Petition to eliminate daylight saving time in Ontario

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An Ontario MPP and a man behind a new petition are looking to eliminate Daylight Saving Time (DST).

Orleans MPP Marie-France Lalonde has created a private members bill that can end what some consider an inconvenience if it passed in the legislature. The “Sunshine Protection Act” is a bill that would allow for more sun time in the evening.

According to Bill 98 document, “the Bill amends the Time Act to make the time now called daylight saving time the standard time year-round.”

Marcel Van Der Linde also started a petition to Doug Ford on the popular site, Change.org. The petition titled, “Stop Observing Daylight Savings Time (or Standard Time) in Ontario,” aims to eliminate the hour change.

According to the petition site, “changing our clocks back and forth every 6 months as we switch between Eastern Daylight Time and Eastern Standard Time has numerous negative health implications, as well as a negative impact on the economy.”

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Many studies have shown that the time change can lead to increase risk of a stroke or a heart attack, and a loss in sleep.

If the bill passes, November 1, 2020 will be the final time that clocks shift forward.

Proponents of DST argue that longer evenings motivate people to get out of the house. The extra hour of daylight can be used for outdoor recreation like golf, soccer, baseball, running, etc. That way, DST may counteract the sedentary lifestyle of modern living.

The tourism industry profits from brighter evenings. Longer nights give people more time to go shopping, to restaurants, or other events, boosting the local economy. -CINEWS

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