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    Tim and Kay Diemont Earn TruBlue Total House Care’s Franchisee of the Year Award for a Second Year in a Row – - March 5, 2020 by admin

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    YORKTOWN, VA. (PRWEB) March 02, 2020 - TruBlue Total House Care, the national franchise focused on full-service home maintenance, is pleased to announce that Tim and Kay Diemont, the local owners and operators of TruBlue of Yorktown, have been recognized as the companys Franchisees of the Year. The award was presented at the companys national conference on February 4, 2020. This is the second consecutive year the Diemonts have earned this award.

    Tim and Kay are not only smart business owners, but also amazing people. In addition to their work locally with TruBlue, they are active in the franchise system talking to potential franchisees, participating in training and even helping us to develop new systems and they give back to their community. They are a powerful team and Im looking forward to watching them continue to grow TruBlue of Yorktown, TruBlue President Sean Fitzgerald said.

    TruBlue is a full-service company that offers both bundled and unbundled services. Clients looking for dependable, high-quality, individual services can hire TruBlue for just basic help around the home, handyman repairs, cleaning services, emergency repairs, landscaping, seasonal services and minor home renovations. For clients looking for total house care solutions especially seniors and busy families who want the comfort and convenience of owning a home without worrying about the maintenance hassles TruBlue offers a House Care Plus monthly maintenance program. TruBlue also works with homeowners, realtors and rental property owners who need to get homes move-in ready quickly and keep them maintained as well as business clients.

    It was a nice surprise to be chosen as the Franchisee of the Year again this year. We are about to celebrate our seventh anniversary with TruBlue and we were able to take our head of maid services, Joan, who has been with us since day one, to join us on the stage. We appreciate the support of our community and our hard-working team, who make the work we do possible, Kay said.

    Tim and Kay opened TruBlue of Yorktown in the March of 2013 and theyve been able to grow the business by about 25 percent each year since they opened. In addition to working with residents and property owners, the Diemonts also work with military housing departments, senior apartment complexes and apartment buildings. They currently have about 20 employees and they serve Yorktown, Poquoson, Newport News and properties on the Peninsula.

    We feel very fortunate to have been able to make a positive impact on our community by serving the senior and veteran populations here in our area as well as the busy adults who dont have time to take care of everything and want their spare time back. Owning a TruBlue has not only given us the opportunity to service our community but also to live a lifestyle that makes us happy. When you own your own business, you are in charge of your own destiny and as Tim always says, It truly is the American Dream, Kay said.

    TruBlue of Yorktown is bonded and insured. To learn more about TruBlue of Yorktown, call 757-243-1297, email or visit

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    The Marion Maid-Rite Will Reopen Later This Year – - March 5, 2020 by admin

    A popular restaurant will be returning to its former location in 2020!

    According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, a new Maid-Rite will be opening at 1000Seventh Marion at the end of the year. The Gazette reports:

    "The restaurant is being brought back by co-franchise ownersJoe Hill, ofSan Diego, Calif., andJamie Hoth, owner ofSelect Construction Marion, after its doors closed three years ago."

    The new owners originally had plans to open a new restaurant at the location, but eventually decided to bring back the Marion favorite. The former ownerEllie Osborn Riley closed the restaurant back in January of 2017 after 31 years in business, but not because it was strugglingto get customers. She was just looking for a change. Joe Hill spoke to Ellie and her daughters Teri Entas and Nicole Ashby about his plans and says they have been very supportive and given their blessing.

    Althoughthe restaurant isstillunder the Maid-Rite umbrella and is going to be located in the same building, there are going to be some changes. First of all,it'sgoing to be gettinga new name.We spoketo co-owner Jamie Hoth this morning, who revealed to us that the Marion Maid-Rite will become the City Square Maid-Rite. The restaurant and restrooms will also become ADA compliant. In addition to those changes, the building will be getting a total makeover, with a potential banquet room and arcade on the first floor. Here's an idea of what it will look like, courtesy of Martin Gardner Architecture:

    As far as the food goes, the recipes will stay the same, with the addition of breakfast.The menuwill includeMaid-Rite sandwiches, tenderloins, onion rings, pasta, soup, ice cream, and otherdesserts. Joe and Jamie hope to have the restaurant open in December of this year.

    To read more on the new City Square Maid-Rite coming to Marion, check out the Gazette article HERE.

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    When assisted dying means you have to go before you’re ready – The Guardian - March 5, 2020 by admin

    Leila Bell, an 85-year-old great grandmother in Vancouver, decided the circumstances of her death warranted one last act of advocacy.

    She told a handful of close friends, her psychologist and her doctor about her plan. Her long-time confidante Sarah Townsend made the arrangements.

    On 22 August 2019, six days before the day Bell was scheduled to die, a freelance photojournalist and an interviewer met Bell at Townsends home. Bell sat in an armchair in the living room, wearing scarlet lipstick and freshly styled hair for the camera, and, looking straight ahead, described her plight.

    She wanted to live longer, she could live longer, but she had to die now. Otherwise, she risked losing her chance to die with dignity. In order to meet the Canadian regulations for medical assistance in dying, known as Maid, Bell had to die before she became any sicker.

    This, she believed, was wrong, as she explained on camera. This is my last activist ... she said into the camera and paused, searching for the perfect word. She smiled when it came to her. Offering.

    Bell had been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimers disease 16 months earlier. She had watched her mother die from the same disease decades before. Near the end, her mother couldnt recognize a table, chairs or her own daughter, Bell recalled. During those visits, Bell told herself that she did not want her family and friends to endure the stress of caring for her if she ever developed Alzheimers.

