8.22.2011

jack layton 1950-2011, with love and thanks

I learned the terrible, shocking news of Jack Layton's death a bit late, and only because friends texted and emailed me. I tend to be in a news bubble on Monday mornings. I'm heartsick. We all are.

My heart breaks for Olivia and all of Jack's family, and for all of us, his extended family.

I'm also so happy he was able to lead his party to historic victory in his lifetime.

What a terrible loss.

22 comments:

laura k said...

Thank you for pointing out the typo. Typing while crying.

John F said...

My first reaction was selfish: "Dammit! We needed this man."

Forget that for now, though. His family needed him more. Still: Dammit!

laura k said...

But that selfish reaction is really the opposite: it's a tribute to Jack's potency and his legacy. It's also unselfish because it's about all of us - Canada, our society. We needed him.

laura k said...

There really is that duality - the man, his family, the personal loss - and the loss for Canada, what this means politically.

M@ said...

I think the quotation that Mei posted applies very well to Jack Layton.

Canada is richer for having had him, and poorer now for having lost him.

John F said...

Jack Layton wrote a last letter to be released after his passing. It seems that, even at the end, he thought first of others.

James said...

BlogTO has a good collection of articles, obituaries, and other reactions to the news.

James said...

Layton composed an open letter to all Canadians shortly before his death.

You can read it here.

Gunner said...

I just got the news in an IS e-mail, I worked last night and I've been running around trying to get some things taken care of all morning... I'm in shock.

Andrea said...

Read that open letter and Cried.

Northern Girl said...

M@ said "Canada is richer for having had him, and poorer now for having lost him." I agree.

I'm so sad.

laura k said...

Thanks for the links, all.

M@, beautiful quote from Mei, so apt. Thanks from sharing.

laura k said...

From my friend and comrade Jesse: Remembering Layton's best moments

John F said...

I wanted to share something that made me smile. I'm an ardent SF and fantasy fan. I think I just found my favourite picture of Jack and Olivia.

laura k said...

Thanks, John F! I think I know the pic even before clicking. IIRC, James sent it to me with the subject line "NDP secures the nerd vote". :>)

James said...

Some more BlogTO posts about Layton:

- Toronto Remembers Jack Layton and Other News
- Jack Layton Tributes Across Toronto

impudent strumpet said...

Torontoist has a panorama of all the chalk messages on City Hall

laura k said...

Thanks for the links.

impudent strumpet said...

Turns out the chalk is way bigger than the panorama represented.

laura k said...

Thanks for that, Imp Strump. Terrific photos. What a phenomenon.

allan said...

Turns out the chalk is way bigger than the panorama represented.

That is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen! Wow.

laura k said...

After our war resisters meeting last night, we walked over to Olivia's house (very nearby) to leave a card. There was a huge display of flowers that people had left at the door - many of them orange. Someone had left a bottle of Orange Crush.

Friends told me that they take the flowers in every night (or maybe when it rains, not sure), and another big pile appears the next day.