Daylight savings is something that happens twice a year. This inevitable time change leaves us readjusting our bodies and our clocks, and it seems as though a lot of people have had enough of it. According to a recent report, a whopping 93% of B.C. residents hate Daylight Savings and want to get rid of it. But just because the number is high, doesn’t mean changes will happen soon, if ever.
Daylight Savings Time (DST) is when we turn the clock forward during the summer months in order to extend the daylight hours. Places that use it, like B.C., typically advance the clocks ahead by one hour.
In the autumn months, we move the clocks back, therefore losing an hour. This then leaves us to be being confused and unadjusted all over again.
This practice has been around forever and people are so over it. In fact, so many people are done with it that 93% of B.C. residents want to get rid of it altogether.
The province's premier, John Horgan, has recognized this and is now advocating that it is the right time to switch permanent Daylight Saving Time. But just because the premier is on board, doesn’t mean things will change.
Horgan spoke with Global News and stated that getting rid of seasonal time changes is long overdue. “Overwhelming support, you don’t see that on many issues. I think I would be ill-advised not to listen to the public on this one,” said Horgan to Global News.
According to a report released by the provincial government, 223,273 people in B.C. completed the online survey about their thoughts on DST and seasonal time changes.
With 93% agreeing to stop DST, a large majority of surveyors thought it was "important" or "very important" for B.C. to be aligned with neighbouring jurisdictions in time observation practices.
Horgan plans on meeting with the Yukon premier Sandy Silver sometime this September in order to discuss moving DST altogether.
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Global News has stated that a major setback for B.C. not to make the move is whether or not the province will make the switch even if California, Oregon, and Washington do not. As of now, there is no date set as to when the U.S. Congress could vote on the manner.
It seems like the internet is fully on board for this as everyone can agree that they hate time changes.
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One person even stated that they want this in the province more than rideshare.
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While it may seem like a simple task, moving the clock forward or behind by an hour has actually proven to have negative health effects.
According to a CNN study, an increased risk of strokes and heart attacks are possible during time shifts, especially within the first couple of days.
For now, any of us living in B.C. can expect the clocks to fall back by one hour on Nov. 3. You may want to start reading up on everything you need to know about DST.