First Nations toll tale cut short (September 01, 2002)

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WOODSTOCK, N.B. – Two controversial signs erected by the Woodstock First Nations warning of future tollbooths on the Trans-Canada Highway have been vandalized.

The signs had been erected one week before they were attacked in mid-July. RCMP Sgt. Everett Parker says vandals removed the signs at night over a weekend to avoid unwanted attention.

Both signs appear to have been burned and cut down with a chainsaw. Woodstock RCMP are investigating, but reportedly have no suspects.

The signs reading, “Toll Plaza Coming Soon,” were near a section of the highway cutting across band land.

The signs were been erected to bring attention to a land dispute between the band and the province.

The government contends the signs were a blatant lie and there will be no tolling on the busy route.

“People will not be charged a toll for travelling the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick,” says Brad Green, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “We are concerned about the suggestion that any group may seek to establish a toll.”

Plans are going ahead for a twinned highway around the land in question, adds Green.

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