After spending five days out at the cottage and writing up a decent amount of blog material, I had no idea of which one I’d choose as today’s post. Then, as I regained access to the 3G network and got on Twitter, I got some news that no one in the car really expected—at 4:45 am, Jack Layton had passed away.
For anyone out of the know, Layton was arguably one of the most charismatic political leaders Canada’s seen in a VERY long time. He inspired some of the most unlikely people to vote for a party which had never seen much power in Canadian politics, elevating them to the position of the official opposition to the government. He took strong stances on things that affected ALL Canadians, such as public pensions, AIDS and universal health care.
In short, Jack was a force to be reckoned with. With his passing, it’s uncertain what we’ll see next in Canada’s political future, but with the letter he left behind to all Canadians, I hope that it continues to give us the fuel we need to make the right choices for ourselves, the people we care about, and the entire nation we’re all proud to call home.
So long, Jack. You did good.
–Casey E. Palmer
Tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your husbands:
So some months back, I wrote a post about carpe diem—seizing the day. But sometimes, the point is driven home and the lesson is far more poignant than other times.
On Monday, my mother called to let me know that her cousin’s 16-year old son, Quinn Issiah Evering, had suddenly passed away on a trip down to Colorado for basketball camp. 16 years old.
You never know what this world has in store for you. So live your lives and live them well. Live every day like it’s your last, and live with no regrets. For the biggest one will always be “I wish I did this/that…”.
I’ll let the Toronto Star article speak for itself below, but I hope they’re taking care of Quinn up above. He was loved by many.
Quinn Issiah Evering was a monster on the basketball court but a gentle giant with his family and many friends.“Everybody loved him that met him,” said his aunt, Lorraine Evering. “He was a gentle, sweet, loving young man.”Quinn, 16, collapsed during a passing drill at a basketball camp in Colorado around 3 p.m. Monday. His coaches and paramedics performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at the Aspen Valley Hospital, according to Pitkin County police.He was a big boy with a big smile, said Steve Ketchum, head coach at the senior boys’ elite camp run by the Aspen Basketball Academy.
Quinn was 6’5” and about to enter grade 11 at Northern Secondary School in the Eglinton Ave. E. and Mount Pleasant Ave. area.
“He had some talent and appeared to be playing and competing with the best of them,” said Ketchum. “My heart goes out to him and his family.”
There were about 130 boys at the overnight camp, including a childhood friend of Quinn’s. The Aspen School District brought school counsellors in for the other campers Monday evening and those counsellors will be available for the rest of the week, said superintendent John Maloy. The camp will continue as scheduled, until Thursday afternoon.
“They’re doing as good as they could possibly do given that it’s such a tragic circumstance,” said Ketchum of the other children who were on the court when Quinn collapsed.
The cause of death was still unknown Tuesday and the Pitkin County Coroners Office announced it would be performing an autopsy.
Quinn was an only child and his mother Molly’s best friend. She was too distraught to speak with the media while she waited in Toronto for her son’s body to be flown back from Colorado.
“He was a good kid and loved his mom,” said his aunt. “When he exhaled, she inhaled.”
Quinn played basketball, football and the saxophone, she added, and enjoyed building model bicycles.