    I remember how awful it was to see the deterioration of this woman who lost everything, every part of her ultimately except her shell, she said.

    Bell first noticed something amiss when she was 82 years old. Shed lose her line of thought while reading, and reading was one of my, since childhood, my favourite things to do, she said. She was taking university courses in writing and philosophy at the time, and dropped them because she couldnt concentrate.

    She saw a doctor who gave her the diagnosis: Alzheimers disease, early stage.

    Bell, who lived alone, saw herself changing in the months after her diagnosis. She got physically lost going shopping and mentally lost during conversations. She grew frustrated when she could not find the perfect word or figure out her way through a problem.

    Solving problems was her job: shed been a lifelong activist who had advocated for breaking down barriers to women in the workplace since the 1970s. I never marched or burned my bra, she said, but my concern about the status of women in society was a very key one. I tried everything I could to have an impact on that. She marched in gay pride parades long before most politicians dared to, dyeing her hair purple in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

    A single mother of three, Bell put herself through university at night while working full-time. She went to become a high-ranking civil servant, overseeing more than 700 employees in the provinces health commission. After retiring, she was wooed back to work for a year, a job she did partly pro bono, to help a not-for-profit organization that supports women and at-risk pregnant teens.

    Other people might be more easygoing about fumbling for the right word but Bell was not, she said. She was becoming uncharacteristically emotional and found herself weeping in public. This is thwarting me one loss piles on top of another loss, and until it gets to the point where, being a human being of my nature and type, theres scarcely anything left in it, she said. I dont know how best to explain that.

    She recognized that her disease was worsening and, in May 2019, she made the choice to apply for an assisted death before she lost her independence.

    The problem, as she saw it, is that Canadas Maid law currently only covers people who have the capacity to give informed consent on the day of their death, so a person with advanced Alzheimers is unlikely to qualify. Whats more, it is impossible with a disease like Alzheimers to predict when a person will lose their capacity to consent. The rate of change can be unpredictable often, an event like a fall or an infection can suddenly speed up decline.

    Perhaps if I had another illness, I might know [when] I was going to die. So I might be told by a doctor, you have another two months, three months, six months. I cant be told that, Bell said.

    She weighed the decision privately before she set a date. She feared making the wrong choice of waiting too long and missing out on the chance to have medical help in dying, or dying too early and missing out on time with those she loved, including her grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

    In the video, Bell is razor-sharp, logical and unemotional. She speaks in sentences of complex structure contrary to the commonly held stereotype of a person with Alzheimers. When she laughs, she throws her head back with delight. But for most of the two hours, she delivers her message with sobriety, arguing that the more than 500,000 Canadians with Alzheimers and other dementias should be able to make advanced requests for medical assistance in dying.

    If I had been able to do an advanced request, I would not have had to decide to make that decision to die now, said Bell. I have been forced to decide now because I fear that at some future time, I will not be able to request it due to the compromise in my brain being much more severe.

    You can hear her explain how sure she was:

    In 2016, the Canadian government passed a law allowing medical assistance in dying. Nurse practitioners or physicians can assess a persons eligibility for Maid and carry out the procedure, and it is covered by the countrys publicly funded health system.

    But there are restrictions. To be eligible, a person must meet certain criteria: they must be candidates for health services funded by a government within Canada; they must be at least 18 years old and capable of making decisions about their health. They must have a grievous and irremediable medical condition. The request must be voluntary, and the person requesting it must be informed of all the means available to relieve their suffering, including palliative care.

    And, finally, they must give informed consent at least twice: first, on the day they are assessed for eligibility and again, after a minimum 10-day waiting period, on the day they receive Maid. To give informed consent, a person must have capacity a medical concept demonstrated by skills involving memory, judgment and decision-making.

    Many supporters of Maid in Canada feel the law is too restrictive. They want to see an end to the requirement for informed consent on the day of death. They want the law changed so a person could make an advanced request for Maid a modification called Audreys Amendment, named for Audrey Parker, a Halifax woman who opted to die earlier than she planned because she worried her cognition was beginning to falter, as a result of her incurable cancer.

    In cases like Leilas and Audreys, and a number of other cases across the country that we know about, people are fearful that they will lose capacity and therefore they get medical assistance in dying early, said Jim Cowan, a retired Canadian senator and board member for Dying With Dignity Canada.

    Since Canadas Maid law came into effect in June 2016, more than 13,000 Canadians have chosen to die peacefully with the help of a physician or nurse practitioner. It is unknown how many more people were assessed and approved but lost capacity before the procedure was performed, said Cowan. They continue to suffer intolerably, which is bizarre.

    Last month, the Trudeau government introduced a bill to make amendments to the legislation, following a public consultation in which more than 300,000 Canadians participated. If passed, the bill would allow advanced waivers for people who are nearing the end of their lives meaning, under certain conditions, they would not need to give final and informed consent for an assisted death on the day they died. This would achieve Audrey Parkers dream.

    But the amendments would not achieve Bells wishes. She hoped that people with dementias would be able to write advanced directives setting out the conditions that would trigger their medically assisted death.

    Bell wanted to wait until she met the criteria for mid-stage Alzheimers.

    Leila wanted to be able to set out a condition in advance, not a date, said Townsend.

    A parliamentary review of Maid is scheduled to begin by June and will consider further amendments to assisted dying in Canada, including eligibility for people with conditions like dementias that could affect their decision-making capacity at some point in the future.

    Dr Jennifer Gibson, director of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, called for more discussion about advanced requests in the context of dementia, but she was happy with the direction Canada was moving.

