Clocks will return to Ontario soon and politician hopes it will be for the last time


Daylight saving time for 2021 is about to end and Ontarians will have to turn back the clock, but a politician is hoping it will be for one of the last times.

The time will change in Ontario at 2 a.m. on November 7, marking the end of daylight saving time and bringing darker evenings.

At the end of daylight saving time, the sun will set in Toronto at 4:59 p.m.

Almost a year ago, Ontario adopted law which would end the biannual clock change, making daylight saving time permanent in the province. This means that residents will be able to enjoy more sun on winter evenings, but it will remain dark in the morning until nearly 9 a.m. in December.

But there was a big catch. The law comes into force only if Quebec and New York agree to do the same.

“We’re getting closer,” Jeremy Roberts, MPP for Ottawa West – Nepean, told CTV News Toronto on Tuesday. “I don’t think I will be able to do anything in time for back to school this year, but maybe in time for the spring of next year.”

He said he saw “promising signs” that Quebec would be open to switching to permanent daylight saving time.

Earlier this week, I sent a letter to New York State Governor Hochul urging him to pass new legislation to make daylight saving time permanent all year round.

I’m hopeful that this year’s back-to-school will be the last time Ontarians have to change their clocks. #StopTheClock

– Jeremy Roberts (@JR_Ottawa)
October 1, 2021

“Prime Minister François Legault was asked about this at a press conference and he said he was open to the idea,” said Roberts. “So we keep pushing on this.”

Regarding New York, Roberts said he was less successful with the idea and admits the state will be the biggest obstacle to Ontario’s elimination of the time change practice.

“We haven’t heard from the governor of New York,” said Roberts. “But we understand that there is actually a state senator in New York who introduced a bill that would switch New York to permanent daylight saving time.”

Roberts said he always hated having to change clocks twice a year and that made him drowsy the following days.

According to experts, some people will experience a shock to their body’s internal clock when the time changes, much like the jet lag experienced after crossing time zones.

Research shows that disrupting the internal clock can lead to increased rates of heart attacks, strokes, weight gain, anxiety, and contribute to workplace injuries and car crashes.

Roberts added that one of the benefits of ending the biannual change includes promoting greater consumerism by giving residents more daylight hours at night.

Summer time started in Ontario in 1918.

Alberta results Tuesday referendum summer time all year round were released and a tiny majority of Albertans voted against the province’s adoption.

Fewer than 3,000 votes separated the “yes” and “no” camps, according to results published Tuesday morning on the show. Across the province, 50.2% of voters voted “no,” while 49.8% voted yes.

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