Daylight Saving Time Forever

Did you remember to spring ahead? 1 am magically became 2 am as we lost a precious hour this weekend.

We left Standard Time, an old relic from the days when we were all farmers relying on the sun to determine when we awake and when we literally hit the hay, for Daylight Time. If I had my way, we'd stay here for good. Why move a good hour of sunlight in the evening to the morning for the sake of an antiquated lifestyle?

If we unite as one voice, we can do something about this. Standard Time is for suckers. Resist adjusting your clocks on November 4. Daylight Saving Time Forever!


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Mike from Lowville

Talk to Ford. As new leader of the effed up PC party ......that could be one of his promises !

March 11, 2018 @ 11:53 AM

Rick C in Oakville

Greed, the charade of springing forward, falling back has run its course, no real value in it now

March 11, 2018 @ 5:32 PM

Philly-Bob

That's crazy talk Boon!!! People like you want to watch the world burn! First we stop adjusting our clocks in November and before you know it a cow is marrying a chicken!!

March 11, 2018 @ 8:34 PM

Blind Dave

@Philly-Bob Then at least there'd be more light in the evening for a late-night cow-chicken party!

I'm in SK and the clocks stay on normal (daylight) time. It's not even an issue here.

March 11, 2018 @ 9:14 PM

markosaar

Daylight savings has nothing to do with farming and never did. It's a strange myth that doesn't stand up to any scrutiny. Why would a farmer care what time the sun comes up or goes down?

March 12, 2018 @ 10:59 AM

H.o.E.

The idea of finally stopping the pointless twice-a-year clock changing has been recently suggested and received much support in many, maybe most, provinces and states, and indeed much the world that still does it. Besides perhaps having to shift school hours to be slightly later to prevent kids having to leave for school in the morning when it's still dark, the only real issue now seems to be "but (almost) everyone else still does it". What's needed is for all the premiers and governors to contact each other and agree "we'll do it if you do".

Also, apparently there is some federal regulation in the U.S. that requires most jurisdictions to choose between switching the clocks twice a year, or staying on their present designated "standard time zone" year-round, but does not allow them to choose to designate themselves to be in another time zone, which is what they would be doing if they wanted to stay on "summer time" year round. For example, we in Toronto and most of Ontario would in effect be designating ourselves to be on year-round Atlantic Standard Time, but at present Michigan and the other nearby states could not do that. But if enough ask for it, presumably it can happen. (I try to avoid using the term "Daylight Saving Time"; it confuses people about whether you are talking about the practice of changing clocks twice a year, which most don't like, or the time we use in summer, which I think most do like.)

According to John Oliver's TV show and other articles, it started in the First World War, and never had anything to do with farming and farmers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br0NW9ufUUw
http://curiosity.com/topics/farmers-never-wanted-daylight-saving-time-curiosity/

Farmers were actually opposed to the clock-changing being implemented in the first place, but by the later part of the 20th century didn't care one way or the other, and now are just like every one else in finding it to be pointless and slightly annoying.

March 12, 2018 @ 11:11 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Everything is now under review.

March 12, 2018 @ 11:16 AM

H.o.E.

On the other hand, while it is a very minor nuisance, I have never claimed to be affected by it in any other way.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_EkxFlVqZA

March 13, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

chuck99

@H.o.E. The United States experimented with Winter Daylight Savings Time in 1974 as an energy saving measure and the issue of young children waiting for school buses in the dark in January and February was the major reason it was not implemented again in 1975.

Curiously, Ontario remained on Standard Time until April. I was in Grade 11 at the time and it was awesome to be able to watch Johnny Carson do his Tonight Show monologue at 10:30 when you had to get up early to go to school the next morning.

March 13, 2018 @ 5:14 PM

H.o.E.

I was in elementary school at the time. Like I said above, in hindsight, it was an incredibly weak excuse to continue the twice-a-year clock changing. Just give them a year of warning, so when that school year starts in September of the year we stop the pointless clock-changing, every school that may find that to be a problem can simply shift their hours to start slightly later in the morning (for example, instead of 9 a.m., make it 9:30 or 10). It seems that would easier than making the entire rest of the population bizarrely move their clocks twice a year.

March 14, 2018 @ 6:48 AM

H.o.E.

^ "would be easier"

March 14, 2018 @ 6:56 AM

bsmntdwllr73

Not a fan of DST because it always means that the local 'garbage recyclers' in my down-market
Parkdale neighbourhood will be up an hour earlier, selfishly and loudly going through the garbage bins looking for their so-called treasures!!! My basement hellmouth unit is located right beside this
fine refuse(!) alley, so I'm never in need of an alarm clock!!!

March 15, 2018 @ 11:36 AM

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