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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Elected as a Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly for the Constituency of Saanich South on May 12, 2009. New Democratic Opposition Critic for the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. Raised on Quadra Island and has an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia. Extensive track record as a community leader, advocate and environmental activist.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Vineyard owner adds name to slate for Saanich council election

Times Colonist

Vineyard owner Lana Popham is running for Saanich council in the November municipal election.

Popham, 39, owns the organic Barking Dog Vineyard on Old West Saanich Road and has been involved with numerous community issues and events. The most recent is her pitch to ban plastic bags in the capital region by end of 2008.

She received a CFAX community award for her efforts.

Popham is involved with several agricultural groups, including the Peninsula Agricultural Commission, the Island Organic Producers Association and even the compost committee at Brentwood Elementary School.

She's also a member of Saanich's planning, transportation and economic development committee.

Saanich is at a "critical time" in its growth, and needs progressive choices about land use, transportation and sustainability, she says.

More and improved green transportation choices are needed to reduce carbon emissions, says Popham. She wants to lobby for new investment in rapid transit, more bike lanes and trails, saying people won't leave their cars at home without good transit service.

Popham is married to Jon, an Oak Bay firefighter. They have a nine-year-old son.

© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2008