    Were going to need the runway of some time to think about ... how we might be responsive to the interests of persons with dementia who want, like the rest of us without dementia, to be the author of the ends of their own lives, she said.

    Informed consent can be difficult for someone struggling with a terminal illness. Cancers tend to follow a general trajectory the body declines but the mind remains sharp until closer to the end. A person with cancer is an alert witness to their changing body, able to track their own degeneration and make informed decisions about their medical care until closer to the end.

    Their capacity can deteriorate, and quickly. A combination of disease and medication can wreak havoc with their thought patterns. This is not uncommon in the advanced stages of cancer: patients become drowsy and confused. They forget where they are and what is happening. Even if they have already been approved for Maid, they may be unable to engage with a physician on the day of their planned death to affirm, with certainty, that they understand the stakes, to say this is how and when they choose to end their life.

    It is different for a person with any type of dementia, including Alzheimers. Someone with Alzheimers loses their cognitive function progressively, often over years. Their ability to give informed consent can disappear long before their body nears its natural death.

    Its that long period of uncertainty, of living without capacity, that Leila Bell feared.

    For 40 years, Bell supported the right to die with dignity. She longed for assisted dying in Canada before it was legal, as she watched some of the people closest to her die. In 1991, her second husband, Clare, to whom shed been married for nearly 20 years, died from complications following a heart attack. Leila fell into deep depression and moved in with her best friend, who later died from diabetes. In 2002, Bells 49-year-old daughter, Anne, developed an unusual gastrointestinal condition and died, after being cared for by her mother.

    I always felt people should have the choice of an assisted death, Bell said. We have our own lives to live and we have a right to live those lives in the way we want to as long as were not hurting anybody else.

    When it was time, Bell sought out Dr Ellen Wiebe, a well-known supporter and practitioner of Maid in Vancouver. Wiebe was the first physician in Canada to perform Maid outside of Quebec. After several appointments, Wiebe told Bell that she was eligible for an assisted death but shed have to die earlier than she would naturally. Wiebe could see Bells capacity deteriorating. She was at risk within a relatively short time of losing capacity, said Wiebe.

    Bell chose a date in late August. She wanted to squeeze in as much time with her family as she could before she died. In June, she flew her two grandchildren to Vancouver. She sat them down and handed them a letter shed written, explaining her diagnosis and her decision. She wrote that she did not want them to remember her like she remembered her mother in the last stages of Alzheimers. They pushed back; they said they didnt see any change in her. They held her letter up as an example of her high level of functioning.

    Her granddaughter Erin Spence, who has one daughter and is now pregnant with a second child, told her grandmother that she wanted her children to know their great grandmother. She and her brother were not opposed to assisted dying but they could not wrap their minds around the immediacy of her decision.

    We just felt like, Why do you do have this now? said Spence. I didnt notice any difference in her, to be perfectly honest. I really didnt.

    But eventually, Spence and her brother understood that she had no other choice.

    Bell explains how those conversations were difficult for both parties:

    Bell said she never wavered after her decision, but came up with the idea of recording a video to lobby for change. She paid for the recording of the video and bequeathed it to Dying With Dignity Canada via Townsend.

    Leila was extraordinary: independent, stubborn, persistent, an activist, said Townsend. But a good death should be available to each ordinary one of us. One shouldnt have to be extraordinary or lucky to have a good death.

    Bell organized a party with her friends four days before she died and a quiet family dinner the night before. She died on 28 August 2019, surrounded by her daughter and her daughters partner, Townsend and her partner, and her grandchildren and their spouses.

    Before she died, Bell thanked everyone in the room for surrounding her with love, like a warm blanket.

    Then, she smiled and winked, and died a few minutes later.

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    Why is Portland’s airport called a jetport and known by the letters PWM? – Lewiston Sun Journal - March 5, 2020 by admin

    Part of an occasional series answering readers questions about Maine.

    Why is Portlands airport called a jetport and why is it known by the letters PWM?

    Its a name that recalls The Jetsons, the jazzy 1960s animated TV show about an outer-space family with a talking dog and a beeping robot maid.

    Named more than 50 years ago, Portland International Jetport might sound a bit cute today, when most other flight facilities are called airports.

    The name has proven durable, however, surviving a short-lived, politically controversial change in 1982, and it hasnt stymied growth any. The jetport underwent a series of major expansions through the early 2000s and served a record-breaking 2.18 million passengers last year, with seasonal flights to Minneapolis, Dallas and Denver starting in June.

    Plus, the name helps to set the jetport apart from Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon.

    If you say jetport, people know youre talking about Portland, Maine, said jetport Director Paul Bradbury.

    But the jetport clearly has some name-related issues, and they go beyond the use of the word jetport. Why is international in the name if it offers no direct foreign flights? And why are its code letters PWM?

    The last question is easiest to answer.

    PWM is the jetports geocode with the International Air Transportation Association. Three-letter airport codes were developed in the 1930s as a way for pilots to identify landing locations.

    Back then it was the Portland Municipal Airport and the last beacon of its lighted airway was located in Westbrook, 10 miles to the west. So, PWM stands for Portland Westbrook Municipal, Bradbury said.

    Internationally, its known as KPWM, because the association recently added K to the geocodes of all U.S. airports.

    But the Westbrook beacon is long gone, and no part of the 769-acre airport is actually in Westbrook. In fact, the southern half is in South Portland. To clear up any confusion, would it be possible to change the jetports geocode?

    Not a chance, Bradbury said, because any change could cause international confusion and most, if not all, letter combinations have now been taken. PME, for instance, is Portsmouth, England, and POR is Pori, Finland. Portland, Oregon, is PDX.

