Saskatchewan happy not to recognize daylight saving time

Folks in Saskatchewan are happy they don't have to go room by room switching clocks an hour ahead and an hour back every year, and they hope it doesn't change.

While many Canadian lose an hour tonight, Sask. residents don't

Daylight saving time often means waking up with an hour later than you planned but not in Saskatchewan where people don't have to adjust their clocks twice a year. (Elena Elisseeva/Shutterstock)

Tonight, a big chunk of Canadians will go room-to-room changing every clock, including the one on the microwave and the oven, pushing time up one hour for daylight saving time. But not in Saskatchewan.

Because Saskatchewan remains on Central Standard Time (CST) all year long, people in the province never have to spring forward or fall back like the rest of the country, and no one CBC News spoke to is in a rush to change.

"I like it the way it is, it's simple here and straightforward," Regina's Jeret Friesen said. "I think it gets a lot more complicated. I have a sister who lives in the 'States and is always switching back and forth and she grew up here and she misses the way we used to do it."

Jeret's wife Amanda agrees that adding and taking away an hour twice a year just complicates things.

"To me it just sounds like a headache — those provinces having to push forward and push backward on time — so yeah, I just like it simple here and don't complicate things," she said.

Jeret Friesen says he likes how Saskatchewan keeps it simple and doesn't have to switch clocks twice a year for daylight time. (CBC)

If you have active kids with a lot on the go, switching clocks could throw a wrench into weekly planning, especially if you forget to switch the time on one clock.

"I'm glad we don't change it," Joline Matsalla said. "I like it; I think it's easier for scheduling and for kids."

In Canada, it's up to each province to decide whether to use daylight time, and not all do. Most — but not all — jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S. have been moving their clocks ahead by one hour on the second Sunday in March and back by one hour on the first Sunday in November.

Along with Saskatchewan, pockets of Ontario and British Columbia do not use daylight time.

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