Hugh: Ontario Considering Eliminating Daylight Savings Time Changes

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A private members bill introduced recently in Ontario could see the province doing away with bi-annual clock changes. Last Wednesday, MPP Jeremy Roberts tabled the Time Amendment Act, which would make Daylight Saving Time permanent, eliminating the need to change the time twice a year. Roberts says people are “tired of seeing the sun set while they are still at work,” but the other side of that coin is that the morning commute for many would be dark in the winter months. He also adds, “studies from across the word have suggested that the bi-annual change can cause serious negative effects, such as increased depression rates, heart attacks, strokes, and higher numbers of fatal collisions.” The bill is seeing early support, but would likely only go into effect if the state of New York and province of Quebec followed suit, due to logistical challenges.

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