End Daylight Savings Time !

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Everyone enjoys that extra hour of sleep in the autumn when we "fall back" to Standard Time, but inevitable cost comes each spring when we "spring forward" and lose an hour.

But the impacts go well beyond an hour of sleep. Messing with our natural circadian rhythm is neither healthy nor productive. 

Employees are more prone to error because of sleep deprivation in the days immediately following the beginning of daylight saving time.  Workplace injuries see a dramatic spike, along with the severity of injuries over the days immediately following the time change. Ultimately, this costs employers money, and creates a drag on the economy.

Students suffer too, with numerous studies finding lower test scores among secondary students in particular following the time change.

It isn't good for our health either. Changing our exposure to sunlight inhibits the production of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep. Insomnia can result, possibly lasting longer than the first few days of adjustment to the time change. Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that heart attacks increased by 10 percent in March in the days and weeks immediately following the time change in a 2012 study of the impacts. Other researchers looked at the data from patients in Michigan hospitals from 2010 to 2013. They found that on the Monday after daylight saving time went into effect, there were 25 percent more heart attacks than on a standard Monday. 

Daylight Savings Time came about as an effort in WWII to save energy and fuel. But the war is long over, and in the modern era there is no evidence that logic holds true. In fact as a result of the time changes, people run their air conditioners longer in the summer (and their heat longer in the winter), and we no longer live in a 9-5 Monday-Friday economy, it's a 24/7 world today.

It is time to leave this antiquated policy, with all of its negative impacts, behind. The planet's rotation and our biological clocks can't be social engineered. It is time to end daylight savings time.

It is as simple as the Ontario Government passing legislation to do so. (Yep, silly as it sounds, "time" is a provincial jurisdiction, not a federal one)

We the undersigned call up the Ontario Legislative Assembly and the Government of Ontario to immediately introduce legislation to end the practice of "Daylight Savings Time" in Ontario by the end of 2017.



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