September 14, 2017 9:36 am
Updated: September 14, 2017 7:55 pm

Public meetings on ditching Daylight Saving Time held in Calgary Thursday

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The Alberta NDP is hosting a series of meetings in Calgary on Thursday to get public feedback on its proposed plan to scrap Daylight Saving Time in the province.

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Calgary is the second last of four Alberta cities government officials are visiting this month in an effort to gather input on Bill 203, the Alberta Standard Time Act. The bill proposes to remove the time changes in the spring and fall, making Alberta on Mountain Daylight Time all year.

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Seventy-four per cent of the 13,500 Albertans who responded to a government survey earlier this year said the province should scrap Daylight Saving Time.

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Approximately 3,000 people – or 24 per cent – were opposed to the move and 200 people – or one per cent – were undecided.

If Bill 203 passes, it would come into effect in November 2018. There would be two hours difference between Alberta and B.C. from November to March and one hour difference between Alberta and B.C. from March to November. The time in Alberta would be the same as in Saskatchewan all year round.

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Registration for the Calgary meetings, held at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre, closed on Sept. 11.

Public meetings will be held in the following cities on the following dates:

Calgary 
Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017
9 a.m. – noon, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(Registration closed Sept. 11)

Lethbridge 
Coast Plaza Hotel
Friday, Sept.15, 2017
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
(Registration closed Sept. 11)

The audio of the meetings will be live streamed on the legislative assembly’s website.

Two meetings were already held in both Grande Prairie and Edmonton.

— With files from Caley Ramsay

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