3 Weird Laws In NewFoundland & Labrador

Trash bags in St. John’s, Newfoundland, must be at least 1.5 mm thick and hold between 25 and 90 litres.

No cows at home. While it’s not illegal to own a cow in Newfoundland, it is against the law to keep that cow in one’s home like a house pet. It’s also illegal, by the way, to drive cattle through the streets of St. John’s, but only after 8 a.m. Apparently, Newfoundland cattle drives are more of a late-night thing.

For more than 80 years, it seems, thousands of Labradorians have been breaking the law. And most of them probably didn’t even know it. For the last 82 years, there’s been a law on the books that formally says what the standard time in Newfoundland and Labrador is. And at no point in that history has the government gotten around to acknowledging that most of Labrador doesn’t observe the same time as Newfoundland. OK, so there’s a Newfoundland Standard Time, and there’s Atlantic Standard Time. Tell us where it begins and ends in Newfoundland and Labrador. Officially, the law says that the whole province of Newfoundland and Labrador is covered by Newfoundland Standard Time, which is three-and-a-half hours later than GMT. So for the last 82 years, all the Labradorians who have been setting their clocks to Atlantic Standard Time have sort of been breaking the law.

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