    The letters dont necessarily mean anything, Bradbury said, though he acknowledged that airlines now use them on tickets and flight listings, and PWM is incorporated into the jetports logo.

    It has become a branding aspect for most airports, Bradbury said. Its how many people search for tickets online.

    But not every airport is lucky enough to have recognizable call letters like JFK, ATL and LAX, Bradbury said.

    Chicagos OHare International Airport is ORD because it was built in and initially named after a former farming village known as Orchard Place. Orlando International Airport is MCO because it used to be McCoy Air Force Base.

    Portland Municipal Airport was renamed Portland International Jetport in April 1969, following a major runway expansion project and the opening of a new terminal building in 1968.

    A news brief in the Maine Sunday Telegram didnt make much of the change, reporting that Stephen Schmitt, the citys director of aviation and public buildings, had revealed the new name on Saturday, April 26, 1969.

    For many years, Schmitt said, customs and immigration services have been available at the airport, so the designation of international will highlight to the aviation public that these services are available.

    The name change also reflected the citys desire to promote the idea that the airport now served jet planes. Maine Joins The Jet Age was the headline on an opinion column written in June 1968 by Richard Jones, district sales manager of the newly formed Northeast Airlines.

    The opening of the new terminal building at Portland Municipal Airport, following soon after the completion of the runway extensions which permitted us to start the long-awaited DC-9 jet service here will thrust Greater Portland firmly into the jet age, Jones wrote.

    While Portland wasnt alone in having a jetport, other cities have since renamed their airfields from jetports to airports,such as Millington-Memphis Airport in Tennessee. Today, PWM is one of few jetports remaining in the United States, including one in Jacksonville, Florida, and four in North Carolina.

    As for the jetports international standing, Bradbury acknowledged that past attempts to establish service to Canada and other foreign places have failed. However, he said, the jetport serves nearly 100,000 passengers annually on domestic flights connecting to international destinations, including Cancun, Toronto, Tokyo and London.

    Bradbury, an engineer who has worked at the jetport for 28 years, said he knew of no recent attempts to change the jetports name. The last major effort went so badly.

    The Portland City Council changed the name to Edmund S. Muskie International Airport on Feb. 1, 1982. The former U.S. senator from Maine, a Democrat, had recently retired from his post as U.S. secretary of state under President Jimmy Carter.

    The political blowback was so intense, the council rescinded the name change before the end of the month, at Muskies urging.

    To my utter dismay, I now find my name caught up in an unpleasant controversy which has converted a gesture of goodwill into an empty honor, Muskie wrote to the council. I suppose I have been involved in politics long enough to have anticipated such a result. In any case, I want no part of it.

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    How far should the assisted-death law go? Look to the Charter – Policy Options - March 5, 2020 by admin

    Now that the federal government has tabled proposed amendments to the law governing medical assistance in dying (MAiD), its imperative that the laws severe restrictions be lifted so that personal autonomy is respected. The law has forced disabled Canadians seeking MAiD either to attempt to take their own lives or suffer indefinitely.

    The amendments in Bill C-7, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), propose a two-criteria system one for Canadians and the other for Canadians whose death is reasonably foreseeable.

    We need to make sure the proposed amendments, tabled in Parliament on February 24, 2020, go far enough to fully correct the legislation, which the courts have struck down as unconstitutional.

    Bill C-7 is the federal governments response to the Quebec Superior Court ruling in Truchon v. Attorney General of Canada, which said the requirement of a reasonably foreseeable death to be eligible for MAiD was discriminatory.

    Bill C-14, which has come to be known as the MAiD law, has been widely criticized by civil liberties organizations and the Canadian Bar Association. They have urged the government to correct its unconstitutionality. In the legal community in Canada, there is agreement on this: the legislation is unconstitutional.

    The unconstitutionality comes down to the 2015 Carter v. Canada Supreme Court case ruling, which does not stipulate that your death has to be reasonably foreseeable. The Carter v. Canada ruling was based on intolerable and irremediable suffering, not proximity to death. Kay Carter was an 89-year-old woman with degenerative spinal stenosis; she lived in a wheelchair as her body gradually collapsed on itself. The court found that being allowed to suffer indefinitely and kept alive against her will was unconstitutional. Reasonably foreseeable death is found nowhere in the decision.

    Yet, the government went on to craft a law that has restricted medical assistance in dying to those applicants with a reasonably foreseeable death, a term that is vague and legally undefined. The family of Kay Carter has questioned whether she would have even qualified for MAiD under the current law.

    The MAiD law is anything but fair, equitable legislation. Even Justice Minister David Lametti, who was an MP in 2016, voted against the MAiD bill that year, saying: As a professor of law in Canada for 20 years and a member of two Canadian Bars, I also worry about passing legislation that is at serious risk of being found to be unconstitutional. On these grounds, I was not able to give it my vote in good conscience.

    What are the proposed changes?

    Among the most notable changes tabled this week in Bill C-7:

    For Canadians seeking MAiD where death isnt reasonably foreseeable, additional criteria must be met:

    The government also wants to allow what it calls a waiver of final consent. This has been referred to by some as Audreys amendment. It would allow for an advanced directive only when natural death is reasonably foreseeable and the following criteria are met:

    A person can give consent in writing to receive MAiD on a scheduled day, even if they are no longer able to consent. This waives the requirement that consent be expressed immediately before the MAiD procedure. If on the day of the MAiD procedure the person has lost capacity to consent to MAiD, the practitioner can provide MAiD using the written directive or waiver of final consent. Any consent given in advance would be able to be invalidated by the person demonstrating with words or gestures a refusal or resistance to the administration of MAiD at the time of the procedure.

