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BREAKING: Liberals waive cabinet confidence for Emergencies Act evidence


The Trudeau government has decided to release the documents it used to justify invoking the Emergencies Act to the Public Order Emergency Commission on Tuesday after claiming for weeks that they were protected under cabinet confidence. 

According to a press release on the commission’s website, this is the fourth time since Confederation where a public inquiry was given access to cabinet secrets. 

“This exceptional step recognizes the fundamental importance of the Commission’s work and how critical these documents are in inquiring into why the Government declared a public order emergency,” said Commission counsel co-lead Shantona Chaudhury and Jeffrey Leon. 

“On behalf of Commissioner (Paul) Rouleau, we took the position that Cabinet documents must be released to facilitate the Commission’s examination and assessment of the basis for the Government’s decision to declare the emergency and fulfil the Commission’s mandate.” 

The Trudeau government is expected to produce the documents shortly, which will then be submitted as evidence to the inquiry. 

“It is in the public interest that this Public Inquiry be fully informed of the circumstances that led to Cabinet’s decision to declare the emergency and adopt the measures,” said Chaudry and Leon.

“We appreciate that the Government has acknowledged this and cooperated by making this voluntary disclosure. This is an important step in moving the Commission’s work forward.” 

In May, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino refused to commit to waiving cabinet confidentiality despite claiming that the commission would be as transparent as possible. 

“We will be there to work with Judge Rouleau to ensure that there is transparency and most importantly, to be sure that he has the information that he needs to validate and to review very, you know, with great scrutiny,” said Mendicino at the time. 

Conservatives have accused the Liberals of a mock trial on their use of the unprecedented powers. 

“The Liberal government is doing everything in their power to ensure this inquiry is unsubstantial and fails to hold them accountable,” said a statement by Conservative public safety critic Raquel Dancho. 

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15 hours ago, Kargokings said:

The Trudeau government is expected to produce the documents shortly, which will then be submitted as evidence to the inquiry

I can see it now…..redactions galore….what will remain will probably be useless.

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Under Trudeau, soo Re than you think, Canadians will be the only people in the world being penalized just because they exist.


Supreme Court reins in Biden's power on climate change

The Supreme Court on Thursday imposed major constraints on the breadth of EPA's authority to limit carbon emissions from power plants.

Why it matters: The 6-3 ruling in West Virginia v. EPA will likely make it harder for the Biden administration to meet its climate targets — and may tie the hands of future administrations that want to take aggressive action on climate change.

Driving the news: The court said EPA lacks wide latitude under the current Clean Air Act to force changes in the country's power mix that speed movement toward zero-carbon tech.

  • "Congress did not grant EPA in Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act the authority to devise emissions caps based on the generation shifting approach the Agency took in the Clean Power Plan," the conservative majority wrote in West Virginia v. EPA.
  • Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion, joined by justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. The three liberal justices, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer, dissented.
  • The decision follows a major scientific report on the fast-closing window to prevent some of the most dangerous effects of global warming, which is already causing substantial harm.

The big picture: The new limits on executive power come as President Biden's huge clean energy investment package has stalled in Congress.

  • That puts a heavier burden on the federal agencies to cut planet-warming emissions with existing authorities, which now face new constraints.
  • The administration's climate goals include a 50% cut in economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a fully decarbonized electricity sector by 2035.
  • Power plants are the second-largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • The administration is in the process of writing regulations for these facilities.

Catch up fast: The case stems from lower court battles over Obama-era rules to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, and a more modest Trump-era replacement.

  • Neither regulation is in effect. But last year, GOP-led states and coal companies successfullypetitioned the court to hear cases on the scope of EPA's power.

What we're watching: How EPA will seek to cut emissions from coal-fired power plants in light of the ruling.

  • In March, EPA Administrator Michael Regan said the agency's plans include indirectly tackling CO2 with rules that target air and water pollution.


