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Canada and New Zealand both have hot housing markets, but only 1 has plan to cool things down

The idea that Canadian residential real estate prices are rising at an unsustainable pace is no longer just a subject for Twitter rants and COVID-era chats with family. The international media are paying attention.

The New York Times described “a soon-to-burst real estate bubble.” Reuters declared “Canada’s red-hot housing market has become a bonfire.”

But while many Canadians worry, the government of New Zealand — a country often likened to Canada for its soaring home prices — is attempting a solution by making it harder to get a mortgage. There’s little doubt Bank of Canada officials are keeping a close eye on the New Zealand experience. There are some here who say we should follow suit.

Asked directly at his most recent news conference last month whether Canada would adopt the New Zealand plan, Bank of Canada governor Tiff Macklem appeared dismissive, implying getting the economy back on track after the pandemic recession was more important.

Economy needs growth

“Do we need measures right now with respect to housing?” said Macklem. “Right now, the economy is weak, we’re just out of the second wave. I think we need the support — we need the growth we can get.”

Just before that news conference, Macklem had told an Alberta audience there were “early signs” of overheating in the residential property market as some people seemed to be buying based on the assumption prices would continue to rise. However, much of the pressure was also due to people looking for more space during COVID-19 lockdown measures, he said.

Monday’s latest data from the Canadian Real Estate Association will offer a fresh reading on whether the property boom is slowing.

Later today, the Bank of Canada is expected to announce it is holding interest rates steady at record lows, something critics here and in New Zealand say has helped inflame house prices, and not just in big cities. With signs the global economy is heating up, those concerns may intensify.


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern received global kudos for trouncing the spread of COVID-19. Now, the country is trying to avoid the possibility of a property meltdown. (Praveen Menon/Reuters)

It is the fear of speculative investment in housing — based on high demand, low rates and rising prices — that has prompted action from the New Zealand government and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), the Kiwi equivalent of the Bank of Canada.

After COVID-19, “the availability of affordable housing — that was the No. 2 issue identified as being most important,” national pollster Emanuel Kalafatelis told Radio New Zealand last weekend.

But, for the central bank, a more important concern is the effect on the entire economy if house prices are allowed to continue to soar only to come crashing down once interest rates begin to rise.

“We are now concerned about the risk a sharp correction in the housing market poses for financial stability,” RBNZ deputy governor Geoff Bascand said last month. “There is evidence of a speculative dynamic emerging with many buyers becoming highly leveraged.”

Fear of property ‘fire sales’

In an attempt to prevent a speculative bubble from growing, the RBNZ raised the minimum required for mortgage down payments on March 1, and will raise them again on May 1, including even stricter borrowing requirements for investors.

“A growing number of highly indebted borrowers, especially investors, are now financially vulnerable to house price corrections and disruptions to their ability to service the debt,” said Bascand, who is also in charge of financial stability at the central bank. “Highly leveraged property owners, in particular investors, are more prone to rapid ‘fire sales’ that potentially amplify any downturn.”

As of May, most buyers who plan to live in their home will be required to provide a down payment of 20 per cent. Investors will need to put down 40 per cent.

WATCH | Rising demand for single-family homes during pandemic: 

New numbers for Vancouver-area real estate highlight a trend seen in cities across Canada: an increased demand especially for single-family homes. The conditions created by the pandemic have persuaded some families to redirect their spending toward housing. 1:58

Jordan Dupuis, a New Zealander who came to Canada to complete a master’s degree in political science and stayed here to work, sees many parallels between the two countries, including prohibitive prices for young people who don’t already have a stake in the real estate market. Unlike Canada, New Zealand banned most foreigners from buying in its housing market back in 2018.

Dupuis, who lives in Toronto, said housing affordability seems to have become more of an issue in New Zealand. However, there’s a similar large “gap between average incomes and the average house price,” he said. Here in Canada, Dupuis used to own a house but sold it in favour of renting.

“The prospect for getting back into the market is very difficult right now,” he said.

No easy fix

Garth Turner, a business journalist, financial adviser and former federal cabinet minister who has long been critical of Canada’s heated housing market, says he believes this country will eventually be forced to follow New Zealand’s lead.

“We’re going to have to do something about this because the average family can no longer afford the average house, not just in Toronto and Vancouver, but in Owen Sound and Squamish and Halifax,” said Turner, author of a book and blog titled Greater Fool: The Troubled Future of Real Estate, where he warns about a potential sharp decline in real estate prices.

