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Is Canada Finally One Step Closer to Permanent Daylight Saving Time?

Some legal experts and lawmakers are hoping that Daylight Saving Time could soon become permanent for both Canada and the United States. At least for most provinces and states.

In this case, we would jump forward an hour once and never switch back, giving us an extra hour of daylight throughout the year.

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Tired of your clock going back and forth an hour twice a year? Then there could be good news on that front.

Some legal experts and lawmakers are hoping that Daylight Saving Time could become permanent for both Canada and the United States very soon. Well, at least for most provinces and states.

In this case, we would jump forward an hour once and never switch back, giving us an extra hour of daylight in the evenings throughout the year.

Yukon and most of Saskatchewan already observe permanent daylight saving time. British Columbia passed legislation to do the same in 2019 but didn’t set a date because they want to align the change with the US

Ontario passed similar legislation in 2020, but this is conditional on the US and Quebec getting on board.

Now the Quebec government has said it is open to the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčabandoning the daylight saving time change. So what is happening in the US?

The US Senate unanimously passed the Sunshine Protection Act, which would make daylight saving time permanent in 2022, but the law never made it to the House of Representatives, so it didn’t become law. However, it was reintroduced in 2023, and experts say it might just pass this time.

Most US states. Have already passed bills to make DST permanent but just awaiting federal approval.

OK. So it gives us an extra hour of daylight in the evening, but does it have any other benefits?

Studies show that switching clocks back and forth can have negative health effects. It can increase the risk of cardiac arrest and even stroke.

A study shows that putting the clocks back an hour in the fall can cause depressive episodes. Also, the shift to permanent daylight hours could lead to fewer robberies, safer pedestrian streets and fewer fatal car accidents, all because of an extra hour of sunlight in the evening.

On the other hand, some scientists and sleep experts say that sticking to standard time year-round is the better alternative. A permanent switch to daylight saving time could unbalance people’s circadian rhythms and lead to unintended health consequences.

While it’s a contentious issue, many believe Daylight Saving Time should be permanent and have expressed their wishes on social media. Some Canadians even say we should just implement it without waiting for the US

What’s your take on the topic?

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