It’s a grim anniversary.

On Monday, Rwandans around the world are commemorating 20 years since the beginning of the genocide in their home country that killed more than 800,000 members of the Tutsi minority and thousands of members of the Hutu majority who were sympathetic to their plight.

The killing was sparked on April 6, 1994, when the plane carrying the Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana, a Hutu. Later that night and into the early morning, military officials and armed militias began erecting roadblocks and seeking out Tutsis for retribution.

Western peacekeepers abandoned the country in the ensuing days and weeks, and the slaughter lasted more than three months.

Hamilton’s Chantal Mudahogora survived the genocide. She is returning to Rwanda this week to bury her father, whose body was found in December, almost two decades after the genocide claimed his life

DayStarter Commute

GO Transit is reporting no major delays on its trains and buses running in and out of Hamilton.

Ontario Provincial Police are reporting the following collisions on highways in the Hamilton area:

  • QEW Toronto-bound at Walkers Line, Burlington: two-vehicle collision blocking left lane, no injuries – 8 a.m.

DayStarter weather

After a relatively clear early morning, the skies over Hamilton are set to cloud over. Environment Canada says rain and high of 9 C are in the forecast for Monday afternoon, with easterly winds around 30 km/h. Expect 15 to 25 millimetres of rain in the overnight period.

The rain is set to end on Tuesday morning, but clouds and 60 per cent chance of additional showers are expected to remain. A high of 8 C is in the forecast for the day. Environment Canada says Tuesday night will be partly cloudy.  

DayStarter City News

Has this happened to you? You were certain you left your cell phone in a cab, but when you call to retrieve, the driver wouldn’t give it back unless you forked over some cash. This happened to a Hamilton woman late last year. And now, the city has revoked the driver’s taxi licence in the wake of the incident

DayStarter Photo

It's bicycle season in downtown Hamilton. Check out the colour in the pic Kiki LeFont posted to Instagram. 

DayStarter internet

Can't imagine a British soccer colour commentator narrating your awkward first day with a new love interest? Luckily, you don't have to. In the lead-up to this summer's FIFA World Cup, ESPN has put together a "cracker" of an online spot. The result is both hilarious and terrifying.