MLA proposes ending daylight savings time in Alberta

Less than two full days after Albertans “sprung ahead in the spring” with daylight saving time, NDP MLA Thomas Dang introduced a private member’s bill to eliminate the twice-yearly time change in the province.

In a March 14 news release, Dang said he’s heard from the public that “stopping the practice of changing our clocks will make their lives better.”

He instead proposes that Alberta Standard Time be implemented, which will not require clocks to be changed.

Dang said more than 80 percent of the 26,000 Albertans who had so far provided input on the idea favoured having a single time year round.

He introduced his bill March 14 in the legislature and has launched another opportunity for feedback at albertandpcaucus.ca/dst.

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Alberta has had a system of daylight saving time since 1972.

University of Alberta researchers issued a paper March 9 that said there is “no good reason to keep daylight saving time.”

It said the time change reduces people’s tolerance to pain, negatively affects mood and affects the ability to function for days afterward.

About 70 countries use daylight saving time, affecting more than one billion people.

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