Canadians delay clock this weekend as discussions continue on seasonal changes in time


Most Canadians have a chance to catch up with some sleep when the clock goes back an hour on Sunday, but Ontario politicians say this could be the last for Canada’s most populous state. I’m optimistic.

Jeremy Roberts, a member of Ottawa West Nepean, has submitted an October 2020 legislative bill to end the twice-yearly time change in Ontario.

The bill, which was unanimously passed the following month, made the state a permanent daylight saving time. Ontarians get an extra hour of sunlight at the end of the day in exchange for morning sunlight.

“I always really hated changing times, especially fallback times,” Roberts said.

“When I get home from work in the afternoon, I think it’s terrible to feel that it’s already dark and I can’t go out.”

Before submitting the bill, Roberts consulted with people who said he liked extra sunlight in the evening.

But he said Ontario had to wait for the two biggest neighbors to board before making any changes.

“For New York, there’s a lot of cross-border trade, but I didn’t want to do it because of the benefits of being in the same time zone as the New York City market. Anything that confuses it. . “

Roberts said he had contacted Quebec’s Prime Minister François Legor and New York Governor Kathy Hokul.

According to Roberts, Lego has shown to him as well as publicly that he supports the idea that Quebec will stick to daylight savings time.

He hasn’t received a reply from Hochul, but there is a bill before the state legislature that proposes daylight savings time all year round. Even if the state chooses it, it complicates the matter in that it has to wait for Congress to approve it.

British Columbia has already decided to stick to daylight savings time, but is waiting for the southern states to do the same. The Yukon Territory last year decided not to change the seasons and now follows its own standard time zone. Saskatchewan does not change the clock.

The Albertans, who voted in the referendum last month, slightly refused to switch to permanent daylight savings time. Psychologists with circadian rhythm expertise warned that the switch would not allow winter sunrises to be seen until around 10 am in some parts of Alberta.

Studies around the world have linked changes in time to increased car accidents, depression, reduced productivity, and increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

This is especially true in the spring, when the clock advances and one hour of sleep is lost, said Joseph de Conink of the University of Ottawa’s Brain and Mind Institute.

De Koninck agrees that watch changes should be stopped, but suggests that sticking to daylight savings time all year round is the worst option.

According to sleep experts, standard time is the best choice for the health of the general public as it is more in line with solar time and people’s body clocks.

He said that if Ontario transitions to permanent daylight savings time, cities such as Ottawa will not dawn until around 8:45 am in December and January.

“Many people will work in the dark. This is the worst thing that can happen to a body clock because it needs to be exposed to the morning sun to start it.”

De Conink said that shedding more light later in the day could bring economic benefits, as it could boost consumerism after work. However, he said it would increase mood disorders, weaken the immune system, and increase the risk of certain cancers.

He pointed out Russia, a country far north of Canada that transitioned to permanent daylight savings time in 2011, but abandoned it three years later. Studies have shown that it specifically affected children and their academic performance, Dekonink said.

He added that it doesn’t make sense to match the states of the United States, where the states are further south and generally have more winter light.

“Politicians and businessmen who want to shed light on the end of the day for various activities such as golf … but people aren’t told what that means to them in December. Hmm.”

Daniela Germano

Canadian press

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