Daylight savings – let’s get rid of it

Daylight saving time in Canada begins March 13th and ends on Nov. 6, 2022.

Do we need it! Daylight Savings Time has no place in our modern world. Of 195 countries in the world, approximately 70 countries observe Daylight Saving Time in at least a portion of the country. Japan, India, and China are the only major industrialized countries that do not observe any form of daylight saving.

At 2:00am Sunday, set your clocks ahead one hour if you live in an area where the convention is still followed.

Regions that typically use daylight saving time adjust clocks forward one hour close to the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn to standard time.

In Canada, we have a little aide-memoire, “Spring ahead, Fall behind” to make it easy to remember what to do twice a year. In Canada, it is the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November.

How to set your mechanical clock(s)

  • Stop the clock and wait for the correct time, then, restart or,
  • Move the minute hand slowly clockwise to the correct time, stopping briefly for the quarter-hour on chiming clocks and the half-hour for striking clocks. If you have a movement with a rack and snail you can move the minute hand quickly through the hours as a rack and snail movement is auto correcting.
  • Do not move the minute hand backward unless the instructions that come with the clock specifically say that it is safe to do so. Otherwise damage to the movement will result. As a general rule I always advocate moving the hands forward.

The time change is a scourge, it is very wasteful and unnecessary in our modern world.


4 thoughts on “Daylight savings – let’s get rid of it

  1. Not only am I still not clear what the original purpose was (something about farming, but what’s never explained is why farmers would have cared about nominal time measurement), but whenever my wife and I try to articulate exactly what “daylight savings” IS, I swear we start to feel as if we’ve just smoked hashish, even when totally sober.

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  2. My mother never changed her clocks or the one in car. She’d always say, oh I know what the time is, I can’t be bothered making the change. Real reason is she didn’t know how to. My husband would always change the clocks whenever we arrived… drove him crazy! I finally bought her a couple that would automatically change.

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