It’s an interesting idea from the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, the proposal to take B.C. out of the Daylight Savings Time shift and let our clocks run unchanged 12 months long.
Members of the local chamber passed the resolution unanimously Wednesday. The resolution will be brought to the floor of the provincial Chamber of Commerce’s annual general meeting later this year.
The rationale behind the proposal is sound. The Kamloops resolution aptly sets out the background of DST and the reasons it is longer relevant to today’s society.
The Kamloops chamber argues the primary reason for DST is to conserve energy but whether it does so anymore — or whether it ever has — remains unclear.
On the flip side, the risks posed by the biennial time shift are noteworthy and real.
“There are even more studies that tell us that the change itself can cause accidents, injuries and even deaths.
Many of these issues are related to sleep pattern change that the shift mandates,” states the chamber’s resolution support documents.
Major disasters, including the Exxon Valdez tanker crash and the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, have been linked to sleep deprivation. A psychiatric study also found the lost hour led to more injuries among children.
Lastly, there have been negative effects to human health documented as well.
In other words, the time has come to stop messing with the time, the Kamloops Chamber has decided. Time will tell whether the provincial chamber will prove as enthusiastic for the idea as Kamloops is.
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