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Daylight Saving Time: Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it on the bottom, and have a longer blanket. Anonymous
Life has a rhythm and it might feel off today as we adjust to the changing of the clocks to Daylight Saving Time. British Columbia has passed legislation that allows it to stop the clock changes at any time. This may be the last time change British Columbia goes through.
In Europe during the First World War in an effort to conserve energy and extend working hours, Daylight Saving Time was introduced. If the West Coast stops changing their clocks will the rest of Canada and the U.S. follow suit?
What difference can an hour make? According to Wendy Hall, a professor at the University of British Columbia’s nursing school that focuses on sleep. “We end up with a social jet lag that can go on for as long as one or two weeks.”
Everyone seems to have a story about how time change has affected their lives. Some people have missed final exams. I’ve shown up to things an hour early because of the time change. It is worse when we show up an hour late.
Creston B.C. adopted Mountain Standard Time year-round for the past 80 years. If the rest of B.C. adopts permanent Daylight Saving Time then it will match what already exists in Creston. Now Creston is the same time as the rest of B.C. half the year and the same time as Alberta the other half. Saskatchewan adopted Central Standard Time permanently in 1966.
The next generation … would be the better for having this extra hour of daylight in their childhood. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I agree with the idea of picking a time and sticking with it year-round. Daylight Saving Time seems preferred as who wants all the lovely morning wasted before we get up and when we want to be outside in the evening it is dark too early.
On the longest day of the year with Daylight Saving Time the sun rises at 5:36 am and sets at 9:02 pm as opposed to rising at 4:36 am and setting at 8:02 pm. In Vancouver on the shortest day of the year on Standard Time, the sun would rise at 8:05 am and set at 4:16 pm. On Daylight Saving Time the sun would rise at 9:05 am and set at 5:16 p.m.
Some scientists say we should switch to Standard Time as that more closely matches our body clock. They recommend abolishing Daylight Saving Time instead of making it permanent.
Studies show that people in the Western edges of time zones get about 19 minutes less sleep every night than the people on the Eastern edge of the time zone. The people in the East of the time zone also have lower rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart attacks.
Scientists around the world support the initiative to stop time changes but they support adopting Standard Time, not Daylight Saving Time. Will this latest time change be the last one? Or should the last one be in November?
I miss the part of the year where it doesn’t feel like bedtime when I got off of work at five. Unknown
What’s the big deal about Daylight Saving Time? Instead of noon, just get up at one. Unknown
Boy, I just love getting that extra hour of sleep for Daylight Saving Time. Said no mother to small children, ever. Unknown
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