Jack Layton has been one of the most high profile newsmakers to be interviewed by students at Centennial Journalism over the years. Not only was he the local MP for the riding where our college journalism school is located, Toronto-Danforth, but as national leader he brought his campaign bus to the School of Communications, Media and Design on Carlaw Avenue for a whistle-stop tour.
The Toronto Star story from January 17, 2006 shows journalism students including Sean Pearce, Justin Warner, Liz Dewdney, Vanessa Gates, Dharm Makwana, Megan Eves, George Zicarelli and Neil Springer, as well as instructor Ellin Bessner, scrumming Layton in amongst the national news reporters like James Murray of CBC.
Layton’s campaign office in the May 2011 election was on Broadview, just a few blocks away from the Toronto Observer newsroom, where our students put out an online and bi-weekly newspaper.
He will be missed.Check out the Toronto Observer for more coverage and archived stories about him by our students.
This note was sent today by the marketing department of Centennial College.
“It is with great sadness that we have come to hear that Mr. Jack Layton – by far the most trusted federal party leader with whom a majority of Canadians had wished to share a drink and a chat – passed away early this morning in his Toronto home surrounded by his family and close friends. He was 61 years of age.
Mr. Layton visited Centennial College during the 2006 federal election when he came to The Centre for Creative Communications in his East York riding to hold a press conference, in part for the benefit of our Journalism students. By all accounts he was a polished and eloquent speaker who chose to take the high road and speak about sound policies and nation-building, rather than engage in mud-slinging.
Our country has lost a passionate leader and a great Canadian. As someone remarked online today, when we lost Pierre Trudeau we lost a link to our past; when we lost Jack Layton we lost a link to our future. Out of respect for the Layton family, we are lowering our campus flags this week until Mr. Layton is laid to rest. “