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NATO leader chides Canada for slipping further from 2% of GDP defence target


Amid growing international hostility, Canada continues to slip further away from its NATO commitment to spend a minimum of 2% of GDP on the nation’s defence. 

NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made the message clear that all NATO allies are expected to meet the 2% target as a minimum and that Canada needs to step up.

“I expect all allies to meet the guidelines that we have set,” he said. “So of course, this is a message to all allies, including Canada.”

His comments came as NATO leaders arrived in Munich on Tuesday to take part in a major NATO summit. 

Prime minister Justin Trudeau defended his government’s defence spending at a press conference on Tuesday at this year’s G7 summit.

“We, like others, are developing plans to be able to scale up rapidly and those are conversations I very much look forward to having over the next couple of days.”

Despite the commitment made in 2014 to increase Canada’s defence spending to 2%, the Trudeau government has not outlined how they will reach this goal, instead choosing to remain vague.

According to a NATO press release, Canada’s defence spending as a share of GDP has dropped from 1.42% in 2020 and 1.32% in 2021 to 1.27% in 2022. 

While the Trudeau government has committed to increasing Canada’s military spending in the latest federal budget, the increase from $41.5 billion to $51.1 billion by 2026-27 will only increase Canada’s defence spending rate to an estimated 1.6%.

The parliamentary budget office estimates it would take $75 billion over the next five years to reach the target.

Currently, Canada falls behind the NATO guidelines and the NATO average as Canada places 24 out of the 29 NATO member nations in defence spending as a share of GDP.

In the report, Stoltenberg identified three groups of NATO members; 9 countries that are currently meeting the NATO defence spending recommendation, 19 that have a clear path to meeting the target by 2024, and 5 that are further behind. Canada is currently in the latter category. 

Countries like Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Slovak Republic, and Croatia did not meet the NATO recommendation in 2014 but were able to cross the threshold with significant increases in defence funding. 

On Wednesday, Trudeau met with Stoltenberg while at the NATO summit. According to the prime minister’s press release, “Trudeau affirmed Canada’s commitment to strengthening [NATO’s] shared security commitments, including through substantial investments in continental and northern defence.”

Conservative leadership candidate Jean Charest has said if he is elected prime minister, he will ensure that Canada meets the 2% defence spending mark and expand the Canadian Armed Forces to 100,000 regular personnel. 

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Trudeau makes Canadians take to the streets


  • Calgary Herald
  • 30 Jun 2022
  • CHRIS NELSON Chris Nelson is a regular columnist for the Calgary Herald.

They see him here; they see him there; the whole world sees him everywhere. Except in the House of Commons, which is where Justin Trudeau belongs.

Yes, Canada's answer to the Scarlet Pimpernel is at it again, engaging in the global hopscotching he loves so much, while back home (if he can recall where that is) our country is increasingly disillusioned and distraught.

It's actually hard to keep up with this guy. England, Latvia, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Ukraine, the U.S., Rwanda and back to Germany — since March.

Meanwhile, Parliament is rarely more than an occasional coming together of video images after virtual debate from remote locations, brought in when COVID-19 first hit, was extended for yet another year, thanks to the agreement of that other Liberal-owned and operated political party, one that should change its official moniker to No Darn Principles.

But, of course, having to actually debate measures while standing in the House of Commons was never something our prime minister thought worthy of his time. Famously, he was asked, while campaigning for office back in 2015, which country's political system he most admired. China was his immediate answer — because such a dictatorship allows immediate action for the boss man holding power.

Well, considering how quickly Trudeau invoked emergency measures following that Freedom Convoy last February and the current worrying overreach in the online hate-speech legislation — thanks once again to the NDP'S abject complicity — the prime minister's getting his wish.

Aren't these serious enough issues for proper, full-throated debate in the House of the People? Well, apparently not.

Meanwhile, national scandals keep popping up like mushrooms following a rainy weekend.

