PEI Daylight Saving Time (DST) Petition
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A petition to request the PEI Provincial government keep PEI in Daylight Saving Time, or in our region - Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT) - year round instead of reverting back to our regular time zone, Atlantic Standard Time (AST).
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."
Dr. David Prerau is a leading authority on DST and advocate for year-round DST. Dr. Prerau wrote a book (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 4 weeks in '05 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgwJtP3N6yA).
There are many reasons for PEI to remain in ADT, the most obvious being that the majority of the year (apx 8 months), PEI 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 PEI 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 for PEI to remain in ADT is that there is considerable research to indicate that adjusting time disrupts our circadian rhythm - the cycle that regulates our body's sleep patterns - the adverse affects of this disruption is numerous. Any parent will testify that changing the clocks is very difficult on our children - young children and even teenagers (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).
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 PEI Provincial Government
Let's make PEI live in Atlantic Daylight Savings Time 12 months of the year!
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