Manitoba New Democrats want public to weigh in on possible end to clock changes

Manitoba New Democrats want public to weigh in on possible end to clock changes

WINNIPEG — Manitoba could become the next battleground over time change.

The Opposition New Democrats are launching a website and public consultations on whether the province should stop springing forward to daylight time in March and falling back to standard time in November and, if so, what time should be adopted.

“There are lots of problems associated with time change that have been studied — things like negative sleep impacts. There’s significant changes in terms of people’s health,” said New Democrat legislature member Adrien Sala.

“It’s important that we do understand where Manitobans are at on this issue.”

The idea follows moves in other provinces as well as some states south of the border.

The NDP government in British Columbia has put forward legislation to adopt daylight time year-round, although Premier John Horgan has said he will wait to see whether Washington, Oregon and California do the same.

The Alberta government launched an online survey last month to let residents weigh in.

In the United States, Florida and some other states have passed bills to adopt permanent daylight time, but the change requires federal approval.

The discussion has flared up before in Manitoba. The province’s auto insurance Crown corporation reported that collisions on the first Monday following the spring clock change in 2014 were 20 per cent higher than the average of all other Mondays that year.

Last year, an independent member of the legislature proposed a bill to adopt standard time. The bill died after not receiving support, and the governing Progressive Conservatives have shown no appetite for time change.

Opinions on social media are mixed, even among those who want a change. Some favour permanent daylight time to preserve late sunsets in summer, but others say that would mean sunrises far too late in winter.

Some researchers at Simon Fraser University have warned the B.C. government about the latter, saying permanent daylight time would make it harder for people to wake up in winter and would throw people’s body clocks out of sync with the sun.

Most of North America went through a similar debate 14 years ago. A compromise was reached that saw daylight time extended by three weeks in the spring and one week in the fall. Standard time was preserved partly to appease parents who didn’t like the idea of their kids going to school in pitch-black darkness in December and January.

Manitoba Liberals have already proposed making time change a referendum question in the next Manitoba election slated for 2023.

Sala said the NDP would prefer to get people thinking about it now.

“Manitobans deserve a chance to be heard sooner than later on this particular question. This consultation will allow us to get a sense of where Manitobans are at now.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Red Deer city council approved a $39.6 million police budget for 2021, up for inflationary reasons from $37.9 million in 2020. (Black Press file photo).
Red Deer city council retains police funding, while also launching a crisis team

De-funding police is not a conversation in this municipality

Alberta reported an additional 1,854 cases of COVID-19 Thursday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories)
Red Deer has 289 active cases of COVID-19

Province now has 17,743 active cases

The Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre in Red Deer has new owners. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Cambridge Hotel in Red Deer has new ownership group

‘They’re making an investment in this iconic hotel for the future,’ says general manager Gil Vallee

The new Gasoline Alley Farmers Market officially opened on Saturday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Gasoline Alley brewery a collaboration between brewers and farmers

Red Deer County’s newest brewery has been built from the ground up… Continue reading

RDA court
Updated: Judge to deliver verdict in Mountie sexual assault trial on Friday

Female officer alleges she was assaulted by another Mountie at a house party in 2012

Dan Cochrane, senior pastor at CrossRoads Church. Contributed photo
CrossRoads Church closes its doors for two weeks after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

CrossRoads Church made the decision to cancel in-house services for two weeks… Continue reading

Patrick Guimond, owner of One Eleven Grill, has made a desperate plea to the premier to help restaurants who are struggling with the new COVID-19 restrictions. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
700 reservations cancelled: Red Deer business owner makes impassioned plea to Premier

Patrick Guimond had simply reached a tipping point. The owner of One… Continue reading

The Canada Revenue Agency building is seen in Ottawa, Monday April 6, 2020. Opposition MPs pressed officials Thursday to say how pared they are to begin collecting GST on sales by foreign companies such as Netflix, AirbnB and Amazon starting next year, as proposed by the Liberal government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
MPs probe officials on ability to collect GST from Netflix, other foreign companies

MPs probe officials on ability to collect GST from Netflix, other foreign companies

An Airbnb logo is shown during an event in San Francisco on Feb. 22, 2018. Airbnb says it has a plan to curb New Year’s Eve parties this year in the wake of COVID-19, after a short-term rental was the site of a 60-person party in Mississauga last weekend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Eric Risberg.
Airbnb rolls out restrictions in Canada to prevent New Year’s Eve parties

Airbnb rolls out restrictions in Canada to prevent New Year’s Eve parties

Bay Street in Canada's financial district is shown in Toronto on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
S&P/TSX composite again creeps higher as investors digest solid November gains

S&P/TSX composite again creeps higher as investors digest solid November gains

Husky Energy logo is shown at the company's annual meeting in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 5, 2017. Husky Energy will receive $41.5 million in federal money to maintain jobs and move toward restarting its West White Rose offshore oil project in Newfoundland and Labrador, if conditions permit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Husky Energy to get $41.5 million in federal cash for stalled N.L. offshore project

Husky Energy to get $41.5 million in federal cash for stalled N.L. offshore project

Rode
Red Deer Central Lions lookings to return to the ice shortly

Under normal circumstances the Red Deer Central Lions Speed Skating Club would… Continue reading

Defence lawyer Boris Bytensky, clockwise from top left, father of the accused Vahe Minassian, Justice Anne Malloy, and defendant Alek Minassian are shown during a murder trial conducted via Zoom videoconference, in this courtroom sketch on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. The key witness for the defence in Toronto’s van attack trial is set to testify for the fourth straight day today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexandra Newbould
Key witness for defence to testify for fourth day in van attack trial

TORONTO — The key witness for the defence in Toronto’s van attack… Continue reading

People take part in a protest called ‘Justice for Joyce’ in Montreal, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, where they demanded justice for Joyce Echaquan and an end to systemic racism. Two months after Echaquan’s death at a Joliette hospital, the head of the regional health authority that runs the hospital, Daniel Castonguay, has been removed from his post. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Head of regional health authority where Indigenous woman died removed from post

MONTREAL — Two months after the death of Joyce Echaquan in a… Continue reading

Most Read