So far, the great property crash has not happened in Canada, but Turner says with prices and borrowing climbing ever higher, an eventual rise in rates could have the kind of effect the RBNZ is worried about in New Zealand.

“This is a ticking time bomb in Canadian society right now,” Turner said in an interview.

One of the problems with the New Zealand plan is that while it may act to calm the soaring market, higher down payments are one more barrier making it difficult for young buyers to get a home of their own.

As Jordan Dupuis observed, whether in New Zealand or in Canada, putting a lid on home prices when interest rates are so low, when everyone wants a little more space and people with money are willing to bid prices up, is not a trivial task.

“If it had an easy fix, we would have fixed it by now,” he said.

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What you need to know about getting both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine

Getting vaccinated to protect yourself from the virus behind COVID-19 isn’t a one-and-done process in Canada right now.

The two approved options, from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, both require a two-dose regimen, with each dose ideally spaced apart by a specific time interval that was used during clinical trials.

But that’s not how every region is handling the vaccine roll-out. While Ontario is striving to hold back enough doses so people get both shots in the recommended time-frames, B.C. is delaying second doses by up to a week or two past manufacturers’ guidelines, and Quebec is going even further, waiting up to three times longer.

The goal is to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible, but there are still questions over just how effective these vaccines will be if policymakers stray too far from the guidelines.

What is the recommended dosing approach?

Official guidelines say the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is meant to be given as two doses, 21 days apart, while Moderna recommends spacing doses 28 days apart. 

Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization, a federal body made up of scientists and vaccine experts, says every effort should be made to follow those dosing schedules.

But, since vaccine shipments are still trickling in, the panel offered some wiggle room — suggesting the second dose for either vaccine could be delayed up to six weeks at the most.

“The flexibility provided by a reasonable extension of the dose interval to 42 days where operationally necessary, combined with increasing predictability of vaccine supply, support our public health objective to protect high-risk groups as quickly as possible,” reads a statement released Thursday from Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer of Canada, and the country’s provincial and territorial chief medical officers of health.


A nurse prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic for care home workers at St. Michael’s Hospital, in Toronto, on Dec. 22. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Why are two doses, at a specific interval, even necessary?

The official guidelines for dosing intervals are based on each manufacturer’s clinical trial data, showing that the vaccines were most effective sometime after people got both rounds.

Vaccine efficacy for Pfizer-BioNTech’s option was around 95 per cent after both doses; for Moderna’s it was around 94 per cent following the second dose. (Certain high-risk groups weren’t part of those clinical trials, however, including anyone pregnant or immunocompromised.)

While research suggests there may be some level of protection from even just one shot, the consensus in Canada is that following guidelines based on the clinical trial data — as closely as possible — is the best bet to ensure people are protected.

“We also do not know how long lasting the protection will be,” said Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, during a briefing on Thursday. 

“We know it’s better with two doses, but with one single dose, we are not sure.”

WATCH | : Dr. Howard Njoo discusses spacing vaccine doses out 42 days:

Canada’s Deputy Chief Public health officer, Dr. Howard Njoo, addresses questions on whether the first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine can be safely administered 42 days apart. 2:34

So can you get sick from COVID-19 if you only get one dose?

Potentially, yes. 

Clinical trials showed the level of protection from just one dose is lower for both vaccines, and it also takes time for your body to react — meaning you aren’t protected immediately after getting a shot.

The highest level of efficacy reported for Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine started a week after people got their second dose, and after at least two weeks following the second dose of the Moderna option.

In Quebec, health officials are currently examining how multiple residents of a long-term care home fell ill with COVID-19, despite being among the earliest in that province to receive a first round of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

That prompted questions over when the residents were infected, and Njoo noted the individuals may have already contracted the virus before getting vaccinated at all.

Long-term research will be helpful in confirming just how much protection people get from one dose of either of the approved two-dose vaccines, and how long it’s safe to delay the second shot.


The first care home in Quebec City to have been targeted for vaccination is seeing a steady increase in COVID-19 cases. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Why are different regions handling dosages differently?

Some provinces, such as Manitoba and Saskatchewan, are sticking with the dosing schedule set out by the vaccine manufacturers. 

But since federal recommendations suggest delaying a second dose up to 42 days at the most, other regions are considering a looser approach. 

