Hamilton DayStarter: Everything you need to know Thursday

Happy Thursday! One day closer to the long weekend! All set for the Thanksgiving weekend? Plus, a must-watch video in today's Daystarter. Truely inspiring words from a 16-year-old. Check it out.

Good morning!

Some major problems on local highways this might: all westbound 403 lanes at Aberdeen, as well as both on-ramps are CLOSED because of a fatal collision. OPP anticipates a two to three hour closure.

If you're travelling eastbound, there was also a collision around 8:20 a.m. on the 403 between Highway 6 and the LINC. The two cars involved there have moved to the right shoulder.

Breaking news this morning: Canadian short-story author Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize for Literature. She is the first Canadian to ever win this prize and the 13th woman. And – she's 82-years-old. That's phenomenal. A proud moment for Canadians.

Here's another phenomenal female. One year ago yesterday, Malala Yousafsai was shot by the Taliban. She survived and has been using the voice the Taliban tried to take away from her to advocate for education for women and girls. She did a round a media interviews, including one with CBC's Anna Maria Tremonti, but also appeared on the Daily Show last night with Jon Stewart. Watch this video. It is a must. It proves every single person on the planet can learn something from Malala.

The 16-year-old is a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize tomorrow.

And tonight is a big night for the local business community. Lion's Lair, the Dragon's Den-style competition for small Hamilton businesses, ends with a gala tonight. We'll find out who our local lions think is worth of the $100,000 prize in services to kick-start the business. CBC Hamilton will be there to let you know who takes top spot.

Today is World Homeless Day. A staggering figure – about 100 million people worldwide live without a roof over their heads. Be kind to everyone and anyone you see on the streets.

All westbound lanes and both on-ramps to the 403 at Aberdeen Ave. are closed for a collision investigation. A fatal motorcycle accident happened around 8:00 a.m. this morning.

There was also a

All clear on HSR and GO Transit this morning. No issues on Hamilton roads.

If you're heading towards Milton, there are reports of fog so keep your headlights on and drive carefully.

Check out the map below for the major construction projects happening around the city that might slow you down on your commute today.

It's pretty warm outside for your walk to work this fall morning. 11 C at 8:00 a.m. Going up to a high of 20 C later today.

Clear skies tonight and a low of 9 C.

Friday will be much of the same – a high of 19 C and sunny tomorrow.

City council was in session last night. Good news for the staff at St. Leonard's halfway house downtown. After a three year battle with the city to upgrade their facility, councillors okayed their renovation plan.

And a strong message from Ward 4 councillor Sam Merulla to Ontario's premier. Merulla called Kathleen Wynne "a liar" for implying that provincial uploading has left municipalities with extra cash in their pocket.

Have you ever dropped a tag? The city wants to know about your graffiti habits. Hamilton is starting a campaign to remove unwanted graffiti and has started an anonymous online survey geared at youth aged 12-20. Tell us what you think about the city's graffiti – art or annoyance? Tweet @CBCHamilton with your thoughts.

Rob Porter caught these Canada Geese flying as the sun sets in Dundas near the Rock Chapel. Lovely shot.

My favourite online videos have always been (and will always be) funny things that happen on news programs. This one might just take the cake... errr, cookie.

Really cool initiative starting tonight for local foodies. The first Pop-Up Dining Experience is happening tonight. A local chef will cater to a group of Hamiltonians in an un-traditional location. That location is revealed at the very last minute. Tickets are $85 for food and wine.


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