Daylight saving time ends this weekend and Canadians are complaining about it again
The end of daylight saving time is fast approaching, which means the annual debate about whether or not Canada should continue to observe it is back.
Daylight saving began on March 10 this year, and it always ends on the first Sunday in November in Canada. That means that on Sunday, November 3 at 2 a.m., clocks will be turned back one hour to 1 a.m. local standard time.
It's almost time to set our clocks back an hour! Daylight Savings Time ends soon - October 27 for the UK and November 3 for the US and Canada. Do you love it or hate it? #daylightsavingstimeends pic.twitter.com/kzNQNx2Iic— StorageMart (@StorageMart) October 26, 2019
The tradition provides more light in the evening during daylight saving and more light in the mornings once it ends.
All ten Canadian provinces and three territories officially observe daylight saving, though there are a few exceptions including most of Saskatchewan which observes central standard time year-round.
According to the Canadian Constitution, timekeeping laws are up to the discretion of provinces and territories.
Canadians have long debated whether there's any reason to continue switching the clocks, and many have some seriously strong opinions on the matter.
Time zones and time changes can already be confusing as they are, so many say daylight saving just further complicates things.
ex. Pacific 5 a.m., Mountain 6 a.m., Central 7 a.m., Eastern 8 a.m., Atlantic 9 a.m., Newfoundland 9:30 a.m.— Mer Brebner (@merbrebner) July 6, 2019
Except in summer when Saskatchewan (Central) remains on Central Standard and does NOT do daylight savings, so is 6 a.m. because they're special too. 🤣 Yay Canada! pic.twitter.com/Am7qfaEmxK
They also say this is exasperated by the fact that daylight saving happens on different days in different continents.
Ugh time zones and daylight savings.. if you’re in Canada your clocks didn’t go back today. Ours go back in November— there is no spoon (@pknganameishard) October 27, 2019
Many also don't like the fact that it tends to mess with people's sleep schedule.
NO ONE TOLD ME DAYLIGHT SAVINGS STARTED IN CANADA TODAY AND NOW I FEEL JIPPED OUT OF AN HOUR OF SLEEP— dosas and diamonds ✨ (@dosasndiamonds) March 10, 2019
Not to mention the fact that it makes the days feel way shorter in the winter.
with daylight savings in canada it legit starts being dark outside EXTREMELY early and because i wake up late i legit get 5 hours of light and thats it, makes me so depressed i legit wanna die during half the month. like at 4 pm it looks like nighttime outside nopeeeee— melina (@fakedsmiIed) October 27, 2019
Some feel so strongly about the matter that they've even said they'd vote for any political party that promises to end daylight saving in Canada.
Any political party that promises to abolish daylight savings time in Canada will get my vote, I don't care who you are.— Chris Cummer (@senorprogrammer) October 28, 2019
Also, this is your yearly reminder that Saskatchewan is the smartest of provinces.
On top of all that, it's been proven that workplace accidents increase around the time changes, traffic accidents see a surge, and there are even negative health impacts too.
In light of all this, the B.C. government just announced they'll be introducing legislation tomorrow to move to permanent daylight saving time, but it'll only come into effect in 2020 or later.
The legislation will obviously not apply to this year. But opens the door for 2020. BC still hoping pacific US states follow. The new time zone will be called Pacific Time. #bcpoli— Richard Zussman (@richardzussman) October 30, 2019
Daylight saving time in Canada will begin once again on Sunday, March 8 at 3 a.m. — unless they decide to scrap it before then. But despite the annual moans and groans, it's not looking likely.
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