Quetico (and other places in NW Ontario)

Chris Walton Chris.Walton at telus.com
Tue Nov 7 03:56:40 UTC 2006

I agree there is not much in the way of reliable data for Northern Ontario and a I agree that creating a zone without sufficient data would not be wise.  

My recommendation is to use America/Rainy_River for all areas in Ontario that observe CST/CDT.  But the choice is yours.
I will send you some points to define a boundary between Central and Eastern zones.


-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Eggert [mailto:eggert at CS.UCLA.EDU] 
Sent: November 6, 2006 12:13 PM
To: Chris Walton
Cc: tz at elsie.nci.nih.gov; jnorgard at prodigy.net.mx
Subject: Re: Quetico (and other places in NW Ontario)

"Chris Walton" <Chris.Walton at telus.com> writes:

> You asked what the difference between a "Kenora" time zone and the 
> other time zones would be.  Assuming Kenora has been using DST since 
> 1970 (which I don't have proof of) ...

> Is there any way to flag some of the old historical zones such that 
> they don't appear when running "tzselect"?

We could have a table for people who don't care about historical times, which maps zone names to "modern" zone names, and tzselect could have an option to use that table.

> Paul E.,
> If you are reading, do you have any opinions on whether or not a new zone should be added?

Since we don't have reliable data about the difference between Kenora and its neighbors, I'm inclined to leave it alone for now.  But if we get reliable data, we should probably create a new zone.  It is possible that our data for Rainy River are wrong as well, so perhaps no new zone would be

> The zone.tab file currently indicates that America/Rainy_River should be used for Rainy River and Fort Frances.
> The town of Fort Frances has a population of 8315.
> The town of Rainy River has a population of 981.
> How come it was not called America/Fort_Frances?

Because I didn't know that when I created the table.  :-)

I suppose it should be renamed....

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