Mar 20, 2016

By Bob Sheppard

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You weren’t alone in the dark if you turned the lights off for Earth Hour last night.

The lights also went out for Justin Trudeau as the Prime Minister and his family flipped the switch at Rideau Hall Cottage from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. That’s where the Trudeaus are living until renovations are completed at the Prime Minister’s official residence at 24 Sussex Drive.

As well, people across Ontario turned off their lights and power-hungry toys and appliances to take part in Earth Hour. The annual event began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 to bring attention to climate change and other environmental issues.

According to Toronto Hydro, electricity use in the city went down by 3.2 percent during Earth Hour, the equivalent, it says, to 36-thousand homes coming off the power grid.

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