Five More Weird Laws In The Province Of New Brunswick

1. No loud phonograph-playing 

Where: Sussex. In a piece of municipal legislation ripped straight from the pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald,¬†Sussex’s¬†nuisance Bylaw 750-12 s. 4(i)¬†not only prohibits loud piano playing but also overly noisy phonographs. The phonograph, invented in 1877, was largely out of vogue by the 1930s. Wonder how many tickets the RCMP issue for that one ‚ÄĒ or for over enthusiastically dancing the Charleston.

2. No hooting.

Where: Saint John.¬†Bylaw M-22, intended to prevent excessive noise¬†in the city, dictates “no person shall permit ‚Ķ¬†yelling, shouting, hooting, or unreasonably loud whistling or singing” that disturbs others. No word on the implications of anti-hooting legislation on hootenannies. Or owls.

3. No pigeonhole or bagatelle 

Where: Saint George. Remember that song in¬†The¬†Music Man, when the unscrupulous Harold Hill convinced parents that all the kids in¬†River City were going to be led astray by playing pool? The Town of St. George was listening.¬†Bylaw No. 11, enacted in 1974, dictates that¬† “no person, firm, or corporation shall operate, maintain or conduct a pool, billiard or bagatelle or pigeonhole table open to the public” without a licence. Unlicensed pool tables, OK. Bagatelle and pigeonhole, on the other hand? The good people of St. George are probably safe from the corrupting influence of these old-timey games.

4. No circuses in the park

Where Sackville,¬†Nackawic. Hey, you clowns. Get back in your tiny little car and head back where you came from. Setting up a Big Top in a public green space is strongly discouraged in both¬†Sackville¬†and Nackawic.¬†Bylaw No. 236,¬†regulating the use of public parks in Sackville, states “no person ‚Ķ shall use a park or any part thereof for the purpose of holding or carrying on a fair, carnival, bazaar or circus.”

5. No excessive garage sales 

Where: Edmundston. New Brunswick’s love¬†for good deals is well-documented.¬†But¬†Edmundston residents¬†better not love them¬†too¬†much. Section 10(d) of Bylaw No. 13R2014¬†has strict guidelines on the number of garage sales a household may hold over the course of a year: exactly¬†two. No more. You’ve been warned.