Clocks ahead on Mar. 11 

Time change means an hour of lost sleep

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Prepare to lose an hour of sleep as the clocks jump ahead one hour at 2 a.m. as Daylight Savings Time begins.

If you wake up at 8 a.m. on Sunday keep in mind that it's actually 9 a.m. If you set your clock back the night before, prepare to wake up in darkness once again. If you're planning on jogging after work, you'll have an extra hour of daylight in which to do it. On Mar. 11, sunrise is 7:33 a.m. and sunset at 7:11 p.m.

Daylight Savings Time (DST) was first conceived by American inventor Benjamin Franklin in 1784, but wasn't officially proposed until 111 years later by George Hudson. It wasn't used until World War I.

Though it's sometimes blamed on farmers, the idea was to create more hours in the evening after working hours and reduce electricity usage. As a further energy saving measure, the implementation of DST was changed in 2008 in the Pacific Time Zone with DST kicking in three weeks earlier and finishing a week later.

DST is practiced around the world, but the practice differs from jurisdiction to jurisdiction — even within British Columbia. In the Peace River Regional District and East Kootenay Region, for example, most towns are on Mountain Time rather than Pacific Time and don't observe DST.


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