Alberta has had Daylight Saving Time since 1971, and it’s been controversial ever since. Critics say it is an outdated concept that interrupts sleep patterns and causes confusion for little benefit. Others argue that most of the rest of the continent uses it so it just makes sense to stay in sync.
Friday is the last day Albertans can let provincial legislators know whether they want to keep daylight time, as the province weighs whether to scrap the twice-a-year time change.
The province’s Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future has been holding public consultation hearings since Tuesday, listening to both sides of the debate. The hearings began in Edmonton and will wrap up in Lethbridge Friday.
The committee has accepted written submissions from the public and heard from more than 13,000 respondents. Of them, a full 74 per cent supported the bill to kill the time change.