Quebec — one of the country’s hardest-hit provinces for COVID-19 cases — is stretching the dosing time-frame to a maximum of 90 days.

The province’s Health Minister Christian Dubé stressed it’s about protecting as many people as possible with a first dose before April, when vaccine shipments from Ottawa are expected to ramp up. 

Njoo acknowledged some regions may be reacting to the realities on the ground. 

“The pandemic has intensified,” he said. “And there are more hospitalizations and deaths.”

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé says a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine may be delayed from 42 to 90 days to allow more vulnerable people to receive their first shot. 1:05

Should you get doses of different vaccines?

It’s ideal for people to be given two doses of the same vaccine rather than mixing and matching, Njoo said.

That’s because without long-term research, federal officials are again stressing the need to stick as closely to the guidelines as possible, since clinical trials are the best-available data on how to ensure these vaccines are as effective as they can be at warding off COVID-19.


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Canadians should get same COVID-19 vaccine for both doses — except in ‘extremely unlikely’ cases

Canadians should receive the same COVID-19 vaccine for both shots — except in very specific and unlikely situations, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

“Currently, no data exist on the interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines,” according to PHAC’s recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines.

However, the recommendations state that “attempts should be made to complete the vaccine series with a similar type of COVID-19 vaccine” if the product used for the first dose is unavailable or unknown.

The two vaccines currently approved for use in Canada — manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna — are both messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines.

“The spike proteins encoded by either of the authorized mRNA vaccines have the same sequence and are stabilized in the same manner to remain in the pre-fusion confirmation, though other vaccine components like the lipid nanoparticle may be different,” the recommendations read.

“Active surveillance of effectiveness and safety of this mixed schedule will be important in these individuals. Accurate recording of vaccines received will be critical.”

Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious disease physician and associate professor of medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, said it is “extremely unlikely” that someone wouldn’t know which vaccine they were given.

Chagla told CBC News on Sunday that it’s been one of the government’s mandates that people have documentation on which vaccine they received, along with a lot number in case any adverse reactions are linked to a particular vial.

Chagla said the prospect of mixing vaccines requires further study in clinical trials, particularly if one dose is a mRNA vaccine and the other is an adenovirus-based vaccine like those produced by AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson or CanSino.

While studies on vaccine mixing could yield interesting developments, he said the theory isn’t meant to be part of public policy yet if there is enough access to vaccine products to ensure people receive the same vaccine for both doses.

WATCH | Why Canada has been slow to get COVID-19 vaccines in arms:

The provinces are behind targets of getting COVID-19 vaccine into Canadians’ arms, and experts say logistical challenges are largely to blame but are hopeful the arrival of the Moderna vaccine will help speed things up. 3:22

While Canada’s approach could change based on any gleanings from these studies, he does not recommend mixing vaccines until there is evidence to support it.

“Theoretically, yes, they could be synergistic, but theoretically they could blunt each other out, you might make the wrong response to one and then have the other on board,” he said. “And so as much as we think one plus one equals two, it may not. It may be one plus one equals zero in this sense.”

British guidelines OK mixing in certain instances

New guidelines from the British government also said there is no evidence to support vaccine interchangeability, “although studies are underway.”

The advice said that while every effort should be made to complete the dosing regimen with the same vaccine, patients can be given different vaccines if they are at “immediate high risk” or are considered “unlikely to attend again.”

“[If] the same vaccine is not available, or if the first product received is unknown, it is reasonable to offer one dose of the locally available product to complete the schedule,” according to the U.K. guidelines, which were published on New Year’s Eve.

Dr. Mary Ramsay, head of immunizations at Public Health England, said this would only happen on extremely rare occasions, and that the government was not recommending the mixing of vaccines, which require at least two doses given several weeks apart.

“Every effort should be made to give them the same vaccine, but where this is not possible it is better to give a second dose of another vaccine than not at all,” she said.

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The Lou Marsh co-winners are both unique

This is an excerpt from The Buzzer, which is CBC Sports’ daily email newsletter. Stay up to speed on what’s happening in sports by subscribing here.

Here’s what you need to know right now from the world of sports:

Alphonso Davies and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif won the Lou Marsh Trophy

Each guy got 18 votes from the group of (mostly Toronto-based) sports-media veterans tasked with picking the Canadian athlete of the year. This is only the third tie in the eight-decade-plus history of the award. It also happened in 1978 (swimmer Graham Smith and alpine skier Ken Read) and 1983 (Wayne Gretzky and wheelchair racer Rick Hansen). The deadlock was a big contrast from last year, when Bianca Andreescu was a unanimous (and extremely obvious) choice.

