Provincial officials vote to end daylight savings time in BC

Sep 17 2018, 4:56 pm

Daylight savings could soon be coming to an end in BC, as a proposal to discontinue the time-change was recently approved by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) delegates.

The resolution states that “daylight savings time no longer serves a vital function in today’s connected economy.”

It also argues that the practice is “costing more to sustain today than the actualized savings historically achieved through its implementation.”

Hudson’s Hope Mayor Gwen Johansson told Daily Hive that the resolution resulted after a local resident brought up the issue.

“Northeastern BC is not part of the daylight saving time adjustment,” she said.

“As a result, we are the same as Alberta half the year and part of BC the other half. People who work in industries which have head offices in the rest of BC find that they are out of sync with their superiors,” she said, noting that this leads to “inefficiencies” and “confusion.”

Johansson says the resolution does not specify what time zone should be adopted.

UBCM will now petition the BC government to abandon the practice of daylight savings time and implement a single time zone province-wide.

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