Time change critic hopeful 2020 will be the last spring forward

Bob Dieno will celebrate his 50th birthday this weekend in Australia, a place where people don’t change their clocks.

“I’m avoiding the time change again,” the Kamloops resident and Stop the Time Change advocate said, with a laugh.

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B.C. residents will turn back their clocks this weekend to Pacific standard time — possibly for the last time. Dieno and Kamloops counterpart Tara Holmes spearheaded a province-wide push in recent years to stop the time change, citing health and safety issues, and the province has since taken steps toward making that idea a reality. First, the province surveyed residents and found that an overwhelming amount of people pledged their support (225,000) to stay permanently on daylight saving time. On Thursday, legislation was introduced.

If passed, the Interpretation Amendment Act would make daylight saving time permanent.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Dieno said. “It’s what we’ve been asking for for the last four years.”

Staying on daylight saving time would result in more light in the evening than the morning. On the current system, the latest sunrise in Kamloops through the winter is 8 a.m. and the earliest sunset is at 4 p.m. If the province were to move to permanent daylight saving time, the latest sunrise would be at 9 a.m. and the earliest sunset would be at 5 p.m.

Asked of safety implications for kids walking to school in the dark, Dieno said there are negatives to both sides.

“There’s going to be no perfect answer,” he said. “I’ve always heard the other side of it more being, it’s dark so early in the evening right now.”

Despite steps toward eliminating the time change, there are still hurdles. Attorney General David Eby, however, said that more consultation is needed with U.S. trading partners, such as Washington, Oregon and California.

“B.C. will not do this on their own,” Dieno said.

Next steps include three readings to pass the legislation and awaiting on the states down south. It is unclear when it all could come together, however Dieno is optimistic that the spring time change in 2020 will be the last.

“It’s what the citizens of B.C. want to happen,” he said. “They want to stay on daylight saving time.”

— With file from Canadian Press

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