Hamilton Traffic Cameras

There are more eyes on the streets of Hamilton then most of us realize. 68 cameras are now watching the traffic, mainly between McMaster University and the Pan Am Stadium.As Cindy Csordas reports, the city hopes to make it a smooth ride for drivers when the games attract thousands of visitors next week.Eventually there will be a camera at more than five hundred and sixty intersections in the city of Hamilton. The system is designed to ease traffic headaches.Martin White is the Traffic Operations Manager. “If it’s a stalled car we might call a tow truck or send field staff for assistance. If it’s a motor vehicle collision, we can call police. If it’s just more vehicles than anticipated, we have the ability to adjust the signal timing on the games route network using the software for ATMS.”None of the images are recorded or available to the public. “At the moment, the answer to that question is no. Lower down on the priority list is to determine access to the camera information, but until we have council approval, we don’t have permission to provide the images to people at this point in time.”He says the project wasn’t initiated by the fact the Pan Am Games are coming to town. Actually it was envisioned 10 years ago. So far the cameras have cost the city of hamilton 2.8 million dollars. Nelson Melendez, a traffic signals technologist, says the cameras are worth every penny when compared to ground sensors. “In terms of the ability the cameras have, now we can watch video, now we can control the intersection. We can collect data that we couldn’t do with the old sensors and we’re paying the same and they’re expected to last longer because they’re not in the ground.”If there’s a traffic problem in Hamilton, Pan Am visitors can expect to see messages about it along GTA highways. And long after the games are over, the cameras will help the city monitor and manage traffic flow. read more

Opposition parties question nuclear expansion scrapping

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 Ontario’s NDP energy critic wants the provincial auditor general to investigate the cost of the nuclear expansion plan scrapped last week by the governing Liberals at a cost of $180 million.Peter Tabuns says voters should know how much the government spent moving ahead with nuclear plants that weren’t needed. The Liberals say they abandoned the plans to spend billions of dollars to build two new nuclear reactors because the province doesn’t need the power.The government will, however, go ahead with the refurbishment of existing nuclear reactors at Bruce Power near Kincardine and the Darlington nuclear generating station in Clarington.The NDP say if they form the next government they would wean the province off of nuclear power. The Progressive Conservatives say they would restart building nuclear facilities. read more

Apple Fiscal 3Q Earnings Snapshot

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) _ Apple Inc. (AAPL) on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $10.04 billion.On a per-share basis, the Cupertino, California-based company said it had profit of $2.18.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.10 per share.The maker of iPhones, iPads and other products posted revenue of $53.81 billion in the period, also beating Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $53.31 billion.Apple expects full-year revenue in the range of $61 billion to $64 billion.Apple shares have climbed 32% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed 20%. In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, shares hit $208.78, an increase of nearly 10% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on AAPL at https://www.zacks.com/ap/AAPLThe Associated Press read more

Court blocks parts of FTCs antitrust win over Qualcomm

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court is temporarily protecting Qualcomm from an antitrust ruling that would have forced the mobile chipmaker to drastically change how it licenses key technology for connecting smartphones to the internet.Friday’s stay granted by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will prevent the Federal Trade Commission from enforcing key provisions of a lower court ruling that said Qualcomm abused its patents to stifle competition.As part of her decision, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ordered reforms that Qualcomm argued would have unfairly eroded its revenue and potentially given away its technological secrets. The stay will prevent that from happening while Qualcomm pursues its appeal.The FTC says it’s disappointed by the stay.The Associated Press read more

