He was instrumental in establishing the Toronto Atmospheric Fund long before
there was a mainstream realization of climate change.
In the mid 1980’s he led Toronto’s successful initiatives on Aids prevention
at Toronto Public Health. He persevered until homelessness and housing were on
the local and national agenda.
Jack established the White Ribbon campaign to counter violence against women
and was an early supporter of same sex marriage and LGBT rights.
As President of Federation of Canadian Municipalities he negotiated the first
ever transfer of federal gas tax for public transit. As leader of the federal
NDP, he negotiated the introduction of the first national childcare program.
In our local community Jack left his mark with the redevelopment of Don Mount
Court, creating Toronto’s first Chinese Archway in East Chinatown, the
development of the first model of full day kindergarten at Bruce Public School
and establishing the first Taste of the Danforth among a myriad of other
He accomplished all of these things with the support and partnership of fellow
Councillor and then MP, and love of his life, Olivia Chow. Jack was fiercely
proud of his son Mike and daughter Sarah and adored his beloved granddaughter
Jack will be greatly missed by his many colleagues and friends and
constituents whose lives he touched deeply.
I will always deeply value Jack’s friendship, support and wise counsel and
will work to continue his legacy, turning challenges into lasting achievements
and working for a better world for all.
Messages of condolence can be sent to Jack’s family through his son Michael
Layton at [email protected] or c/o Councillor Michael Layton, C-47,
Toronto City Hall, M5H 2N2
City Councillor Ward 30