EDITORIAL – Maybe Thompson-Nicola should exit time change all on its own

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

SO, COMING TO YOU an hour sooner than last week.

Yep, we’re into Daylight Saving Time again. Was the change really all that tough?

Each and every year, the whiners and complainers emerge to sing the blues about having to spring forward. As if we’ve all been living in some kind of time warp hell since 1908 when Thunder Bay pioneered DST in Canada.

A few years later, Regina joined in, and then others. Though most of B.C. observes DST, the Peace River Regional District uses only Mountain Time.

Some other parts of the country ignore the time change as well. So what’s the big deal?

To listen to Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone in the Legislature as the weekend approached, you’d think it was the biggest issue since Harry and Meghan moved to California.

“Another rude and cruel awakening,” Stone called it, suggesting Premier David Eby was “all talk and big promises.”

Maybe it was just a slow day in Question Period but I suspect Stone also saw a golden opportunity to practice his puns, which he Liberally sprinkled throughout his remarks, talking about Eby being “all talk and no clock,” and failing to spring forward, telling him to “wake up and smell the coffee” and deliver “real change” instead of “sleeping on the job.”

Nothing wrong with a little fun in the Ledge, and the light-heartedness of the discussion reflects the unimportance of it. The question arises, why didn’t the BC Liberals do something about it when they had the chance?

The answer, of course, is that B.C. is waiting for its neighbours to the north and south to go first. But if it’s so important, why wait?

And maybe we shouldn’t wait for Victoria to make a move, either. If the Peace River RD can do it, why can’t Kamloops and the Thompson-Nicola do it on their own?

Or, we could just stop complaining about it.

I’m Mel Rothenburger, the Armchair Mayor.

Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, alternate TNRD director and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a recipient of the Jack Webster Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. He can be reached at

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2 Comments on EDITORIAL – Maybe Thompson-Nicola should exit time change all on its own

  1. I just don’t get it why we don’t just leave it alone. In the spring/summer months we got plenty of daylight into the later part of the day already. Leave it as it is!

  2. Sheila Park // March 13, 2023 at 4:20 AM // Reply

    I truly do not understand the problem with the time change. I personally think it is great to have an extra hour of daylight in the evening. It has never really caused me any grief and I have been living with it a long time.
    For those who have difficulty with the hour difference I suggest you never head easy because heaven forbid once you get to Golden you will not be able to function and please never go to the east coast it is 4 hours difference and I cannot imagine how distraught you will be in New Foundland and Labrador. 4 1/2 hours will really mess with your psyche.
    I also strongly recommend you stay away from traveling to Europe or Asia.
    Time changes happen. Stop using it as an excuse go to bed at your usual time. Drink hot milk.
    And if you think it affects driving think again. The poor drivers are out there – always. They just use the time change as an excuse for their already bad driving habits.

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