Nunavut (northern Canada) changes time zones again

Infoman Inc. mpereira at
Thu Nov 30 16:38:33 UTC 2000


Nunavut is the former eastern part of the North-West Territories which spans
several times zones and had the same. The time zones used reflected the
North South business travel and communication connections the people living
in the North had. Thus the Eastern part of what is now Nunavut has trade and
travel links with Montreal and Toronto (EST). The "western" part of Nunavut
has its trade and travel connections with Winnipeg() which is CST. In both
cases they have traditionally used and followed the time zone and "daylight
saving" time of their trading partners to the South. It also meant
simplified time schedules for North <-> South travel each set using the same
time zone.

In short, to understand the problem, "look South" as the equivalent "North"
uses those time zone.

Further it was impossible for the original NorthWest Territories to have a
single time zone, thus having more than one time zone was not a "political
issue". The establishment of the new Territory of Nunavut was a political
act. The new Nunavut Gov't want to operate on a single time zone in its
whole territory for both administrative and political reasons. Hence the
conundrum. "daylight saving", I do not think is the issue here.

Trust that this is of some help - Jake Knoppers

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jesper Nørgaard [mailto:jnorgard at]
> Sent: November 30, 2000 1:42 AM
> To: tz at; 'Rich Wales'
> Subject: RE: Nunavut (northern Canada) changes time zones again
> 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?
> Regards,
> Jesper Nørgaard
> Email: jnorgard at
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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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