Niagara Falls to go Orange

The “Great Orange Wave” that made such profound changes to the Canadian political landscape last May apparently didn’t recede permanently into the electoral ocean.  Since Jack Layton’s passing on Monday, everything’s been coming up

orange!

And then there was the CN Tower.  Now it’s Niagara Falls:

Niagara Falls will join the CN Tower in going orange in honour of Jack Layton.

Tony Baldinelli of the Niagara Parks Commission says they received phone calls and emails requesting the falls be turned orange for Layton, who died Monday of cancer.

There were also requests on Facebook.

Baldinelli says the request was approved by the Niagara Falls Illumination Board.

The falls will be illuminated in orange at various times on Saturday night.

Holy Great, no, MASSIVE Orange Wave, Batman!

Jack would get a kick out of it: not so much because these things are being done out of respect for his memory, but because he would have appreciated the quirky creativity and enthusiasm and sense of fun that memorializing him has inspired in the many Canadians who admired and respected and even loved him.  These were, after all, some of the qualities that characterized Layton himself.  Even those who were ideologically opposed to him recognized that, which is why the outpouring of grief over his death seemed to transcend politics.

A few wet towels will probably gripe that it’s over-the-top, tacky, tooooo too much.  An orange Niagara Falls!?  AIIIEEEE!!!  Let the red-faced, pearl-clutching, hair-pulling outrage begin!

But so what?  It’s fun.  The only thing more fun would be if Christie Blatchford had booked a weekend vacay to get away from the sea of hate mail she says she’s drowning in, destination: oh, somewhere close, you know… like Niagara Falls.

7 Responses to “Niagara Falls to go Orange”


  1. 1 Willy Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    That’s nice but I can’t get over that they have an illumination board. I wonder how many members.

  2. 2 balbulican Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Niagara Falls.

    Don’t EVER say those words to me.

  3. 3 AlisonS Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    As I drove to Toronto from Montreal this afternoon, I noticed people standing on the overpasses, then I noticed many of them were wearing orange and had Canadian flags. It dawned on me that they were waiting for the hearse bearing Jack’s body to Toronto. Even though I had issues with some of the things Jack has done over the years, it was really quite moving to see how much he meant to many, many Canadians.

  4. 4 JJ Friday, August 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    With a name like “the Niagara Falls Illumination Board”, it could serve a dual purpose: (1) Making decisions about lighting the falls, and (2) Implementing highly effective advertising campaigns which illuminate the rest of the world about the wonders of Niagara Falls. Those “I went to Niagara Falls and all I got was this stupid (insert tacky souvenir)” souvenirs can’t do it all.

  5. 5 JJ Friday, August 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Hahahaha! Does that bring back memories…

  6. 6 JJ Friday, August 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I think a lot of people were caught by surprise at how much this affected them, I was.

    I suspected Jack was desperately ill, but in spite of that for some reason I expected him to get well again. I knew I’d be very sad if he died, but I expected to be “Aww, what a shame” sad, not “pulling my car over to the side of the road because I started crying when I heard it on the radio” sad.

    He obviously touched something in a lot of us, far beyond his party faithful. I disagreed with him a lot about stuff, but his optimism & sense of fun were infectious and I don’t see how anyone could not like the guy, as a human being.

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