Worrying evidence the Liberals interfered in a mass murder investigation by urging cops to release details of the assault weapon used — thus aiding a push to tighten gun laws — despite Mounties wanting to keep that detail quiet while working with the FBI to track the actual source of the gun, are shrugged off as nothing too undue.

Oh, and speaking of Trudeau's most-admired country, independent research suggesting China may have interfered in the 2021 federal election by pressuring Chinese-born Canadians to vote Liberal is shelved with barely a murmur. (As a comparison, in the U.S., the Russian interference saga, following Donald Trump's victory, lasted the entire term of his presidency.)

Of course, many Canadians have more pressing issues than free speech and government interference in mass murder investigations to concern themselves with.

But last week a trip to a federal office here in Calgary brought home just how utterly rotten the current administration has become and how regular citizens pay an increasingly humiliating price.

Because you don't have to be an economic wizard or a law school graduate to understand the sheer frustration involved in trying to get your hands on a Canadian passport these days.

OK, so my wife needed photocopies of two standard documents verified before mailing them to Ottawa, so we trooped off early morning to a Service Canada office in the northeast.

On arrival, there was already a queue of about 20 outside the doors. Not moving a single inch in a subsequent hour, my wife asked the nice security guard when we'd likely be served. Probably not today was her reply. Hey, but we could wait for another six hours to discover if our luck was in.

We decided to forgo rolling those particular dice — instead, paying a notary public 50 bucks to solve our little issue. Fortunately, we didn't need passports, unlike most folk in that sad, soul-sucking line.

All across the country, Canadians face similar frustration, many now camping out overnight to be first in line.

This is Trudeau's Canada; so busy play-acting on the world stage that nobody in authority concludes that after two years of Covid-inspired travel restrictions there'd be a mad rush for passports once things opened up.

So, while the prime minister gallivants across the globe, Canadians line up in the street like hopeful beggars desperate for a handout.

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Take a close look at the picture and see if you can locate Justin. Relegated to the back of the bus or has he gone home?

No mention of his promises in the text of the article.  Perhaps no one was listening. I wonder if they heard him say he was going to increase our Defense spending just before our new budget showed an overall decrease in funding.


ATrudeau commits to $62.3 billion increase in military spending | The Council of Canadians Nato summit in Madrid for hawks

By Frank Gardner
BBC security correspondent, Madrid

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Leaders at the Nato summit in Madrid pose for a group photo on 29 JuneIMAGE SOURCE,EPA
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Leaders at the Nato summit in Madrid pose for a group photo on 29 June

Historic, transformative, game-changing. Even before this year's Nato summit began, the epithets were rolling in. For this was the first such summit since Russia's fateful invasion of Ukraine on 24 February.

Would differences bubble up to the surface? Would some countries push for an early ceasefire in Ukraine? Or would the alliance's more hawkish leaders get their way and see a new, robust posture towards Moscow with Nato's borders reinforced?

Most important of all, would Turkey drop its opposition to two key democracies - Finland and Sweden - joining the alliance?

That diplomatic breakthrough came early on with the two Nordic nations set to be fast-tracked to membership after their foreign ministers signed a security pact with Turkey.

The Kremlin reacted with predictable indignation, branding Nato an aggressive, expansionist organisation with imperialistic ambitions.

I asked Jens Stoltenberg, Nato's Secretary General, for his reaction.

"Finland and Sweden," he replied, "are two sovereign democratic nations and they have the right to choose their own path.

"Russia doesn't respect the decisions of free nations and therefore it uses force to try to prevent them from doing what they want. That's one of the reasons why they have invaded Ukraine."

And what, I asked Stoltenberg, would he say to those who suggest that Nato is partly to blame for the war in Ukraine by "provoking" a paranoid Kremlin which claims it is being surrounded by a hostile Nato?

"This idea that Nato has some kind of responsibility for the [Ukraine] war is absolutely meaningless," retorted the Nato chief.

"Ukraine is a sovereign nation, they have made their decision. We are 30 allies, we have made our decision. None of that is an excuse to invade another country.

