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Lorsque c’est le temps des cabanes à sucre, Thaila Riden fait le tour des érables à sucre et des autres arbres de sa ferme familiale qu›il entaille pour en extraire la sève afin de fabriquer son propre sirop d›érable. En tant que candidat du Parti vert pour Glengarry- Prescott-Russell, il veut donner aux questions relatives au secteur agricole une voix plus forte à l›assemblée législative. -photo Gregg Chamberlain

Thaila Riden is the new Green Party candidate for Glengarry-Presott-Russell. A farmer at heart, he wants to focus more attention by the provincial government on the issues that a rural riding faces, which includes protection of farmland, better broadband service, more affordable housing, and strong health care services. -photo Gregg Chamberlain


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