Davies, a 20-year-old from Edmonton, had a phenomenal year with the German soccer power Bayern Munich. He was named the top rookie in the Bundesliga, which is one of the best leagues in the world, and played a key role in Bayern’s winning both the German league and UEFA Champions League titles. With the latter, he became the first player from the Canadian men’s national team to win soccer’s most prestigious club competition. Along the way, Davies established himself as one of the most exciting young players in the sport. His astonishing effort to set up a goal in Bayern’s Champions League quarter-final win over Barcelona is one of the top soccer highlights of 2020.

Duvernay-Tardif, a 29-year-old from Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que., won the Super Bowl as a starting offensive lineman for Kansas City. He did a fine job of protecting MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but Duvernay-Tardif won a share of the Lou Marsh because of his work off the field. The McGill University medical-school graduate volunteered in a Quebec long-term care home at the height of the pandemic’s first wave. He then opted out of the 2020 NFL season, foregoing a multi-million-dollar salary, and is currently continuing his medical training.

Both picks are unprecedented in a way. Davies is the first male soccer player to win the Lou Marsh and only the second person from his sport, following Christine Sinclair in 2012. Duvernay-Tardif is the first true NFL player to win it. Joe Krol, who won in 1946, had a cup of coffee with the Detroit Lions two years prior, but he got the Lou Marsh because of his work for the Toronto Argonauts. The last football player to win the award was CFL running back Jon Cornish in 2013.

The five finalists this year also included NBA guard Jamal Murray, who went on a magical run in the playoffs for the Denver Nuggets, and two members of the Canadian women’s soccer team. Kadeisha Buchanan won the Women’s Champions League title for the fourth consecutive year as a starter for the French club Lyon. And, way back in January, Sinclair became international soccer’s all-time leading scorer when she potted her 185th goal during an Olympic qualifier.

There might have been several more strong female candidates had the Tokyo Olympics not been postponed. Swimmer Kylie Masse is favoured to win gold in the 100-metre backstroke and could leave Tokyo with multiple medals. Canoeist Laurence Vincent Lapointe is favoured for gold in two races. And Buchanan and Sinclair have a chance to earn, respectively, their second and third Olympic medals. So next year could be the year for any of those athletes. Read more about this year’s co-winners here.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif says he is happy the Lou Marsh committee opted to recognize athletes’ accomplishments both on-and-off the field, in this unprecedented year in sports. 1:07

Quickly…

No shenanigans will be tolerated in the curling bubble. Curling Canada produced two nearly-40-page documents outlining the protocols for the Scotties, Brier, men’s world championship, mixed doubles national championship and two Grand Slam events it hopes to stage in a controlled environment in Calgary in 2021. CBC Sports’ Devin Heroux got a hold of the pages and they outline harsh penalties for anyone who breaks the rules. Most striking: any curler or coach in the Brier or Scotties who leaves the bubble without clearance, or invites an unauthorized person in, will be kicked out of the tournament and suspended from competition until July 2022. This would make them ineligible to compete for a spot in the ’22 Winter Olympics. Read more about the protocols in this story by Devin.

We’re getting closer to an NHL season. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported last night that the league and the players’ association have agreed to stick to the economic points of the deal they struck over the summer. So it appears the owners have given up on getting the players to defer more of their salaries for this season to help defray the losses caused by the pandemic. According to Friedman, talks have now shifted to the nuts and bolts of how the season will work — the schedule, playoff format, divisional realignment, training camps, coronavirus testing, etc. The most likely outcome, according to multiple reports, is a 56-game regular season starting Jan. 13.

The Canadian national junior hockey team is practising again. The squad completed the 14-day quarantine required by the Alberta government after two players tested positive for the coronavirus on Nov. 24, allowing for a return to the ice today at its training camp in Red Deer. The world junior championship is scheduled to open Christmas Day in Edmonton, and Canada is expected to finalize its roster by Friday. TSN’s Bob McKenize reported that the two players who tested positive were cut from camp, along with three others. The German and Swedish teams are also dealing with outbreaks that caused them to release players who tested positive. Read more about the Canadian team’s return to the ice here.

