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The Salem Witch Trials

In 1692 a group of young girls became sick in Salem Village, Massachusetts, suffering from vomiting, delusions and muscle spasms.  At that time life in New England was harsh.  The recent war between the British and France, a smallpox epidemic, and fears of attack from Native American tribes caused paranoia among the villagers, and as [...]

By |October 30th, 2017|Civil Litigation, Criminal|

Help Yourself While You Can – Appoint a Personal Directive

What is a Personal Directive? In Nova Scotia, the Personal Directives Act allows an individual to legally create a personal directive. This would be a legal document authorizing an individual to act on a person’s behalf when they no longer have capacity and are therefore unable to make decisions concerning their own personal care, including [...]

By |October 20th, 2017|Civil Litigation, Family, News, Uncategorised, Wills & Estates|

Commercial Leases – Protecting Yourself & Your Business

So you are starting your business and you decide you need a place to sell your products. You look for the perfect location and find a great rental opportunity, but is it? This opportunity is a commercial opportunity and means you would be signing a commercial lease and there are big differences between a commercial [...]

By |October 5th, 2017|Civil Litigation, Corporate & Commercial, News, Real Estate|

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’s the Story on Will Kits?

Almost every time I present a seminar on estate planning, the question comes up – can I just use a Will kit? This is not something I recommend, so my answer is usually the same, you shouldn’t. Unfortunately, many people still use will kits because they appear economical, but the result of using one can [...]

By |March 7th, 2017|Civil Litigation, Family, News, Wills & Estates|

Why Do You Need me when Starting a New Business?

Clients often wonder what my role is in starting their new business. Whenever I’m asked this, I like to give them examples of the kind of situations they could be faced with if they did not seek legal advice in advance. Consider a situation where two best friends have a great business idea. They start [...]

By |February 16th, 2017|Civil Litigation, Corporate & Commercial, News, Uncategorised|

Should I Do My Own Legal Work? These are a Few Reasons Why Not…

Times are changing and the reality is when we want to know how to do something we Google it! So when it comes to seeking legal advice and finding a solution to your legal problems you may ask yourself, why wouldn’t I Google it? You are thinking it would be a lot cheaper than retaining [...]

By |January 26th, 2017|Uncategorised|

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|