This is a food blog. It is not a blog about the news or about politics. But today, I can’t talk about summer berry cakes or peach salsa or yellow dahl or homemade ricotta cheese. Today, I can only talk about Jack Layton. I won’t say too much, because there are many people who will or have already said things better than I probably could (including Jack himself). I will say, though, that I have never felt the loss of such a public person in such a personal way. I never had the opportunity to actually meet Jack – and my thoughts are very much with those who did know him personally, because your loss is surely greater than the rest of ours – but his death still feels momentous in my own life. I do not believe that Canadians have had a political leader (of any party) who has had the dedication, the charisma, the integrity, and the courage that Jack Layton had, and I am immensely grateful for all of his hard work. Everyone should read his letter to Canadians, and we should absolutely not forget that while we have lost an amazing political leader, everything we voted for in May still holds true, and we should not let anybody tell us differently. Keep voting, and keep fighting – I don’t think there is any better way to honour Jack. May he rest peacefully.