The subject of one of the best sports magazine covers died. Dick Allen hit 351 career home runs and won the American League MVP award with the Chicago White Sox in 1972, when he led the AL in homers (37), RBIs (113) and walks (99). He was also the National League rookie of the year in 1964, when he hit 29 homers and led the majors in triples with 13. But Allen, who died yesterday at 78, is best known to some as the guy simultaneously juggling and smoking on the cover of the June 12, 1972 edition of Sports Illustrated:


Also…

It’s the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. Let’s honour him with the best sports-related Beatles photo ever taken:


And finally…

The award for Most Canadian Typo of the Year goes to… Me, for this gem in yesterday’s newsletter:

Floyd Mayweather is going to fight another guy who really shouldn’t be fighting him. Three and a half years after beating UFC star Conor McDavid…

Ouch. That should have been Conor McGregor, of course. Sorry about that. And thanks to those who wrote in to point out the error. The best barb came from a reader who joked: “Perhaps Floyd Mayweather will next battle WWE legend Stone Cold Steve Austin Matthews.” Well done, sir.

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Ont., Que. both report more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases as Freeland self-isolates

The latest:

Canada’s chief public health officer is calling for a “collective effort” to stem the spike of COVID-19 and to lessen the burden on essential workers.

“To essential workers — from those growing our food and keeping grocery stores stocked with vital supplies to the health-care and public health workforce providing care and services to Canadians — thank you for your commitment to keeping our society running,” Dr. Theresa Tam said in a statement on Saturday.

“Many of you have been on the front lines since the beginning, putting yourselves in harm’s way,” she said. “As individuals, we have an important role to play to minimize the COVID-19 burden on essential workers.”

Tam again urged Canadians to adhere to public health guidelines, such as physical distancing, hand washing, wearing a face covering and using the COVID Alert app.

An exposure notification from the COVID Alert app prompted Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland to reveal on Saturday that she is self-isolating.

Freeland said on Twitter that she has been tested, and her office reiterated that she would remain in isolation until she receives the results of her test.


In a followup tweet, Freeland encouraged Canadians to make use of the exposure notification app, which allows people to report a positive test result.

The app was launched at the end of July and was initially designed to send alerts to all users who were in extended close contact with an infected person over the past 14 days

There have been about 4.9 million downloads of the federal COVID-19 exposure notification app so far, with 2,939 Canadians using it to log a positive coronavirus test. Alberta and British Columbia are the final two provinces that have yet to activate the app. 

WATCH | Why Alta., B.C. haven’t adopted COVID Alert app:

Only five million Canadians have downloaded the COVID Alert app in three months, partly because it’s not active in Alberta and British Columbia. Officials in B.C. want the app to give more information about COVID-19 exposure while Alberta has been delayed by its own app. 1:57

On Friday, the federal government announced that the app had been updated to allow users reporting a positive result to input their testing date or the date their symptoms first began. 

“Importantly, the COVID Alert app can now notify users of potential exposure to cases during the time period when the people who tested positive were most infectious,” Health Canada wrote in a statement. “This will align more closely with current public health guidance, as individuals are likely to be most infectious from two days prior to symptom onset for symptomatic individuals.” 

The new features are optional, and the additional data will not be shared with the government or anyone else, the department said.


What’s happening in the rest of Canada 

As of 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Canada had 234,511 confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 195,876 as recovered or resolved. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 10,136.

Saskatchewan announced 78 new cases on Saturday. Meanwhile, Moose Jaw police fined a person $ 2,800 for allegedly hosting a party “well over” the province’s 15-person limit for private gatherings.

Manitoba saw 349 new cases, along with two more deaths. One of the deaths — a woman in her 90s — is linked to an outbreak at Maples Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. The other person who died was a woman in her 50s.

Ontario added 1,015 cases of COVID-19, reaching quadruple digits for new infections for only the second time. Canada’s largest province had reported 1,042 cases on Oct. 25.

Quebec reported 1,064 new cases. Premier François Legault is urging trick-or-treaters to maintain physical distancing and follow public health guidelines as they do the rounds on Halloween.


Alessandro Priolo slides a bag of candy to a young trick-or-treater in Montreal on Saturday. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Nova Scotia recorded five new infections, bringing the total active cases into double digits for the first time since June. There are now 11 active cases of the virus in the province.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, Vale announced a presumptive case at the Voisey’s Bay mine site in northern Labrador, with the Department of Health working to complete additional testing.

