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REPORTING · 25th August 2011
Merv Ritchie
It was a packed house on Monday, August 22, at Terrace City Hall and it was fitting. As the Councillors all took their seats and as the crowd attending to witness the Council meeting, Mayor David Pernarowski declared the meeting officially in session. After his standard general introductions to the media, the audience and the available City talk back line he stopped and asked everyone to consider the tragic and untimely death, earlier in the day, of the Federal Government’s ‘Her Majesty’s Official Opposition Leader’, NDP leader Jack Layton.

“I had an opportunity to meet with Jack in Whistler a few years back at a convention I was at and we had a conversation about Terrace and he asked me specifically, what makes Terrace tick”, began the Mayor, “He stood there with me, listened and was genuinely interested in what I had to say. [He] asked about the challenges we had as a community [and] asked about the opportunities we had as a community.”

Pernarowski then asked if they could have a moment of silence to reflect on his passing. He rose to stand as did everyone in the room. The room became very silent and the compassion and respect for Jack Layton was palpable.

You can watch the moment of silence again by clicking here or on the attachment below.

On Saturday, August 27, between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm citizens will gather in Terrace at the Skeena Mall Community Room to witness the state funeral and share in this moment of tribute.