    Caution must be exercised

    These amendments could set the table for further court challenges. If the government continues to restrict access that does not respect the rights outlined by the Charter (sections 7 and 15(1)), further cases are likely.

    Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms states, Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.

    To prohibit access to assisted dying for any group limits their right to life, liberty, and security, when the result of prohibition is that some individuals are compelled to take their life prematurely, as Jocelyn Downie explained in the Carter v. Canada case.

    Furthermore, it denies people the liberty to make decisions about their own health and medical care and bodily integrity. Allowing a Canadian to suffer intolerably also impinges on the security of the person.

    Section 15(1) states, Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

    If medical assistance in dying is limited to select categories of the population, the government is denying equal access and thereby the right to equal benefit of the law. Both sections 7 and 15(1) have been used in court cases to reinforce equal access to MAiD.

    As MPs begin to debate the proposed amendments, lets hope for less of the paternalism that infused the initial legislation. That legislation was passed by many of the MPs who will be voting this time. The individual must have autonomy over a life after a diagnosis and a decision about their death.

    Safeguards for disabled Canadians

    There is a worry among disability rights organizations that an expanded MAiD could erode disability supports and lead people to encourage death over life for disabled Canadians. They fear the message a more expansive MAiD could send to disabled persons, as Catherine Frazee, former chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, has said.

    However, equal, fair access to MAiD would empower disabled Canadians, giving them the same autonomy that others have in making their own choice on assisted dying. Disabled Canadians have not been given the right to make their own choice about MAiD because of so-called safeguards that restrict it to those with reasonably foreseeable deaths.

    Disabled Canadians have successfully defended their Charter-given rights in some of our nations highest courts. From Carter v. Canada in 2015 to Truchon v. Attorney General of Canada, Lamb v. Canada, and A.B. v. Ontario (Attorney General), the plaintiffs were disabled Canadians. We would not have medical assistance in dying in this country without the efforts and courage of disabled Canadians. Its about time they have the full rights they have demanded.

    The current legislation has excluded disabled Canadians from having the autonomy that Carter v. Canada afforded. In Carter v. Canada, the Supreme Court was clear on what it considered to be the criteria for access to medical assistance in dying: A competent adult person who clearly consents to the termination of life and has a grievous and irremediable medical condition, including an illness, disease or disability, that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition.

    It was a decision arrived at on the basis of suffering, not the end-of-life or the need to protect populations. If the government had considered the Carter v. Canada decision, any disabled Canadian enduring intolerable suffering would have the right to access.

    The government speaks of individual autonomy but hasnt respected it in legislation. The government talks about protecting the vulnerable, yet Audrey Parker of Halifax famously had to use MAiD earlier than she wanted to. Other Canadians have committed suicide after being denied a medically assisted death, including Saskatchwans Cecilia Chmura, Quebecs Jacques Campeau, BCs Adam Ross, and Ontarios Adam Maier-Clayton.

    There are those who are waiting in limbo for the government to adopt the amendments like Justine Noel, my common-law partner for whom I am a caretaker. For two years, she has struggled to access a medically assisted death. She would qualify except that her death isnt reasonably foreseeable. In Truchon v. Attorney General, Justice Christine Baudouin called the limitation of a reasonably foreseeable death a flagrant contradiction of the fundamental principles concerning respect for the autonomy of competent people and referred to it multiple times in her 187-page ruling as discriminatory.

    And then there are those who have pursued VSED, voluntarily stopping eating and drinking, as Jocelyn Downie has written.

    The government has used language like safeguards to rebrand restriction, constitutional violations and suppression of rights.

    Is MAiD for mental illness possible?

    These amendments arent a cure-all. MAiD is still denied to Canadians whose sole diagnosis is mental illness. What will it take for them to be afforded their Charter rights?

    Ken Chan, a 62-year-old Canadian military veteran with depression, committed suicide on the stairs of the Alberta legislature in December 2019, less than an hour after sending emails to federal and provincial health ministers urging them to expand access to medical assistance in dying. Will it take deaths, suicides and evidence of mistreatment before people with mental illness can draw on their Charter rights?

    Canada has an opportunity to create legislation that is fair and balanced, something every Canadian deserves. Theres no room for partisan politics. This is a chance to produce legislation that is constitutionally sound.

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    Give Texas Homeowners Handyman Gift Certificates This Holiday – - December 20, 2019 by admin

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    Maid Service Software Global Market Status, By Players, Types, Applications And Forecast To 2027 – Market Research Sheets - December 20, 2019 by admin

    New Statistical Research for Maid Service Software market 2019 displays the latest industry insights with future trends and analysis of the products and services, enabling you to deeply penetrate the Maid Service Software market with high profitability.

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    Niche picks: A handful of Seattle neighborhood bookstores name their bestselling titles of 2019 – Seattle Times - December 20, 2019 by admin

    If you want to learn about a Seattle neighborhood, browse the shelves of its independent bookstores. Local bookstores succeed when they place the interests and aspirations of their neighbors over the fads and excesses of national bestseller lists. And every time we buy books from a neighborhood bookseller, we change the bookstore a little bit, too we shape it to more closely reflect ourselves.

    So what better way to understand what 2019 has meant for Seattle than to ask local bookstores for their neighborhood bestsellers the books that havent necessarily dominated national or even Seattle-area bestseller lists, but which have captured the attention of their customers, their booksellers.

