Alberta Might Be Scrapping Daylight Savings So You'll Never Have To Spring Forward Again
Jason Kenney wants to ditch daylight savings.
If you're feeling extra tired this morning, daylight savings might be the culprate. On Sunday, March 8 at 3 a.m. our clocks rolled forward by an hour. Waking up that morning, many of us felt a little more groggy than usual. But according to Premier Jason Kenney, the most recent Alberta daylight savings may have been the last one the province will experence.
A handful of Canadian provinces have already. In fact, B.C. has recently initiated the .
On Friday, March 6, Kenney addressed bi-annual time changes, saying that it's become fairly obvious by now that Alberta is moving in the same direction as B.C., as stated by the Star.
Kenney stated that he personally supports the termination of Daylight Savings in Alberta. Though, he will only be going ahead with the decision after conducting consultations with groups that may be affected.
No timeline has been given in terms of the decision, other than the fact that Albertans will be informed way ahead of time if such a change will take place.
Now, this might not be a surefire decision just yet, the scrapping of Daylight Savings has been put into motion.
Every year, certain parts of North America and the U.K. turn back their clocks an hour in November and bring forward their clocks by an hour in March.
There's actually quite a storied history behind this tradition. Time Magazine have charted the series of events that have led to what we know as the Daylight Savings time changes.
They explained that Daylight Savings went into effect over a hundred years ago as part of an effort to save fuel and electricity.
You see, the time changes help us make more of the daylight, so we don't need to switch on our artificial heat and light until later. In turn, we save energy and fuel.
Time actually found that these changes do not help save energy all that much, and in some cases, they might actually increase energy usages.
This is why Daylight Savings has incited its share of controversy in the past.
We love to embrace long hours of daylight, especially as it signals the. But we also know that it takes a while for our body clocks to adjust.
According to CBC News, 91% of Albertans participating in a survey said that they would like to be on the same schedule the whole year rather than having to change their clocks twice yearly.
We love our sleep, and an hour lost is a serious feet to overcome, even though we do gain it back by the end of the year.