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  Weekly Feature (March 4, 2007)

Daylight Saving Time:
Important Changes


Spring forward; fall back. These words help people remember how Daylight Saving Time affects their clocks.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour next Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 a.m.

New for 2007

Beginning this spring, Daylight Saving Time will take place at 2:00 a.m. on March 11, the second Sunday in March. Also, for the first time, Daylight Saving Time will end in the fall on November 4, the first Sunday in November.

Before 2007, Daylight Saving Time in most of Canada was observed between the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October.

Why do we change our clocks to Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight Saving Time maximizes the number of daylight hours when people are awake. As a result, we can conserve energy. For example, people use less electricity to light their homes when there are more daylight hours.

Facts about Daylight Saving Time:


The 2007 Daylight Saving Time changes began with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 in the United States.


Some areas of Canada do not observe Daylight Saving Time.


Many countries do not observe Daylight Saving Time.


The official spelling is Daylight Saving Time, NOT Daylight Savings Time, as commonly spoken


Benjamin Franklin first suggested the idea of Daylight Saving Time in the 1770s.


In 1907, William Willett from England was the first person to seriously recommend Daylight Saving Time.


Germany was the first country to save daylight time in order to conserve energy. Then, Britain started “Summer Time” in 1916. Other parts of Europe, Canada and the U.S. instituted Daylight Saving Time during World War 1.

Check the following Websites to read more about Daylight Saving Time:

Canada Time Zones

Daylight Saving Time in Canada

History of Daylight Saving Time

More History of Daylight Saving Time

The Effects of Daylight Saving Time

The National Research Council of Canada and Changes in 2007



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