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B.C. springs forward with Daylight Saving Time adjustment

VICTORIA, B.C. -- B.C. has joined the list of other Canadian provinces to synchronize its Daylight Saving Time (DST...

VICTORIA, B.C. — B.C. has joined the list of other Canadian provinces to synchronize its Daylight Saving Time (DST) with the new dates announced by the U.S. taking effect in 2007.

Starting in 2007, DST in the western province will begin three weeks earlier in the spring and last one week longer, Attorney General Wally Oppal announced today following a four-week public consultation.

“Adjusting our Daylight Saving Time dates will align us with the United States and other Canadian provinces,” Oppal said. “During a month-long consultation, we received 4,296 written and electronic submissions from the public, business and other organizations. Over 90 per cent were in favour of the change.”

The time change will begin in most of B.C. three weeks earlier, on the second Sunday in March, with the period ending on the first Sunday in November. Exceptions will be those areas of the province that have historically chosen to observe different times for all or part of the year. The Peace River region does not observe DST, so its clocks will not change and the East Kootenay region observes Mountain Time, and will likely continue to synchronize its clocks with Alberta.

“It’s a smart move for businesses like tourism, travel and telecommunications, and means we will be in sync with much of the country and our biggest trade partner the United States,” stated Oppal. “Provinces that have already announced they will adopt the change include Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and New Brunswick.”

The DST change was adopted in the U.S. as part of its Energy Policy Act. It was brought forward as an energy-saving policy, since the time change shifts an hour of daylight time from morning to evening, which is the period of greatest energy usage.

The Attorney General is responsible for the Interpretation Act, which includes reference to time and is the authority under which DST is prescribed in the province.

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