Jack Layton Memorial
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.
Photos of messages to Jack Layton scrawled in chalk became the symbol of a nation's grief after the NDP leader passed away
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.
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.
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.
"To young Canadians..." reads Jack Layton's deathbed letter. I find it difficult to imagine any other politician addressing
Few politicians could garner an impromptu memorial quite like Jack Layton has. His death has spurred gestures across the
Going global is no easy feat, even for a much-loved Canadian politician who passed away before attaining his goal of being prime minister. Yet Jack Layton became a trending topic as droves of international mourners took to social networks to tweet, blog, document and create art all in his memory.
After Jack Layton's death was announced on the morning of August 22, cities across the country made plans to remember him