March 11, 2018 5:07 pm
Updated: March 12, 2018 11:23 am

‘It’s archaic’: Many Manitobans sick of Daylight Saving Time

WATCH: Daylight Saving Time hit at 2 a.m. Sunday, and many Manitobans are feeling the lost hour of sleep. Global's Timm Bruch reports.


The clock moves an hour twice a year, but that doesn’t mean everyone is prepared for the shift.

Daylight Saving Time hit at 2 a.m. Sunday, and many Manitobans are feeling the lost hour of sleep.

“It’s archaic,” one Winnipegger said. “I honestly don’t think we need it anymore.”

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The clocks have been spinning forward every Winnipeg spring since 1916, but some believe it’s time to put an end to the time changes and adopt a similar model to Saskatchewan, where Daylight Saving doesn’t happen.

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“I’m with Saskatchewan on this one,” a visitor to The Forks said. “Can’t you just plan your day around the sunlight if that’s what you need?”

Most people Global News chatted with Sunday echoed the sentiment. Many said the system was outdated, useless or annoying. One Winnipegger even said they missed work thanks to their alarm going off too late.

READ MORE: Daylight Saving Time: How parents can prepare their kids for the time change

Personal feelings aside, there are some dangers with the time change. One study done by American Academy of Neurology shows the risk of having a stroke during the first two days after the clocks change increased by eight per cent.

Another study done in 2014 by the American College of Cardiology found a 25 per cent jump in the number of heart attacks that happen the Monday after the spring forward, compared to other Mondays throughout the year.

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But it’s not all bad news.

Daylight Saving conserves energy because lights aren’t needed as much, and tourism agencies say brighter evenings are good for the local economy because sun motivates people to get out more.

Still, it seems like many are willing to ignore the positives — especially when they’re grumpy from a lack of sleep.

“I don’t get it,” a Winnipeg man said. “It just seems like more effort than it’s worth.”

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