U.S. moves to extend daylight timeLast Updated Wed, 20 Jul 2005 08:21:26 EDT
Canada could be left out in the dark unless it follows an American plan to extend daylight time by two months.
The U.S. Congress on Tuesday adopted the provision, which is part of a sweeping new energy plan. It would mean people would turn their clocks forward one hour on the first weekend of March and "fall back" on the final weekend in November.
Currently in Canada and the U.S., daylight time runs from April through October. The exception is Saskatchewan, which keeps its clocks the same throughout the year.
Congress believes the extension would trim energy costs by cutting the need for artificial light in the evenings.
The change, due to take effect this autumn if approved by U.S. President George W. Bush, could cause headaches for Canadians during March and November, the two months the two countries would be out of sync.
Television and travel schedules could be affected, while the change could also mean implications for business operations between the two countries.
Canadian critics of the adjustment argue children will be walking to school in darkness while drivers may face increased morning black ice, which hasn't melted in the sun.