Ron Sotnikow, of Red Deer County, has quite a job resetting this clock, which hangs high on a wall of his home. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Ron Sotnikow, of Red Deer County, has quite a job resetting this clock, which hangs high on a wall of his home. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Stop messing with our clocks, say growing number of Albertans

Shifts between standard time and daylight time viewed as unnecessary — even dangerous

Central Albertans will gain a little extra sleep on Sunday after winding their clocks back an hour.

But many Red Deer-area residents are still wondering why we tinker with time in this province.

Considering that statistics show a higher number of workplace accidents occur around time changes, Alberta experiences no real benefit in shifting from daylight time in the spring to standard time in the fall, said Ron Sotnikow, a Red Deer County resident.

“It’s like cutting six inches from the top of a blanket and sewing it to the bottom to make it longer,” added Sotnikow, paraphrasing a purported First Nations saying about the government’s approach to daylight time.

The former shift worker knows even a small jog in time can throw off some people’s body rhythms.

“Either people are affected by it, or at worst, it’s an inconvenience,” added Sotnikow.

He’s among many Albertans who believe this province should follow British Columbia’s example by moving to end all the twice-a-year time shifting.

This week, B.C.’s government introduced legislation that could open the door to a permanent adjustment to daylight time in that province. All but seven per cent of B.C. residents favour having Saskatchewan-style, year-round daylight time.

Washington, Oregon, California and Yukon are also looking at sticking with daylight time all year long.

And this makes sense to former nursing home aide Betty Bell, who knows time changes can have a “horrible” effect on some people.

She’s seen seniors automatically wake up at a certain time to take their dose of medication — only to have to sit and wait for an hour because their circadian rhythms are out of whack with the clocks.

“I also feel bad for babies who are used to sleeping and eating on schedule, and for the kids who need to get up to go to school,” Bell added.

Farmers have complained as well about their livestock chores being disturbed by time changes — which were initially implemented as a wartime energy saving measure.

The latest to weigh in on the issue is University of Calgary psychologist Michael Antle, who told Calgary media this week that studies have shown people’s health would improve if we stayed on standard time all year long.

While B.C. and the Pacific Northwest prefer going with daylight time, Antle said this would mean the sun wouldn’t rise until 9:30 a.m. in December — which wouldn’t help anyone get out of bed.

According to Antle, later sunrises and sunsets contribute to increased cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart attacks and depression. He feels year-round standard time would increase the likelihood of well-rested students and higher grades.

Three-quarters of Albertans supported getting rid of time changes in a 2017 survey. That year, Alberta’s former New Democrat government explored, through a private member’s bill, potentially scrapping time changes.

The idea was dropped because of the potential impact on businesses.



lmichelin@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

red deer city

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

Just Posted

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley shakes hands with Joel Ward, former Red Deer College President and CEO, as Notley announces that the college is now on the path to grant degrees. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Future of Red Deer University increasingly uncertain

MLA’s college update says RDC more like SAIT and NAIT than a university

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said the Canadian government should consider sanctions on the U.S. if they refuse to reconsider the decision to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Keystone XL officially cancelled, Kenney vows to fight on

U.S. President Joe Biden cancelled the presidential permit for the pipeline on first day of office

Problems with vagrancy in downtown Red Deer were behind a push to build a 24/7 shelter in the city. Nearly a year after a $7 million commitment from the province, there is little movement on this "top priority" project. (Advocate file photo).
Little progress on ‘top priority’ 24/7 homeless shelter project for Red Deer

No details can yet be provided by the city or province

Blackfalds RCMP are investigating two suspicious fires that happened in Lacombe County in November. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Central Alberta man charged for exposing himself in public

The man was charged under similar circumstances in 2019

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said province’s test positivity rate for COVID-19 is steadily declining. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
669 new COVID-19 cases in Alberta, 21 additional deaths

COVID-19 test positivity rate down to 4.5 per cent

Adam Hadwin, of Canada, chips to the second green during the first round of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Matt Slocum
Adam Hadwin hopes to hit reset button in 2021 starting with American Express

Adam Hadwin hopes to hit reset button in 2021 starting with American Express

Japan's Yuto Totsuka competes during the men's World Cup freestyle halfpipe snowboard event in Calgary, Alta., Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Calgary runs out of runway to host world freestyle, snowboard championships

Calgary runs out of runway to host world freestyle, snowboard championships

Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio (21) celebrates his goal during extra time MLS playoff soccer action against the D.C. United, in Toronto on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Osorio says a lot has changed with the Canadian national team since he first came to camp in 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Jonathan Osorio upbeat about what lies ahead for Canadian men’s soccer team

Jonathan Osorio upbeat about what lies ahead for Canadian men’s soccer team

Calgary Flames' Johnny Gaudreau, centre, celebrates his goal with teammates during second period NHL hockey action against the Vancouver Canucks in Calgary, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Just three games into a condensed season, the Calgary Flames are already on a break. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
After a strong start, Calgary Flames get early breather in short NHL season

After a strong start, Calgary Flames get early breather in short NHL season

Edmonton Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl (29) hits Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Zach Hyman (11) during first period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Oilers’ Draisaitl scores winner as showdown with Maple Leafs fails to live up to hype

Oilers’ Draisaitl scores winner as showdown with Maple Leafs fails to live up to hype

Conservative MP Derek Sloan arrives to a meeting in Ottawa on September 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
MP Derek Sloan ejected from Conservative caucus for “destructive behaviour”: O’Toole

MP Derek Sloan ejected from Conservative caucus for “destructive behaviour”: O’Toole

Former truck driver Jaskirat Singh Sidhu walks into the Kerry Vickar Centre for his sentencing in Melfort, Sask., on Friday, March 22, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
‘End of the road:’ Truck driver in Humboldt Broncos crash awaits deportation decision

‘End of the road:’ Truck driver in Humboldt Broncos crash awaits deportation decision

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2008, file photo, Elliott Broidy poses for a photo at an event in New York. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)
Trump’s pardon largesse a boon for well-connected fraudsters

Trump’s pardon largesse a boon for well-connected fraudsters

Most Read