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Similkameen-Boundary NDP candidate hopes to advance social, agricultural issues

Boundary-Similkameen NDP candidate for Colleen Ross
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January 27, 2017 - 4:30 PM

PENTICTON - A city councillor from Grand Forks is the NDP’s candidate in Boundary-Similkameen for this year’s provincial election.

Colleen Ross says she will work to advance food sovereignty, social justice, fair labour laws and women’s rights as a member of the provincial legislature.

The Grand Forks city councillor is running against incumbent Liberal MLA Linda Larson in a campaign which ends on election day on May 9.

Ross says she has been involved in the agricultural industry for more than 30 years. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a diploma in agriculture and studied biosciences in Tromso, Norway where she focussed on the ethics of biotechnology.

Ross says she has been active with the NDP both federally and provincially on the issues of food sovereignty, labelling, and control of genetically modified seeds and foods. She also leads the Boundary-area campaign to stop the elimination of the Agricultural Land Reserve.

Ross says she initiated the Grand Union Farm in Grand Forks in 2012 to grow certified organic crops and raise livestock with her family of three adult children and their partners.

The Boundary-Similkameen riding stretches from Princeton, east to Christina Lake, south along the Canada-U.S. border, and north to the south end of Penticton.

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