Wait. Before you step out the door, what colour shoes are you wearing? This is a serious question, because Dec. 4 (that's today) is Wear Brown Shoes Day. So go ahead and honour your brown shoes. I'm wearing brown shows (it was a complete coincidence. I didn't learn it's brown shoe day until I arrived at the office).

Two more sleeps 'til CBC's Sounds of the Season, an annual fundraiser for local food banks. Join CBC Hamilton for an open house this Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m in support of Hamilton Food Share. We'll have a silent auction, prizes and holiday cookies all day. At the lunch hour, local talents Dawn and Marra and Hamilton's bluesman Harrison Kennedy will perform for the crowd. And of course, if you're able, please bring a donation for our food banks. Volunteers will be on hand to take food and monetary donations.

Let me take a minute to introduce you to Noah. He's four and wasn't thrilled that he needed glasses. So, mom took to Facebook asking folks to help show Noah that glasses are cool. It's super adorable. A note to Noah: glasses are super cool! Love, Julia (glasses-wearer since age 6).

DayStarter Commute

If you're heading north, please be careful on the roads. They are slick because of some freezing rain overnight.

On local highways at 8:30 a.m., the Skyway Bridge is still slow Toronto-bound, as is the Linc where it meets the 403.

In town, still looking pretty good. King Street East is slow from Victoria to the 403 and Main Street is also slow from 403 to Victoria.

Here's a map of ongoing construction around the city you might run into this morning.


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DayStarter weather

It's pretty balmy outside this morning. 1 C for your walk to work, going up to a high of 6 C later today. Bring an umbrella – we're expecting some drizzle in time for our walk home from work.

It's going to feel really warm overnight with the temperature rising to 10 C by the morning. A high of 12 C and a chance of rain tomorrow.

DayStarter City News

The moral of this story is, if you buy lottery tickets, check them. Don't lose them. Hamilton's Kathryn Jones, an engineer and mother of two university students, is the winner of the mysterious unclaimed $50 million Lotto Max jackpot. When no one came forward to claim the massive prize, the OLG went to great lengths to find the winner. They even used security camera footage to verify Jones' was in fact the person who bought that ticket. What a story.

Hamilton now has one less person to represent the city at the federal level. David Braley resigned as a senator effective Nov. 30. He says he wants to enjoy life. Braley was appointed to the red chamber by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2010.

Braley brought the 2003 World Road Cycling Championship to Hamilton and has been a prominent philanthropist, donating millions to McMaster University and Hamilton Health Science.

For your world headlines, give CBC AM Express a listen, with host David Common.

DayStarter Photo

A sunny, colourful shot for a grey morning!

DayStarter internet

Oh the restless nights of London, England. Photographer Paul Richardson spent eight days cycling around London, snapping photos. His final product is this stellar timelapse. Take the two and half minutes to watch right now. But a warning: its probably going to make you want to travel there. Right now.

Restless Nights from Paul Richardson on Vimeo.

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The Hamilton-Halton Builders' Association is holding their annual toy drive tonight for City Kidz. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a president's address at 7 p.m. at SB Prime Restaurant, 390 Brant Street in Burlington.