Many Nunavummiut will turn their clocks back an hour before going to bed tonight to mark the end of Daylight Saving Time.

“People are dissatisfied when we have to turn the clocks back in the fall… days will be shorter and it will get dark sooner,” Amittuq MLA Joelie Kaernerk said.

Amittuq MLA Joelie Kaernerk said in September that he’s heard from numerous constituents in Sanirajak and Iglulik that they would like to see that annual practice come to an end.

“People are dissatisfied when we have to turn the clocks back in the fall… days will be shorter and it will get dark sooner,” Kaernerk said.

Residents in Coral Harbour already stopped changing their clocks years ago. Yukon will not be observing the end of Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m. on Sunday as more jurisdictions have been debating the usefulness of adjusting time.

“If maybe a petition is presented to the House… can the Government of Nunavut go with Yukon?” Kaernerk asked.

Joe Savikataaq, minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs, said he would look into the formal process required for legislating change and the considerations that would need to be made.

“If we want to do it Nunavut-wide, we would have to consult with the regions, scheduled airlines, and business owners and how much they would be impacted. That’s what we would have to do. This is being considered all over Canada and it has been a concern of turning back the clocks,” said Savikataaq.

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Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

One reply on “Clocks turn back tonight as Daylight Saving Time ends; MLA wants that practice to stop”

  1. I recently moved to a community above the Arctic Circle…

    If the sun doesn’t get above the horizon, and it’s dark for 24 hours a day, does it matter if it’s dark from Midnight till Midnight… or a difference if it’s dark Noon till Noon?

    Changing our clocks will have absolutely Zero effect on the length (or shortness) of the daylight we get.

    This might have made sense 100 years ago in farming communities. Not so much today.

    What I would be a proponent of is changing working hours to 3am-11am.. finish work… go outside and watch the sunrise (for those living slightly South of the Arctic Circle).. then watch the sunset a couple of hours later… This would give parents and children some time together in the daylight instead of missing it while working or at school.

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