It’s almost time to (yawn) set back the clocks

Love it or hate it, this weekend we’ll all do it yet again — set our clocks back an hour early Sunday morning.

For some, that means an extra hour of sleep; for others it will mean an extra hour of shift if they’re stuck working overnight.

Most regions across North America return to standard time this weekend, gaining the hour we all gave away last spring.

But if you would rather just do away with the hassle, you’re not alone.

Let Google be your guide and you’ll find numerous opportunities to petition provincial and federal governments to stop the madness.

A Kamloops man in 2016, for example, collected more than 25,000 signatures on his online petition.

Most recently, legislators in Alberta killed a bill that would have kept that province on standard time throughout the year.

Their thinking? They wanted to keep the province in step with other jurisdictions — which doesn’t make sense since neighbour Saskatchewan doesn’t fiddle with its clocks every spring and fall.

Curiously, the Peace River region of BC, which includes the communities of Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Hudson’s Hope, Fort St. John, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge is on Mountain Time and does not observe DST.

The region is shares its clocks with Edmonton and Calgary in the winter and Kelowna and Vancouver in the summer.

Believe it or not, there’s actually a National Daylight Saving Time Coalition. It was formed in the 1980s by representatives of several industries, including those selling golf and barbecue products.

According to, the coalition’s primary goal was to “lobby Congress to extend the length of daylight saving time by a month (pushing up the start date to the first Sunday in April from the last Sunday).”

Their theory was that an increase in daylight hours over those weeks would mean an increase in profitability for retailers.

Other industry groups joined their campaign, including the National Confectioners Association.

Yup, the candy makers.

They called for an extra week to be tacked on to the end of daylight saving time, extending it into the first Sunday in November — a window that would include Halloween.

Their lobbyists claimed the request would result in brighter, safer trick-or-treating conditions for kids. But let’s be honest, it probably resulted in fatter pockets for candy manufacturers, as well.

The coalition got its way in 2005, when President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act. Most Canadian provinces signed on over the next two years before daylight savings was extended from March to November.


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