Hamilton DayStarter: Everything you need to know Thursday

Here's everything you need to start your day on Thursday, Oct. 17.

It's October 17 and there are 75 days until the end of the year. But really, who's counting?

What's more significant is that it's Thursday, meaning there's a new Paul Wilson gem to devour. In today's piece, CBC Hamilton's resident columnist writes about a plan to move a century-plus-old Gore Park monument, one that commemorates a certain prominent figure in early Canadian history. (Don't worry — he won't be going too far.)

Speaking of being "moved" — a new study out of McMaster University suggests heterosexual women are more likely to be attracted to men with low voices. (Men with low voices tend to have larger vocal chords, giving credence to the cheeky cliché "size matters").  

Starting on Thursday, the HSR is operating detours on three Mountain bus routes to accommodate for higher traffic volumes on James Mountain Road. The affected routes (20-A Line, 33-Sanatorium and 35-College) will run detours between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. until further notice. For more information, consult this City of Hamilton notice

Hamilton police are reporting no major collisions in town during the morning commute.  

The Lakeshore West GO Train line is experiencing minor delays earlier this morning.

We have an ongoing map of construction around the city for commuters. Check it out below:

Clouds are in the forecast for much of Wednesday. Environment Canada forecasts showers starting in the afternoon and high of 14 C for the day. 

Sunny skies and a high of 14 C are in the forecast for Friday, which is expected to be the only respite Hamilton gets from clouds and rain for about the next week. 

Today, we're following up on a story that inspired water-cooler chatter — a tale of a seven-year-old boy who was barred from playing in a local hockey league because of protest his mother staged at a game last year. Reporter Kaleigh Rogers is looking into what came of his mother's bid for him to play hockey this season. 

For a wrap of the day's national and international headlines, here's the CBC AM Express with World Report host David Common.

Instagram user Mancunadian proffers a trippy take on a pastoral panaroma. 

What is about 4 a.m. that makes it such a popular time of day to reference in film, on television and in lyrics put to music? The Museum of Four in the Morning (it's really a website, not a museum) has compiled clips of nods to that moody hour. Which ones are they missing? 

October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction is using the occasion to launch its Speakers' Bureau campaign. Organizers are looking for people with firsthand experience with poverty who are open to sharing their insights about the condition in public forums. The group will train participants and offer them an honorarium. For more information, go to Hamiltonpoverty.ca.


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