Petition to stop Daylight Savings Time reaches 20,000 signatures

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With the country having just experienced another time change, the Kamloops-based Stop the Time Change petition drive has already surged past 20,000 signatures.

When it’s time to spring forward next year, spokesman Bob Dieno says his supporters are hoping to convince the provincial government to put the entire province on year round Daylight Saving Time.

That would put the rest of BC on the same page as the Northeast region, and Mr. Dieno talked to us about what he views as some of the advantages of doing it.

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In a news release, the group cites a WorkSafe accident report as putting the post time change increase in serious work place injuries, at 5.7%, with nearly 68% more work days lost to injuries.

After only a week of circulation, his petition had 17,000 signatures and if it can get at least 10,000 registered BC voters Mr. Dieno believes it will have the kind of support the government can’t ignore.

Moving forward the organizers plan to take the petition to the two Kamloops area MLAs: Health Minister Terry Lake and Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone, who is also the deputy government house leader.

Daylight saving time is now observed, at least to some extent, in all Canada provinces with the exception of Saskatchewan, beginning the second Sunday of March, and ending the first Sunday in November.

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