Provincial government wants your thoughts on time change

With California, Oregon and Washington enacting legislation on ending time change (or in the process of doing so) and staying on daylight time, the British Columbia government wants to hear from its residents

The provincial government is surveying the public to find out what residents want to do about time changes.

Most areas of B.C. spring forward into daylight saving time during summer months and fall back to standard time in the winter.

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But, with California, Oregon and Washington enacting legislation on ending time change (or in the process of doing so) and staying on daylight time, the British Columbia government wants to hear from its residents.

"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. "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."

The online survey will be available right here from June 24 to July 19.

The survey website has background information on the history of time observance in British Columbia and the impact of various options, such as changes to the timings of sunrise and sunset at different times of year. The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete.

In addition to the online survey, organizations and individuals are invited to provide written submissions about time observance, which affects many key B.C. industries, such as agriculture and transportation.

"I know many people will have strong preferences on this complex question and this is an opportunity to express them and help government decide our next steps," Horgan said.

The push to have B.C. abolish time changes twice a year was started by Tara Holmes, an employee of KTW, and Bob Dieno, owner of Nutech Safety and former president of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce.

In July of 2018, Kamloops council denied a request by Holmes and Dieno to put forward a resolution at that fall’s Union of BC Municipalities Convention to stop the time change in B.C.

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