Letter: Standard time must be eliminated


Re: Steve Burke’s letter of Nov. 4 (‘Here is the ultimate time change compromise’), in which he made a suggestion that rather than continuing the biannual tradition of moving the clocks back and forth by an hour, we settle on a half-hour and finally end the practice.    

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The one correction I would like to draw attention to was that Burke said we change the clocks every six months.

In, fact we are on Standard Time for a little more than four months. We are on Daylight Saving Time for almost eight months.

In 2005, then-U.S. president George W. Bush implemented the Energy Policy Act to extend Daylight Saving Time by a month, starting in 2007.

Therefore, our bodies are now used to being on Daylight Saving Time the majority of the year, so it won’t take much adjusting when Standard Time is eliminated.

I like the half-hour idea, but logistically, it would be too confusing — and we wouldn’t want to take away that on which Newfoundland hangs its hat.

Tara Holmes

co-founder, Stop the Time Change in B.C.


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