Jack Layton's Endocrine system. This is a tough one. On July 25, Canadians discovered that the leader of the NDP, a folk hero to some, a super hero to others, the eveready bunny to hacks during the election, and an irritant to many who still hold liberal principles close to their hearts, has a very bad cancer. (cbc report) This man who defied enormous odds, rewrote the books on the political landscape in Canada, announced that he needed to step down as leader of the party until September 19, 2011. His first reported bout of cancer (prostate) was he said on the mend, looking good, however there is a new cancer, an unnamed one, that requires his full attention. And we all know it... it is very bad. This fire starter of a man, this gattling gun with an unerring smile, this steam engine, has lost his power and we are left on the side of the road with a "wha happened?" or a "quest-ce qui ce passe?" It sucks. he is an amazing guy. When I was Artistic Director at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre he and Olivia Chow would show up and work on behalf of queer voices. they would show up and support the art. They were contributors, IN A MAJOR WAY. Jack Layton is the reason the NDP did what they did in the last election. Cancer threatens to dismantle this. He has named an interim leader who I trust will conduct herself perfectly well in the interim. But really this can only be seen as failure. Defined how you will. There is little hope for change in the tidal wave of "rightness" and this recent addition to the cosmic order sends ever greater waves into our oceans. But for all of that I send love and wishes for the fullest of recoveries and thanks for doing so much good that makes this news so horrible. Failure often shows up in the shadows of incomprehensible success.