Thursday, July 21, 2005

Temporal Distortion Imminent in North America, Premiers Warn

Am I missing the big deal here, (CTV, Canada may consider daylight time change):
Alberta is taking a wait-and-see approach to the U.S. proposal [to extend daylight saving time hours by two months. It would begin on the first weekend in March, and end the last weekend in November].

Government spokesman Shannon Haggarty says Alberta will be consulting with other provinces on the issue, but at this point there's no plan to make any changes.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says the province is examining the pros and cons of extending daylight savings time. He says Ontario doesn't want difficulties with its main trading partner, but there are environment, business, and social issues to consider before the province follows suit.

"What are the environmental ups and downs of this? What are the business pros and cons? And then what about life for families? Does it make it more or less difficult?" McGuinty said.

"We're going to have to take a look at it, obviously."

But ...

... Manitoba Premier Gary Doer supports the move to extend daylight time. Doer says business will encounter problems if Canada does not follow suit.

He also says going along with the change would have a modest impact on energy conservation in Manitoba.
Why is this a big debate? Why do Alberta and Ontario have to wait? Change the clocks.

We need to be in synch with the American economy. I don't see how changing the clocks ahead one month earlier and putting them back one month later is a big deal.

The business concerns are huge if we don't.

Short of making a few math textbooks out of date (if a train leaves Toronto at 3:00 pm and it's going 60 kph, and a train leaves New York at 4:00 pm and it's going at 75 kph, when will they meet ...), what's the big deal?

I can see the responses ...

Well, they should have consulted us first!

Sure. Let's lodge a formal diplomatic protest and we'll see how that goes - in the meantime, we should change our clocks.

I don't think this is going to cure their environmental ills.

Maybe not. Still no reason not to change our clocks.

That George Bush!

Rrrriiiigggghhhhttttt. Still no reason not to change our clocks.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I read in the National Post that Dalton McGumby wants to consult with the Ontario public before making a decision to sync our clocks with our friends to the south. So if 51% of the respondants say no, we won't follow suit? Regardless of the negative effects and costs to the economy? Ten cents would be too much of a cost to the economy. Show a little leadership and explain to the people of Ontario why this must be done, and JUST DO IT.