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March 31, 2006
(Municipal Affairs)

Notice of Daylight Savings Time

Jack Byrne, Municipal Affairs Minister, reminds residents of the province to turn their clocks ahead one hour as of 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, April 2 for the change from Newfoundland Standard Time to Daylight Savings Time. This change will remain in effect until Sunday October 29, 2006.

"As minister responsible for fire prevention, I note that the switch to Daylight Saving Time serves as a great reminder for people to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors," stated Minister Byrne. "The importance of having these devices in proper working order canít be overstated. When smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work as they should, lives are saved."

The minister also notes the province is still considering making changes to Daylight Saving Time to follow suit with the United States. Effective in March 2007 the U.S. will extend Daylight Saving Time by one month annually.

"We continue the process of gathering information with a view to making a recommendation to Cabinet in the near future," the minister stated. "At this point we would expect that this province would follow step with the rest of Canada. We anticipate that there will be a consistent move across the country."

Media contact: John Tompkins Communications (709) 729-1983, 690-2498 or

2006 03 31                                         9:30 a.m.

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