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Leave the time alone

I spent 40 years in Saskatchewan and am now a B.C. resident for 18 years.

I believe whole heartedly in not changing our time here in B.C.

Humans are wired for routine. Changing the time messes with people’s routine and their psyche.

I noticed the sun going down the other night, and in my mind I instinctually started to prepare for the night. But it was only 5:30 p.m. 

Saskatchewan has not changed its time since 1961 and survives just fine with the rest of the world. 

Ben Franklin proposed that DST gave farmers more time during the summer to tend to their crops. In Saskatchewan, during the summer, the sun comes up about 4:30 a.m. and stays up till about 9:30-10 p.m. How the heck does switching the time for one hour help anyone who already has sun for 18 hours a day?

I know the world is 25,000+ miles around, but for the sake of argument let’s say its 24,000. And there is 24 hours in a day. So, logically, there should be a time zone every 1,000 miles. 

If Saskatchewan finds the sun at high noon every day of the year, then here in B.C. you will find the same thing happening (more or less). 

I call it daylight balancing.

What’s there not to like about keeping our time the same all year long?   

Just because the majority of Canada and the U.S. change their time, doesn’t make it right or smart. It's OK to be different. One province or state will start to realize the benefits, and then the next, and the next. That's how change happens.

Bill Ferguson



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