The Government of Yukon is seeking public opinion on daylight savings, and whether or not its time to ditch the practice for good.
Yukoners are being asked if they want to keep the time changes that occur in spring and autumn, or if it is time to select one time and stick with it. If time change is dropped the public is being asked if they prefer Pacific Daylight-Saving Time or Pacific Standard Time. Currently the Yukon observes Pacific Standard in the winter and Pacific Daylight Saving in the summer.
The survey comes on the heels of a decision by the Government of British Columbia to do away with seasonal time changes and moves the province to permanent daylight-saving time. A whopping 93 per cent of British Columbians voted to do away with seasonal time changes. The Yukon will be holding their own public engagements through an online survey which is also available in print form. The government is also accepting emails and mail if people wish to share their views. Other governments in the Yukon, as well as businesses, and organizations are encouraged to share their views on the future of time in the territory.
Premier Sandy Silver says that all across North America, jurisdictions are re-examining the way that they observe time. He says its time to make a decision on what regime works best in the territory and its important to get Yukoner’s opinions before any decisions are made. The options are to permanently adopt Pacific daylight saving time (aligning with British Columbia), permanently adopt Pacific Standard Time or stay the course and continue following daylight savings clock changes.
What do you think? The survey can be found on the government of Yukon’s website: