As many are well aware, Canada spent much of its time converting from the imperial system of measurement to the metric system in the 1970s and as the 1970s drew to a close, the final stages of metric conversion were being emblazoned onto the minds of Canadians with the temperature recordings changing from Fahrenheit to Celsius, yards to metres, pounds to kilograms, etc. Like a foreign language being introduced said so many Seniors. Very difficult to understand, said others.
And here we are in 2012, finally able to fit the last piece to the puzzle: Metric Time. Simply put, as with other metric measurements of things like distance and weight, Metric Time utilizes a simple base 10 system. Similar to the imperial time utilized in the United States (60 seconds to the minute, 60 minutes to the hour, 24 hours to the day), metric time is calculated within a base-10 framework.
So, we will now have
100 seconds to the minute,
100 minutes to the hour and
20 hours (or two 10 hour periods) to the day.
When the nation has finally adapted, the week will change from 7 days to 10 days and will be known as a `dekade`.
Personally, I think we should make all the changes all at once!
Though this has caused some concern with American tourists, metric time is very simple to use and is not cumbersome in its calculations as the older "imperial" time is.
Metric Time is to finally come into effect and begin on JUNE 1st, 2012.
It is ABOUT TIME!!!