It’s been 18 years since a deadly E. coli outbreak devastated the rural town of Walkerton, 150 kilometres northwest of Toronto. Seven people perished. A further 2,500, half the population, took ill. Most eventually got better. Robbie Schnurr never did.
The former OPP officer and investigator with Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal was in constant pain from a degenerative nerve disease that was caused by drinking the water during the Walkerton tragedy.
Doctors, he said, told him he would continue to decline. There was no hope of improvement. So on May 1, 2018, he ended his own life through doctor-assisted suicide.