It's Wednesday, Hamilton. You're half-way through the week!

A chilly start to the morning again today with the temperature at 8 a.m. just 8 C, so grab a sweater and scarf on the way out. It's another sunny day in the city! By afternoon, outdoors, you'll feel warm and cozy.

On your coffee break today, take a look inside the McMaster Children's Hospital. To mark its 25th anniversary, we sent a photographer inside to document the smiles and struggles in a day at the hospital.

Do you like cheese? How about burgers? Yes? Then today is your day. Sept 18 is National Cheeseburger Day, so chow down. Alright, it's an American observance, but who says we can't enjoy a good cheeseburger with our neighbours to the south?

DayStarter Commute

OPP are reporting a collision at 403 westbound at Wilson St. in Ancaster. The two left lanes are blocked. At 8:30 a.m., OPP says the left lanes will be blocked for another 45 minutes.

Another collision QEW Toronto-bound at Fifty Road in Stoney Creek. Two vehicle collision blocking the two left lanes. Ambulance is in its way. – 8:48 a.m.

On Hamilton roads, a school bus vs. mini-van at Rymal Rd. and Atessa Dr., near Upper James St. The mini-van driver and a person on the school bus were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Thanks to CBC videographer Tony Smyth for that information.

Collision Rymal Rd. Sept 18

(Tony Smyth/CBC)

Public transit and GO Transit running smoothly this morning as well.

Here's an ongoing map of construction projects around the city that might slow down your commute this morning.


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It's cardigan weather again this morning, just 8 C at 8 a.m.

The temperature will warm to 22 C this afternoon. Nice and cozy outside in the sun. A low of 12 C tonight.

Be sure to get out and enjoy the sunshine. There's a chance rain in the forecast for both Thursday and Friday.

DayStarter City News

Busy times at Hamilton city hall. At a planning meeting Tuesday, councillors rejected a proposal to build another parking garage downtown.

Councillors also decided to vote down a controversial law that would have seen landlords pay $100 per apartment to license their units, opting instead to focus more on an existing program that cracks down on derelict units.

On deck today at city hall, the general issues committee meets to discuss the future of the Children's Museum – will it relocate? – and an update on the Metrolinx investment strategy. City Hall reporter Samantha Craggs will be there. You can follow her updates on Twitter: @SamCraggsCBC

DayStarter Photo

Thanks to Rob Porter (@rgeraldporter) for this beauty of a photo today. The sunset at Princess Point. Hamilton sure is pretty.

DayStarter internet

Something to think about in Thank You, Internet today. Imagine the person next to you on your favourite coffee shop patio had a gun holstered to their belt. In some American states, the 'open carry' law allows this to happen. But now Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz is asking that patrons not bring firearms into his stores or his seating areas. He wrote an open letter to Americans with this request. Read the comments – it'll give you a true understanding of how polarized the gun debate is in the USA.

Starbucks open letter

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Live music is always the best way to get through the mid-week hump. If you're itching to get out tonight, Halifax songstress Jenn Grant is playing the Casbah tonight. Doors at 7:30 p.m.