Layton books donated to Ryerson

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By Diana Hall

Jack Layton’s collection of books has been donated to Ryerson University by the late federal NDP leader’s family.

The donation was announced by President Sheldon Levy at the Ryerson Senate meeting on Oct. 4.

Regarding whether a lounge or library section is in the works to accommodate the new literary and academic additions in Layton’s name, Levy said the University is still in the “thinking stages” as to what to do with the books.

“We can only move as fast as the family wishes,” he said during the first Senate meeting of the 2011 school year.

Renaming or appointing a Chair position to honour Layton was also being considered following his death on August 22, 2011.

Layton had taught in the politics department at Ryerson for nearly eight years prior to his election into city council in 1982.

The university has not moved ahead with the position proposal.

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