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City Hall was good. No pre-organisation to speak of, no speeches; just a big quiet hugfest.

Someone read Jack's letter, and at one point there was a piper; I don't think anyone appointed him, as such, he just showed up and played. Later, a woman up on the ramp began to sing O Canada, beautifully; everyone joined in.

I saw/talked to/hugged/ended up at the pub with/check as many as apply [personal profile] zingerella, [personal profile] chickenfeet, [personal profile] lemur_catta, [personal profile] northbard, [personal profile] tormenta, [personal profile] trouble and several more friends, plus there were some I expected to see but who were out of town or couldn't get there or we just missed each other.

And this happened:

I wanted to take ... I don't know, something. Flowers didn't seem right. So I bought a couple of boxes of chalk.

And, as both [personal profile] benet and [personal profile] fairestcat texted me to say, I accidentally ended up on the CBC website.



When I was done I left the chalk on the ground by the ramp, and ... things got sort of splendidly out-of-hand.






I tried at one point to count the languages on the wall, but gave up. Mostly English, but French, Spanish, Greek, and I think Mandarin, as well as Vietnamese and I know not what all else.

Other sizes and the rest of Blackbird_012's great pictures of today are here.

ETA: and [personal profile] zingerella made the Globe and Mail.



And Blog T.O. has some great photos, including this one:

Date: 2011-08-23 07:19 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] auriaephiala
Oh My God.... You are an inspired and inspiring woman!

That was a good response.

Date: 2011-08-24 02:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] xinef
Andrew mentioned the chalk tributes - I guess he heard about it on the radio and saw someone's posted photos on FB. So I gave him a link to this blog entry, and told him that you'd started it. He was suitably impressed! (not exactly surprised)

Date: 2011-08-26 02:07 am (UTC)
toft: arms and wallpaper (happy_arms)
From: [personal profile] toft
Oh, that's so lovely!

Date: 2011-08-23 07:51 am (UTC)
timberwolfoz: (Default)
From: [personal profile] timberwolfoz
How lovely. And how fortunate you were to have a politician who inspired such an outpouring of grief and love.

I can only think of a couple of pollies here who would elicit anything near the response for your Jack Layton, and I'm well aware that one is largely disregarded and the other is loathed by a large section of the population for his politics. Which is sad.

Date: 2011-08-23 08:11 am (UTC)
meieresque: (Default)
From: [personal profile] meieresque
Damn, woman that is quite a memorial you set in motion. I am so proud to have you in my family. You go....

Date: 2011-08-23 08:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
That is a beautiful way to remember someone.

Date: 2011-08-23 09:10 am (UTC)
wordweaverlynn: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wordweaverlynn
How wonderful.

Date: 2011-08-23 11:19 am (UTC)
ironphoenix: Raven flying (Default)
From: [personal profile] ironphoenix
Oh, very well done!

Date: 2011-08-23 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prairiedaun.livejournal.com
Amazing. Thank you.

Date: 2011-08-23 11:50 am (UTC)
trouble: Sketch of Hermoine from Harry Potter with "Bookworms will rule the world (after we finish the background reading)" on it (Default)
From: [personal profile] trouble
Oh my gosh, it got a lot bigger after we left. I'm happy.

Are you still in Toronto? I think I heard you say you were leaving ridiculously early this morning, but if you are still in the city I'd love to see you again before you leave. <3!

Date: 2011-08-23 12:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyriacarlisle
I feel like "things got sort of splendidly out-of-hand" is the best possible summation.

Date: 2011-08-23 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] j_v_lynch
Thank you for posting this.
May I share it?

Date: 2011-08-23 01:47 pm (UTC)
merrily: Mac (Default)
From: [personal profile] merrily
Aha, it was YOU who brought the chalk! Excellently done!

Date: 2011-08-23 02:23 pm (UTC)
brownbetty: (Default)
From: [personal profile] brownbetty
We're lucky you use your powers for good.

Date: 2011-08-23 02:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ursamajor
From what I've been reading, Jack Layton sounds like he was a mensch, and Canada was lucky to have someone like him.

I was in Toronto last October; we stayed right by Toronto City Hall, and walked through the plaza every morning. It was fairly quiet then, but I'm glad I have that experience of the space to reflect on when looking at these pictures, the swell of hundreds, thousands of people paying tribute. Amazing.

(Also, the person writing legibly upside-down? I am impressed; I have a hard enough time doing that on a piece of paper!)

