Alberta to Study Time Zone Change
A legislative committee in Alberta, Canada is set to study the effects of a permanent time zone change.
In February, Thomas Dang, a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in Alberta, proposed to remove the semi-annual switch of Daylight Saving Time (DST) and move the province to Central Standard Time (CST) permanently.
Interferes with Hockey Schedule
However, concerns about the start time of hockey games have been raised by the National Hockey League (NHL), and Dang has been in discussions with officials from hockey teams as well as restaurant and bar owners to see how the change would affect their business.
A legislative committee has received the bill for more discussion, and they are set to report back to the provincial legislature in October.
82% of Albertans Want to End DST
The bill was proposed after Dang posted a survey asking Albertans “Is it time to do away with Daylight Saving Time?” When the online survey closed, almost 26,000 people had responded with 82% saying that they wanted to get rid of DST, reports CBC News.
It is highly likely that Albertans will have to set their clocks back at least 1 more time in fall, but Dang is positive that the bill will pass: “I’m fairly confident we can do this and get this right,” he told Metro Toronto.