JACK LAYTON MEMORIAL

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Thank You Jack Layton, For Changing My World

Jack Layton was a die-hard Trekkie, and had his own custom-made Trekkie uniform that he wore at conventions. He was a musician, and loved to gather his friends and colleagues, singing songs from the 1960s. He would encourage everyone to sing, even if you didn't know the words. He wore funky glasses and blue jeans. He kept his hair long.
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LOOK: Canada Honours Layton

Photos of messages to Jack Layton scrawled in chalk became the symbol of a nation's grief after the NDP leader passed away on August 22, 2011. One year later, Canadians are picking up the chalk again....
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Marking A Year Without Jack

It has been nearly one year since former NDP leader Jack Layton died of cancer and Canadians are now preparing to gather to mark the anniversary and to celebrate his life and legacy. Final preparatio...
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A Belated Note From Jack Layton's Mourning Chaff

I suppose crying over Jack's death makes me a member of what Christie Blatchford called "the mourning chaff;" those who make a spectacle out of a death they weren't affected by. I dislike this idea of a mourning hierarchy. This isn't a game of Who's the Saddest. This idea undermines how he affected Canadians.

Tribute to Jack Layton

I have to admit that in the past I have expressed sharp disagreement with the direction in which Jack Layton took the NDP as leader. However, this does not take away from the immense sadness and shock I felt upon hearing of his passing away.

Last Word on Jack Layton

A lot has been said about the kind of grief Canadians have been showing for Jack Layton. Is it contrived? Why such public spectacles? Is it a true outpouring of emotion? For some it seemed clear they wanted their 15 minutes of fame and would grieve publicly and put on a performance for the cameras.