Date: 2011-08-23 02:38 pm (UTC)
sara: S (Default)
From: [personal profile] sara
That's just beautiful. *beams*

Date: 2011-08-23 03:09 pm (UTC)
baggyeyes: Princess Leia (barcode)
From: [personal profile] baggyeyes
That's beautiful.

Date: 2011-08-23 03:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kareila
I'd never heard of Jack Layton before yesterday, but this moved me to tears. Thank you.

Date: 2011-08-23 04:23 pm (UTC)
giglet: (Default)
From: [personal profile] giglet
That's wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Date: 2011-08-23 05:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amorettea
When you life runs its course, you can look back and say, honestly, I once did something utterly brilliant and good for the world.

Thank you

Date: 2011-08-23 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thank you for using my photos! As a correction, my Flickr account is Blackbird_012 (you have an extra '2'). Check back later tonight, I'll be going back since it's grown. You can find me on twitter: @Blackbird_2

Date: 2011-08-23 05:20 pm (UTC)
julian: Picture of the sign for Julian Street. (Default)
From: [personal profile] julian
That there was a good thing you did.

The bagpipist made me smile.

And I mean this in the best possible way, but Jack Layton appears to have been a bit of a nerd when he was younger.

Date: 2011-08-23 10:31 pm (UTC)
scrollgirl: dw/lj; text: make love not war (misc dreamwidth/livejournal)
From: [personal profile] scrollgirl
Have you seen this?

Date: 2011-08-24 03:57 am (UTC)
julian: Picture of the sign for Julian Street. (Default)
From: [personal profile] julian
...I actually had, but I filed it in my head as "A politician," and forgot it was him.

Heeeee.

Date: 2011-08-25 12:17 am (UTC)
deakat: (Default)
From: [personal profile] deakat
I adore that photo. Was wondering where I might track down a copy, and here it is. Thank you!

Date: 2011-08-25 12:33 am (UTC)
scrollgirl: canadian dreamsheep (misc dreamwidth)
From: [personal profile] scrollgirl
You're welcome! FYI, according to Toronto Star, the photographer is Scott Rogers.

Date: 2011-08-23 06:18 pm (UTC)
valancy: "Dear Buddha, please bring me a pony and a plastic rocket" (namaste)
From: [personal profile] valancy
this is just incredible! what a wonderful idea.

Date: 2011-08-23 09:54 pm (UTC)
scrollgirl: animated canadiana (misc canada)
From: [personal profile] scrollgirl
Thank you so much for the wonderful idea of leaving messages.

I voted NDP in a federal election for the first time this year (I live in a Liberal stronghold that went Conservative), and it was because of Jack Layton. This is so sad.

Date: 2011-08-24 12:29 am (UTC)
blueswan: (Canadian eh?)
From: [personal profile] blueswan
What a wonderful tribute to Jack Layton and all because of your boxes of chalk. That's really something.

Date: 2011-08-24 01:39 am (UTC)
amadi: A bouquet of dark purple roses (Default)
From: [personal profile] amadi
I mourn with my Canadian friends who have lost an inspiring leader. What a beautiful tribute you started for him.

Date: 2011-08-24 04:23 am (UTC)
merrily: Mac (Default)
From: [personal profile] merrily
And things continue to get even more splendidly out of hand!

Date: 2011-08-24 05:31 pm (UTC)
rydra_wong: Lee Miller photo showing two women wearing metal fire masks in England during WWII. (Default)
From: [personal profile] rydra_wong
Via [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll:

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6065/6076393292_1b87fd7d39_o.jpg

Holy crap.

You started something amazing.

I admit I hadn't heard of Jack Layton before this, but he must have been truly special to have earned this kind of tribute.

Date: 2011-08-24 06:51 pm (UTC)
kiki_eng: two bats investigating plants against the night sky (Default)
From: [personal profile] kiki_eng
That is amazing. Thank you.

Date: 2011-08-24 08:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] emceeaich
I am lucky to know such epic folk as you.

Well done.

Date: 2011-08-25 12:13 am (UTC)
deakat: (Default)
From: [personal profile] deakat
You are awesome. Thank you for starting a beautiful thing.

Date: 2011-08-25 03:44 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Oh wow, that's beautiful.

Made me sob in front of my monitor, no lie.

Date: 2011-08-29 02:21 pm (UTC)
hypatia: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hypatia
i just saw this now, and also started ;_;

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