The Latest PM says Iraq territory not used in Saudi attacks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Latest on the tensions in the Persian Gulf a day after Iran-backed Yemeni rebels attacked major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local):1:15 p.m.Iraq is denying that its country was the site from where Yemeni-rebel drones were launched to attack Saudi oil installations.The statement came from Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s office on Sunday.It says Iraq would act “decisively” if anyone tried to use its territory to attack other countries.U.S. officials previously alleged at least one recent drone attack on Saudi Arabia came from Iraq, where Iran backs Shiite militias, something denied by Baghdad. Those militias in recent weeks have been targeted themselves by mysterious airstrikes, with at least one believed to have been carried out by Israel.___12:10 p.m.Iran’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed the U.S. accusation that it was behind an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure the day before, calling it part of Washington’s policy of “maximum lies.”Abbas Mousavi made the statement on Sunday.He says Washington adopted a ‘maximum pressure’ policy against Iran but because of “its failure, (the U.S.) is leaning toward ‘maximum lies’” now.Saturday’s drone attacks by Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels have halted about half of Saudi oil supplies after hitting the kingdom’s biggest oil processing facility and a major oil field.They set off huge fires and led to a suspension of “production operations” at the Abqaiq facility and the Khurais field.President Donald Trump called the Saudi crown prince after the attack, expressing U.S. support for the kingdom’s security and stability.The Associated Press read more

Health Canada says public supports strict pot packaging restrictions

OTTAWA — The federal government says the Canadian public broadly supports the tight regulations it has proposed for marijuana packaging, which will include a bright red stop sign emblazoned with a pot leaf and the letters THC.Health Canada unveiled the results Monday of a 60-day consultation around its proposed regulations, in which it emphasized a focus on reducing the appeal of marijuana to youth and preventing accidental consumption.The proposed regulations would require logos to be a single colour, with no metallic or fluorescent finishes. Packages would have to be opaque and child-resistant, with a bright yellow health warning similar to those used on tobacco products.‘Like a Yukon gold rush’: Marijuana is the new gold as former mining companies go to potExperimental pot lab sprouting cannabis-infused drinks, new ediblesBig Pharma’s first foray into cannabis arrives with Sandoz-Tilray deal“We are taking a public health approach to legalizing and regulating cannabis, and we are committed to keeping cannabis out of the hands of children and youth,” Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said in a statement.“Measures such as the packaging and labelling requirements announced today will help to achieve this goal.”Packaging would also have to describe how much active ingredient is contained in the product, including THC and cannabidiol.Cannabis legislation is currently before Parliament and none of the regulations are final until approved by legislators. Once approved, the restrictions will apply immediately to recreational marijuana, while a Health Canada official says medical marijuana packaging will be granted a six-month window to comply.The consultation received more than 3,200 online submissions and 450 written responses, as well as input from health and law enforcement experts, governments, patient advocates and industry representatives.Health Canada also proposed two new categories of small-scale producers — micro-cultivators and micro-processors — where lower-level security requirements would apply to businesses that grow or process smaller amounts of marijuana.Micro-cultivators would be allowed to grow marijuana with a plant canopy of 200 square metres, which Health Canada described as equivalent to half the space between the blue lines on a standard Canadian hockey rink.Legislation to legalize recreational marijuana is currently before the Senate, with the federal government hoping to see it passed and given royal assent by early July. read more

Home prices fall 55 in weakest January for sales since 2015

OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association says last month was the weakest January for residential sales since 2015, with the number of transactions down four per cent nationally from last year.The association says about 23,968 properties were sold through the Multiple Listing Service in January, down from 24,977 a year earlier.CREA says the national average price for all types of residential properties sold in January was $455,000, down 5.5 per cent from the same month in 2018 — the biggest year-over-year decline for a month since May 2018.The MLS house price index — which adjusts for differing property types — was up 0.8 per cent year-over-year, the smallest increase since June 2018.In the Greater Vancouver area, price index was down about 4.5 per cent year-over-year but up 4.2 per cent in Victoria and up 9.3 per cent from a year ago elsewhere on Vancouver Island.The index for the Greater Toronto Area was up 2.7 per cent and up 6.3 per cent for the Greater Montreal area, but down in Regina (minus 3.8 per cent), Saskatoon (minus 2.0), Calgary (minus 3.9), and Edmonton (minus 2.9). read more