Good morning, Hamilton – and happy Earth Day.

Each year, Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. According to the movement’s website, over one billion people in 192 countries are marking the day and taking action to protect the environment.

This year, Earth Day Network is focusing on “Green Cities” – and talking about a transition to a sustainable future through efficiency upgrades, investment in renewable energy, and regulation reform. You can learn more on the Earth Day website.

The Queen Street Hill will be closed from 10 a.m. to noon because a small rockslide on the hill from last week has Hamilton Public Works conducting a site inspection Tuesday.

Construction is also set to resume today on Queensdale Avenue from East 24th Street to Upper Sherman Avenue.

DayStarter Commute

GO Transit isn’t reporting any substantial delays on bus or train lines this morning connecting to Hamilton. The Union Station 7:13 a.m. to Aldershot GO 8:16 a.m. train is delayed by just under seven minutes.

Here are the issues police are reporting for Hamilton area roads this morning:

  • QEW Toronto bound at Bronte Rd, Oakville: two vehicle collision blocking the left lane, no injuries, tow truck at scene 8:42 a.m.
  • A vehicle collision on Trinity Church Road and Rymal Road East. 8:19 a.m.
  • Traffic on Carson Drive. 8:08 a.m.
  • Traffic slowdowns on Barton Street East and Centennial Parkway North. 7:28 a.m.

DayStarter weather

It’s a damp one out there this morning. Showers are set to end this morning then a mix of sun and cloud for the rest of the day. Winds will be coming out of the southwest at 20 km/h becoming northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 km/h. Today’s high is 14 C.

Tonight’s forecast is mainly cloudy with a 60 percent chance of showers and a low of 2 C. We should see sunny skies Wednesday and a high of 11 C.

DayStarter Photo

Now that all that ice has melted, we get treated to this great shot of Albion Falls from Twitter user Drake White:

DayStarter City News

Back in October, Hamilton became the first city in Canada to move towards putting auto-injectors — more commonly known as EpiPens — in every restaurant in the city. At Tuesday’s board of health meeting councillors will discuss rolling out the program in two Hamilton malls.

There’s also a Pan Am games committee presentation slated for today’s public works meeting. You can follow along with both meetings with reporter Samantha Craggs on Twitter.

DayStarter internet

Here's some ultra slow motion video of people holding fire — a trick performed with butane and soap water: