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Manitobans might be getting a little ahead of themselves in sharing news of a private member's bill. 

Bill 205, also known as The Official Time Amendment Act, is a bill that has been put forward in Manitoba legislature proposing an end to Daylight Saving Time (DST) across the province.

Emerson MLA Cliff Graydon put forward the bill. As with all legislative business the bill was posted to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba website.

While the bill has been sensationalized across social media and hailed as fact, in truth, the private member's bill still has yet to make it through its first reading in the Manitoba legislature. In addition, several other steps must be taken before the bill to end the annual time changes across the province can be declared an official act.

"Hopefully it will progress and become legislation but there's still a long way to go yet," Graydon shared.

The politician says he hopes to see the bill pass and be implemented as soon as fall 2019, to prevent undergoing another cycle of time changes.

"It's very disruptive to a lot of people's lives and there's a lot of negative impact because of it," Graydon said, citing health concerns in particular that he says have been found to be caused by shifting the clocks. "There's depression and there's [sic] heart attacks, that's what studies have found, [and] accident rates increase."

Graydon also put forward the claim that increased accidents on the road can indicate increased accidents in the workplace as a result of altered sleep cycles.

So far, mixed reactions have greeted Graydon's proposed bill, with people weighing in as both heavily for and against the proposal to remain on standard time.

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