Scene: Remembering Jack Layton
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Scene: Remembering Jack Layton

On the one-year anniversary of his death, another chalk memorial to Jack Layton springs up at City Hall.

WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square

WHEN: Wednesday, August 22, 10 a.m.

WHAT: It’s become such a part of Toronto’s history that it takes a moment to remember that initially, it was a surprise. When the first chalk message appeared on the concrete ramp outside City Hall, nobody knew it would become a phenomenon, picked up and repeated hundreds of times, until all of Nathan Phillips Square, every visible paving stone and bit of wall, was covered. Toronto’s spur-of-the-moment memorial to Jack Layton caught everyone a bit off guard: we knew many in the city would mourn his death, of course, but nobody quite predicted the extent of the public outpouring.

Today is the one-year anniversary of Layton’s death. A memorial will be held in Nathan Phillips Square at 6 p.m. tonight; this morning, once again, Torontonians started writing chalk messages in memory of the NDP leader and former city councillor.