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Clocks will have to 'fall back' once again this November

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Whether you like it or not, you'll have to set your clocks back an hour one last time on Nov. 6 — just like most other people in North America.

It seemed to be great news last spring when the U.S. Senate unanimously passed its Sunshine Protection Act that would make Daylight Savings Time permanent.

But there are a couple of conditions that still have to be satisfied before, or if, that’s going to happen.

First up, the legislation called for the change to happen in 2023 so this year’s change was always going to happen.

Tougher to overcome are the hurdles being put up by the U.S. House of Representatives. Not only does the House also have to approve the legislation (and the president has to sign off on it) but the act has to get to them first.

“The main impediments dimming the legislation’s chances of passing appear to be fundamental disagreements over its language and a general consensus that other matters take precedence as the House grapples with high inflation, gun massacres and fending off judicial threats on issues such as abortion and marriage equality,” says The Hill newspaper.

At first, the House was all in favour of the change and, while it seems to agree that the twice-per-year changing of the clocks has to end, voices are now being raised around safety issues over whether Daylight Saving or Standard time should become the norm.

That discussion has yet to hit the committee stage in the House, let alone the legislative floor.

B.C. passed legislation in 2019 making Daylight Saving Time permanent in the province but only if neighbouring states did the same.

So, with things bogged down by big government in the U.S., clocks will be turned a back one hour at 2 a.m. local time Nov. 6. That means the evenings will get darker sooner while the mornings will get brighter.

The early morning light, of course, is only temporary as the days get shorter from now through to the winter solstice on Dec. 21.

That means the roughly 10.5 hours of daylight today will have shrunk by about 2.5 hours on the darkest day of the year.

Daylight Saving Time will return March 12, 2023 but it may not be staying forever.

READ MORE: Golfing in the evening inspiration for Daylight Savings Time

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