Narcity Québec spoke with sociologist Valérie Harvey to find out more about the matter and why she is campaigning for the abolition of daylight saving time in Quebec.
What effects can time change have on an individual?
Harvey claims the "yo-yo game" of time change has repercussions on many Quebecers, and it's only worse now that we're in the middle of a pandemic.
"I have the impression that the time change will hurt us a little more. We're already tired, we're already stressed, we're not sleeping so well."
Then on top of this, we end up being robbed of an hour of sleep.
Losing an hour of sleep has proven to have many negative effects on an individual. "The consequences of a lack of sleep are numerous: fatigue, irritation, stress, headaches, stomach aches," Harvey said.
What are the health impacts of daylight savings?
It seems there are quite a few.
Researchers have discovered losing an hour of sleep may result in a higher number of fatal car accidents.
"There is a link in Canada between the spring time change and an 8% increase in the number of accidents on the road, due to the loss of sleep."
Studies from Colorado, Croatia and Sweden found that the number of heart attacks increases significantly during the week following the time change in the spring. This too is said to be due to a lack of sleep.
Should Quebec continue to follow daylight savings time?
Harvey told Narcity that, "Some researchers argue that standard time is better for the body. But others say it's the constant switching that causes the most accidents."
"I, for one, am in favour of stopping changing, regardless of what our governments decide to adopt as time."
An American study found that "28 fatal accidents could be prevented yearly if the DST transition was abolished."
In November 2020, Premier Legault said that his government doesn't "expect to change" anything anytime soon when it comes to the twice-yearly time change, but was "looking at the different scenarios."
While there's a myriad of possible reasons as to why Trudeau is ahead in the province, his handling of the pandemic could be the biggest. Among the Quebecers polled, 46% believed that health care is the most pressing issue in the upcoming election and 53% said the current prime minister "has performed well on pandemic management."
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"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.