Clocks spring ahead one hour this weekend in most parts of Canada


TORONTO – Canadians who are already sleep deprived will lose an hour of shuteye this weekend as most parts of the country switch from standard time to daylight saving time.

Before going to bed Saturday night, turn your clocks and watches ahead one hour.

The major Canadian exception is most of Saskatchewan, which remains on standard time year-round. The return to standard time will occur on Nov. 2.

A 1996 study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported an eight per cent increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents on the Monday after the time change.

Sleep experts were quick to blame the rise in accidents on sleepy drivers.

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Clocks spring ahead one hour this weekend in most parts of Canada

  1. Cue the grumbling. The problem as I see it is not Daylight Savings Time, but so-called Standard Time. It is no longer “standard” at all, as it is only with us for four months out of the year. DST is the new standard. Hopefully we will come to our senses and simply pass legislation getting rid of standard time altogether, and keeping DST all year round. Why do we change our clocks for a stinkin’ 4 months? The energy savings can’t be that significant. My worst fear is that we do the opposite, and keep standard time all year round. I don’t need the sun setting at 8:00 p.m. in June, as it would here in Ottawa without DST.

    It is always baffling to me that they take away an hour of daylight in the evening right when we need it most – when the days are shortening in the fall. Now before someone lectures me that we aren’t actually taking away any daylight, I’ve got you covered. I know that. Everyone knows that. But that doesn’t change the perception when I get home from work at 5:30 pm after the November clock change and it’s pitch black outside. We’d be better just leaving DST year round. Most people would vastly prefer the “extra” hour of light in the evening.

    • Not sure where the double-spacing came from, but it’s annoying. And no edit button.

      • Thanks, Ranter – we’ve flagged the double spacing issue.

    • hmmmm…. makes sense. I don’t get it either.