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Daylight Saving Time ended Sunday morning

Staff writers
November 3, 2012 — Daylight Saving Time ended Sunday morning at 2 a.m. If you haven't already, don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour, and check the batteries on your home's smoke detectors.

Daylight Saving Time ended at 2 a.m. Sunday morning.
Daylight Saving Time ended at 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

Canadians are waking up this morning after hurtling back in time one hour -- sort of.

Daylight Saving Time came to an end early Sunday morning at 2 a.m., with time shifting back one hour.

It amounts to an extra hour of sleep. From now until Daylight Saving Time begins again in March, the sun will appear to rise earlier. The downside is that it will also appear to get dark earlier.

At the same time, most fire departments urge people to use the time change to check or change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

Fire Prevention Canada notes Residential property fires make up more than 40 per cent of all fires, accounting for more than 75 per cent of all fire deaths, hence the need to make sure the detectors are working.

Although the idea of Daylight Saving Time starting originated as early as the 1700s, it only began to be seriously proposed in the nineteenth century. Many countries first officially began observing it during the First World War, as a way to reduce energy use.

Canada has usually observed Daylight Saving Time at the same time as the United States.

Saskatchewan is the only province that does not turn its clocks forward or back, except for communities which either adjoin cities in neighbouring provinces or, in Lloydminster's case, are actually bisected by the provincial boundary.

Nunavut, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, on the other hand, are all home to a handful of regions or communities which do not observe Daylight Saving Time, even if the province as a whole does.

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