    For dramatic evidence of how a bookstore reflects its neighborhood, look no further than Secret Garden Books. Suzanne Perry, the stores event manager, says this year has continued the sea change in the demographic shift of our Ballard neighborhood. As Ballard has gotten younger, Perry says, our sci-fi/fantasy section doubled in volume this year. The star of this newly enhanced section is Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. Perry says key staff members fell in love with the fantasy novel, which is heavily influenced by African history. Its continued to sell briskly through being shortlisted for a National Book Award in the fall, and were sure it will continue to lead the way during holiday shopping, Perry says.

    Just across the Ballard Locks, Georgiana Blomberg, owner of Magnolias Bookstore, says a local birder has charmed the neighborhood. Molly Hashimoto is a Seattle author who has visited our store several times and is beloved by our customers, Blomberg says.HerBirds of the Westwas one of our top-selling books this year. Its an artists guide to the illustration of birds, with her own woodcuts and watercolors throughout.

    North Fremonts Book Larder, the most delightfully food-obsessed bookstore in Seattle, is known for its slate of cooking classes and its walls of gorgeous cookbooks. But store manager Mira Courage says one of their favorite books of 2019 has more than just great recipes and pretty pictures though it has those, too, featuring dishes from Vietnam, Ethiopia, Syria and India. Courage calls Recipes for Refuge: Culinary Journeys to America a spectacular compilation of recipes and stories from local immigrants and refugees. Better still, Courage says, proceeds from book sales support Refugee Womens Alliance, a Seattle-area nonprofit that provides refugees and immigrants services such as ESL classes, vocational training and housing.

    At Adas Technical Books, the science-minded bookstore, caf and meeting space on Capitol Hill, customers cant stop talking about Sandworm by Andy Greenberg. Manager John Sepulveda calls this nonfiction account of technological threats an engrossing page-turner that reads like a fictional thriller, which reminds readers of the importance of internet-security literacy for everyone in the 21st century.

    Terry Tazioli, the publicist at University Book Store, says A Pilgrimage to Eternity by Seattle journalist Timothy Egan is one of our best sellers, and its a personal favorite of mine from 2019. In Pilgrimage, Egan documents his quest for religious faith as he walks an ancient pilgrims route that spans Europe, from Canterbury to Rome. Tazioli praises Egan for his enthusiasm, his mastery of history and his beautifully told stories. Its rare to find a memoir about religion capturing popular attention, but just about every time I wander the floor, I see someone with the book in hand, reading, Tazioli says. Warms the bookstore heart!

    Our list veers from the sacred at University Book Store to the profane at Georgetowns Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery. Store manager Larry Reid says Bad Gateway, by Beacon Hill cartoonist Simon Hanselmann, is the shops bestselling title of the year. Reid has high praise for the wildly dysfunctional outcasts in Hanselmanns latest volume from the series featuring Megg and Mogg. Bad Gatewaymaintains the dark humor of previous installments while adding thinly fictionalized and revealing autobiographical elements, Reid says. Hanselmann has always been popular with Fantagraphics discerning customer base. But over the summer, Reid says, Hanselmann was the subject of a solo exhibition at Bellevue Art Museum, which greatly enhanced his profile.

    And in Seattles newest bookstore, West Seattles Paper Boat Booksellers, co-owner Eric Judy says Matt Krachts satirical birding book, Field Guide to the Dumb Birds of North America, has been a surprise hit. Its a book that multiple times brought strangers together, Judy says. More than once, there were strangers congregating in a circle and laughing out loud together as they read it. Thats the sort of thing I really like to see in our store.

    This is the thread that connects every one of these disparate neighborhood bestsellers: community. Reading gets a bad rap as a lonely way to spend time, but booksellers understand no great book is enjoyed alone. The books that made the biggest impression with Seattle readers this year are the ones that brought us together.

    If youre a Seattle Public Library patron, odds are you checked out a copy of Michelle Obamas memoir, Becoming, this year. The former first ladys autobiography tops SPLs most-loaned lists for the majority of their 26 branches in 2019, followed closely by Delia Owenss debut novel, Where the Crawdads Sing.

    Broken out by location, SPLs most-loaned adult titles are similar everywhere. Seattle readers were intrigued by the low-tech promise of Cal Newports Digital Minimalism and the uplifting message of Educated, Tara Westovers account of leaving a survivalist community in search of enlightenment.

    But look closely and a few neighborhood bestsellers will arise. Why, for instance, did Stephanie Lands memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mothers Will to Survive appeal more to readers in Beacon Hill than at any other branch? Hard to say perhaps a local book club drove the loans, or maybe one passionate librarian kept shoving the book into patrons hands.

    The city is full of literary microclimates. South Park loved Mark Mansons Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope, which failed to crack other neighborhoods top-10 lists. Green Lake was particularly infatuated with Yuval Hararis brilliant anthropological study Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, and the tiny NewHolly branch loaned more copies of Thi Buis moving comic-book immigration memoir, The Best We Could Do, than libraries twice its size.

    The juvenile most-loaned lists are much less homogenous. While Dav Pilkeys Dog Man series, Raina Telgemeier and Mo Willems are popular all over the city, kids at the Central Library in particular were eager to check out The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food. Queen Annes kids made the Guinness Book of World Records 2020 a chart-topper. And Fremonts children demonstrated remarkably good taste by checking out Andrea Beatys marvelous ode to scientific adventure, Ada Twist, Scientist, more than any other neighborhood. Still, the kids of Fremont dont have universally great taste: They were also the only neighborhood to elevate Jim Davis comic-strip collection, Garfield at Large, to their most-loaned list.


