Created: 2017.11.05 | Last updated: 2020.03.15
Twice a year Alberta does this ridiculous dance - shift an hour forward, shift an hour backwards. It is the only thing that fixing that people of every political stripe would be happy with their government. DWT (ST) might, MIGHT, make sense down near the equator where they do NOT switch back and forth, but not up here.
** update** until Dec 10, 2019 - we have a chance to get rid of the dance. If you are in Alberta, please go and, if I may be so bold - vote for "Adopt year-round observance of daylight saving time'
Ignore that fact that the web site is poorly constructed for cell phones (after all, it's a government wed site)- vote anyway! We only have a 2 week window to get enough traction that a change could happen.
Note: a couple weeks ago I wrote my MLA with a detailed plea to get rid of Daylight Wasting Time. His response was such that I could tell he actually read the letter. I guess here must have been a massive number of people like me asking the Government to come to their senses. Vote early - don't forget!
Twice a year I dislike the then current provincial government no matter what their political stripe. When 3 of my 4 little kids come in Monday morning an hour too early and wake me up. When 4 of 4 kids are exhausted in the spring when they lose an hour of sleep.
Update 2019: The current conservative government in Alberta is continuing on with this barbaric practice. Right now (as I write this) we are enjoying being the same time as Costa Rica. In a few weeks my various clocks will all be screwed up by the Conservative Government (and the NDP had a very good chance to stop the insanity but chose to continue to subject us to it.), anyway, most of my contacts (in forward thinking countries like India, Costa Rica, Philippines, China, some of my biggest clients in the USA) will all end up being shifted an hour from the current as we switch back into Daylight Wasting Time.
Recently (2017) the NDP government had a golden opportunity to stop the insanity. The reports indicate that over 75% of their voters are in favour of dropping the insanity (Apparently the other 25% are mostly 'big business' - I guess the big union companies - since I can't imagine any other reason they would ignore 75% of the population - I guess they figure it is the 'non-union' 75%.) They decided to continue with the insanity. So, today, we switched to DWT (Daylight wasting time) and next spring we'll switch back to Daylight 'Saving' time and the insanity continues.
Since I sent the letter (below) to the government, I have had a few additional thoughts:
Apparently studies have proven that there is an increased number of DEATHS due to things like heart attacks and increased accidents in the few days that follow the time changes. (Note for the NDP government: It was reported that this is mostly among people with very regulated lives - so this means mostly union workers are the most susceptible to the heart attacks and to causing the accidents. So this is YOUR voters. Those that are entrepreneurs, farmers etc.., aren't affected except when one of your voters crashes into them in an vehicular accident. Obviously not ALL Union workers are on a regulated schedule - so they are free from the damage you are causing the rest of your voters.)
Schools report that students due more poorly in the days that follow each change, and this is because of themselves - even non-union schools report the same problem, so the problem is not entirely caused by teachers also being out of sorts. This is lowering the effectiveness of the money spent training them.
In 2015 the provincial government asked for advice on cost cutting. Part of my reply back then was this: (They never acknowledged it other than a form letter response: thank you for your comments, we'll give all due consideration to them.)
The only one I can see that I can suggest that should have no political fallout, and should be a cost saving starting with the very first time: Cut out the stupid daylight savings/standard savings time shift back and forth twice a year.
Daylight savings was designed to save electricity in the SUMMER so that people could stay up later in the Summer. Even down south in Airdrie, we have light until 10:00pm in the summer WITHOUT daylight saving time. Woo Hoo – we can have light to 11:00pm.
Back in the days when people worked earlier in the day – it might have made sense to go to daylight wasting time (er sorry, standard time). But most of the year many, I suspect most, people in Alberta WASTE the extra hour we get in the morning and spend money on electricity because we lost the hour in the evening that we would have used and instead, threw it away in the morning.
In the Summer – well, we have SO many hours of daylight, that any extra hours we would get by staying standard all year round would either not matter (because it is light so late) or is wasted (when you get closer to the Dec 20/Jun 20th dates.)
The time WE need to save daylight is in the WINTER. And we would still get benefit in the Spring and Fall from Daylight time. If we were going to the stupid switch back and forth, we should do the OPPOSITE of California (who NEEDS daylight saving in the summer) and WE should go to daylight saving in the WINTER and, well, who cares in the summer - light to 10pm is sufficient.
I’ve asked over 500 people over the years and not ONE of them likes the stupid loss of sleep/sleep pattern upheavals and every time we shift – people talk about the stupid government that puts us through this twice a year.
I asked some teachers – because the ONLY concern I was given was ‘what about children having to walk to school in the dark’, and the teachers ALL replied – much better that THOSE schools that start too early make a 1 hour shift, then deal with the 1 to 2 weeks adjustment period with kids coming to school even more tired than usual or late after being subjected to the change. They told me most schools start late enough that the kids could still walk in daylight if we switched to DST in the winter instead of DWT, so only a few would have to make a slight adjustment for the 2015/2016 school year.
No it’s not the big hot button issue, and it won’t make the difference between the person that follows you getting elected or not – but for 4 days a year – it is something that almost EVERYONE hates the government for – so WHY do you put us through this headache twice a year? What is your government’s benefit to this lunacy?
We should make ONE more change, switch to DST this summer, and then NEVER switch again. This will cause us to have to do three things this year: