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

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Red Cross looking for public support

Organization seeks aid to help victims of this year’s wildfires

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

Third overall in Canada for McLure, B.C. cowboy

McLure junior bull rider, Jake Bradley, finished third overall at the recent… Continue reading

Clearwater Rotary sends off exchange student

Organization also celebrates quarter century milestone this year

Canadians fear for relatives trapped amid flooding in Indian state of Kerala

More than 800,000people have been displaced by floods and landslides

IndyCar driver Wickens flown to hospital after scary crash

IndyCar said Wickens was awake and alert as he was taken to a hospital

Ex-BCTF president ‘undeterred’ after early release from pipeline protest jail term

Susan Lambert and Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson released early

Fast food chains look to capitalize on vegetarian, vegan trend with new items

Seven per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians and 2.3 per cent identify as vegans

B.C. swimmer halts journey across Strait of Juan de Fuca after hypothermia sets in

Victoria MS athlete Susan Simmons swam for eight-and-a-half hours in 9 C choppy waters

‘Hard on water:’ Smoke not the only long-range effect of wildfires

The project began more than 10 years ago after southern Alberta’s 2003 Lost Creek fire

B.C. VIEWS: Genuine aboriginal rights are misused and discredited

Camp Cloud one of long line of protests falsely asserting title

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to march in Montreal’s Pride parade

Trudeau will end the day in his home riding of Papineau

Most Read