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NTI Reaffirms Support for a Single Time Zone in Nunavut

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Iqaluit, Nunavut (October 03, 2000) Nunavut Tunngavik today announced its support of Government of Nunavut action to stop using Daylight Saving Time in the Territory.

Since our Annual General Meeting in Cambridge Bay in 1998, a single time zone for Nunavut has been the official policy of NTI, says Paul Quassa, President of Nunavut Tunngavik. We recognize that while most people agree with a single time zone, others feel strongly against the use of Central Time. We believe that having a “single clock’ in the Territory is important for communication and cooperation and is a symbol of unity for those who live here. The Government’s action today sends a good message to those who disagree with the use of Central Time. It says that we understand your concerns and are trying to address them. This demonstration of responsiveness is a very positive thing.

The measures taken by the Government creates a special Time Zone for Nunavut with no changing of time throughout the year, equivalent to Central Time in summer and Eastern Time in winter.

For further information:

Leena Evic-Twerdin or Al Vigoda
Executive Assistant to the President Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
Iqaluit, NT Iqaluit, NT
Tel: (867) 975-4900 Tel: (867) 975-4914