    Secret Garden Books:2214 N.W. Market St., Seattle;206-789-5006;

    Magnolias Bookstore:3206 W. McGraw St., Seattle;206-283-1062;

    Book Larder:4252 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle;206-397-4271;

    Adas Technical Books:425 15th Ave. E., Seattle;206-322-1058;

    University Book Store:4326 University Way, Seattle;206-634-3400;

    Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery:1201 S. Vale St., Seattle;206-557-4910;

    Paper Boat Booksellers: 6040 California Ave., Seattle;206-743-8283;

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    When the Big One hits, emotional scars will last for years. Just ask New Zealand quake survivors – Herald-Mail Media - December 20, 2019 by admin

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand When a big earthquake strikes, the publics attention immediately goes to the physically injured, the dead, or to collapsed buildings. But something else also starts: the toll on mental health.

    Traumatic stress rises in the aftermath of a disaster, researchers say. One study examining survivors of 10 disasters found that one-third of them suffered a post-disaster diagnosis with post-traumatic stress disorder being the most prevalent (20%), followed by major depression (16%) and alcohol use disorder (9%).

    Worsening mental health has been documented in a number of recent disasters, including the aftermath of the magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake in 1994 and the magnitude 6.2 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2011.

    Deteriorating mental health can sometimes be obscured by the phases of a disaster. Immediately after a disaster, researchers have documented that there can be a community emotional high as people enter into a heroic rescue mode, followed by a honeymoon period where a community bonds and there is unrealistic hope that everything can return to normal quickly. But then there can be a long phase downward, and it can be accompanied by stress, exhaustion and fatigue.

    The disillusionment phase is a stark contrast to the honeymoon phase, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says. As optimism turns to discouragement and stress continues to take a toll, negative reactions, such as physical exhaustion or substance use, may begin to surface.

    Experts say its important that officials recognize the looming public mental health crisis before a disaster strikes. After the Feb. 22, 2011, Christchurch earthquake, some say mental health services fell short and people suffered. Others say they got good care, and in subsequent years, public health officials embarked on an innovative public mental health campaign called All Right? that sought to improve the communitys mental health a tactic that came back to prominence after shootings at mosques this year led to the deaths of 51 people, New Zealands worst mass killing in its modern history.

    Here are lessons officials in New Zealand learned:

    Understanding the emotional trauma from the quake can take time

    After the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, there was a widespread worsening of mental health, experts say, with the worst effects found closest to the strongest shaking. Children showed greater signs of post-traumatic stress. Even medical students reported their own mental health deteriorating.

    More brain-calming drugs a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines that includes Xanax and Valium were dispensed after the earthquake. Researchers found increasing rates of mood and anxiety disorders in the two years after the earthquake.

    A 2016 review of studies of 76,000 victims of earthquakes calculated that roughly 1 in 4 survivors experienced PTSD making earthquakes more likely to cause PTSD than floods or strokes.

    This was mainly because earthquakes were often much more devastating and destructive, and often happened unexpectedly without warning, the authors wrote.

    When aftershocks wont quit, cake and kindness helps.

    Part of what made the Christchurch earthquake difficult to recover from psychologically was the unusual length of the aftershock sequence.

    Imagine you had a terrible earthquake, and in every 30 minutes, or hour, or two hours or five hours, you get a little shake that reminds you of how terrible that first shake was, said Sara McBride, a top public information officer for the emergency response effort in New Zealand. It happens all day and night theres no respite and you dont know if the next shake is going to be worse than the last.

    Even officials were prone to distress. One solution? Constantly feed people cake, McBride said, who brought out slices after aftershocks turned her subordinates quiet, pale and upset. Little small moments of compassion and comfort, like really good cake, make a surprising difference.

    A public mental health approach is essential

    Experts say health officials worldwide should pay attention to Christchurchs mental health issues as a warning for what could come if a disaster strikes their region.

    They should absolutely be concerned, said Dr. Ben Beaglehole, a psychiatrist who co-wrote many studies on Christchurchs mental health issues following the quakes.

    For all its problems, Christchurchs mental health issues were partly alleviated, Beaglehole said, by the regions concerted campaign to improve mental health, and its near-universal rate of earthquake insurance among homeowners.

    If you can do things in the post-disaster environment to make people feel secure and safe enough, with a sense of purpose and belonging, and a future pathway, then I think the adverse effects are going to be minimal, Beaglehole said. But if people continue to feel scared and unsafe and uncertain, thats when people are going to struggle.

    Officials realized the focus on rebuilding the city must be about healthy people, not healthy buildings. A survey found that more than 75% of those surveyed said their home was damaged, and nearly 2 out of 3 grieved for the lost Christchurch. Among people who described what they felt when their efforts to hold things together failed, men talked about becoming angry; women described despair, depression and anxiety.

    We will never, ever manage to actually deal with the fallout from a large-scale event one consultation at a time. No system in the world could possibly provide that, said Evon Currie, general manager of community and population health for the Canterbury District Health Board.

    So public health officials conjured a public outreach campaign known as All Right? emphasizing that it was OK, and actually quite acceptable, to be concerned about ones mental health, and to move people out of thinking about issues beyond their control to a new mind-set where they are empowered.

    Officials credit this public health approach with helping the community deal with the stresses of the quake. A poll of greater Christchurch residents found that the percentage of respondents saying their quality of life was good rose from 73% in 2013 to 81% by 2018.

    A majority of studies found negative mental health effects resulting from the Christchurch earthquakes, Beaglehole said. One study of hundreds of Christchurch-born adults found a greater rate of mental health disorder among those who endured the quake than those who had moved away before the shaking began.

    Earthquake survivors who suffered the most showed clear increases in mental health risk, that study showed.

