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Remembering Jack Layton

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The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star editorial boards eulogize the NDP leader. The Star reviews his contribution to civic politics in Toronto, Libby Davies recalls his contribution to gay rights, the music community pays its respects and The Agenda compiles his television appearances, while Canadians mourn the loss and celebrate the man.

Outside Layton’s home, his neighbour, Ted Hawkins, laid a single red rose on his doorstep. It soon grew into a shrine of sunflowers, orange lilies, with a photo of Layton dressed up for Caribana. “I guess I didn’t expect him to go so fast, I guess I kind of shared his optimism a little bit,” Hawkins said. “It’s kind of infectious.”

Neighbour and friend Bryonny Nichol held back tears as she talked about his sparkling eyes and clear direct look. “Little kids liked him, he remembered them, he talked to them,” she said, “He believed in people.”

Yesterday’s collection of news and remembrances is here.