My Name Is Earl

In honour of the McGill Guide 7th ed I’ve decided to write this entire post without any periods For the sake of simplification I have; however, retained commas, hyphens, semi-colons and capitalization at the beginning of sentences for the sake of clarity, at least until the 8th ed is published (I will admit, though, that I had to retain the periods in my links or they would not work; I’m unsure if that can be used as metaphor) As many are aware Nova Scotia and the Maritime Provinces have a sudden and acute interest in canceled TV sitcoms this weekend (My Name is Earl) In pursuance of my oft stated Slaw line that there is virtually nothing that does not have a legal angle I decided to have a quick look to see the legalities of a Hurricane or other natural disaster

Appropriate pieces of legislation in Nova Scotia include the Emergency Health Services Act and the Emergency Health Management Act Interestingly enough, if one does a CanLII search for the word “Hurricane” in Nova Scotia Statutes and Regulations there are 8 results, the majority of which were enacted after Nova Scotia’s last encounter with a ” a storm system characterized by a large low-pressure center and numerous thunderstorms that produce strong winds and heavy rain”

In the federal jurisdiction there is no mention of hurricane in statute; however, there are a few mentions in regulations and Maritimers should know that employment insurance benefits can be paid in advance in the event of a hurricane, SOR/96-332 s28


  1. Note that the US is far, far more advanced in this area than we dreary Canadians. Apparently, they have an entire Hurrican Bar.

  2. Ah, so much simpler without the periods. I can’t wait until the rest of the punctuation is removed, then our lives will really improve.

  3. Nova Scotia’s last encounter with a hurricane was not Juan (2003) but Kyle (2008).