Nunavut (northern Canada) changes time zones again

Jesper Nørgaard jnorgard at
Thu Nov 30 06:42:02 UTC 2000

There was news about the Nunavut time zones in Nuniatsaq News the of November, but I didn't see it until today. The link is although this seems to be a dynamic address with date and time; Check out the Nunatsiaq News archives from of November to find the article, if the above doesn't work.

Quote: "After a week of confusion, clocks in the territory's westernmost hamlets are now synchronized - an hour behind the rest of Nunavut.
The Nunavut government last week retreated from its unified-time-zone policy, permitting Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay to stay on central time for the winter.


Anawak said the Nunavut government would allow its employees in Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay to operate on central time year-round, putting them one hour behind the rest of Nunavut for six months during the winter."

The only way I can get this to match, is if Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay will be on Central Time all year round (e.g. GMT-6 with DST) while the rest of the central and eastern Nunavut will be on Eastern Standard Time all year round (e.g. GMT-5 without DST), so that during winter Kugluktuk will be one hour behind, and in the summer will be on the same time as the rest of Nunavut. This implicitly means that Central and Eastern Nunavut does *not* have daylight saving.

I wonder if any of you have any comments on this, or more official documentation. The above article seems to go to great lengths to express daylight saving issues without mentioning the (forbidden?) term "daylight saving". Perhaps it has become too political in Nunavut to imply that you can gain something with "daylight saving" ;) ? 

Can the article be interpreted any other way?


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From: 	Rich Wales[SMTP:richw at]
Sent: 	Martes 7 de Noviembre de 2000 5.19
To: 	tz at
Subject: 	Nunavut (northern Canada) changes time zones again

Nunavut (formerly the eastern part of Canada's Northwest Territories)
has been struggling with time zones for over a year.  The territory
originally straddled three zones, and efforts to impose a single time
for all of Nunavut have met with vocal opposition.

The latest change (effective Mon. 2000-11-06) appears to keep most of
the territory on UTC-5h (i.e., CDT in summer and EST in winter) year-
round.  However, some communities in western Nunavut will set their
clocks an hour earlier, to UTC-6h.

The news story didn't make it clear whether western Nunavut would
change its clocks in the summer or not.  Also, the National Research
Council -- Canada's federal regulatory body for time zones -- hasn't
updated its maps yet ( to reflect
the latest change in Nunavut.

Rich Wales         richw at

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