Tara Howse

M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies | Researcher | Rural Development

Tara Howse was the 2019 Green Party federal candidate. Shortly after the election, she was appointed to the federal Shadow Cabinet as the Gender Critic and Rural Economic Development Critic. Tara is running to be a strong voice in Parliament to ensure people – not corporate interests – are at the centre of decision-making. Key areas of passion for Tara include ensuring local economies and their workforces are safe, secure, and healthy; high-levels of transparency and accountability for decision making; reducing income inequality by closing offshore tax loopholes; and ensuring that your voice is heard through electoral reform.  

Tara has been in the rural community economic development field for 15 years, with a focus on social justice issues addressing gender and Indigeneity. A social sciences researcher and home-based business owner, she is a natural problem solver that focuses on community-developed solutions, drawing across multiple disciplines and sectors. Recent work includes barriers and solutions to market housing in rural areas, disaster recovery housing, and improving access to active transportation. Previous work spans investment readiness assessments, women’s economic security, and Indigenous and settler relations.  

Tara completed her Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies with a dual focus of Global Change and Equity Studies. Her research analyzed how gender and Indigeneity impact trust in the social licence within the resource extraction industry. She has a bachelor’s in criminal justice and certificates and training in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).

An active volunteer her whole life, at various times she has been a girl’s hockey coach, humane society board member, curling club board member, film fest volunteer, Chair of the Rossland Sustainability Commission, and founding member of the Rossland Society for Environmental Action. She is presently an Advisory Committee member of the City of Rossland’s Official Community Plan, a volunteer with the West Kootenay Friends of Refugees, and a founding member of the BC Climate Alliance.

  • Rural Development Researcher
  • Climate Activist
  • Advocate for transparency and accountability
  • Passionate about the outdoors
  • Dog mom
  • Wannabe banjo player

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