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Remember to 'Spring Forward' Sunday for Daylight Savings Time

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
March 5th, 2020

Will this be the last time British Columbians move clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Savings Time?

The idea has been kicked around for years.

In an online survey conducted by the province in 2019, more than 93% of the record 223,273 British Columbians indicated a preference to permanent Daylight Savings Time.

The provincial government even proposed legislation in October 2019 that would have had British Columbians set clocks this spring and possibly leave them permanently in the fall of 2020.

However, BC appears to be waiting on Washington State, Oregon and California — major trading partners with the province who have all considered the idea of one time.

Washington and Oregon have passed their own legislation to follow BC, but states need Congress approval before the change can be enacted. California has not followed with legislation, but a referendum found a majority of resident’s support ending time changes.

So, Sunday, hopefully for the last time, people will lose an hour of that precious sleep thanks to Daylight Savings Time beginning at 2 a.m.

Time change, or the ritual known as “Spring Forward” happens the second Sunday in March.

Previously, Canada had observed Daylight Saving Time from the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October.

However, through legislation passed in 2006, Daylight Saving Time now begins three weeks earlier, on the second Sunday in March, ending on the first Sunday in November.

This change in Daylight Savings Time kept Canada’s Daylight Saving Time pattern consistent with the United States which enacted into law a broad energy bill that extended Daylight Saving Time in the same manner.

Some areas of Canada not using Daylight Saving Time include, Fort St. John, Charlie Lake, Taylor and Dawson Creek in British Columbia, Creston in the East Kootenays, and most of Saskatchewan (except Denare Beach and Creighton).

Other places that do not participate in DST are Arizona and Hawaii — along with the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Island.

Of course the time changes happens on a Sunday, but the public should be aware of some of the pitfalls of the event when getting ready for work Monday morning — with more daylight during the late afternoon and early evening commutes, comes darker mornings.

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