Push to end time change arrives in form of a bill

Bob Dieno is “ecstatic” over a private member’s bill introduced in the legislature this week

By Cam Fortems – Kamloops This Week

Bob Dieno, one of two Kamloops residents spearheading a proposal to stop the twice-annual time change, said he is “ecstatic” over a private member’s bill introduced in the legislature this week.

Linda Larson, a B.C. Liberal MLA for Boundary-Similkameen, introduced a private member’s bill that would amend at least six acts, along with other regulations.

She is following the lead of the the municipality of Grand Forks, which put forward a successful motion in ending time change to the Union of B.C. Municipalities.

“I’m one of the people who hates it — I hate the shuffle of the clocks,” she said.

“It’s been 100 years, in the spring of 2018, since the time shift was introduced,” she told the legislature.

“I believe it’s the time to end it.”

READ MORE: Time change opponent meets with provincial ministers

Larson acknowledges the bill has no chance of success before the legislature convenes for the fall and returns in spring.

“I’ll put it back on the table in February,” she said. “Hopefully, the government will pick it up.”

Critics of the annual time change question its primary touted benefit — as a way to save energy. They also point to studies that show its psychological and medical impacts.

Reached Thursday, Dieno said he and fellow proponent Tara Holmes continue to work behind the scenes.

They promoted an online petition that gathered 27,000 signatures in a year.

“Tara and I have never stopped working on this,” Dieno said,’

Both Larson and Dieno acknowledged disappointment with Alberta’s failure to make the same move.

Such a proposal was voted down in the legislature after concerns were voiced in particular by airlines and professional sports teams.

Dieno said that’s the reason proponents need to continue behind-the-scenes work.

The goal is to gain support from Premier John Horgan.

“If we get the premier interested, there’s a real chance,” Dieno said.

Just Posted

Buy-Low helps Highway Rescue

Clearwater and District Highway Rescue gets $1,000 the store won in Dairyland contest

VIDEO: Researchers rely on drones to survey aftermath of B.C. wildfires

UBC researchers are using aerial drones to study the historic 2017 wildfires in the province

Report gives details on proposal to relocate Grade 7s

According to the report, there has been some interest generated in the communities to relocate

This weekend at the Sportsplex

Here is the schedule for the North Thompson Sportsplex for the weekend of Dec. 15 – 17

Province rejects Ajax mine in Kamloops

KGHM Ajax had proposed a 1,700-hectare open-pit copper and gold mine, just southwest of Kamloops

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Family suspends search for missing Alberta couple, plane near Revelstoke

Due to bad weather, families of missing Albertan couple say they will resume in the spring

Canadian grocers make $3M per year from penny-rounding: UBC study

Ottawa announced plans in 2012 to phase out the copper coin

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

B.C. anti-hate campaigner finds Google search on his efforts redirects to porn

Text from online news article about Cran Campbell being used to link to suspect websites

‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time

As anticipated, the movie fell shy of the opening weekend for J.J. Abrams’ 2015 franchise reboot

2 couples tie the knot in Australia’s 1st same-sex weddings

West Australian couple Anne Sedgwick, Lyn Hawkins have been together for 40 years

B.C. concert promoter bans Nazi symbols at shows

A man was witnessed making a Nazi salute during a heavy metal show at Pub 340

Most Read