"The core of this matter is that President Putin doesn't like a free democratic successful nation on his borders. He therefore wants to re-establish some kind of sphere of influence. That's unacceptable and that's why our allies are providing unprecedented levels of support to Ukraine."


That support materialised into a billion-pound package of UK military aid, including drones and electronic warfare kit, bringing the UK's military assistance to Kyiv to £2.3bn.

By midway through the summit the US had announced a package of reinforcements for Europe: two squadrons of F35 stealth bombers to be sent to Britain, two naval destroyers to Spain and thousands of troops to Romania.

The UK followed suit, announcing a further 1,000 troops to be allocated for the defence of Estonia, a frontline state on Russia's border with one of its two aircraft carriers allocated - in a time of emergency - to a newly enlarged Nato rapid response force that's set to grow from 40,000 troops to over 300,000.

The aim of all this, Nato ministers told me, was to build such a powerful deterrent that President Putin is dissuaded from launching any more land grabs in Europe.

But what about an eventual peace deal? Will it ever be possible to make a deal with Russia that ends the war in Ukraine?

That can only happen, said the UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, once Russia is pushed out of Ukraine and held accountable for its (alleged) war crimes.

Interviewing her in the shadow of the towering, plate-glass skyscraper that houses the UK's embassy in Madrid, I asked her if she still believed that included making Russia give up Crimea, which it annexed in 2014. She wouldn't be drawn. But she said Nato needed to ensure that a Russian invasion of a sovereign nation could never be repeated.

Ms Truss was far from being the only "hawk" pushing for a robust stance towards Russia, and to a lesser degree China.

In a sunlit Spanish garden in downtown Madrid I interviewed Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas. Could she, as a neighbour of Russia, I asked, trust in a future peace deal with Moscow?

"I think the West has been misled by Putin," she replied. "He has lied a lot and has not kept the promises that he has given and therefore we shouldn't believe him any more. Plus the mistake that we have done is that the war crimes have not been punished."

If there were any dissenting voices among leaders at this summit, I didn't hear them. But once those leaders have returned home they may find more domestic problems taking priority. So not every ambition announced with such fanfare in Madrid may end up being fulfilled.


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Imagine Trudeau having to face real Canadians on Canada day…..who da thought after 7years of his corrupt, woke, post national government, there would be people **bleep** off?? 
His arrogant, smarmy, have your backs, Canadian is a Canadian message is wearing thin and doesn’t want video of protests on national and international media……bring on the storm troopers!

Law enforcement should be ashamed of themselves…..Canada Day indeed.

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1 hour ago, st27 said:

Law enforcement should be ashamed of themselves…..

The trinity will now run its course. The warnings went unheeded and we need JT with a majority next election to consummate the deal.

I fear that won't happen though... we will forever be locked into a seesaw of liberal/conservative madness.

I keep expanding the fence line and posting no trespassing signs.

These fools can do as they please, just leave me out of it. All I want is nothing... 

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1 hour ago, st27 said:

Law enforcement should be ashamed of themselves…..Canada Day indeed.

Eventually it will come to a point where the instruments themselves become the target.  In the same way that businesses that propagate woke ideologies law enforcement organizations that enforce draconian and illegal "laws" need to be boycotted and ostracized.  

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Rex Murphy: Canada has been blessed. Take time to be grateful

Rex Murphy - 4h ago
Despite everything we see as messy or wrong, the vast majority of Canadians believe in their country, writes Rex Murphy.
© Provided by National PostDespite everything we see as messy or wrong, the vast majority of Canadians believe in their country, writes Rex Murphy.

Canada Day and Remembrance Day.

These are, or they certainly should be, the central holidays of our civic calendar. They are intimately entwined. (No more emphatically than in Newfoundland where July 1st is also a deep “remembrance” day for the Newfoundland Regiment’s terrible losses in the Battle of the Somme.)

Remembrance Day is most solemn.

