Olivia chow and jack layton

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olivia chow and jack layton

My Journey by Olivia Chow

Olivia Chow--Member of Parliament, seasoned politician and widow of former New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton--tells her story in this candid memoir

What drives Olivia Chow? How did she emerge from a turbulent childhood to become an inspiring political force? What influences and events have shaped her life? And how is she continuing her quest after losing her partner in life and politics?

When Olivia was thirteen, her middle-class family moved from Hong Kong to Toronto, but the transition was difficult. Her mother went from having a maid to being a maid. Her father failed to carve out a working life for himself in Canada. Frustrated and bitter, he lashed out at Olivias mother, and violence darkened their lives. A rebellious yet playful child, Olivia discovered self-discipline and became an excellent student in Canada, studying fine art and philosophy at university. After graduating, Olivia worked for a time as a sculptor. Then, driven by a desire to achieve social change, the artist became an activist, and she launched her political career.

As a popular and much-admired school trustee and Toronto city councillor--the first Asian woman in that role--Olivia honed a grassroots approach and crafted progressive programs that enhanced the lives of others, especially children. Strong-willed, focused and passionate, Olivia got things done by bringing together people from all parts of the political spectrum.

In the mid-1980s, Olivia met Jack Layton. Their dynamic partnership, unprecedented in Canadian political life, made a powerful impact in Toronto and on the national stage. Together, they forged a strong vision for a better country and for enlightened political change. But when her beloved partner and political soulmate died in the summer of 2011, how did she find the strength to move forward? What might we learn from her inspiring story? Those answers are here, in My Journey.
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Olivia Chow on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight: INTERVIEW

Jack and Olivia: Love at first sight

Watching other moments of her life with husband Jack Layton play out before the cameras must have been hard enough. Curious, even, in an out-of-body sort of way. But a key scene in the upcoming Layton made-for-TV biopic — one in which the couple learns that the man who led the New Democrats to their greatest electoral triumph is beyond medical help — proved especially difficult for Chow. At one point, she said, she had to stop listening. She could only watch as one of the most emotional moments of her life was recreated for the cameras.

After dinner, Layton took the stage as energetic auctioneer, a role he played for social causes. It was an unbelievable moment of pure joy in the family unit. It is a uniquely Canadian, multicultural, inclusive love story. The level of respect is so profound. They were the embodiment of the equal, feminist relationship. Chow and Layton both arrived in Toronto in —she from Hong Kong at age 13, Layton from Montreal at age 21, newly married and about to earn his Ph.

Olivia Chow (born March 24, ) is a former Canadian politician who served as federal New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Trinity-Spadina from –, and Toronto city councillor from to Chow is the widow of former NDP and Opposition Leader Jack Layton; they.
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Gallery: Olivia Chow at Jack Layton's memorials

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By David Demchuk. Photo by Tania Liu , from the Torontoist Flickr pool. After much deliberation, Trinity-Spadina MP Olivia Chow has resigned from her federal seat and is launching her campaign to become mayor of Toronto. So—did Chow and Layton live in subsidized housing? Unlike private apartments or public housing, co-ops are non-profits owned and managed by their members, with elected boards, audited financial statements, and extensive reporting on the state of their buildings and their financial activities. The co-op housing sector is complex , with some co-ops receiving federal funding, others receiving provincial funding, and still others receiving funding and assistance under multiple programs. The federal programs have changed over the years, but the general principles remain the same: the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation CMHC provides funding for fixed-rate mortgages for co-op properties and rent subsidies for low-income residents.


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