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article imageHundreds still coming to Toronto City Hall to honour Jack Layton Special

By Andrew Moran     Aug 26, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Since the death of Canadian New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton, hundreds of thousands across the country have paid their respects to the Official Opposition Leader. In Toronto, hundreds are still honouring and remembering Layton at City Hall.
“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world,” wrote NDP Leader Jack Layton in his farewell letter to Canadians.
Following the news of Layton’s death, Canadian officials thanked the former Toronto City Councillor for his service to the nation and for the dedication he had for his family, government and the people of Canada.
Canadians across the country, from Prince Edward Island to British Columbia, have honoured the 61-year-old with vigils, ceremonies, messages in condolence books and a letter of thanks on various websites.
In Toronto, people have laid flowers at Layton’s constituency office, his home and at Nathan Phillips Square City Hall. All over the city square, there are positive political and non-political messages for Layton.
One sight at city hall has prompted many people to stand in awe. At the eastern part of the square, there is an impromptu and unofficial memorial where individuals have laid flowers, ties, photos, candles and items that contain the colour orange.
Each square has a message: “Gone but not forgotten – you were an inspiration to us all,” “The Earth was ‘quaking for Jack Layton,” “Jack Layton was the reason I started voting,” “Great leaders leave a legacy” and many other words of appreciation.
One girl tried writing a message at the highest point of Nathan Phillips Square. Although a difficult task writing upside down, the lady was persistent because she wanted to remember Layton.
The flag at city hall is lowered at half mast until the end of Layton’s funeral.
Hundreds of Torontonians lined up outside of City Hall Friday morning to pay their respects as Layton’s body is lying in repose for the general public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and reopen Saturday morning for a couple of hours until the State Funeral at Roy Thomson Hall the same day.
Memorial for NDP Leader Jack Layton at Toronto Nathan Phillips Square/City Hall.
Memorial for NDP Leader Jack Layton at Toronto Nathan Phillips Square/City Hall.
Memorial for NDP Leader Jack Layton at Toronto Nathan Phillips Square/City Hall.
Memorial for NDP Leader Jack Layton at Toronto Nathan Phillips Square/City Hall.
A message written on the wall of Toronto Nathan Phillips Square for NDP Leader Jack Layton.
A message written on the wall of Toronto Nathan Phillips Square for NDP Leader Jack Layton.
A political message written on the ground of Toronto Nathan Phillips Square/City Hall.
A political message written on the ground of Toronto Nathan Phillips Square/City Hall.
 Long Live His Legacy  written on the path to Toronto City Hall s garden.
"Long Live His Legacy" written on the path to Toronto City Hall's garden.
A person walking by ground messages for Jack Layton at Toronto Nathan Phillips Square/City Hall.
A person walking by ground messages for Jack Layton at Toronto Nathan Phillips Square/City Hall.
A person writing a message on the ground of Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. Messages were written...
A person writing a message on the ground of Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. Messages were written on the ground after NDP leader Jack Layton died.
A message is written in chalk at Nathan Phillips Square.
A message is written in chalk at Nathan Phillips Square.
Canadian flag lowered at half mast at Toronto City Hall in the wake of NDP Leader Jack Layton s deat...
Canadian flag lowered at half mast at Toronto City Hall in the wake of NDP Leader Jack Layton's death.
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