Daylight savings begins Sunday

Sleep-deprived parents, students working on a last-minute essay and couples hoping to spend a bit more time together will all be looking forward to daylight savings time, which starts this weekend. 

The Canadian Press has the story:

If time really is money, then get ready for a welcome refund.

A lot of Canadians are looking forward to Sunday, when they get to turn back the clocks to mark the end of daylight savings time and cash in on an extra hour of sleep.

And while most people agree the illusion of a few precious bonus minutes is a welcome respite in a world where time always seems to be slipping away, they seem thoroughly divided over how they would spend some genuinely spare time.

To mark the end of daylight savings time, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and FedEx Express Canada commissioned pollster Angus Reid to ask a group of Canadians what they would do with an extra hour of time every week.

One quarter of just over 1,000 respondents to the online poll said they would spend the time with family and friends, while another 24 per cent said they would get caught up on household errands. Some 22 per cent said they'd catch up on their sleep.

About 14 per cent said they would use the extra hour to workout, and six per cent would devote it to personal hobbies. Only five per cent said they'd get involved in community service. And perhaps not surprisingly, the smallest number of respondents _ three per cent _ said they would spend the time working.

The non-random nature of online polling makes it impossible to determine statistically just how accurately the results reflect the opinions of the population at large.

The survey results are hardly surprising, considering the demands Canadians have on their time these days, said Big Brothers Big Sisters chief executive Bruce MacDonald. But community service can have just as therapeutic an effect as down time, he added.

"They want to spend time with family, they want to exercise, they want to sleep ... (it's) really about some things for themselves,'' Macdonald said.

"In that context, we wanted to be able to say that, actually, volunteering is one of those things that can be a form of renewal and refreshment for individuals.''

The agency, known around the world for linking deserving kids with volunteer adults who serve as part-time mentors, posted a similar question on its Facebook page, asking visitors to describe how they might change the world in an hour.

"I'd invite all my friends and family over for a party,'' wrote one.

Others encouraged more serious pursuits.

"I would gather as many people in the world as possible and spend an hour empowering them to make a difference going forward,'' read one.

Daylight savings time formally ends at 2 a.m. Sunday across most of Canada, except in Saskatchewan.

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