End the Biannual Time Change in Ontario

End the Biannual Time Change in Ontario

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About This Letter Writing Campaign

Start Date: November 16, 2017
End Date: Open
Started By: Caroline Mendoza
Campaign Website: https://p.enddst.ca/
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This is a campaign to end the biannual time change in Ontario in favour of either adopting permanent Eastern Standard Time (winter time) or permanent Atlantic Standard Time (summer time). In the past 10 years much research has been done that shows how negatively changing the time in Ontario effects individuals and society.

I’m one of those lucky people to have lived in and traveled a variety of places in the world throughout my life. Before settling down again in Ottawa I lived in Queensland, Australia and Saskatchewan, Canada. One thing that was noticeable in both these regions was there was no observation of a biannual time change. Sure, the extra sleep (which, by the way, doesn’t happen with a toddler) was nice in the fall, but I sure didn’t miss losing out on sleep in the spring.

By the time I had moved back to Ottawa I had lived in regions that didn’t follow a biannual time change for four years. During the time that I was away Daylight Saving Time had been extended to end after Hallowe’en (brought to you by the candy manufacturers) – and I noticed the difference in the fall time change. I was feeling down and depressed (it turns out now that I experience SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a depression caused by a vitamin D deficiency during the winter as a direct result of less sunlight). Every year news articles would come out about how the spring time change causes an increase in heart attacks and car accidents, so I began wondering if the biannual time change affects us in any other way.

I started doing research and found so much information on just how much those time changes affect us, apart from the heart attacks and car accidents. Both the spring and fall time changes have negative consequences on our mental health - especially for those that suffer from sleep disorders and are night owls.

The main reason that Daylight Saving Time was adopted in the first place was to save energy. More recent reports have expressed that the energy savings from Daylight Saving Time are negligible, at best, and some regions actually experience a loss in energy savings. (You can find more in-depth information in my various blog posts and YouTube videos).

After doing a lot of research I came to the conclusion that there are many more negative consequences in continuing to follow the biannual time change. There are positives and negatives to observing permanent sumer time (Atlantic Standard Time) and permanent winter time (Eastern Standard Time).

The ultimate goal is to have Ontario amend the Time Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter T.9, to observing either permanent Atlantic Standard Time or Eastern Standard Time.

You can help by writing letters to the NDP/Liberal/PC/Green candidates in your riding, as well as the leaders of those parties. You can find a customizable letter template that you can use in our FaceBook event.

Campaign Letters

The farmers didn’t want anything to do with Daylight Saving Time! Why? If you believe that the farmers want Daylight Saving Time, or that we do this for... more
daylight saving time
Economy
Energy consumption
Energy
Energy conservation
Agriculture
farmers
dairy farmers
EU
labour
energy savings
Economic activity
Dear Sir and Madams: Ontario has been observing Daylight Saving Time ("DST") in Ontario for many decades, which is legislated by the Time Act, R.S.O. 1990,... more
daylight saving time
Daylight Savings Time
Energy
mental health
petition
Health
heart attacks
depression
SAD
saesonal affective disorder
Economy
power
Energy conservation
Hydro
Have you ever felt drained, not as happy or found that life is more difficult from around October through February? If you have then you may have experienced... more
daylight saving time
mental health
Sleep Deprivation
Ontario
Daylight Savings
SAD
winter blues
depression
time change
jet lag
spring time change
fall time change
falling back
springing forward
I am emailing you as a concerned citizen in Ontario. Ontario has been observing Daylight Saving Time ("DST") in Ontario for many decades, which is legislated... more
mental health
physical health
Health
daylight saving time
#onpoli
Ontario Politics
Politics
jet lag