Turn your clocks back one hour Saturday night!
Brockville – It is that time of year again. Daylight saving time comes to and end this Sunday, November 4th.
Time to turn your clocks back one hour starting at 2 a.m. on Sunday in most of Canada as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end for this year. When you get up Sunday morning, make sure to change your clocks — and especially your alarms.
Daylight Saving Time, which begins in March every year, is a relatively recent invention: northern Ontario’s Port Arthur was the first town in Canada to start changing its clocks twice a year in 1908.
The concept was originally proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, but he’s widely thought to have been kidding. The idea came up again in the 1890s and started to pick up steam.
Germany was the first country to implement Daylight Saving Time, starting in 1916. It made the change as a way to cut back on coal costs. Daylight Saving wasn’t widely implemented in North America until 1966, when it was standardized in the U.S. through the Uniform Time Act.
Places that don’t have Daylight Saving Time and do not change time are:
Most of the province of Saskatchewan
Peace River Regional District, B.C.
Fort Nelson, B.C.
Pickle Lake, Ont.
New Osnaburgh, Ont.
Quebec’s north shore
These places aren’t that unique, either — much of the world doesn’t observe Daylight Saving Time. Most African and Asian nations don’t have it, and even the European Union is currently considering abandoning the practice. That would leave it as an almost entirely North American quirk.