B.C. rejoices after province says it has had enough of daylight saving time
The end of daylight saving time has arrived in Canada once again, and that means the annual debate about whether there's actually any point in changing the clocks twice a year is back.
But while most of the provinces argue and complain, it seems one province is doing what many Canadians wish their provincial governments would.
British Columbia announced yesterday that Premier John Horgan would introduce legislation today to allow the province to stay in daylight saving time (DST) permanently and eliminate seasonal time changes.
BC's legislation to enable a permanent shift to Daylight Savings Time will be introduced tomorrow! This weekend could be the last time the provinces clicks go back #bcpoli— BC Today (@BCTodayOfficial) October 30, 2019
Unfortunately, the changes won't be in effect in time for the time change this weekend, but this could easily be the last time B.C. "falls back." The new time zone would officially be called Pacific Time.
Though this is a major change, it didn't come from nowhere.
Last year, B.C. conducted a public survey about seasonal time changes. The results found that 93 per cent of respondents (more than 223,000 people) were in favour of eliminating seasonal time changes and sticking to DST.
The only catch is that the Pacific jurisdictions and B.C.'s American trading partners have yet to make this change, and Horgan has said he'll only actually implement the changes if they do the same.
Still, for the most part, British Columbians are thrilled by this legislative change.
British Columbia may do something fantastic soon .. getting rid of fucking daylight savings. Don't let me down, BC.— Hamish McBourbon 🇨🇦🚲🖤🤬 (@j_gairns) October 30, 2019
Many are saying the old-school reasons for changing the clock no longer apply, so it's about time we made this switch.
@CBCAlerts Way to go BC!! Changing clocks twice a year is STUPID!! Commuting hours are from 5am to 10pm, so the old claim of more daylight for driving doesn’t apply. Using energy at home because of darkness?! Not applicable anymore! We’re connected 24/7! Daylight Savings Forever!— John Kowal (@knotickle3) October 31, 2019
While others are saying they hope the rest of the country follows suit.
I hope that the rest of Canada will follow BC and eliminate the twice yearly time change...all of Canada should stick to Daylight Savings Time.— H🎃ward Burgess🏳️🌈💀👻🎃🇨🇦 (@whowardburgess) October 30, 2019
Some are slightly concerned about the effects of this change.
No one has the guts to talk about what eliminating Daylight Savings Time in BC but not the rest of the country will really mean: our hockey games will start at 8PM local time.— Justin Morissette 👊🏻 (@JustinMoris) October 30, 2019
But for the most part, it seems British Columbians are hopeful they'll no longer have to switch their clocks twice a year.
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