TGIF! And happy November! To those who are ready to bust out the Christmas music, please wait a few weeks for everyone's sake. There is lots of time.

Speaking of time... don't forget to turn your clocks back this weekend! We fall back at 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

A traffic note: the Sherman Cut is OPEN for traffic this morning, so all those who have been taking a different route can return to their old routine.

CBC Hamilton hopes everyone had a safe and fun Halloween night yesterday! Tweet your trick or treat photos to us at @CBCHamilton.

Did you know that today in Hamilton history a statue of John A. MacDonald was unveiled. The year was 1893. Hamilton was the first city in Canada to erect a statue of our first Prime Minister

Nov. 1 is Random Act of Kindness Day. Do something nice for someone you don't know.

DayStarter Commute

No issues on public transit to report: all running smoothly on HSR and GO Transit around the GTHA.

On the roads, the LINC and 403 are moving along now at 8:45 a.m. The Jolley Cut down into the lower city the still moving slowly.

A portion of Wentworth Street North will close from Wednesday to Friday for CN track repairs. Wentworth from Burlington to Brant streets will shut down, and cause the 12-Wentworth HSR bus to detour.

For tomorrow, Dundurn Street form King to York will be closed for sewer repair starting at 7 a.m. The public works department is expecting all work to be done by 4 p.m.

Tomorrow and the following Saturday Nov. 9, James North from York Blvd. to Cannon Street is closed for sewer work as well. The closures will last from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Here is a map of the on-going construction projects around the city that might slow down your commute today.


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DayStarter weather

Hamilton is the windy city this morning. Environment Canada says we'll have high gusting winds for most of the morning.

Double-digit temperatures to start the day. 13 C for your walk to work this morning, but that will drop to 9 C later in the day so make sure to bring an extra layer with you.

Tonight, a chance of showers and a low of 7 C.

Here's your weekend weather: showers early Saturday morning and a high of 10 C, falling to 5 C later in the afternoon.

On Sunday, Hamilton Marathon runners are in for a chilly one. A high of just 4 C, but there will be sunshine.

DayStarter City News

Firefighters are still on scene right now at a commercial building at 1705 Main Street West in west Hamilton tending to an overnight fire. It started at about 2:15 a.m. and resulted in a partial roof collapse. The fire department is reporting no injuries and about $500,000 worth of damage. Stay tuned to CBC Hamilton for more details on this story.

A Hamilton councillor is calling for a referendum to ask Hamiltonians if they are in favour of adding fluoride to the water supply. It's a polarizing issue that coun. Brad Clark thinks should be left up to the people of the city. Ontario’s chief medical officer of health says that fluoride combats tooth decay, and especially helps people with low incomes. But other municipalities have debated its safety and usefulness.

The Downtown Mosque has a bit more time to raise the funds they need for their ambitious project that will turn 221 York Blvd. into a complex with a mosque, day care, elementary school and community hall. Soil remediation on the new property is not yet complete, so Mosque officials have a few more weeks to raise the $4 million they need for the project.

Here's a list of the remaining flu clinics if you're interested in getting a flu shot this season:

Nov. 1 — Valley Park Arena and Recreation Centre gym (970 Paramount Dr., Stoney Creek), 3 to 7 p.m.
Nov. 4 — Waterdown District Secondary School cafeteria (215 Parkside Dr., Waterdown) 4 to 8 p.m.
Nov. 5 — Sackville Hill Senior Centre gym (780 Upper Wentworth St.), 2 to 6 p.m.
Nov. 6 — Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School cafeteria (127 Gray Rd., StoneyCreek), 3 to 7 p.m.
Nov. 12 — Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club gym, (45 Ellis Ave.), 2 to 6 p.m.
Nov. 13 — Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum hangar (9280 Airport Rd., Mount Hope), 2 to 6 p.m.
Nov. 14 — St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School cafeteria (200 Whitney Ave.), 3 to 7 p.m.

DayStarter Photo

Looks like Hamilton has a new police officer in the making... and he'll arrest you with cuteness. Jenn (@YouPinspireMe) tweeted this photo of Henrik, proudly dressed as a Hamilton Police officer.

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So, there is quite a bit of construction happening around Hamilton. Make sure this doesn't happen to you. Watch to the end.

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The 4th annual Parade of the Pumpkins will get underway at 6:30 p.m. tonight in Gage Park. Meet at the flag pole by the Lawrence Road parking lot.

If you're interested in sharing your ideas about the upcoming Pan Am games (Hamilton will host all the soccer), join in on a public meeting Saturday morning at 8:45 am at Michelangelo Events & Conference Centre, 1555 Upper Ottawa Street. RSVP by calling 905-546-2424, ext. 2000 and visit hamilton.ca/panam.