is: "Is Canada committed to confronting climate change?"
02/08/2013 05:36 EST

Idle No More: What It Truly Means to Be Canadian

Chief Theresa Spence will continue her hunger strike until the Prime Minister meets with her to discuss her concerns. While the government that represents me is shameful, I'm very proud to be Canadian today as I see so many people speaking out. But nobody more than Spence who is showing the world right now what it is to truly care about the country you call home.
12/24/2012 04:53 EST

Will Harper Embarrass Canada at Doha?

Talks get underway today in Doha, Qatar, where government officials from around the world will meet to discuss how, as a global community, we can work together to curb global warming pollution and adapt to the impacts of the climate disruption we're already seeing. So the question for these talks in Doha is: WWHD? What Will Harper Do?
11/26/2012 05:59 EST

Natural Gas Lobbyist Rush In British Columbia

According to lobbyist registry data, there are currently 57 lobbyists representing the natural gas industry to elected officials and government agencies in the province of British Columbia. This is a pretty astounding number when you consider that the provincial government only consists of 85 elected representatives.
09/25/2012 07:54 EDT