For a long time I've wanted the remaining abattoirs in Toronto moved out of the city core, now it seems someone else - with a more destructive nature - may have wanted it too. Fire burned throughout the morning destroying one of the massive slaughterhouses on St. Clair Avenue near Keele. Firefighters came and left, then it appears that another blaze sparked and continued to burn down the same building. Officials are extremely suspicious. Residents have been evacuated and the street is still closed down over 17 hours later. Hopefully time will unravel the mystery.
It'll be interesting to find out whether a new meat packing plant will be built on the site. I think they're obnoxious and should be moved out of the city centre, especially with the current rise in density in Toronto. Fortunately for us, Toronto councilor Joe Pantalone reveals in EYE Weekly
in 2001 that while remaining abattoirs in the city cannot be forced out of the area, the city wouldn't zone to allow for any in the future.