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Thousands of B.C. residents sign petition to end time change

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 9:45 AM - On Nov. 1, 2015 Canadians moved their clocks back an hour to mark the end of Daylight Saving Time. Some have taken to social media to complain about the practice, with one Kamloops resident launching an online petition to end it all together in the province of British Columbia.

Bob Dieno started the campaign on Oct. 27, 2015. By the evening of Oct. 31, 2015, the petition had amassed more than 11,000 signatures.

"Moving the hours around twice a year is a complex matter," Dieno writes on his change.org petition.

"Although it was originally brought forward by Benjamin Franklin as a way to conserve energy and that remains its primary purpose to this day, there is in fact no consistent evidence to show it is helping us. There is on the other hand, plenty of evidence to show that constantly shifting back and forth does harm."

In the past, sleep experts have reported the one-hour of sleep loss brought about by Daylight Saving Time can take up to three days to recover from, especially for those already running on a sleep deficit.

Some studies suggest that there is an increase in traffic accidents on the Monday following a time change, which experts blame on a lack of sleep.

Dieno is asking that the government remain on one time year-round, preferably Daylight Saving Time.

Since the late 1960s, Saskatchewan has not observed Daylight Time and remains on Standard Time year-round.

Sources: CTV | Change.org

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