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Kennedy Schofield

About Kennedy Schofield

Kennedy Schofield is a full-service law firm with an office in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia. Our approach is based on building strong relationships with our clients. Our team is here for you. Articles posted on this blog are meant to offer basic legal information and should not be relied upon for legal opinion. For advice on your specific matter, you can contact any of our lawyers at 902-826-9140.

Are there flowers in Nova Scotia that are illegal to pick?

Are there flowers in Nova Scotia that are illegal to pick? Surprisingly the answer is yes! Most of us know of “Lady Slippers” – they are a variety of wild orchid that grows in Nova Scotia. These flowers are renowned for their beauty, which is what prompts many people to pick them. Unfortunately, Lady Slippers have some reproductive quirks that, combined with their tendency to be picked, makes reproduction challenging. Lady Slipper reproduction Lady Slippers produce no nectar and rely on fragrance to lure insects into falling into their slipper-like pouch. This forces the insect to climb past the staminode on the way out, pollinating the flower on the way. In addition to preferring moist soil and shade, Lady Slippers also have a symbiotic relationship with a particular microscopic soil fungus, and their seeds will not germinate without the fungus present.  This makes Lady Slippers challenging (though not impossible) to grow indoors. Lady Slippers’ very specific growing requirements mean that you should not disturb those you find growing in the wild. Are they illegal to pick? There are four varieties of Lady Slipper that grow in Nova Scotia (one of which is the Pink Lady Slipper, pictured above). Only the Ram’s Head variety (cypripedium arietinum, pictured opposite) is listed as an endangered species pursuant to s. 12 of the Endangered Species Act. S. 13 of the Act makes it an offence to disturb a designated species. If you do as an individual you could face a maximum of a $5000 fine, or 6 months in jail, or both. Illegal or not, the best advice if you come across a Lady Slipper is look but don’t touch! To see the complete list of species designated under s. 12 of Nova Scotia’s Endangered Species Act click here.   […]

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By |June 26th, 2017|Criminal, Uncategorised|

Cell Phone “Use” While Driving: What does the law say?

Most of us know by now that texting and driving is dangerous and prohibited by law in Nova Scotia. Do you know, though, exactly what it means to “use” your cell phone while driving? A recent CBC article noted the high volume of cell phone driving tickets in British Columbia, which explicitly prohibits holding the [...]

By |May 31st, 2017|Criminal|

Do grandparents have “rights” in Nova Scotia?

Changes to legislation in the past few years have prompted some people to ask questions about whether grandparents now have “rights” in Nova Scotia in relation to their grandchildren. While amendments have made it easier for grandparents to apply for custody or access, they did not create any “rights” or presumptions for grandparents. Changes to [...]

By |March 21st, 2017|Family|

What is Really Up There? Why you should care about “The Cloud”

Today most of us use technology in our everyday lives without a basic understanding of how it works (myself included!). A good example of this is the increasing use of cloud storage. The premise of the cloud is that data can be accessed from anywhere via the internet, metaphorically stored in a “cloud” that hovers [...]

By |January 18th, 2017|Civil Litigation, Corporate & Commercial, News, Uncategorised|

Holiday Event Planning for Businesses: Do you need a special permit to serve alcohol?

Is your company thinking about hosting a holiday event to recognize your wonderful clients? Or maybe you are a non-profit organization planning a festive community fundraising event. Are you considering serving alcohol but wondering what rules apply? Who do you even contact to ask? If your organization is located in Nova Scotia, contact the Alcohol, [...]

By |November 21st, 2016|Uncategorised|

What are Emergency Protection Orders?

An Emergency Protection Order is a temporary court order made by a Justice of the Peace to help protect victims of family violence, when the situation is serious and urgent. Such orders are made under the Nova Scotia Domestic Violence Intervention Act. A person applying for an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) in Nova Scotia can make the [...]

By |August 30th, 2016|Uncategorised|

Helpful Resources for Children Impacted by Parental Separation and Divorce

Separation and divorce can be emotionally draining on the two adults directly involved. For those who are also parents, the experience can be especially overwhelming as they see the impact on their children. Parents,  when going through their own emotional turmoil, may not know how to address these complicated life issues with their children or [...]

By |August 9th, 2016|Family|

Don’t be a Spammer!

Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into effect on July 1, 2014. It is intended to protect Canadians while ensuring that businesses can continue to compete in the global marketplace. If you use electronic channels to promote or market your products or services, you need to understand and comply with the law. Under the law, in [...]

By |July 5th, 2016|Corporate & Commercial|

You Say Joint, I Say Shared: Sorting out the Different Types of Custody

There is a lot confusion regarding custody and access of the children when parents separate. The most important thing to remember is that from the court’s perspective there is no such thing as parental rights. Everything is viewed from the best interests of the child/children. It is very important to remember this wording in court [...]

By |June 6th, 2016|Family|

Legal Separation: Fact or Fiction

It is not uncommon for potential clients to tell me at the first consultation that they are looking for assistance in securing a “legal separation”. I have heard this term enough that I have often wondered where it originated. It was also a commonly used term when I was practicing in Ontario. To be clear, [...]

By |May 24th, 2016|Family, Real Estate|