Hamilton traffic operations

There are more eyes on Hamilton streets than you may realize. About 80 cameras are watching the traffic moving through the city. It’s an entire system that is designed to ease traffic headaches and collect data.They collect information like how fast someone is going and from there the control room operators are able to make adjustments, like how long a light stays green for, all in a matter of seconds.A few clicks of a mouse is all it takes to adjust the time of an advanced green light.There are about a hundred signals online right now. Each of the dots show intersections they can communicate with and you can tell which light is red and which is green by arrows.Hamilton’s automated traffic management system gives these operators a birds eye view of the traffic moving around the city and lets them pinpoint things that may be wrong and allows them to make adjustments.In 2014 when the Burlington Skyway was closed after a dump truck crashed into it there was traffic chaos. Thousands of cars were diverted from the QEW clogging Hamilton streets. It took staff all day to get to each intersection and reprogram the timing of the lights.Now they are able to do it within minutes.They can also collect real time information, like how fast cars are going on the Red Hill Valley Parkway and the Linc.The cameras are similar to the MTO Compass system but they aren’t available to the public just yet.It costs about $15 000 per intersection for the camera and software and the whole system cost about $2.5 million to implement. read more

Ministers back campaign to put Noor Inayat Khan on £50 note

A statue of Noor Inayat Khan, a British spy captured and killed by the Nazis during World War II, is unveiled by Britain’s Princess Anne in central LondonCredit:OLIVIA HARRIS/Reuters Many have supported the campaign “The more you learn about her, the more you learn how brave and bold she was.”I believe she was also involved in rescuing some British and American pilots. Being able to do what she did with the limited resources they had would be remarkable.”These are the things you don’t ascribe to women especially not women in the WWII – it’s important to recognise the achievements of women, this is really the year of the women.”It’s also interesting and important to note her faith, which drove her to make this ultimate sacrifice and serve her country.” Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani told The Telegraph: “It’s a phenomenal story, you don’t think about the money in your purse, when you think about young girls taking a minute to think about the fantastic work that she did and the ultimate sacrifice she made… A statue of Noor Inayat Khan, a British spy captured and killed by the Nazis during World War II, is unveiled by Britain's Princess Anne in central London Many have supported the campaign Foreign Office Minister of State Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon also joined the campaign.He said: “Honour to lend support to a great campaign…to recognise a brave British Muslim woman-Noor Inayat Khan as the face of £50 note – she served our nation with courage against Nazi tyranny.”The idea also appeared to be gathering popularity in the Treasury; Robert Jenrick, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, ‘liked’ a tweet asking the public to sign a petition in favour of the campaign. The campaign has begun to pick up momentum after being spearheaded by activist Zehra Zaidi, Tom Tugendhat MP and Baroness Warsi, and there are now 1,500 signatures on a change.org petition urging the Bank of England to choose the spy. Ministers have thrown their support behind a campaign to put World War II hero Noor Inayat Khan on the new £50 note.After the Bank of England announced there would be an open submissions process for the new note, which will be reissued in plastic in 2020, ministers and historians said it was the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the brave Muslim spy. Ms Inayat Khan was the first Muslim heroine of the conflict, running Winston Churchill’s network of resistance communication in Paris, before being captured and tortured by the Gestapo, then murdered by the SS at Dachau concentration camp.Despite being born to a wealthy family and having the option of a comfortable life, the heroine decided to serve Britain after fleeing from her home in Paris following the fall of France.She trained for the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and was later recruited as an agent for the Special Operations Executive (SOE), becoming the first female radio operator sent into Nazi-occupied France in 1943, aged just 29.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more