Time-change opponent meets with provincial ministers

Bob Dieno is behind an online petition to stop time change across the province

Kamloops business owner Bob Dieno is collecting names on an online petition to get rid of Daylight Savings in B.C.

Kamloops business owner Bob Dieno is collecting names on an online petition to get rid of Daylight Savings in B.C.

Jessica Wallace – Kamloops This Week

Bob Dieno says a recent meeting with two provincial ministers was “very productive.”

The Kamloops business owner is behind an online petition to stop time change across the province and possibly keep everyone on Daylight Saving Time, which would see more daylight in the evening year-round.

The petition has more than 23,500 online supporters so far and, upon meeting with Health Minister Terry Lake and Transportation Minister Todd Stone, Dieno said he was advised to get at least 30,000 B.C. voters on that list.

People from around the world have signed the petition, but Dieno told KTW in a recent story that the majority of signatures are from B.C. residents.

“I’m guessing we have approximately 19,000 to 20,000 now that have signed the petition,” Dieno posted in an online update on the petition.

Lake recently told KTW in an email that, while there are no plans to discontinue Daylight Saving Time, it’s “great to have the discussion and see if public opinion has changed over the years.”

Meanwhile, Dieno hopes to maintain the momentum gained in the three weeks since the petition was created.

“We are asking all of you to continue to share the petition and encourage people to sign and share,” he said.

Those interested in signing the petition can go online to the Stop the Time Change Facebook page, where the petition is linked.