Happy Tuesday, Hamilton! It's 3 C at 8 a.m. today, so grab a jacket (and maybe a sweater and scarf... perhaps light mitts, too). We're going up to a high of 19 C later today and sunny.
The big Canadian story today is the homegrown deal on hand for Fairfax consortium to take over Blackberry, just days after the Waterloo-based tech company said it would cut 4,500 jobs. The deal isn't set in stone – it buys Blackberry some time to consider other deals. Details here.
Twenty-five years ago today, Canadian Ben Johnson set a world record at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, running the 100-metres in 9.79 seconds. Days later, he tested positive for steroids. Remember that moment here.
Today in Hamilton history: the Canadian Chess Federation of Canada, the highest ranking chess organization in the country was founded in Hamilton in 1872. Chess fan? Check out the documentary Brooklyn Castle.
And it's National Organic Week! Visit a local farmer's market to get some local, organic produce. The downtown farmer's market is open 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. today. Here's a handy list of openings for the remainder of the week.
All clear on Hamilton roads this morning, and no HSR delays.
On the commuter highways, reports of big delays on the 403 heading out of Ancaster after a collision. 9:00 a.m.
A multi-car collision at the Linc at Upper James is blocking the intersection, according to the OPP. 8:30 a.m.
On the QEW Fort Erie-bound before Dixie Road, a collision is blocking the middle lane 8:40 a.m.
On the GO, the 6:55 a.m. Union to Aldershot train left 10 minutes late, for folks travelling into the Hamilton area, due to a medical emergency. There might be domino-effect delays on that line later in the morning.
Take note that Upper Mount Albion Road is permanently closed for infrastructure improvements. Today, the north lanes of the Upper Mount Albion and Rymal Road intersection are closed. The city recommends drivers take Pritchard Road instead.
Here's an ongoing map of construction that might slow down your morning drive today.
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It doesn't matter if you walk, bike, take public transit or drive, it's going to be a chilly morning no matter what. Just 3 C at 8:00 a.m. this Tuesday morning. The rest of the day will be more pleasant – sunny and a high of 19 C.
Anyone out really early this morning see frost? A risk of overnight frost seems to be the norm these days. It could be that cold again overnight, with a low of 4 C.
Warmer weather expected for Wednesday. A high of 21 C and sunny tomorrow.
At a public school board meeting last night, trustees said they have to build a new north-end high school by September 2016 but can't decide where to put it.
After a lengthy debate Monday night, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustees were still unable to settle on a location. The decision was down to two properties – Scott Park, and the current home of Parkview and King George schools.
Reporter Samantha Craggs report here.
Last night, the Montreal post-rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor won the Polaris Prize, Canada's top prize for best album of the year, for Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!. The band said they'll give their $30,000 prize to support music education in Quebec prisons. Hamilton folk duo, Whitehorse, was a runner-up. Give Godspeed a listen here.
The Immigrant Women's Centre in Hamilton is celebrating 25 years in operation this week. Today, they're holding open houses from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Check out locations here.