Daylight saving time ends in Canada on Sunday, November 3: Clocks go back one hour

Daylight Saving Time: How the time change affects your internal clock
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On Sunday, November 3, daylight saving time officially ends in Canada for 2013.

Clocks will ‘fall back’one hour at 2 a.m.

Not everyone in Canada observes daylight saving time however.

Most of Saskatchewan, except for Lloydminster, do not observe daylight saving time, as it observes central standard time year-round.

Most British Columbians do set their clocks forward and back each year, except for areas of the Peace River Region and the East Kootenay Region.

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Pickle Lake, New Osnaburgh, and Atikokan are the only communities in Ontario who do not observe daylight saving time, because they are on central standard time all year long.

Parts of Nunavut and Quebec also do not observe daylight saving time.

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In British Columbia, ICBC warns drivers every year about the dangers of the time change. They say they notice drivers can have poorer concentration, can be less alert behind the wheel, and have a slower reaction time to potential hazards.

“There is a 10 per cent increase in the average number of crashes in the Lower Mainland during the late afternoon commute in the two weeks following the end of DST compared to the two weeks prior to the change,” said Dr. John Vavrik in 2012, a psychologist with ICBC. “We see this crash rate increase slightly outside of the Lower Mainland, where road conditions can become more challenging earlier in the season.”

An ICBC survey found that while the fall time change means we get an extra hour of sleep, about 30 per cent of drivers overcompensate for that hour by staying up later and therefore losing any benefit.

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