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Edmonton MLA wants to know what you think about Daylight Saving Time

Feb 17, 2017

One Alberta MLA is suggesting Daylight Saving Time become a thing of the past.

Thomas Dang, MLA for Edmonton-Southwest, is suggesting Alberta get rid of Daylight Saving Time and he wants to hear what other Albertans think though public consultations and an online survey.

"If you're dealing with livestock of any sort you're going to be seeing some sort of effect, because when those times change your animals don't change with the clock," said Dang. "Productivity, in general for workers, goes down after the time change."

"We're thinking we want to move forward, and not change their clocks twice each year anymore," said Dang.

Dang adds it often directly affects the mood of children, sometimes leading to behavioural problems.

He went on to say early indications from talking to Albertans suggests the clear majority of Alberta residents would prefer not to change their clocks anymore.

County Agriculture Fieldman Sonja Raven says when it comes to farming it doesn’t matter what time it is.

"Basically the work starts when the crop is ready, not when the clock says.  So, you might be bailing past dark because that's when it's the right time to bail your hay.  You're not going to start at sunrise if there's still dew on your hay at it is going to be too wet,” explained Raven “It doesn't really matter what time it is, you do it when it's right for the crop.”

She adds when it comes to calving or milking, cows do not adjust to a clock.

"Cows have this lovely habit of calving when they feel like it and it's usually in the middle of the night," she said. "You don't tell a cow, sorry I have to milk you an hour earlier now because the truck is going to be here an hour earlier.  That doesn't work.  They get milked when they're ready."

It is unclear now if the province is considering a referendum on the subject.

The clocks are scheduled to go forward on March 12 this year.



 You can take the survey here.

- Trevor Snell/Sheena Roszell

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