Whether we’re springing forward or falling back, many of us are tired of time change.
At 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, Nov. 5, we fall back an hour to Pacific Standard Time. While that means an extra hour of sleep for some of us, it also means we drive home in the dark.
In 2019, then-Premier John Horgan announced B.C. would permanently switch to Daylight Saving Time.
“Most people believe that Daylight Saving Time will give them more light during their workday so that’s the direction we’re going in,” said Horgan at the time.
In making the switch, the province wanted to align with its trading partners south of the border. Washington and Oregon were onboard, but a permanent switch required congressional approval. But then the pandemic hit, and the time change issue has been dormant since.
B.C. Premier David Eby says the issue isn’t dead.
“It is a massive annoyance to people with pets,” he said.
The BC SPCA agrees that a consistent schedule is more beneficial to an animal on a set routine. “If you have a golden retriever who’s very keen on his routine he might be up earlier,” said BC SPCA animal centre manager Emma Hamill.
She recommends feeding pets an hour earlier in the morning and evening to mitigate any effects.