    In addition, Beaglehole said, those already receiving specialist mental health services before the big earthquake saw the severity of their mental health worsen considerably for a number of years.

    Disasters can trigger an acute mental health crisis

    Some people believe the earthquake triggered a spell of mental illness.

    Eddy Snook took a deep interest in quakes when the Christchurch earthquake sequence began in the months before the deadliest tremor occurred.

    It was a natural fit for him. He was an electrical engineer and loved to figure out how things worked. He drove out to the Canterbury Plains on the weekend and plotted fault lines.

    But soon, life became difficult. Sam, his childhood best friend, died from cystic fibrosis. Then the February quake hit, and he was shaken. The quake seemed to coincide with major changes in mood and outlook, according to his father, John.

    Snook demanded answers about whether the building he worked in was safe.

    He became quite obsessed with it, his father said. It became almost a bit too consuming for him.

    He soon quit his job and headed to London. But problems worsened; he stopped eating, and his friends called his parents to fetch him. He received medical help, but in hindsight it wasnt working.

    In 2014, he took his life.

    There are still tears every day, his father said.

    His father said Snook didnt have the right medical help. We didnt anticipate what was going to happen. I think the help that he had wasnt really appropriate for his needs. The medical attention he received didnt address his problems, was confusing and not really caring, his father thought.

    It takes work to stay mentally in check

    Christchurchs 2011 earthquake forever changed Laylita Bonnie Singhs life.

    When the shaking started, something hard smashed into her skull as the unretrofitted brick building she worked in as a tattoo artist apprentice and receptionist came tumbling down.

    The blow broke two of her neck vertebrae and six in the middle of her back compression fractures from being slammed on the head, she said. She probably fractured her skull.

    Her co-worker and friend didnt make it.

    Unlike Singh, who was trying to grab her phone, Matti McEachen, 25, a fellow tattoo apprentice, had raced to the exit and got to the doorway and then disappeared as the walls began to fall.

    Singh was able to crawl out of the rubble, digging herself out. She had to learn how to walk over again; she suffered from survivors guilt. The pain persisted; the fatigue constant; the back and neck pain, excruciating.

    In spite of all that, Singh held on to a dream of becoming her own tattoo artist.

    She now co-owns the areas only female-owned tattoo shop, Maid of Ink, in Christchurchs neighboring port community of Lyttelton, after becoming a master tattoo artist under the tutelage of her former female colleagues and then starting a business with them. Her tattoo skills have blossomed she can draw life-like portraits on calves using a technique called stippling; a single tattoo of angel-like wings on a back can be made of millions of dots.

    It was my driving force in getting well and carrying on, Singh said.

    She has been able to buy a home and raise her daughter as a single mom after she and her husband divorced. She says she makes enough to get by sometimes business is very OK, other times, slim.

    But the earthquakes imprint lasts.

    She hoped shed recover significantly from her head injury in a year. Then a couple of years. Then four years. While shes gotten much better, there are persisting effects. Sometimes, the back pain is so bad she cant work.

    I get so tired. I get fatigued. Its constant, she says. Shell have to watch herself. Oh, if I do that and exert myself, Ive got a week that Ive got to pay for that, she said.

    I just dont think anyone understands how head injuries affect you until theyve had one. Because its so invisible, Singh said. Having a head injury felt like living in a fog, where nothing was clear. Everything was exhausting.

    It takes work to stay mentally in check.

    Meditation helps, as does yoga. Regular exercise is a must when she can do it; its so important to do the things that make her feel good. She dances, she sings. Writing three things shes grateful for every day.

    Anything that uplifts you is the key, she says. Im not saying I dont get depressed I do. Its something that comes with trauma. It affects you for life. So I imagine Im going to have to do this for the rest of my life. But I know the tools. As long as Ive got my tools, Im OK.

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    12 Days of Kindness: He spent his first year in and out of hospital, we give his parents a much-needed break – - December 20, 2019 by admin

    Welcome back to another day of Sudbury.coms 12 Days of Kindness supported by @homeEnergy.

    In 2018, Ryan Proulx and Julie Gratto had to put their lives on hold because their youngest son Henry spent his first year of life undergoing chemotherapy due to a tumour on his optical nerve.

    The family spent a lot of time travelling to SickKids Hospital in Toronto where Henry received his treatments.

    There were many complications along the way which hospitalized Henry many times. Last December, Henry became septic and was hospitalized on Christmas Day.

    But little Henry pulled through. He finished his chemotherapy treatments this past summer.

    Now a healthy and very active two-year-old, Henry and his big brother Austin are keeping Ryan and Julie on their toes.

    Today, we are bringing some special guests to meet the Proulx family in hopes of making up for lost family time and giving this busy family a little break at home.

    Thank you to Science North for giving the family a gift they can use all year round.

    And a very special thank you to BESTECH and Molly Maid for coming together to provide the family with a year's worth of house cleaning services so they can enjoy more time together.

    Watch more of this year's 12 Days of Kindness here:

    Day 1: We give a grieving family a helping hand this winter

    Day 2: cole Ste-Marie students help us surprise their beloved teacher

    Day 3: It's a double date surprise at the Inner City Home of Sudbury!

    Day 4: Vickie gets a new 'do and fresh start

    Day 5: Their son has a rare neurological condition, we surprise them with some financial relief

    Day 6: She beat the odds with the help of her best friend and caregiver, we're surprising them bothDay 7: Local businesses shower this beloved Capreol matriarch with gifts

    Day 8: Battling illness, Melanie still has a smile for everyone, so we try to make her smile even bigger

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