Being left out of Sunday’s time change can have an effect on local business, and make other people envious of not having to worry about changing the clocks.
Financial matters and ordering still need to be kept in mind, especially when dealing with other parties out of province.
“Certain things can arise when dealing with banks in the east or west,” Scotia Bank customer service representative Leanne Scott said. “Trying to deal with matters in a two hour time difference doesn’t seem like a lot, but it can make a difference.”
Scott said transfers of funds and documents can be affected by the change and people should keep it in mind when needing to deal with financial matters outside the province. “The branch in another province could be closed by the time the transfer is made on our end and they’ll have to wait for it to be processed the next day.”
Scott said dealing with clients and customers in British Columbia can make for a longer work day. “If we need to verify a cheque and authorize a guarantee of funds, sometimes you have to wait until noon before its done, because you have to wait for them to open and and get the information.”
Scott’s advice is to keep the time change in mind when important transfers are time sensitive.
Michelle Blakley at Tourism Moose Jaw said it can make visitors envious of Saskatchewanians for not having to bother with the time change process. “We get asked about it all the time. Even if its not during the time change they’ll say we’re lucky and tell us they’re jealous."
Tourism Moose Jaw even has the different time zones mounted on its wall at the information centre to help inform tourists and visitors.
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