Is this the last time B.C. ‘springs forward’ to daylight saving time?

March 12, 2021

In 2019, B.C. introduced legislation to ditch the seasonal time adjustment, but said it’ll only do it once Washington, Oregon and California do the same.

Take it or leave it, it’s that season again when most B.C. homes “spring forward” to daylight saving time.

At 2 a.m. on Sunday, clocks will push ahead 60 minutes, bringing about one less hour of rest.

But hold on,  — I thought we’re getting rid of this antiquated ritual of switching our clocks back-and-forth twice a year? Sunday’s time change will happen. It’s the switch to daylight saving time, which is what the government has decided to stick with in lieu of standard time.

But will we fall back again in September? As of right now, we don’t know.

In 2019, the B.C. government introduced legislation to ditch the seasonal time change, but said it’ll only do it once Washington state, Oregon and California do as well. Those states passed bills that would keep them on daylight saving time, but they need the approval of the U.S. Congress, which was busy dealing with a pandemic and election in 2020.

There have been some bills introduced by U.S. senators, such as the Sunshine Protection Act and Daylight Act to make daylight saving time permanent, but those seem to have stalled.

Last fall, B.C. Premier John Horgan said the proposed change has been delayed due to COVID-19 and is low on his government’s list of priorities.

Spring is a perfect time to do it as Yukon did last March. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we are heading in that direction this spring. Looks like one more year of losing that precious hour of sleep.

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