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  Weekly Feature: (May 3, 2003)


Daylight Saving Time
Carey's Weekly Feature


Daylight Saving Time begins for most of Canada on the first Sunday of April. At 2 a.m. we set our clocks forward one hour ahead of standard time. Time reverts to standard time on the last Sunday of October when at 2 a.m. we set our clock back one hour and thus returning to standard time.

The phrase “spring forward, fall back” helps people remember how Daylight Saving time affects their clocks.

This year (2004) Daylight Saving Time will begin April 4. This day will only have 23 hours—the hour from 02:00:00 to 03:00:00 will be lost when we “spring forward."

Anyone working from midnight to 8:00 a.m. will only be on the job for seven hours, not eight and expect many people to be one hour late Sunday morning.

Although most of Canada does observe Daylight Saving Time, some areas of the county do not.

Time Zones and Daylight Saving Time (Canadian Government)

It's About Time (Article on Canada's Time Zone Anomalies)

Other facts:

• The official spelling is Daylight Saving (singular) Time, NOT Daylight Savings Time. We are saving daylight, so it is singular and not plural.

• Daylight Saving Time is also called “summer time” in many countries.

• Many countries do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

• Daylight saving time began during World War I, primarily to save fuel by reducing the need to use artificial lighting by taking advantage of the longer and later daylight hours.

• In 1918, the Canadian government legislated Daylight Savings Time.

• The earliest known reference to the idea of daylight saving time comes from a purely whimsical 1784 essay by Benjamin Franklin, called “Turkey versus Eagle, McCauley is my Beagle.”

• William Willit, a British Builder, in his pamphlet “Waste of Daylight” in 1907, was the first to seriously advocate Daylight Saving Time.

A web site with more on the history of Daylight Saving Time:
History of Daylight Saving Time

A web site to get current local times around the world:
The World Clock

An article about one of the effects of Daylight Saving Time:
The Effects of Daylight Saving Time


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