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Even though there hasn't been a Federal Election call yet, the newly acclaimed N-D-P candidate in Okanagan-Coquihalla is getting into the election swing.

David Finnis from Summerland says employment and forestry are two key issues that need to be hit head on.

Finnis will be officially acclaimed at the Nominating Convention on Saturday, March 26 in Penticton.

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Crime Stoppers is hoping to expand it's membership in the Nicola Valley as it prepares for it's A-G-M and election of officers later this month.

Gail McKee, Secretary of the Nicola Valley & District Crime Stoppers says the present seven-member board has room for additional members.

The meeting is set for one in the afternoon of Wednesday, March 30 at the Community Police Office at 2013 Quilchena Avenue.

In the meantime, anyone with information on a crime that may lead to an arrest, is reminded to call toll free and anonymously to 1-800-222-TIPS.

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The search is on for a candidate to run for the Conservatives in place of the retiring Stockwell Day in the Federal riding of Okanagan-Coquihalla.

Doug Sharpe, president of the Conservative Riding Association says several nomination packages, distributed to prospective candidates this week, will be turned in by two this afternoon.

Sharpe says the voting for the candidates will begin for Association members in Merritt and Logan Lake between noon and two Tuesday.

And, then the voting shifts to Penticton Tuesday night where the candidate will be announced.

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The Chairman of the Board for School District 58, Nicola-Similkameen says N-D-P claims that Christy Clark closed 131 schools while she was Education Minister is a misconception.

Gordon Comeau says it's false information.

Comeau says it's school districts that shut down the schools.

He says it just has to be approved by the minister.

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The N-D-P in Okanagan-Coquihalla are now poised and ready to fight a Federal election.

N-D-P Riding Association president Jeanette Wood says only one candidate came forward by yesterday's cut off.

David Finnis has served three terms on Summerland Municipal Council.

So far the Liberals there are three prospective candidates with a vote set for March 28.

Since Okanagan-Coquihalla M-P Stockwell Day said on the weekend he will not be running for another term, the Conservatives have yet to announce a replacement.

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