Daylight savings time for 2021 started earlier this morning at 2 a.m., a change that may just become permanent this year to end the practice if neighbouring Quebec and New York jurisdictions follow suit.
Last November, the Ontario government passed legislation that would end the bi-annual changing of clocks, making daylight time permanent here in Ontario. The Time Amendment Act, which was tabled by Jeremy Roberts, MPP for Ottawa West – Nepean, passed on third reading in the legislature. Roberts added that one of the benefits of ending the twice-yearly change includes promoting more consumerism by giving residents more hours of daylight in the evening.
However, Ontario’s Attorney General would only bring the act into motion in coordination with Quebec and New York. Something that now appears to be gaining momentum with law makers south of the border.
This month, a bipartisan bill called the “Sunshine Protection Act of 2021” to make daylight savings time the new, permanent standard time was submitted for consideration in the U.S. Senate. The bill has been co-sponsored by eight senators from both sides of the isle so chances are good that it will be considered. If passed, the bill would mean the end of time changes across the United States.
In B.C., premier John Horgan stated Friday that he hopes when British Columbians set their clocks forward Sunday morning, it will be the last time. A pledge which the province’s NDP government made to eliminate DST with the passing of legislation in 2019 giving them the power to end seasonal time changes — but the process has been delayed by a failure by U.S. states in the same time zone to follow suit.
What does the time change do to our bodies?
According to experts, some people will experience a shock to their bodies’ internal clock when the time changes, similar to jet lag experienced after flying across time zones.
Research has shown that the disruption to your internal clock can cause increased rates of heart attacks, stroke, weight gain, anxiety and contribute to workplace injuries and car accidents.
What are some of the benefits of making DST permanent?
A number of studies over the years have debunked the one of the original claims that DST would provide energy savings.
People who work standard day shifts and kids who go to school will have more daylight at the end of the day with some experts going as far as to say that this alone will make Ontario a safer and happier place.
Several studies show that increased evening daylight actually gets people out shopping, benefiting our small businesses.
Meanwhile, making DST permanent may mean you would be driving to work for 9 a.m. around Christmas in the dark but the commute home or to run errands after work would be in the daylight. We would love to hear where you stand on this issue… are you in favour or opposed to making DST permanent, ending bi-annual time changes?