Let's Save Time - Eliminate the Change
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A petition to request the PEI Provincial government to keep PEI in Daylight Savings Time, or in our region - Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT) - year round instead of reverting back to our regular time zone, Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is being circulated in PEI. I'd like to see Nova Scotia join that initiative and do the same.
What is Daylight Savings Time (DST), you ask? Here is a link to fully explain DST https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time with a summary being: "Daylight saving time (abbreviated DST), sometimes referred to as daylight savings time in US, Canadian and Australian speech, and known as summer time in some countries, is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months so that evening daylight lasts longer, while sacrificing normal sunrise times. Typically, regions that use daylight saving time adjust clocks forward one hour close to the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn to standard time."
It's also worth noting that time zones are a provincial government responsibility:
"Under the Canadian Constitution, laws related to timekeeping are a purely provincial or territorial matter. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time_in_Canada
Dr. David Prerau is an authority on DST and advocate for year-round DST. Dr. Prerau wrote books (http://www.seizethedaylight.com/index.html on the benefits of DST, along with advising USA Congress and UK Parliament (http://www.seizethedaylight.com/author/index.html on the merits of DST. He was also influential in having Congress extend DST by four weeks in 2005 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgwJtP3N6yA
There are many reasons to remain in ADT, the most obvious being that the majority of the year (approx. nine months), most of Canada adheres to ADT (since 2007, ADT has begun on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November).
Another reason to support year-round ADT is that doing so will extend the hours of evening sunlight during our long, cold and dark winters. For example, during the Winter Solstice - which is the shortest day of the year in late December - the sun will set an hour later if we remain with ADT. Another major reason to remain in ADT is that adjusting clocks is very difficult on children (https://globalnews.ca/news/4070931/daylight-saving-time-how-parents-can-prepare-their-kids-for-the-time-change/ commuters (https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a18011/in-defense-of-daylight-saving-time/ and commerce (http://www.businessinsider.com/when-does-daylight-savings-time-start-march-2018-3 to say nothing of the time consumed in adjusting the myriad digital clocks on our appliances and in our vehicles twice a year.
The most common argument against 12 month DST is that other jurisdictions are not doing it and doing so could have adverse affects on commerce, travel and social functions. But with states like Florida bringing forward their Sunshine Protection Act, 12 month DST could become more common place in other jurisdictions.
If there are enough signatures for this petition, it will be presented to a representative of the Nova Scotia Provincial Government
Let's make Nova Scotia live in Atlantic Daylight Savings Time 12 months of the year!
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