In New Brunswick, a school in Woodstock announced a case of COVID-19. Townsview School, which has about 600 students in grades K-8. will remain open on Monday as health officials conduct contact tracing.

In Yukon, the territory on Friday reported its first death. Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley said the individual was “older” and had “significant underlying medical conditions.”


What’s happening around the world

A database maintained by Johns Hopkins University put the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases reported around the world since the pandemic began at more than 45.7 million as of Saturday morning, with more than 29.7 million of those listed as recovered. The death toll reported by the U.S.-based university stood at more than 1.1 million.

In Europe, Britain on Saturday surpassed one million cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The grim milestone comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced England will enter a month-long lockdown on Thursday to curb a surging coronavirus outbreak.

WATCH | England to enter 2nd lockdown as U.K. cases top 1 million:

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new month-long lockdown for England. He says current COVID-19 infection rates threaten to overwhelm hospitals in weeks without intervention. 2:34

In Asia, China has reported six new confirmed cases in an outbreak in Xinjiang, bringing the total in the far-west region to 51. The outbreak in Shufu county, near the city of Kashgar, appears to be linked to a garment factory that employs 252 people and has since been sealed off.

In the Americas, U.S. federal health officials ended a no-sail order on cruise ships on Saturday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also announced new rules for the industry, such as ship owners testing all passengers and crew at the start and end of all voyages, which are limited to seven days.   

In Africa, Kenya has joined the global clinical trial of Oxford University’s vaccine candidate. The vaccine candidate, known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, has been developed jointly with AstraZeneca and is being evaluated in four countries: Britain, South Africa, Brazil and now Kenya.

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Athanasiou, Ennis both score in Oilers debut, but newest Duck Milano nets OT winner

Sonny Milano scored two goals in his Anaheim debut, including the winner in overtime Tuesday, and the Ducks ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers.

Milano, who was acquired at Monday’s trade deadline in a deal that sent Devin Shore to the Columbus Blue Jackets, scored the first Ducks’ goal at 5:46 of the opening period. He delivered the deciding power-play tally at 2:05 of overtime off a pass from Adam Henrique.

Henrique also scored a goal for the Ducks, as did Nicolas Deslauriers. John Gibson made 29 saves for Anaheim, which also ended a five-game home losing streak (0-4-1).

Tyler Ennis and Andreas Athanasiou each had a goal and an assist, and Leon Draisaitl added a goal for the Oilers, who are 1-0-1 at the start of a three-game road trip with a key Pacific Division matchup at first-place Vegas coming on Wednesday.


Milano was a one-man show in getting the Ducks on the board for the first time. He forced a turnover deep in the Oilers’ zone, sent the puck toward the goal and poked it into the left side of the net. It was his sixth of the season.

Deslauriers gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead at 13:12 in the opening period. Jacob Larsson delivered a perfect feed from the left corner, and Deslauriers scored from the slot. It was his fourth goal of the season.

The Ducks lost defenceman Hampus Lindholm after he lost his balance and crashed into the boards eight minutes into in the second period. Less than two minutes later, the Oilers scored their first goal of the game, when Connor McDavid fed a pass to Athanasiou, who found Ennis ahead of the pack for his 15th goal of the season.


Edmonton’s Tyler Ennis, left, vies for the puck against Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg during the first period. (Chris Carlson/The Associated Press)

Draisaitl tied the score 2-2 on the power play at 4:23 of the third period when he fired a shot from the faceoff dot in the right circle off a pass from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. It was Draisaitl’s 37th goal of the season.

Henrique gave the Ducks a brief 3-2 lead at 12:33 of the third period when he took a pass from Danton Heinen in the slot, made a pair of moves and put the puck past Smith for his 24th of the season. Heinen was acquired in a Monday trade that sent Nick Ritchie to the Boston Bruins.

The Oilers tied it 3-3 less than three minutes later when Athanasiou scored his 11th of the season and first with the Oilers off a pass from Ennis. Athanasiou was acquired at Monday’s trade deadline as part of a three-player deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

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Donald Trump acquitted by Senate on both charges in impeachment trial

U.S. President Donald Trump was acquitted on Wednesday in his Senate impeachment trial, saved by fellow Republicans who rallied to protect him nine months before he asks voters in a deeply divided country to give him a second White House term.

The businessman-turned-politician, 73, survived the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history — just like the two other impeached presidents — in his turbulent presidency’s darkest chapter. Trump now plunges into an election season that promises to further polarize the country.

