Bob Aaron in Legal
Daylight saving time starts tomorrow morning and, for me, it can’t come soon enough. It will still be daylight well after 7 p.m. and, come June, the sun will still be with us until after 9 p.m.
This weekend’s switch to daylight saving time is the first since the passage this past December of the Hawkins Gignac Act (Carbon Monoxide Safety), 2013. When the legislation received royal assent, it marked the end of a five-year campaign by Progressive Conservative MPP Ernie Hardeman (Oxford).
The legislation was introduced as a private member’s bill following the December, 2008 deaths of a Woodstock family — OPP officer Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and their two children, 14-year-old Cassandra and 12-year-old Jordan. The family died as a result of a slow buildup of carbon monoxide (CO) due to a blocked chimney associated with a gas fireplace.
Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless and tasteless gas that is a byproduct of the combustion of natural gas, propane, home heating oil or wood. It can cause death with prolonged exposure, typically when a heating source malfunctions or isn’t properly ventilated. And because it has no smell, victims lose consciousness without being aware of its presence. It can overtake people as they sleep, adding to the danger.