I realize that I am in the Saskatchewan DST minority but …

A couple of days ago most of North America and Europe, and many countries on other continents, moved their clocks ahead one hour. Not Saskatchewan though.  And we won’t be doing so for the foreseeable future, since there won’t be a referendum on Saskatchewan adopting Daylight Saving Time.  I guess it was a pragmatic decision, since multiple polls showed that about two thirds of Saskatchewan residents are happy with the status quo while only one third – including me – would like to see DST adopted.  I’m all for pragmatism so I’m not going to tear into the current government for breaking its promise to hold a referendum on the issue. After all why waste hundreds of thousands of tax dollars on asking a question when the answer is a foregone conclusion?

However I do admit that I’m disappointed.  Why?  Not so much because I’d rather have sunshine at 10:00 p.m. when I might still be sitting on my back deck than at 4:00 a.m. when I’m trying to sleep.  After all it is a fact that Saskatchewan ought to be in the Mountain Standard Time zone, so being in the Central Standard Time zone essentially puts us on DST year-round.

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My concern relates more to how Saskatchewan relates to the rest of North America and Europe.  While changing my clocks twice a year would be a minor annoyance, trying to remember how many hours we are ahead or behind other places that I communicate with is a major annoyance.  This is especially important to businesses with clients outside of the province.

And travel.  Like the trip to Ontario several years ago when I missed a connecting flight in Winnipeg because I overlooked the fact that Manitoba had sprung an hour ahead of Saskatchewan a few days earlier.  I understand that I shouldn’t have assumed that my watch showed the correct local time even though we are both in the same time zone, and I should have looked at one of the clocks in the airport, and I should have listened to the announcements on the PA system, but if Saskatchewan had sprung ahead in unison with Manitoba, I’d have been on that plane. Luckily Air Canada put me on the next flight and my meeting wasn’t until the next morning so it didn’t ruin my trip, but it did make the DST issue personal for me. And no, I can’t let it go.

4 Responses to “I realize that I am in the Saskatchewan DST minority but …”

  1. Melanie says:

    Why not the reverse of that? What if nobody changed time like Saskatchewan, Creston, BC and some remote little town on the northern tip of NZ don’t? I’m not very scientific or cerebal for that matter so I don’t know if the earth’s axis will go out of kilt, or if the polar ice caps will melt faster or if the holes in the ozone layer will get larger faster or not if the world stopped changing time twice a year. Then you wouldn’t have to be wondering when you travel whether that particular location is one or two hours ahead or behind because of the time of the year.

    For 16 years now I’ve been changing time twice a year and it hasn’t gotten any easier for me. I have tried many different ways to ward off the effects of the time change and haven’t found any that have been successful. You might argue that it’s pyschological and I can’t prove it’s not but I think it isn’t. I don’t remember trying to readjustment my sleep patterns or walking around feeling like I hadn’t slept when I was in that wonderful zone of “not changing time”. It’s possible I did and I just don’t remember. I only remember that for me it was a non-issue, the whole time changing thing.

    I do really wonder why in this age of 24-hour businesses and different farming methods why we even have DST? It’s a huge issue to me and I really would like to not have to move our clocks back or ahead. But I’m not willing to move to Saskatchewan for that. Creston maybe.

  2. Marc says:

    Boo!

    Having lived in Manitoba for a year and a half (long enough to experience 4 time changes), I still don’t see what the point is, except that maybe it keeps the kids in bed a little longer in the mornings. It hasn’t been a huge deal to change the time, but I’d much rather just let the time be.

  3. Phil L says:

    The term “daylight saving time” is actually a misnomer – it just provides an opportunity for the critics to point out that there are still the same number of hours of daylight in a day whether we spring forward or not. A better term would be “daylight shifting time”. My personal preference is to have daylight in the evening rather than daylight in the early morning, but I guess that’s because I’m a night owl and not a morning person. In fact I’d be OK with adopting double-DST – moving two hours instead of one.

  4. Marc says:

    Double-DST? Is there such a thing? Or is this a diabolical concept from the mind of the Philgrim?