Fort Nelsonians will be turning their clocks ahead an hour this Sunday for the last time.
The regional municipal council decided last year they’re going to start ignoring Daylight Savings Time, just like in the Peace country.
Come March 8, Fort Nelson residents will be on the same time as the rest of the Peace Region. In the past, each spring they’ve moved their clocks ahead for daylight savings time in tandem with the rest of the province, matching it with the Peace Region.
The result is that from spring to fall, the Peace is on the same time as the rest of B.C., whereas from fall through winter it’s with Alberta.
The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality polled its residents during the most recent municipal election. The results showed nearly three-quarters of respondents were in favour of the change.
Some in NRRM think the move will be good for business.
“[The change] is positive for us,” said John Sheppard, district coordinator for FMC Technologies. He said that while some companies were on B.C. time, most in his industry use Alberta time.
At a subsequent Dec. 8, 2014 meeting, the NRRM council resolved “that the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality make the scheduled change to Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)/Mountain Standard Time (MST)/Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/GMT -7 hours on Sunday, March 8, 2015, and in the future the municipality will remain on that time permanently.”
“Staying on the same time all year round will allow us to harmonize with our neighbors to the south, which will benefit local businesses, especially those involved in the natural gas industry,” said NRRM Mayor Bill Streeper in a press release.