Hamilton DayStarter: Everything you need to know Thursday

Here is everything you need to know to get your morning going on Thursday, including news, traffic and weather.
Here's the CBC's forecast for Hamilton for Thursday. (CBC)

After Thursday’s wild news day in Toronto, don’t you feel a bit more inclined to forgive anybody from the Big Smoke who’s teased for your Steeltown address? Maybe just a little?

After all, the Ontario capital’s name is on the lips of gossip-watchers worldwide for many of the wrong reasons. Rob Ford is in hot water again after a lawsuit alleging the Toronto mayor ordered a jailhouse beating of his ex-brother-in-law was filed. Hours later, amidst of a crush of journalists and fans, embattled pop star Justin Bieber turned himself into Toronto police.

The news out of Toronto makes Hamilton look boring, orderly, even virtuous. "Hamilton the Good?" We’ll take it. 

Hamilton police aren't reporting any collisions causing delays this morning. 

And if you’re commuting into Toronto this morning, look out for:

  • Hwy 403 westbound at Main St., Hamilton: three-vehicle collision blocking the ramp lane, no injuries — 9:15 a.m.
  • Hwy 403 Toronto-bound ramp to Hwy 6 North, Hamilton: Disabled vehicle blocking lanes, tow truck on scene — 7:50 a.m.
  • QEW Toronto-bound at Fifty Road, Stoney Creek: two-vehicle collision on the shoulder, no injuries — 7:15 a.m.

The extreme cold is ending — sort of. Environment Canada expects a high of –12 C for the day. But 30 km/h winds gusting up to 50 km/h, it could still feel as cold as –27 C. A 60 per cent chance of flurries is in the forecast.

The real warm-up, relatively speaking, starts on Friday and continues into the weekend. But there is a catch: more flurries. A high of –5 and periods of snow are store in store for Saturday. And Environment Canada is calling for a high of –1 C and periods of snow on Sunday. Polish off that shovel! 

Amalgamation. It's still a hot-button issue 13-years after the current City of Hamilton took shape. Mayor Bob Bratina raised the spectre of a possible review of amalgamation recently. Reporter Samantha Craggs has written about the oft-touchy subject and tensions that exist between residents in different parts of the city

Hamilton photographer, web designer and purveyor of solid Twitter snark Dan Jelly snapped this nautical-themed gem:

Much of Canada is reeling from — or revelling in — the news about Justin Bieber surrendering himself to police in Toronto on Wednesday night. He faces an assault charge in connection with a December attack on a Hogtown limo driver.

The ordeal makes one nostalgic for Bieber’s squeaky, earnest, clean-cut former self. Here’s a video that hearkens back to those more innocent times. Nearly four years ago, the Stratford-raised pop star made a surprise visit to a three-year-old girl Cody, who loved Bieber’s music so much that she sometimes cried when she heard it. The adorable encounter was arranged by and documented on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Watching the 15-year-old people pick up the little girl in such a big-brotherly manner and give the youngster a twirl, it’s hard not ask yourself, “What the heck happened?” 

McMaster scientist Hendrik Poinar has been plumbing the depths of the ancient world for its secrets for years, and on Thursday afternoon, he’ll be at CBC Hamilton for a live chat to take your questions.

Poinar is an evolutionary biologist — which means he studies the nature of how humans got here and where we’re going. He happily admits his childhood dream was to travel the world and travel back in time.

On Monday, McMaster announced that scientists had an answer — that two devastating plagues that decimated much of Europe hundreds of years ago were actually caused by distinct strains of the same pathogen.

Poinar will be taking your questions about that research, as well as some fascinating research about reviving extinct species like the woolly mammoth.

Visit CBC Hamilton at 2:15 p.m. EST to chat live with Poinar and ask him your questions.