November 19, 2015 - 1:00 PM
KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops man with the plan to stop Daylight Saving Time in B.C. will seek support from local municipalities on the project after speaking with local MLAs last week.
Bob Dieno created his Stop The Time Change in British Columbia on the website Change.org petition three weeks ago. Within the first three days it collected close to 10,000 signatures and now has over 26,000, which has drawn the attention of B.C. government officials.
Dieno met with Kamloops MLAs Todd Stone and Terry Lake on Friday, Nov. 13 and says the discussion was a productive one.
“They commended us for the effort we put forward and the way we did it,” Dieno says. “They promised us they will not let this go. They will continue looking at it and collect the right data and move forward with the appropriate steps as they come."
Dieno says the discussion didn’t delve into what specific statistics would be reviewed, but says he understood both Lake and Stone would be looking at ICBC data to see if the time change coincides with higher crash amounts and social data to see if this is something the public truly wants.
"They said it’s really caught the government's eye but they want to continue getting signatures. That is the strongest message we can send to the government,” Dieno adds.
To continue the effort, Dieno plans to address the Union of British Columbia Municipalities to ask local communities for their support. He plans to meet with Kamloops councillor Arjun Singh, who also sits on the UBCM board, to discuss it within the next couple of weeks.
The time change petition can be found here.
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