Province launches daylight savings time survey

The provincial government wants input on daylight savings time.

"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," Premier John Horgan said in a news release Monday.

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"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."

Most of B.C. "springs forward" into daylight saving time during summer months, and "falls back" to standard time in the winter. The Peace region does not observe daylight savings, and instead observes mountain standard time year-round. The Northern Rockies voted to do the same in 2014. 

A referendum on switching to Pacific time was put to North and South Peace residents in the 1972 provincial election, however, that referendum did not pass.

A proposal to stop observing daylight saving time in British Columbia was narrowly approved by Union of B.C. Municipalities delegates last September. The resolution said daylight saving time and the resulting time changes twice a year no longer serves a purpose and affects people’s health when time changes.

“We think daylight savings time is past its best-before date," Hudson's Hope Mayor Gwen Johansson said at the time. “It doesn’t seem to serve any purpose anymore."

The survey runs until July 19 at https://engage.gov.bc.ca/daylightsavingtime.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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