Hav­ing a won­der­ful New­found­land time — en­joy it

The Pilot - - Editorial - Ken­neth LeGrow Manuels

Once again there has been some dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing the New­found­land time zone. Seems this sub­ject comes up when some me­dia peo­ple want some­thing to stir up a con­tro­versy in or­der to get more view­ers.

Our time zone is just fine, in spite of a cou­ple of mi­nor ir­ri­ta­tions, mainly deal­ing with TV sched­ul­ing or busi­nesses hav­ing to wait a half hour ex­tra for some­one to be at their desk in Hal­i­fax.

The main ad­van­tage is that we have an ex­tra half hour of day­light, which in our very short sum­mers is a real bonus.

As an ex­am­ple, on May 24, sun­set in Hal­i­fax is 8:45 p.m. At­lantic time. St. John’s is 8:42 New­found­land Time.

If New­found­land was on At­lantic Time, our sun­set would be 8:12 p.m.

Any lo­ca­tion at the far east­ern edge of any time zone will have an ear­lier sun­rise and sun­set than its western edge.

If we look at the sun­set time in Cor­ner Brook, May 24 it was 9:08 p.m., be­cause they are al­most at the far western edge of the New­found­land time zone. If they were on At­lantic Time, their sun­set to­day would be 8:38 p.m.

Another ex­am­ple is Wood­stock, N.B., which is al­most as far west as you can get in that prov­ince, Sun­set to­day is 9:07pm At­lantic time. Note the dif­fer­ence from Hal­i­fax (At­lantic time), and the time in Cor­ner Brook (New­found­land Time).

So, if we want to keep our ex­tra half hour of day­light in the evening, we should keep the time zone as is.

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