Potential new development on toll booth


The toll booth Couchiching First Nation erected on Highway 11 just west of the Noden Causeway remained in place as of press time today, but a new development may be in the works.
A media liaison for the band said this morning that chief and council currently were waiting for a certain phone call.
But he would not say anything else regarding what any resulting development could be—or when it may happen.
Couchiching Chief Chuck McPherson met with provincial Aboriginal Affairs minister Chris Bentley and federal Indian Affairs minister Chuck Strahl late last week.
A community meeting was held last night to discuss those talks with band members.
The toll booth remained up as of this morning. The toll is $1, but motorists who do not want to pay have been passing through unhindered.
The band also has made a monthly pass for $25 (good for May and June) available at the toll booth itself and the band office.
The toll booth was set up May 21 to highlight the band’s frustration over compensation for land the highway sits on as well as contaminated soil from an old sawmill.