Jack Layton: "Let Us be Loving, Hopeful and Optimistic"

Jack Layton: "Let Us be Loving, Hopeful and Optimistic"

It is very sad news that The Honourable Jack Layton, Member of Parliament, Leader of the Official Opposition, lost a determined and brave battle against cancer early this morning.

Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to his family, relatives and friends.

Jack Layton’s most poignant words in his last letter to Canadians were:

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.

All my very best,

Jack Layton

The City of Toronto has condolence books available at the following locations for people to express their sympathy in memory of former City Councillor Jack Layton:

Rotunda of the Toronto City Hall: "Visitors entering City Hall from Nathan Phillips Square walk directly into a large and distinctive rotunda."

Rotunda of the Toronto City Hall: "Visitors entering City Hall from Nathan Phillips Square walk directly into a large and distinctive rotunda."

Both locations above are open on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and on weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Please click here to read about Jack Layton’s very impressive career and achievements.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

News Release

August 22, 2011

Condolence book available in memory of former City Councillor Jack Layton

The City of Toronto has a condolence book available in the City Hall rotunda for people to express their sympathy in memory of former City Councillor Jack Layton.

A second condolence book will be available tomorrow at the East York Civic Centre when the building opens at 7:30 a.m.

The public can access City Hall (100 Queen St. W) and East York Civic Centre (850 Coxwell Ave.) on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and on weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Honourable Jack Layton, Leader of the Official Opposition, Member of Parliament, lost a determined and brave battle against cancer early this morning. He served on Toronto City Council and Metro Council for 18 years.

Flags at City Hall, Metro Hall and Toronto civic centres are being lowered to half mast, and will remain lowered until the end of the day of his funeral.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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