December 2, 2023

The leader of a health centre facing a community’s outrage over the killing of a woman in Leslieville is speaking out ahead of a town hall on Wednesday, saying he wants to work with residents to address their concerns while continuing to offer a life-saving service amid an escalating drug crisis.

“I’m also angry and fearful about what happened,” said Jason Altenberg, CEO of the South Riverdale Community Health Centre, in a first interview since the death of 44-year-old Karolina Huebner-Makurat, a mother of two, on July 7. The “devastating tragedy” has left him and the centre’s workers, some of whom also live in the community, reeling. Medical staff from the centre were the first responders to the shooting, trying to keep Huebner-Makurat alive after she was hit by a stray bullet, Altenberg confirmed.


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Names of people dead in the ongoing drug crisis adorn a memorial outside the South Riverdale Community Health Centre.




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