It’s almost time to turn our clocks back and accept that early sunsets and colder weather are part of our lives now. But, one politician is on a mission to end daylight savings time for good in Ontario, so that we have more sunlight to enjoy in the evenings during our long winters.
This year’s time change will take place on Sunday, November 7 at 2 a.m., marking the end of daylight savings time which began on March 14th. According to CP24, the sun will set just before 5 p.m. on that day. Brutal.
However, Ottawa-based MPP Jeremy Roberts is on a mission to get rid of the bi-annual time change in Ontario, which the province has already agreed to do in legislation that was passed last year called The Time Amendment Act.
“I am hopeful that this year’s fall back will be the last time [Ontarians] have to change their clocks,” Roberts said on Twitter at the start of October.
Earlier this week, I sent a letter to Governor Hochul of New York State, urging her to bring in new legislation to make Daylight Time the permanent year-round time
— Jeremy Roberts (@JR_Ottawa) October 1, 2021
Now, all that’s left to do is to get Quebec and New York on board, which is a requirement for the Act to become reality. Roberts wrote a letter to the governor of New York with a list of all the studies that prove how much daylight savings negatively impacts our health and productivity.
Hopefully, Roberts’ letter is convincing enough to get the governor to participate because it sounds like Quebec premier François Legault is ready to move forward on it.
“Premier François Legault was asked about this in a press conference and he said he was open to the idea, so we’re continuing to push on that,” Roberts said to CTV Toronto.
“We haven’t heard from the New York governor, but we understand there is actually a state senator in New York who has put forward a piece of legislation that would bring New York into permanent daylight saving time,” he added.
It may not be official yet, but it seems more likely than ever that changing the clocks could soon become history.