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TIMES ARE CHANGING – When the Yukon doesn’t shift into daylight saving time on Sunday, it will join the same time zone as Alberta and the N.W.T., as seen in the above time zone chart. Sketch courtesy GOVERNMENT OF YUKON

Yukoners no longer spring forward, fall back

Yukoners won’t change their clocks on Sunday due to the permanent adoption of daylight saving time in the territory.

By Gabrielle Plonka on October 29, 2020

Yukoners won’t change their clocks on Sunday due to the permanent adoption of daylight saving time in the territory.

The move into permanent time may cause some issues with electronic calendars, scheduling and appointments, according to the Yukon government.

It issued a press release Thursday morning, warning that electronic calendars following Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8) will show appointments an hour later than intended.

Yukoners should ensure that computers, phones and devices are displaying “Whitehorse” or “UTC-7 Yukon” time.

If that is not the case, electronics can be manually set to the new time zone.

“It is important to review calendars and confirm appointments such as flight departure times, medical appointments, work meetings, building automation etc., that occur in the weeks following November 1 to ensure that they remain accurate,” the press release stated.

Air North sent out an advisory earlier this week to say that some departure and arrival times may be affected.

The airline recommended that anyone flying on or after Sunday should call or confirm flight information online.

Starting in November, the Yukon will be in the same time zone as Alberta, the N.W.T. and northeastern B.C., two hours ahead of Alaska and one hour ahead of the rest of B.C.

Premier Sandy Silver said Wednesday that B.C. will soon follow the Yukon in discarding daylight saving time.

“I know that they had bigger issues to deal with this year, so that paused what is already a legislative change in B.C.,” Silver said.

“I would expect that to happen very soon.”

The decision to move into permanent time was made earlier this year after a lengthy public consultation process.

“It will be an adjustment, but again, one of the biggest surveys that we have had in Yukon history with overwhelming support from Yukoners to stop messing with the clocks.”

Comments (24)

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Always Questions on Nov 4, 2020 at 7:29 pm

No questions, I am happy with the 'non-change'. We used to always be outta sync with AB & BC then the Ft. Nelson/Dawson Creek in BC following AB. Not a 'smart' phone to be seen back then either, you learned it either in school, or just doing business - multiple clocks on the wall maybe? Sorta like waiting until after 6 to call 'Outside' for the cheaper rate ... lol

Less than 6 weeks and THEN it's going to be great! I love living in the North, it's unique, challenging, wild and crazy.
As we used to say, never a dull moment.
Time marches on.

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Lost In the Yukon on Nov 4, 2020 at 3:22 pm

Dearest Gary ... you ask “Why?” The answer is obvious, so Slippery Sandy Silver can say next fall that his five years as our Premier has not been a waste of time ... look what he accomplished!

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Hi Lorraine on Nov 3, 2020 at 4:06 pm

-Step 1:
type 'check for updates' in the search bar

-Step 2:
update windows 10

-Step 3:
type 'date and time' in the search bar

-Step 4:
select Yukon time

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Charlie's Aunt on Nov 2, 2020 at 1:42 pm

@ Lorraine; Win 10 is easy to fix. Right click on time on task bar, go to adjust date & time. Set to 'off:' both 'set time zone automatically' and 'adjust for daylight saving time' Then you can adjust time zone to Mountain Time. Just don't ask me how to re-set an Android phone - big nightmare with that.

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Michelle on Nov 1, 2020 at 3:04 pm

@ Groucho d'North - Yukon is not the first to decide not to change their clocks.
Saskatchewan has not changed their clocks from central standard time since 1959.

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Lorraine Nixon on Nov 1, 2020 at 12:43 pm

I supported this endeavor 100%...Unfortunately, Microsoft 10 did not provide an update for this new Yukon time zone so many computer networks across the territory will experience malfunctions. Tech support can not provide fixes for everyone on the same date....Hope YG was prepared!

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Groucho d'North on Nov 1, 2020 at 10:44 am

Well here we are November first and all the electronic gear thinks it's an hour ago. I suspect the news reports in the coming days will reveal what problems this rebel time change policy has created.
Y2K did not give us too much trouble, we'll soon see about the Trick or Treat non-time change outcomes.

