Reasonable move

After first mulling over extending Daylight Savings Time an extra two months, the United States now is all but certain to extend it by a few weeks—from the second Sunday of March until the first Sunday of November (instead of from early April through the end of October)—starting this fall.
Ontario would be wise to follow suit.
Here in Borderland, for instance, having Fort Frances be an hour behind International Falls across the river for three weeks in March and another week in November would be confusing, particularly for simple things like keeping track of when the movies start at Cine 5 and when businesses on both sides of the border are open And that’s not to mention figuring out when TV programs would air on U.S. stations.
People would adjust, eventually, just like we have to remember that Atikokan is on Central Time during the summer months and Eastern Time over the winter. But why complicate life any more than it already is?
Besides, there are other more important factors to weigh than just convenience. Certainly the big one is energy savings, but others argue that crime rates, as well as motor-vehicle accidents and pedestrian fatalities, would drop thanks to that extra hour of daylight each late afternoon/early evening.
Then there’s the psychological benefit. Who doesn’t look forward to “springing ahead” each year—and dread when it’s time to “fall back”? Extending Daylight Savings Time would make our long winter seem that much shorter.
The downside, of course, is that it would be darker longer in the mornings, especially in northern communities like ours, which some claim could pose a safety hazard for children going to school.
That’s why having Daylight Savings Time in effect year-round is too drastic a move. The effects of extending it only for three weeks in March and one in November, on the other hand, would be much more negligible and thus is a reasonable decision.
It’s one governments on this side of the border should be quick to implement, as well.

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