Fort Nelson abandons proposed time change

Fort Nelson Councilors have decided not to sync their clocks with Fort St. John and other communities in the North.

In May, Fort Nelson held a Daylight Savings Time Survey, asking community members whether or not the town would stop changing their clocks in the spring and fall.

But, Corporate Manager Heather Cosman says there wasn’t enough of a response from the community in order to make an informed decision. So, the community will continue using the Pacific Time Zone system, with Daylight Savings.

Mayor Bill Streeper says all of the towns and cities close to the BC/Alberta border share the same time zone except Fort Nelson. Earlier last month, he said the oil and gas industry suffers because the trading day is much shorter. He also said 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.

Now, Cosman says because of the lack of public interest, Fort Nelson is unlikely to revisit the issue for some time.

Parts of the Peace Region and the East Kootenays are in the Mountain Time Zone. When much of the country pushes clocks ahead in the spring, some of these areas, including 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.

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