From today until July 19 the provincial government is asking British Columbians to weigh in on Daylight Saving Time. Currently, most of the province “springs forward” by one hour during the summer months and “falls back” in the winter. The Peace region and Northern Rockies observe mountain standard time year-round.
Increasingly, the relevance of time changing is in question as it has been linked to adverse health effects and an increase in traffic accidents and energy consumption. South of the border, legislators in California, Oregon and Washington have proposed bills to end the biannual time change and observe Daylight Saving Time year-round.
“As our neighbours in the Western United States move toward permanent Daylight Saving Time, it's a good time to think about what will work best for British Columbia,” stated premier John Horgan in a media release. “I invite people to consider our options and take part in an online survey that will help us decide whether to leave things as they are or if it's time to make a change.”
Horgan has reached out to the governors of these states as well as to the premier of Yukon, to hear their opinions and help inform the discussion in BC.In addition to the online survey, organizations and individuals are asked to write in with their opinions.
The way time is observed affects many industries in Powell River and around the province, including transportation and agriculture.
“I know many people will have strong preferences on this complex question, and this is an opportunity to express them and help government decide our next steps,” stated Horgan. “As we monitor what's happening in other jurisdictions, I look forward to input from British Columbians on how to set our clocks throughout the year.”
To take part in the survey, go to engage.gov.bc.ca/daylightsavingtime.