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Poll: Pique readers agree B.C. should stop changing its clocks

Hopefully everyone is readjusted after clocks sprang forward by one hour last weekend.
Will 2023 be the last year B.C. changes its clocks?

Hopefully everyone is readjusted after clocks sprang forward by one hour last weekend.

On the two occasions each year when British Columbians are tasked with changing their clocks, the conversation about ending the practice entirely is always reinvigorated, with people often citing issues like the increased risk of vehicle crashes due to fatigued drivers following the time change. 

British Columbia tabled legislation in 2019 that allows the province to move permanently to daylight time (that is, the time zone we switched back to this week) but politicians have agreed not to follow through with the move unless Western U.S. states like Oregon, Washington and California ditch the semi-annual time change, too. That could happen sooner rather than later: as the Canadian Press reported last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio recently reintroduced the Sunshine Protection Act that would allow states to make daylight time permanent. 

B.C. Premier David Eby said he is "very much looking forward to getting rid of daylight saving time," according to their report. 

With that in mind, we thought we'd find out what our readers had to say. 

Pique Newsmagazine polled 278 readers and asked the question: Should B.C. stop changing its clocks twice a year?

The poll ran from March 11 to 22. Of the 278 votes, we can determine that 39 came from within Whistler's community.

The majority of respondents agree that the time change needs to stop, but are fairly evenly split on whether B.C. should stick with daylight time or standard time. Meanwhile, about a quarter of total respondents and 41 per cent of local respondents would like to keep the daylight savings practice going. 

The full results are as follows:

Yes, we should stick with daylight time - darker mornings are worth the brighter evenings 28.21 % local, 38.49 % total    
Yes, we should stick to standard time year-round 30.77 % local, 35.97 % total    
No, let's keep daylight saving time the way it is 41.03 % local, 24.82 % total    
I don't know 0.00 % local, 0.72 % total    
  Local   Total

Results are based on an online study of adult Pique Newsmagazine readers that are located in Whistler. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 5.81%, 19 times out of 20.

Pique Newsmagazine uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.