end of daylight savings 2019

Daylight saving time ends this weekend and Canadians are complaining about it again

The end of daylight saving time is fast approaching, which means the annual debate about whether or not Canada should continue to observe it is back. 

Daylight saving began on March 10 this year, and it always ends on the first Sunday in November in Canada. That means that on Sunday, November 3 at 2 a.m., clocks will be turned back one hour to 1 a.m. local standard time.

The tradition provides more light in the evening during daylight saving and more light in the mornings once it ends. 

All ten Canadian provinces and three territories officially observe daylight saving, though there are a few exceptions including most of Saskatchewan which observes central standard time year-round. 

According to the Canadian Constitution, timekeeping laws are up to the discretion of provinces and territories.

Canadians have long debated whether there's any reason to continue switching the clocks, and many have some seriously strong opinions on the matter. 

Time zones and time changes can already be confusing as they are, so many say daylight saving just further complicates things. 

They also say this is exasperated by the fact that daylight saving happens on different days in different continents. 

Many also don't like the fact that it tends to mess with people's sleep schedule. 

Not to mention the fact that it makes the days feel way shorter in the winter. 

Some feel so strongly about the matter that they've even said they'd vote for any political party that promises to end daylight saving in Canada.

On top of all that, it's been proven that workplace accidents increase around the time changes, traffic accidents see a surge, and there are even negative health impacts too. 

In light of all this, the B.C. government just announced they'll be introducing legislation tomorrow to move to permanent daylight saving time, but it'll only come into effect in 2020 or later. 

Daylight saving time in Canada will begin once again on Sunday, March 8 at 3 a.m. — unless they decide to scrap it before then. But despite the annual moans and groans, it's not looking likely. 

Lead photo by

Luc Tripolet


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