News of Jack Layton's death last August came as a blow to us at NOW Magazine. Not only did we share his politics and his desire to create a more compassionate Canadian society, but many writers who have filled our pages over the years knew Jack on a personal level as a great friend.
We dedicated our August 25 issue to the fallen NDP leader. Here is some of our coverage from that trying week.
The highlights of the progressive leader's storied career, from his first city council seat in 1982 to leading the Orange Crush in 2011.
NOW publisher and Layton's good friend Michael Hollett on Jack's legacy, his final letter to Canadians, and his undying spirit. "A loss simply meant there was more work to be done, not that the battle was over or the idea unworthy," Hollett writes.
Words of remembrance from labour leaders, musicians, environmentalists, and others touched by Jack's work.
Adam Giambrone reflects on Jack's ability to bridge the rural-urban divide.
Scott Anderson on the mark Jack left on this city, from the wind turbine on the waterfront to a keeping big box stores out of Leslieville.
Jian Gomeshi, who first met Jack while doing pro-choice activism at York University, fondly recalls Layton's dodgy musicianship and infectious energy.
NOW publisher Alice Klein on how Jack carved a space for love and optimism in Canadian politics.
Take a tour through thirty years of NOW back issues littered with stories about Jack
Ellie Kirzner, NOW news editor, on attending Jack's state funeral at Roy Thompson Hall. In the end Layton's commitment to a more generous Canada made even Stephen Harper stand up and salute.
Middle photo by R. Jeanette Martin.