NCLGA Votes to Ditch Time Change
Dawson Creek, B.C. – The North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) has passed a resolution calling on the provincial government to discontinue the annual time change in B.C.
It happened at their Annual General Meeting this week in Dawson Creek.
The resolution, put forward by the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, cites data suggesting the time change has adverse health effects on drivers.
“One day you’re waking up and you’re going to work in the sun and the next day you’re going to work in the dark and all that falls on us as individuals but statistically, from what we hear, is that there is a spike in accidents and adverse effects,” says NCLGA president Brian Frenkel, who also doesn’t buy the argument that the annual time change lowers energy costs.
“We’re not seeing any of that and we need to see better information.” He also questions the need for the current system considering two areas of the province don’t observe it – the Peace and the East Kootenays.
Frenkel says the resolution will next be debated at the Union of BC Municipalities convention in Victoria in September.
Of the 30 plus resolutions debated at the NCLGA convention, he says just two failed to pass, including a resolution from the City of Williams Lake to support the GPS tracking of prolific and repeat offenders.