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Stew Pidasso on Oct 31, 2020 at 8:49 pm

Yukoners never were really bright ...see how long their joy lasts when in the winter months sunrise isn't until 11 am.

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glad the government listened to the majority on Oct 31, 2020 at 1:28 pm

I am happy! I am one of the people who enthusiastically supported this 'no change' change. I prefer light in the evening. Most people are going to school and to work in the dark anyway. At least now it won't be dark when they are coming home. (Or more light before bed so they can go out and do something).

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Marcus on Oct 31, 2020 at 12:40 pm

"You're listening to CBC morning. The time is 6 o'clock in the Yukon, and 5 o'clock in BC (except for the north-eastern quadrant where it's also 6 o'clock).

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U. R. Dummass on Oct 30, 2020 at 8:17 pm

Response to Mick - Have you ever heard of the expression, truth is stranger than fiction? You are proving the rule.

You should watch the movie Idiocracy and treat it as a documentary on today’s reality. You will definitely see some Liberal truths and you will likely identify with many of the characters.

Wrong side of history... Lol... You must exemplify the millennial stereotype. History is cyclical in nature in the sense that people will continue to do Stew Pidder and Stew Pidder things. This is the repeat thing that they talk about with history.

You are probably just smart enough to believe that this time change is democracy in action. History teaches us the lesson of useful idiots if only we would read the texts.

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Anushka on Oct 30, 2020 at 6:04 pm

Really wish I knew who to talk to about those maps. Try playing find the differences; I counted nine! Including the removal of PEI, Cape Breton, and northeastern Quebec! BIG yikes! Guess getting rid of Queens Printer wasn't such a great idea after all...

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Michelle on Oct 30, 2020 at 2:19 pm

Did all of you complaining about this participate in the Survey? The majority of people who responded to the survey, that all Yukoners were able to participate in, wanted to stop changing the clocks twice a year. Of those, the majority wanted more daylight in the evening vs the morning. The Government did not arbitrarily make this change. It is call democracy. Did everyone get choice, NO, but the majority did. And next time maybe more people will participate in the Surveys the government put out so they too can have a say.

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Groucho d'North on Oct 30, 2020 at 2:07 pm

Sometimes there are advantages to being first to do something- this is not one of those times.

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Mick on Oct 30, 2020 at 1:58 pm

@ Stew Pidder
Spoken like a guy of the wrong side of history. Hahaha

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Stew Pidder on Oct 29, 2020 at 7:03 pm

Dear Crunch - You underestimate Liberal voters... Their stupidity is boundless.

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Wilf Carter on Oct 29, 2020 at 5:38 pm

This action can cause sleep apt with Yukoners which is an illness with to much darkness. More accidents is right and proven in Europe. School kids will be in danger because of going in more darkness. So what do we gain by changing it? Nothing!!!

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Crunch on Oct 29, 2020 at 4:48 pm

The libs have done some dumb things but this one takes the cake. It will be so dark for so long in the morning there will be an increase in accidents and mishaps, hopefully no one gets killed. Didn't particapate in the survey as I didn't believe people could get this stupid.

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Matthew on Oct 29, 2020 at 4:45 pm

Sure am glad it only took 4200/5000 people to make a major change like this... it really shows what the majority thinks. haha - It won't last a year..

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Nathan Living on Oct 29, 2020 at 4:28 pm

Let's get Alaska and BC to adopt our time zone.

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JohnW on Oct 29, 2020 at 3:48 pm

The govt did not abolish daylight saving time in the territory. Clocks were set to DST last spring. We are now on DST for the whole year. That sets solar noon at 2PM, so for those tied to schedules it might mess up their circadian rhythms.

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Anie on Oct 29, 2020 at 3:44 pm

Wrong. Daylight savings time has not been "abolished" in the Yukon. Instead, it will be implemented year round. Splitting hairs, perhaps, but there is a difference. Likely other jurisdictions will do something similar. But if they decide to abolish DST, then the Yukon will be in a bit of a pickle.

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Typical Yukon on Oct 29, 2020 at 3:25 pm

The Yukon - always ass backwards.

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