It’s time (again) to talk about daylight savings time

From the High Prairie South Peace News

Albertans are invited to share their thoughts on whether the province should continue to observe daylight savings time.

The government has launched an online survey to gather feedback on the subject, says a Nov. 19 news release.

“We know people have strong opinions about changing their clocks twice a year, and we want to hear from them,” says Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish in the release.

Glubish adds it’s time for Alberta to have a serious conversation about the matter.

“As more Canadian provinces and territories and some American states are having discussions about this, it’s important that we hear from Albertans.”

Under the Daylight Savings Time Act, Albertans set their clocks forward one hour to observe daylight saving time from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday of November.

It puts the province in the same time zone as the Northwest Territory and Montana, year-round.

Earlier this year, the European Union voted to abolish seasonal time changes by 2021.

The online survey is open until Dec. 10, at alberta.ca.

In October of this year, legislation was tabled in British Columbia to move to summer hours all year. Legislation has also passed in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington, to move to summer hours permanently. However, in the United States federal approval is required to enact the change.

Saskatchewan, Arizona and Hawaii do not change their clocks twice a year.

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