A scientist makes the case against Daylight Saving Time

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Guests: Patricia Lakin-Thomas, York University professor

It is time to spring forward! Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend. Clocks shifting ahead an hour on Sunday not only may make you feel a little tired, it’s a much bigger deal than you may think. To some scientists, changing the time twice a year — which is not done in large parts of the world — is one of the world’s biggest experiments, and generally points to negative outcomes like an increase in heart attacks and traffic accidents. The problems don’t end there and thus, there are movements to abolish it. Today we speak to Patricia Lakin-Thomas, a York University biology professor who runs the Clock Lab.

Raju Mudhar is a co-host and producer on the Star’s podcast team. He is based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @rajumudhar
Many Canadians will lose an hour of sleep this weekend, but gain an hour of evening light.  Daylight Saving Time officially starts Sunday at 2 am local time.

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