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Prepare to lose sleep: Daylight Savings Time is here

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March 13, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Get ready to move your clocks an hour ahead.

Daylight Savings Time is set to begin tomorrow, March 14, at 2 a.m.

The practicality of Daylight Savings Time has long been debated in B.C. Last year, the Yukon made the decision to make Pacific Daylight Saving Time.

READ MORE: Yukon adopts permanent daylight time as consultation wins overwhelming support

In 2019, a B.C. government survey saw almost all of its 223,272 respondents wanting to stop the twice-annual time change but B.C. won't be changing its clock until the U.S. does.

“The move to permanent Daylight Saving Time is planned to be brought into effect at a time that maintains alignment with our neighbours,” the B.C. Attorney General’s office said in an emailed statement October 2020. “The Interpretation Amendment Act that was passed in 2019 makes provisions that allow for us to make the change. We will continue to monitor proceedings in the U.S. as they unfold."

READ MORE: Blame the California Senate when B.C. turns clocks back on Nov. 1

In 2018, a ballot measure supporting the change was passed by California voters for a permanent Daylight Saving Time, starting the process of passing it through the State Assembly and Senate.

It was passed unanimously in the Assembly in May 2019 then moved to a Senate committee in June. The chair, who hails from San Diego, put the bill on hold, saying it would put California out of sync with Mexico, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Although Mexican border communities are allowed to align their clocks with the U.S., the bill hasn't resurfaced. A group of Senators once again introduced a bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent Tuesday, according to CNN.

Premier Horgan hinted in his Friday media address he hoped this will be the last time B.C. moves its clocks forward.

There's also evidence that Daylight Savings Time isn't good for our health. 

UBC professor and former director of the Human Neuropsychology and Perception Laboratory Stanley Coren has written a book about Daylight Light Saving time called Sleep Thieves.

In Canada, there is a five to seven per cent increase in fatal accidents in the three days after we spring forward.

Coren postulates we already live in a sleep-deprived society and says very bad things happen when chronic sleep deprivation is an issue.


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