Morning Hamilton! It’s a cool 16 C this Wednesday morning, with the edge of the weekend finally in sight. Going up to 24 C again today — someone forgot to tell the guy that controls the weather that it’s fall.

Ward 1 Coun. Brian McHattie isn’t the only person throwing his hat into the 2014 mayoral race. Former mayor Fred Eisenberger says he’ll be running and current Mayor Bob Bratina says he’s interested too.

And then there’s pot. New federal regulations for medicinal marijuana are shaking things up for local growers. Some say the new rules will force them underground.

DayStarter Commute

The OPP isn’t reporting any traffic accidents around Hamilton Highways this morning.

Hamilton police say there are a couple of vehicle collisions in the city this morning:

  • Barton Street East and Ottawa Street North, just before 6:30 a.m. No further info is available.
  • Kenilworth Avenue South just before 9 a.m. No other info is available.

Go Transit isn’t reporting any delays this morning.

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


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DayStarter weather

Hamilton’s late summer is continuing Wednesday. Today’s high is 24 C with a mix of sun and cloud. That bit of fog that you see should burn off by late morning.

There will be a slight 20 km/h breeze in Hamilton today, keeping things a little cooler. Tonight’s high is 7 C.

The sun we’ve enjoying the last little while is set to go away though — clouds and rain in the forecast for the next few days.

DayStarter City News

At today’s general issues committee, councillors will debate the much-maligned lobbyist registry and a vote on the neighbourhood action strategy.

City staffers suggest January 26, 2015 as a target date for the implementation of the registry, which would make it mandatory for individuals or groups looking to meet with councillors or staff to advance an agenda to register with the city.

This represents another delay in the establishment of a mandatory lobbyist registry, an effort that dates back to 2007.

Read our story, and follow reporter Samantha Craggs on Twitter for live updates.

DayStarter internet

We readily admit it — CBC Hamilton loves Jed the Dancing Guy. He stars in this music video for Kathy Lee, written and produced by Jessy Lanza and Jeremy Greenspan. Watch:

DayStarter check this out

It’s Wednesday, so why not check out Motown Night at Club Absinthe? Classic tunes and no cover for anyone that likes to dance at 38 King William Street.