It’s a glorious and sunny summer morning Hamilton, right before a (sort of) long weekend. Smile — life looks pretty good this morning.

It looks especially good if you’re a kid getting off school for the summer. Parents, brace yourself.

If you’re looking to get gas, the cheapest price in the area is the Costco at 100 Legend Court near Golf Links Road in Ancaster.

There are lots of new movies opening this weekend, like the new Transformers movie (which isn’t getting great reviews, but likely is fine if you just want to see robots beat up on each other) and Chris Evans’ new movie Snowpiercer, about a failed global warming experiment.

DayStarter Commute

The Hamilton 7:15 a.m. to Union Station 8:32 a.m. train is delayed over 11 minutes this morning because of signal problems.

No delays reported on area go buses, but expect delays heading into Toronto because of bottleneck traffic on the Gardiner Expressway.

Here are the issues police are reporting:

  • QEW Toronto bound at Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga: Minor injuries. Right lane blocked. 7:04 a.m.
  • York Blvd ramp to Hwy 403 EB, Hamilton: Ramp will remain closed until approximately 2 p.m. today. 6:30 a.m.

DayStarter weather

Today’s forecast is sunny, but becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 27 C except 23 C near Lake Ontario. UV index 9 or very high.

Tonight’s forecast is for a few clouds and a low of 17 C.

Saturday should be mainly sunny with a high of 30 C.

DayStarter Photo

Today’s photo comes courtesy of Jocelyn Lee:

DayStarter City News

The city is spending about $200,000 to retrofit a brand new community arts space in downtown Hamilton, even though it has never been used and was built to the city’s own original specifications.

The city-owned housing agency's adaptive reuse project at 95 King St. E was highly touted during its restoration — but the city couldn't find a tenant to run the bottom floor arts space before the original construction project was complete. Now it has a tenant, but they want an entirely different space — and that lack of focus in the planning stages has forced the city into the costly retrofit.

The additional costs were only ever discussed in closed-door, in-camera board meetings and never made public.

And a fleet of local cycling enthusiasts will be used to gather street level pollution data for Canada's first-of-its-kind air monitoring initiative.

Environment Hamilton officially launched its Bicycling Air Monitoring program (BAM!) Thursday at city hall, announcing plans to use volunteers from the local cycling community rig their bikes with air quality monitors and a GPS unit.

DayStarter internet

If Game of Thrones was shot in the 80s, it would have to be really close to this (no spoilers!):