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Burlington Meat Plant Fire

Fadi

By Fadi Didi

A 3 alarm fire destroyed part of the Paletta International meat-processing plant in Burlington.


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A 3 alarm fire destroyed part of the Paletta International meat-processing plant in Burlington.

There were several employees in the building near the Queen Elizabeth Way and Appleby Line, but they escaped without injury.

The blaze was contained with the help of drones to identify hot spots within the burning building.

The Ontario Fire Marshall's office has been called in to investigate.

The Paletta family has had trouble in the past in the meat-packing industry.

There was an arson incident that destroyed a plant they owned in Montreal, a bankruptcy of a beef-packing plant in Kitchener and a court victory after charges were laid for importing too much Australian beef.
 
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Canola production rose across Canada by almost 9 per cent in the past year.

Figures from Statistics Canada show despite average canola yield being down in 2017 to 41 bushels per acre compared to 42.3 bushels per acre recorded in November 2016, Canadian growers produced a successful canola crop.

Canadian farmers produced 21.3 million tonnes of canola this year.

That is up 8.7 per cent from 19.6 million tonnes in 2016.

Canola growers across Western Canada played a large part in the national growth.


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