It’s almost that time of year for British Columbians to pay homage to Cher and “turn back time.”
Most Canadians will be turning their clocks back by an hour this weekend as the country moves off daylight saving time.
British Columbians can prepare to set their clocks back an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1.
In theory, it should give British Columbians an extra hour of sleep.
Also in a typical year, the extra hour might result in Halloween-goers packing bars for an extra business hour, however, public health orders restricting liquor sales to a 10 p.m. cutoff mean last call will occur well before the time change.
There is still a great debate over the value of adjusting the clocks, but recently re-elected premier, John Horgan, has previously expressed interest in moving to permanent daylight saving time in the future.
I don’t think anyone is looking forward to an extra hour of 2020 right now.
We're focused on keeping people healthy & safe as we build a strong economic recovery.
The move to permanent DST is planned for when it keeps us aligned with our neighbours in the U.S. https://t.co/Uo7vM9WEgk
— John Horgan (@jjhorgan) September 18, 2020
“The move to permanent DST is planned for when it keeps us aligned with our neighbours in the U.S.,” Horgan tweeted on September 18.
In B.C. of the Peace River Regional District (including the communities of Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Hudson’s Hope, Fort St. John, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge) is on Mountain Time and does not observe DST. This means that the region’s clocks are the same as Alberta’s in the winter and then the same as the rest of B.C. in the summer. Fort Nelson, B.C. is also on MST year-round.
The East Kootenay region of southeastern BC (including the communities of Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood, Golden and Invermere) is on Mountain Time and observes DST. This means that the region is always on the same time as Alberta. One exception in this region is Creston, which observes MST year-round as well.
No change in the current process is expected until at least next fall amid COVID-19.