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was the only Republican who voted to convict Trump on one of the charges. Romney made his decision known hours before the vote on the Senate floor Wednesday.

Romney called Trump’s actions “perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of oath of office that I can imagine.”

The Senate voted 52-48 to acquit Trump of abuse of power stemming from his request that Ukraine investigate political rival Joe Biden, a contender for the Democratic nomination to face him in the Nov. 3 election. Romney joined the Democrats in voting to convict on this charge. No Democrat voted to acquit.

The Senate then voted 53-47 to acquit him of obstruction of Congress by blocking witnesses and documents sought by the House. Romney joined the rest of the Republican senators in voting to acquit on the obstruction charge. No Democrat voted to acquit.

Trump watched the Senate vote with top aides in a White House dining room that he uses as a private study, a senior administration official said. Trump said he would make a statement about the acquittal at noon Thursday, but tweeted his immediate reaction. 


“President Trump has been totally vindicated and it’s now time to get back to the business of the American people,” Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said in a statement.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives approved the charges against Trump on Dec. 18.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans engineered a stripped-down trial with no witnesses or new evidence. Democrats called it a sham and a coverup. Trump called the impeachment an attempted coup and a Democratic attempt to annul his 2016 election win.

The acquittal handed Trump his biggest victory yet over his Democratic adversaries in Congress. Democrats vowed to press ahead with investigations — they are fighting in court for access to his financial records — and voiced hope the facts unearthed during the impeachment process about his conduct would help persuade voters to make him a one-term president.

“No doubt, the president will boast he received total exoneration. But we know better. We know this wasn’t a trial by any stretch of the definition,” said Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat.


U.S. President Donald Trump has been acquitted in the Senate today. (Leah Millis/Reuters)

While the vote was historic, acquittal was all but assured. A two-thirds majority vote would have been necessary to remove him. Republicans hold 53 of the Senate’s 100 seats. 

The trial was adjourned following the reading of the final verdict by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who presided over the proceedings. 

In a speech before the Senate, Romney said voting against the president was the most difficult decision he ever made and that his deep faith played a strong part. 

“I believe that attempting to corrupt an election to maintain power is about as egregious an assault on the Constitution as can be made,” he said after appearing to choke up. “And for that reason, it is a high crime and misdemeanor, and I have no choice under the oath that I took but to express that conclusion.”

WATCH | Romney’s decision to vote against Trump:

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney explains why he will break with his party and vote to convict U.S. President Donald Trump on the charge of abuse of power. 3:17

Romney also sided with Democrats in calling for more witness testimony in Trump’s impeachment trial, a move Republicans blocked.

Trump’s job approval ratings have remained fairly consistent throughout his presidency and the impeachment process as his core conservative supporters — especially white men, rural Americans, evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics — stick with him.

Trump denied wrongdoing and most Republicans in the House and Senate rallied around him. Over the past few days, some Republican senators have criticized Trump’s behaviour but said it did not warrant his ouster.

“I hope our Democratic colleagues will finally accept the results of this trial, just as they have not accepted the results of the 2016 election,” said Republican Sen. John Cornyn, saying he hopes they do not launch a second impeachment inquiry. “It’s time for our country to come together, to heal the wounds that divide us.”

‘Two systems of justice’

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris said the trial underscored that “in America there are two systems of justice: one for the powerful and another for everyone else.

“Donald Trump knows all this better than anybody,” Harris said.

“After the Senate votes today, Donald Trump will want the American people to feel cynical. He will want us not to care. He will want us to think he is all-powerful and we have no power. We’re not going to let him get away with that,” Harris added.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, one of the Republicans who has faulted Trump’s conduct, explained his decision to vote for acquittal, saying the House charges — even if true — did not meet the Constitution’s standard for impeachable offences of “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanours.”

The House launched its impeachment inquiry in September. The Senate trial began on Jan. 16. Senate Republicans voted down a Democratic bid to call witnesses such as former national security adviser John Bolton and present new evidence in the trial.

The charges against Trump centred on his request that Ukraine investigate political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden and the president’s subsequent actions to block testimony and documents sought by the House in its impeachment investigation. Democrats accused Trump of abusing his power by withholding $ 391 million US in security aid passed by Congress to help Ukraine combat Russia-backed separatists as leverage to pressure Kyiv to help him smear a political rival.

Biden is running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump in November.

