First Nations toll tale cut short (September 01, 2002)
September 1, 2002
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 befor...
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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