It's a chilly Tuesday in Hamilton, -1 C to start your day.

To plan your commute this morning and for the rest of the week, the Sherman Cut is closed until 6 a.m. Friday for repair. East and westbound lanes on the Sherman Access will remain open.

Here's what to watch in the news today: Mike Duffy dropped another bombshell in the Senate yesterday, alleging there were two cheques arranged for him by former chief of staff Nigel Wright, totalling to over a million dollars. This story will continue to play out as the senate meets again starting at 9 a.m. Here's a timeline outlining the series of events in this ever-interesting story.

In Hamilton, the north-end will get a new high school... and a parking lot.

DayStarter Commute

All is running smoothly on public transit, both on HSR and GO Transit into the GTA.

Traffic is still slower than normal at 8:40 a.m. westbound on King Street East from John to Dundurn streets, according to Google Traffic, as well as along Concession Street and down the Jolley Cut into the lower city.

No collisions to report on local highways this morning.

Two collisions on Hamilton roads so far: one at North Service Road and Centennial Parkway and another on Nash Road.

A reminder that the Sherman Cut is closed until Friday at 6:00 a.m. for bridge construction. East and westbound access will remain open.

A portion of Wentworth Street North will close from Wednesday to Friday for CN track repairs. Wentworth from Burlington to Brant streets will shut down, and cause the 12-Wentworth HSR bus to detour.

Here's a map of ongoing construction projects that might slow your commute down this morning.

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DayStarter weather

The overnight frost warning has yet to be lifted. It's just -1 C early this morning. A chilly day ahead with a high of just 7 C.

Overnight, we'll stick with degrees in the pluses; 3 C is the low this evening.

We'll see a warm-up later in the week (and in time for Halloween). 12 C and sunny on Wednesday.

DayStarter City News

Hamilton's north-end will get a new school... and a brand new parking lot. Public school board trustees voted last night at a board meeting to go forward with the proposal to build a new school on the King George and Parkview school site and expropriate nearby Scott Park property for the parking lot.

Projected costs are $31.8 million to build the school, $4 million to build the parking lot, and an unknown amount to expropriate Scott Park (which the board sold nine years ago for $650,000).

Launching today is a new initiative to connect local farmers with student nutrition programs around the city. Tastebuds will be offered at seven local schools.

The city's transit-only lane on King Street East is a week into operation, to mixed reviews with some noting significant commuting delays. What are your thoughts? Share with us via email at

Flu season is coming up and if you'd like to get a shot, the city is offering clinics over the next few weeks. Here's the list:

Oct. 30 — Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School cafeteria (100 Panabaker Dr,
Ancaster) 3 to 7 p.m.
Oct. 31 — Jackson Square (Between Hamilton Farmers' Market and Denninger's),12 to 4 p.m.
Nov. 1 — Valley Park Arena and Recreation Centre gym (970 Paramount Dr., Stoney Creek), 3 to 7 p.m.
Nov. 4 — Waterdown District Secondary School cafeteria (215 Parkside Dr., Waterdown) 4 to 8 p.m.
Nov. 5 — Sackville Hill Senior Centre gym (780 Upper Wentworth St.), 2 to 6 p.m.
Nov. 6 — Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School cafeteria (127 Gray Rd., StoneyCreek), 3 to 7 p.m.
Nov. 12 — Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club gym, (45 Ellis Ave.), 2 to 6 p.m.
Nov. 13 — Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum hangar (9280 Airport Rd., Mount Hope), 2 to 6 p.m.
Nov. 14 — St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School cafeteria (200 Whitney Ave.), 3 to 7 p.m.

DayStarter internet

Halloween is two days away. If you're scrambling to find a clever, cool costume that will impress, take a cue from this Dad. This dad is awesome.

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A good concert on a Tuesday is just the right way to keep your week moving along. If you need a fix of good tunes, head to the Casbah to see Hannah Georges, a talented B.C. songstress. Trust me, you won't be disappointed. She plays quite the show. Doors at 8 p.m.