Hamilton DayStarter: Everything you need to know Wednesday

Here's your traffic, weather and news for Wednesday, Feb. 12.
The CBC Weather Centre has provide the above forecast for Hamilton for Wednesday. (CBC)

A major collision had closed the 403 Toronto-bound on Wednesday morning, but the left lane has since reopened. The crash, which resulted in a fuel spill on the highway, is causing major delays on routes leading east out of downtown. Use other routes.  

Here’s what the OPP are reporting on highways around Hamilton and heading towards Toronto:

  • Hwy 6 southbound ramp to Hwy 403 WB, Burlington: Disabled tractor trailer blocking the right lane — 10:28 a.m. 
  • Hwy 403 westbound at Waterdown Rd, Burlington: two-vehicle collision blocking the left lane, no injuries —9:45 a.m.
  • QEW Toronto-bound on the upside of the Burlington Skyway, Hamilton: three-vehicle collision blocking the left lane, 9:30 p.m.
  • Hwy 403 EB at King St., Hamilton: two-vehicle collision blocking the centre lane, no injuries —8:15 a.m. 
  • Hwy 403 eastbound at Waterdown Rd., Burlington: multi-vehicle crash — 6:40 a.m.

The 403 crash at Waterdown Road is causing delays for GO buses leaving the city, but trains are not affected. 

At 7 a.m., temperatures had fallen to a crisp –20 C and felt like –26 with the wind chill. Things are set to warm up slightly on Wednesday after a chilly early morning. Sunny skies and a high of –6 C, with an overnight low of –14, are in the forecast. 

A mix of sun and cloud and a high of –4 C are expected for Thursday, while a 60 per cent chance of flurries is in the forecast for Friday. 

The city is cutting down thousands of healthy ash trees over the next decade because of the onslaught of emerald ash borer. That means a lot of free or cheap timber for craftsmen and women in the city, right? The city has turned down the request of a Hamilton furniture maker who wants to use the felled tree for rustic picture frames and sturdy chairs. Check out reporter Samantha Craggs's story to find out the reasons why

At first glance, there's not much to see. But if you look more closely, you'll spot a couple of four-legged Hamilton residents lurking during an evening stroll. 

What's more miraculous: that a camera falling from the airplane, records the whole descent and continues to run when it lands in a pig pen? Or that the footage was still viewable after spending an apparently months in the slop, as the YouTube user claims in the post? 

What is the future of local media? The Hamilton Media Guild is hosting a roundtable discussion at the Lincoln Alexander Centre (160 King St. E) on the very contentious issue. Moderated by Hamilton Spectator managing editor Jim Poling, the debate will involve contributions from the following panelists: GigaOm.com writer and former Globe and Mail journalist Matthew Ingram; urban issues blogger Ryan McGreal, of Raise the Hammer; indie radio veteran and podcaster Jamie Smith; Martinus Geleynse of Urbanicity magazine; and May-Marie Duwai-Sowa of Illuminescence e-magazine. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. The discussion starts a 7 p.m. and will be followed by a networking session. The event is free and will feature a cash bar. 

For more information, go to Hamiltonmediaguild.net