The newly amended Canadian Hardiness Zone map is divided into ten major zones: the hardiest is 0 and the mildest is 9 (the southern tip of Vancouver Island). Frost dates are arranged by region and include the first frost date of the season and the final frost date of the season.
Those that use the big end are known as the Big-Endians, and vice-versa.The spokesperson said this convoluted policy resulted from a consultation with stakeholders in 1997, where people were so opinionated that no consensus could be reached.(The spokesperson did say that ISO 8601 dates are the preferred format.) In 2011, Ontario MP Daryl Kramp introduced a bill that sought to bring the ISO 8601 date system to Canadian courts.In a prescient 1980 paper entitled, “On Holy Wars and a Plea for Peace,” famed computer engineer Danny Cohen writes (on endian-ness and dates), “We agree that the difference between sending eggs with the little- or the big-end first is trivial, but we insist that everyone must do it in the same way, to avoid anarchy.Since the difference is trivial we may choose either way, but a decision must be made.” To computer scientists, and people who think about the date too much, imprecision begets confusion, and confusion begets anarchy.