By Lethbridge Herald on December 26, 2020.
Because of the pandemic, the Government of Alberta decided to postpone a decision on whether to move to permanent Daylight Savings Time. I expect this conversation will begin again once the pandemic becomes less front of mind.
I encourage all Albertans to take a quick look outside between 7:30 and 8 o’clock any morning, and realize that if we had permanent Daylight Savings Time, this is how dark it would be from 8:30-9 a.m. for December and January mornings. The sun currently rises in Edmonton at about 8:45 a.m.; if we were on permanent Daylight Savings Time, that would become 9:45 a.m.
Because Alberta is in the western part of the Mountain time zone, the impact of permanent Daylight Savings Time in our province is not the same as in Saskatchewan.
A poll of a small number of Albertans last year suggested permanent Daylight Savings Time was favoured by the majority. If you disagree, I encourage you to let your MLA know.