Hamilton DayStarter: Everything you need to know Friday

Happy Friday, Hamilton! It's a chilly morning at just 1 C. On the news deck today, more from the Senate and the dismantling of a cocaine importing ring in Hamilton.

It's just 1 C (gasp!) this Friday morning in Hamilton. Welcome, chilly weather. Arm yourself with am umbrella – we'll have some rain today.

The news story of the day remains the Senate expense-turned-suspension scandal. Senators were in session until nearly midnight last night and will spend a rare Friday in session again today. Senate will vote (eventually) on whether or not to suspend without pay Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau. CBC's top political reporters and correspondents will be on hand for a live chat at 2 p.m. to answer your questions about the events that unraveled this week. Log onto cbc.ca to participate.

A known face in Canadian sports is heading for Hamilton. Hurdler and Olympic medalist Perdita Felicien retired from competition yesterday, and she's already got her next gig lined up. Felicien, who recently earned a post-grad degree in broadcast journalism at Seneca College, will start as a videographer at CHCH TV in November.

Fact of the day: it was three years ago on this date that Hamilton elected Bob Bratina as mayor. The last election happened Oct. 25, 2010. And election fever is on its way again. The next municipal election is scheduled for Oct. 27, 2014.

No issues on the GO or HSR this morning, but a few collisions on the roads and local highways.

OPP is reporting a collision in the roundabout where Highways 8 and 5 meet in Flamborough. 7:00 a.m.

On Hamilton roads, two collisions around 8:30 a.m. to tell you about: Garrow Drive and Garth Street and at White Church Road East and Miles Road.

Two collisions just after 7:00 a.m.: Melrose Avenue North and Cannon Street East and at King Street East and Greenhill Avenue.

Starting Monday, the Sherman Cut will be closed for bridge repair. The closure will last all week, until next Friday, Nov. 1 at 6:00 a.m. so plan your route accordingly. East and westbound lanes on the Sherman Access will be open during construction.

Here's a map of ongoing construction around the city that might stunt your commute.

A plain cold morning to end your work week today. Just 1 C at 8 a.m. for your commute to work. When I say bundle up, I mean it.

A high of 8 C today and a 40 per cent chance of showers this afternoon and into this evening. A low of 4 C overnight.

Here's your weekend weather: A high of 7 C and rainy on Saturday. Cloudy and a high of 8 C on Sunday.

Not great weather. Think about indoor activities for the weekend.

RCMP arrested four Hamiltonians yesterday accused of importing and trafficking South American cocaine in the Greater Hamilton Area. Three men and one woman were taken into custody yesterday. RCMP inspector Todd Gilmore said the team employed couriers to smuggle the product into Hamilton, using false pockets in luggage or in aerosol cans. Police seized 5 kilos of cocaine, but Gilmore said more product is on the streets. The accused are expected in court today.

If you're interested in local school closures and what the school board is doing with the properties, give a new blog post on Raise the Hammer a read.

Here's an adorable video for a soon-to-be rainy Friday. This cat is having a great time trying to catch.... the windshield wipers.

If you want a look into your future, check out the Psychic Expo starting tonight at the Hamilton Convention Centre and running all weekend.

For more family friendly event, the annual Hamilton Mum Show begins today at the Gage Park Greenhouse. It runs until Nov. 3.

The Great Pumpkin Trail is on tonight at the RBG. Walk along jack-o-lantern-lined trails and enjoy some warm fall beverages tonight. The walk runs at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 tonight.


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