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Reminder, clocks change Sunday morning

A private member's bill could make falling back and springing forward a thing of the past
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Time changes this Sunday at 2 a.m.

Some love it, some hate it. Back or forward?

See our poll What's your opinion on changing clocks?

Of the 1,310 respondents, almost 60 per cent want to keep Daylight Saving Time year-round. And there are plenty of comments.

One person wrote, "Please stop changing the time twice a year. It is not healthy and causes grief in households.
EST or DST I don't care, just stick to one."

Another wrote,"How many times does this need to be asked and answered? Every year we say the same thing yet nothing is done. We no longer get up in masses to milk the cows and feed the chickens. Most want daylight as it is now and I don't think that will change."

It also may be the last year doing it, although it's unlikely.

See: Could this be the end of 'spring forward, fall back?'

A private member's bill could make falling back and springing forward a thing of the past.  

Bill 214 amends the Time Act to make the time now called daylight saving time the standard time year-round. Ottawa West – Nepean MPP Jeremy Roberts tabled The Time Amendment Act, which would "clear the road for Ontario to end the bi-annual process of changing our clocks." 

Remember "Spring Forward, Fall Back" so you'll be getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend.

The time change officially takes place Sunday at 2 a.m. but people typically change just before bed. 

As this weekend’s time change approaches, North Bay Fire & Emergency Services reminds residents to make another change that could save their lives – ‘Change the Batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms.’  

“Replacing smoke and CO alarm batteries and testing alarms monthly are two of the simplest, most effective ways to ensure the safety of your family,” stated Captain of Fire Prevention, Sheri Korn. "Approximately two-thirds of all fire deaths occur in homes where there are no working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are required on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas.  Likewise, carbon monoxide alarms are required outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage."

While changing the batteries, check for the age of each alarm; smoke and carbon monoxide alarms don’t last forever. 

If the alarm is equipped with a power light that is functioning, this light only indicates that the unit is powered, do not assume that the sensors inside the alarm have not expired. Look for the manufacturer’s expiration date on the back or side of the alarm. Typically, smoke alarms (battery operated and hardwired) should be replaced every 10 years and carbon monoxide alarms every seven years.

Take an inventory of how many batteries you will require.  

Landlords are required by law to install, maintain and test alarms at least annually and whenever there is a change in tenancy. Failure to maintain smoke and CO alarms as well as tampering with or removing the batteries is a violation of the Ontario Fire Code and can result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000.  


Jeff Turl

About the Author: Jeff Turl

Jeff is a veteran of the news biz. He's spent a lengthy career in TV, radio, print and online, covering both news and sports. He enjoys free time riding motorcycles and spoiling grandchildren.
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