More Odd Legislation

Simon C’s post from earlier this week reminded me of one of my favourite oddities from Nova Scotia Statutes and inspired me to take a closer look to see what else I could find:

– My favourite (which hasn’t been much of a problem this year), is section 34 (1) of the Public Highways Act, which requires all able bodied males between the ages of 16-60 ” to work with their shovels on the highways during the winter whenever the highways become impassable from snow.”

– Another favourite is from section 6(2) of the Beaches Act. It seems that if you visit a beach in Nova Scotia, you are prohibited from removing any sand or stones, unless you are a lobster fisherman, in which case: “Nothing in this Section shall prevent or restrict a fisherman from removing from a beach rocks for ballast for his lobster pots.” Lobster is a very serious subject on the East Coast!

– As near as I can tell NS is the only jurisdiction in the country with an act dedicated to the protection of baby chicks.

– Failure to repair a fence that one has in common with a neighbour can result in a fine of four dollars as specified by 2(2) of the Common Fields Act.

– I believe that Nova Scotia is the only jurisdiction where hogshead is a valid system of measurement, according to section 9 of the Merchandise Inspection Act.

– It also helps me to rest better to know that the public interest will be protected by the Treasure Trove Act should anyone ever encounter success at Oak Island.


  1. So, what kind of shovel do you favour for highway work?

  2. I’m picking my stones off of the PEI beaches next time. No sense getting arrested in front of the kids.