Canada Day is — certainly is supposed to be — a day of gratitude and celebration.

The first and graver, Remembrance Day, serves to honour those who served in the wars of the past century.

The second and jubilant, Canada Day, serves to take stock, to call to mind how fortunate we have it.

July 1st and November 11th are conjoined — if I may put it this way, respectfully — each signals or completes the other. We offer gratitude on the former for the life we have in Canada, which the sacrifices recalled on the latter bequeathed us.

And we have high reason for that gratitude.

For so very many countries over the past century and longer, history has been a huge, cruel fist, Orwell’s terrible book. It has been a record of subjection or tyranny, civil wars, vicious internecine slaughters — Rwanda and Cambodia offer very recent horrific instances. In other countries, citizens have been caught for decades under continuous menace and worse from their own governments. On the really terrible end of the scale there is North Korea, even today, a prison house of a country; to read the memoirs of the handful who have escaped that barracks will leave you weeping.


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Can Canada Day be ‘source of unity’ with reconciliation focus?

Any people which has endured, or is enduring rule under Communism, who have therefore never known freedom, in too may cases for whole generations, have looked and are looking with exhausted yearning to those countries, ours among them, whose democracies, however imperfectly, put freedom and the individual as the lodestars of government.

And we can see, too, that states that have emerged from Communism do not easily or quickly shed their genetic strands of cruelty and wantonness. Vladimir Putin’s vile invasion of Ukraine will stand as the current reminder of that truth.

To continue this grim catalogue is unnecessary, for the rest of it is too well-known.

So we Canadians should, at some moments of pause, centre in our consciousness what we have not experienced, not endured, what we have been spared. And offer thanks, express gratitude, for that exception.

We have other motives for the same emotion. Canada is prosperous, at depth it is stable, fortunate in its neighbour state, and has been largely exempt from the great miseries of the world, from real poverty and real violence. We may not wish to say it aloud, but we have been blessed. We should stay a moment to mark this as well.

Canada Day and Remembrance Day are those moments of pause. They are, or certainly were meant to be — there has been more than a sense of drift away from their original purpose — special times to take stock of ourselves and our country, to note the sacrifices and achievements of our common enterprise, and to note how both are so deeply entwined, how sacrifice — sometimes terrible as in war, sometimes patient endurance and personal industry as in the early days of making this country — enabled the achievement; and how achievement built the spirit to undertake and enable those sacrifices.

On a more placid level we also look at ourselves as we are today. At the Everyday of Canada.

For despite everything we see as messy or wrong, every incompetence, every annoyance, the vast majority of Canadians like their country, believe in their country, and are sad only when those “leading” it leave them ashamed at their mediocrity.

We are in most cases — there are always exceptions — at ease with each other. Hop over to some province not your own and see how fine the welcome is. Most people are quite welcoming — tactful, too. They don’t swarm with the hospitality, but kind of gently glide into it.

The touch of reticence in the Canadian temperament is a great thing. (Our neighbour favours a mode of exuberance, but to each his own.) It’s a signal of consideration for the sensibility of the other fellow. Part of “being nice.” Being pleasant.

Don’t think nice or pleasant are small words. A country has to have grown a great deal, to have with much effort evolved to some rare condition, for these qualities to even approach being seen (or being lightly joked about) as national characteristics. There are, come to think of it, worse things than being nice.

It would be a nice thing to see — I am writing on the eve of Canada Day — a full and wholesome celebration of our kindly providence on July 1st, a refreshment of appreciation for the country we hold in common. As it would be to see on November 11th a deeper renewal of appreciation for the ultimate contribution of those soldier-generations past.

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Happy Canada Day! Happy Dominion Day!

 True North
July 1, 2022

We know the last two years have been difficult for Canadians. Endless government lockdowns and mandates continue to this day and it seems like the woke left has taken over almost every institution in Canada. In fact, many radical activists don’t want you to celebrate Canada Day at all!

