Fort Nelson looking at Time Change

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Residents in Fort Nelson have the option to change the way their clocks tick.

A Daylight Savings Time Survey is currently underway, which sees residents asked wither or not they would like to stop changing their clocks in the spring or fall.

Mayor Bill Streeper says the system is used by communities in Northeastern BC. [asset|aid=1406|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cbe271a4c78be0e70af260f9a5cd114f-Streeper 1_2_Pub.mp3]

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But the issue isn’t simply a peer-pressure problem. Streeper says industry and businesses are largely affected by the change.

He says the oil and gas industry suffers because the trading day is much shorter. Streeper says when you take into account the beginning, lunch, and end of a work day with a seperate time zone, Fort Nelson looses a good chunk of a work day. [asset|aid=1407|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cbe271a4c78be0e70af260f9a5cd114f-Streeper 2_1_Pub.mp3]

Part of Peace Region and the East Kootenays are in the Mountain Time Zone and not the Pacific zone, like the rest of the province.

But, when much of the country pushes clocks ahead in the spring, some of these areas, including the Peace communities of Fort St. John, Charlie Lake, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek, leave their clocks where they are.

This effectively puts these communities on Pacific Time in the summer. Fort St. John changed its Time Zone to Mountain Standard Time, in 1974.

A referendum had four options on it, including the Mountain Standard Time and Mountain Standard with Daylight Savings Time.

Most residents wanted the second option, but accidently voted for Mountain Standard Time without Daylight Savings Time.


Fort Nelson residents have until May 31st to fill out the survey. Streeper says Council will make a decision in June, and if passed, come into effect this fall.

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