Hello, Hamilton. Get through just one more day of bitterly cold temperatures and you'll find that things will warm up — sort of. The city remains under a wind chill warning on Wednesday morning, so don your gloves and hat, and don't forget that scarf. You'll be rewarded.
Hamilton police are reporting few collisions in the city on Wednesday morning:
- Westbound Highway 403 at ramp to Aberdeen Avenue: Single-vehicle collision blocking lanes — 9:35 a.m.
- Highway 6 South at Clappison's Corner: Vehicle in the left ditch, no injuries — 8:20 a.m.
And if you’re commuting into Toronto:
- Eastbound QEW at Hurontario Street, Mississauga: Two-vehicle collision block the left lane, no injuries —8:20 a.m.
- Highway 403 eastbound at Bronte Road, Oakville: Two-vehicle collision blocking the left lane, no injuries — 6:50 a.m.
A wind warning remains in effect for Hamilton on Wednesday morning. At 8 a.m., the temperature was –16 C, but with the wind chill, it felt like a bone-rattling –27 C.
Environment Canada expects a high –12 C for the day. With the wind chill, it could continue to feel as cold as –30 C.
Hamilton is set to see some relief from the extreme cold. Lows of around –6 C and a chance of flurries are in the forecast for each of Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Though it's cold outside, election season continues to heat up in Hamilton. Ward 1 councillor and mayoral candidate Brian McHattie held his official campaign launch at LIUNA Station on Tuesday evening. He received support, in different forms, from three other Hamilton councillors, including Ward 2's Jason Farr, who emceed the event.
McHattie, the first mayoral contender to register as a candidate, is seen as the standard bearer for the city's environmentalists and pro-transit advocates. However, he said he wants to reach out to voters in the suburban and rural parts of Hamilton.
“That’s why I started this campaign so early…to have the opportunity to go right across the city, having events across the city," he told supporters on Tuesday night.
Hamilton indie-pop princes the Arkells played a surprise show at The Casbah on Tuesday night. Concertgoer Steph Dubik posted this picture of the band's set list to Instagram. The song titles suggest a new album is, mercifully, "just around the corner."
These guys are to table tennis what the Harlem Globetrotters are to basketball.
Cirque du Soleil is high-flying into Copps Coliseum for the first performance of a eight-show run on Wednesday night. The Montreal-based company, known for its inventive costumes, kaleidoscopic lights shows and heart-stopping acrobatics, has brought it's Vareka show to town.
Tickets start at $59.75 each and go all the way up to $174.75. For tickets, go to Ticketmaster.ca or call the Copps Coliseum box office at (905) 546-4040.
Cirque du Soleil's Hamilton residency closes on Feb. 2.