||September/October 1998 issue||
It's about TIME
By H. David Matthews and Mary
WE ARE A COUNTRY of chronic
lawbreakers. From east to west, Canada is neatly divided into
six time zones. But many Canadians choose to make their own time
and ignore the time zone boundaries. And the rule that clocks
spring forward on the first Sunday in April and fall back on
the last Sunday in October? In some parts of Canada, the times
are never a-changin': we all know that Saskatchewan doesn't use
daylight savings, but other pockets of the country don't bother
with it either. And while Alberta's time-abiding citizens strictly
follow Mountain Time - violators can be slapped with a $25 fine
- these maps illustrate Canada's time zone anomalies.
Territories has four time zones and no shortage of time zone
quirks. The Canadian Forces station at Alert uses Eastern Time
while the handful of residents at the Eureka weather station
skip daylight savings. Baffin Island, which is crossed by the
Central, Eastern and Atlantic Time zones only uses Eastern Time.
Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak and Pelly Bay all use Mountain instead of
Central Time and Southampton Island is not required to use daylight
stands still around the British Columbia communities of Fort
St. John and Dawson Creek. Residents are on Mountain Standard
Time year round, meaning Mountain Time in the winter and Pacific
Time in the summer.
East Kootenays are an hour or so ahead of their time: from Cranbrook
to Golden, they follow Mountain Time while Creston ignores daylight
savings, putting the town on Mountain Time in the winter and
Pacific Time in the summer.
border city Lloydminster, which straddles the Alberta- Saskatchewan
divide, has a special charter permitting the use of Mountain
Time with daylight savings.
of Denare Beach and Creighton break Saskatchewan's anti-daylight
savings law by putting their clocks ahead during the summer to
keep up with their neighbours in Flin Flon, Manitoba.
on the time zone boundary, Pickle Lake and New Osnaburgh do not
bother with daylight savings and, despite being east of the 90th
meridian, Big Trout Lake follows Central Time.
keep up with the big city of Thunder Bay, Upsala and Shebandowan
break the rules and use Eastern Time, while Atikokan ignores
daylight savings, meaning residents use Eastern Time in the winter
and Central Time in the summer.
far eastern North Shore is supposed to use Atlantic Standard
Time year round with no daylight savings, but residents as far
east as Natashquan use Eastern Time like the rest of the province.
And while Labrador should follow Newfoundland Time, most parts,
with the exception of the southeast corner, use Atlantic Time.
Canada has just submitted a territorial claim to the North Pole. Should they get it?