Jack Layton passed away one year ago on August 22, 2011. Today, his life and legacy are being celebrated at events in Toronto and across Canada. There's a memorial event starting at 6 p.m. at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square, featuring musicians like Ron Sexsmith, Raffi, and Lorraine Segato, with Layton's widow Olivia Chow and his children Mike and Sarah in attendance.
There are also events planned in Thunder Bay, Calgary, Ottawa, Regina, Sudbury, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Montreal, Brampton, Winnipeg, Quebec City, Sherbrooke and Vancouver.
In addition to today's tributes, 'Smilin' Jack: The Jack Layton Story', a biopic about Jack's life, is currently shooting in Winnipeg. The movie stars Rick Roberts as Jack and Sook-Yin Lee as his wife Olivia Chow, with Wendy Crewson and Erin Karpluk also in the cast.
Jack was in the red chair a few years back talking to George about his hopes for the future of his party. Check out that talk below:
He also spoke to George on the program in 2011 about Canada and Conservatism:
And this tribute to Jack from the 22 Minutes team showcases his sense of humour:
Mike Layton, Jack's son, was also on the program to tell his Best Story Ever. Turns out Jack got Mike banned from the Eaton Centre mall for life:
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