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If China can operate under one big time zone, why not Canada?

We're "falling back" again... which inevitably brings back the debate over whether it's time to get rid of daylight saving. But what if we took this question one step further and eliminated time zones altogether? It's not that crazy of an idea. China is the third largest country in the world and it only has one time zone! We'll hear from a Uighur Canadian about what it was like growing up in the western-most part of China, where the sun rises at 9:00 a.m.

As daylight time kicks-in, producer Anis Heydari explores the business case for abandoning time zones

Every autumn, most Canadian provinces set their clocks back an hour to recognize daylight saving time. (Africa Studio/Shutterstock)

It's that time again. This weekend many Canadians are "falling back" as we adjust the clocks to recognize daylight time.

Twice a year, the changing of the clocks stirs debate about why we fall back and spring ahead at all.

    Farmers, parents of young children, circadian rhythm enthusiasts all have opinions. 

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    But what if we took this question one step further and eliminated time zones altogether? It's not as crazy as you might think. China is the third largest country in the world and it only has one time zone!

      Producer Anis Heydari speaks to a Uighur-Canadian about what it was like growing up in the western-most part of China, where the sun rises at 9:00 a.m.


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