But here at True North, we’re optimistic about the future of Canada. We believe Canada is worth celebrating.

For Canada Day this year, we want to share our favourite Canadian moments. From our heroic efforts in World War II to the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA championship, Canadians have a lot to be proud of.

Canada is still the True North strong and free – and no politician or woke activist can take that away from us.

From all of us here at True North, Happy Canada Day! Happy Dominion Day!


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1 hour ago, st27 said:

Imagine Trudeau having to face real Canadians on Canada day…..who da thought after 7years of his corrupt, woke, post national government, there would be people **bleep** off?? 
His arrogant, smarmy, have your backs, Canadian is a Canadian message is wearing thin and doesn’t want video of protests on national and international media……bring on the storm troopers!

Law enforcement should be ashamed of themselves…..Canada Day indeed.

Like most things, there are always at least 2 sides to a story.


Officer was 'choked,' four people arrested in 'interaction' at the National War Memorial: Ottawa police

Staff Reporter - Yesterday 8:15 p.m.
© Provided by Ottawa CitizenFile: Ottawa police headquarters on Elgin Street in Ottawa

Ottawa police say an officer was choked in a confrontation at the National War Memorial.

Police say they are reviewing video of the incident but the “initial investigation” found an interaction between officers and individuals at the site became “confrontational” after one officer was choked.

Other officers then responded and four people were arrested.

Army reservist James Topp, who was charged after criticizing vaccine mandates in uniform earlier this year, ended his cross-Canada march at the memorial on Thursday, with “freedom” demonstrators on hand to cheer him on.


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There is a large police presence in downtown Ottawa in advance of planned demonstrations organized by “freedom” protesters on Canada Day. A picnic in Strathcona Park is scheduled for tomorrow followed by a march and dance party downtown.


City police have called in RCMP backup while the city has a “vehicle exclusion zone” in effect around Parliament Hill and Mayor Jim Watson has urged people to head downtown to celebrate Canada Day in person (for the first time since 2019) and not be intimidated or bullied by those who may try to disrupt the party.

On Wednesday night, Ottawa police say officers arrested a man who was causing a disturbance on Parliament Hill. The man, who was also wanted in Toronto on outstanding warrants, was being returned there for a court appearance.

Earlier on Thursday, police announced said they had arrested a second person for breaching their bail conditions to not enter Ottawa.

The person’s vehicle was also seized.

The arrest followed a what police described as an “operation” near Highway 417 and Anderson Road in the east end.

No further details were immediately available.

In Canada Day message, Trudeau says Canadian flag represents promise of a better life | CBC News

Freedom Convoy protesters return to Ottawa for Canada Day | CBC News

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I will agree 2 sides to the story……but after Trudeau calling the trucker convoy a bunch of mysoginists, rapists and arsonists, calling out the flying of non existent confederate flags and nazi swastikas, invoking the Emergency Measures Act because he and local police couldn’t deal with them, the media going all out hyping the story, Mayor Jim Watson saying there will be zero tolerance for protestors and the latest examples of political interference with the RCMP…I have become a skeptic with whatever goes on with politics in Ottawa and the independence of the police.

I think the police probably incited an interaction to make a statement….

All in all …. the last couple of years have changed my mind on the direction the government is taking the country.

Now, if there was video/audio showing aggression towards the officers, justifying the arrest, I might change my mind about the use of excessive force….so far, not convinced. (Especially from coverage by the CBC).



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How long before we see the kids encouraging their parents to take MAID to either relieve them of the responsibility of caring for them, and/or to inheriting earlier. In today's self focused society I'd say it's inevitable.

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6 hours ago, GDR said:

How long before we see the kids encouraging their parents to take MAID to either relieve them of the responsibility of caring for them, and/or to inheriting earlier. In today's self focused society I'd say it's inevitable.

MAID is something I would look into if I was aware that I was likely to turn into a vegetable no longer aware.  I would not want last memories of those I love to focus on someone who could no longer recognize them. 

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