Hyperactive councillor and would-be federal New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton carries the hopes of those who think our city's been orphaned and our politics demeaned. While throwing his talents behind every cause that counts, he's inspired a wide range of local artists and activists. Here's a sampling - and why, with voting underway and the convention looming, NDPers should seize this chance for a party make-over.
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1969 joins protests over English-only McGill U.
1970 Moves to T.O. to study at York. Joins NDP.
1973 Joins Liberal party to help dad get Grit nomination. Dad fails. Son returns to NDP.
1982 First elected to city council, defeating Tory incumbent.
1985-91 As chair of the Toronto board of health, develops Canada's first municipal AIDS strategy.
1986 Charged with trespass after distributing pamphlets at Eaton Centre for department store workers' organizing drive.
1988 Helps lead grassroots resistance to the Free Trade Agreement through municipal resolutions across the country.
1989 Appointed to Bring Back the Don advisory committee.
1991 Runs for mayor. Loses.
Right wing fosters move to oust him and partner Olivia Chow from Jarvis-Dundas area housing co-op even though they are paying market-value rent.
1991-2002 Chair of Sustainability Roundtable.
Co-chair of White Ribbon Campaign to help stop male violence.
1993 Runs federally in Broadview-Greenwood. Loses.
1995-8 Appointed by the feds to the board of the Canadian Climate Protection Program.
1996 Named a community hero by the Toronto Pride Day Committee.
1997 to present Heads the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, dedicated to cleaning the air.
1997 Runs federally again. Loses again.
Campaigns successfully to save 10,000 childcare spaces.
1998 Appointed by the feds to the board of the Canadian Climate Protection Program.
2000-2002 Chairs Green Municipal Investment Fund.
2000 Named environmental professional of the year by the International Association of Energy Engineers.
Author of Homelessness: The Making And Unmaking Of A Crisis (Penguin).
Helps defeat a plan to divert tons of T.O. garbage to Kirkland Lake.
Convenes the first Smog Summit, which brought feds into search for solutions.
2001 Elected president of Federation of Canadian Municipalities for one-year term.