Trump is the third U.S. president to have been impeached. The two others, Bill Clinton in 1999 and Andrew Johnson in 1868, were also left in power by the Senate.

Clinton was acquitted on charges of lying under oath and obstruction of justice stemming from a sexual relationship with a White House intern. Johnson was acquitted of 11 charges focusing on a post-Civil War dispute over his removal of the secretary of war.

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Why the NBA is playing both sides of its China controversy

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The NBA is sorry/not sorry for Daryl Morey’s tweet — because it has to be

Quick recap of the biggest controversy in sports right now: over the weekend, the Houston Rockets’ GM sent out a tweet with the words “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.” It was a show of support for the pro-democracy protests that have been going on in the China-ruled, semiautonomous city since the spring — and which have intensified more recently. This did not go over well with the authoritarian Chinese government. The NBA, clearly fearing for its business in a country with a tightly controlled economy and an estimated half billion basketball fans, quickly tried to make amends. The league, Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta and Morey himself all issued statements emphasizing that Morey does not speak for the NBA or the team. Morey deleted the original tweet and sent another saying he didn’t mean to offend anyone and had since had a chance to “consider other perspectives.” Houston star James Harden, who endorses a shoe brand that does business in China, also tried to distance himself and the Rockets from the tweet. New Brooklyn Nets owner Joseph Tsai, who made his fortune co-founding the Chinese equivalent of Amazon, criticized Morey too.

All that backpedalling drew the NBA plenty of heat back home. Many North Americans side with the Hong Kong protestors, and a wide range of people here are ripping the NBA for what they see as putting its business interests ahead of its supposed values. It’s not just sports pundits either. When two people as far apart on the political spectrum as Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke are united in calling you out, you know you’ve got a public relations disaster on your hands. 

Meanwhile, China is still angry. The state broadcaster said in a statement today that it believes “any remarks that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech.” CCTV also said it will no longer carry a couple of pre-season games being held in China this week and is also reviewing its deals with the NBA. This came after the company that streams NBA games in China threatened to drop the Rockets from its service, a sports news website said it wouldn’t cover them anymore and a sporting-goods company cut its ties with the team. The Chinese Basketball Association has also put its relationship with the Rockets on hold. The president of that league is Hall of Famer Yao Ming — the best-known Chinese basketball player ever. He played for the Rockets, which is the biggest reason why the team is so popular in China.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s strategy has been to play this down the middle. In a statement issued today in response to “those who question our motivation,” he made sure to mention the NBA’s “great affinity for the people of China” before making it clear that Morey won’t be punished for the tweet. “The NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues,” Silver said. He added at a press conference: “I understand there are consequences from [Morey’s] freedom of speech and we will have to live with those consequences.” But he also said he and the league are “apologetic” that any Chinese officials or civilians were upset by what Morey tweeted. He tried to square these two approaches by explaining: “I don’t think it’s inconsistent on one hand to be sympathetic to them and at the same time stand by our principles.”

Silver doesn’t have much choice but to handle it this way. Like most multinational businesses, the NBA wants to expand and grow. And it figured out a while ago (along with every other sports league) that China and its 1.4 billion people offer a massive opportunity to accomplish that. But doing business there requires staying friendly with the government, which is why the NBA is trying so hard to distance itself from the pro-Hong Kong view expressed by Morey. At the same time, the NBA has to consider its North American fans. The league has gone to great lengths under Silver to brand itself as the modern, progressive (“woke” if you will) sports league — an alternative to the more old-school, authoritarian NFL. The NBA’s fanbase leans more big-city-liberal than the NFL’s, so encouraging free speech was good for business when, say, LeBron James called President Donald Trump a “bum” on Twitter. But now another tweet is threatening the business, and the league has decided a nuanced response is the best way to limit the damage on all sides. If you thought the NBA would unequivocally stand up for free speech in this case, maybe you’re expecting too much from your sports leagues.


Houston GM Daryl Morey started this all with a tweet. (Pat Sullivan/The Associated Press)

Quickly…

Pinball Clemons is the Argos’ new GM. The legendary former player replaces Jim Popp, who was fired today. Popp steered the team to a Grey Cup win only two years ago, but the team is 6-26 since then (including 2-12 this season). Pinball is one of the most beloved players in Canadian football history. Only 5-foot-6, he spent his entire CFL career with the Argos as an exciting runner/receiver/kick returner capable of bouncing off defenders to break off a big play any time he touched the ball. He holds the league record for career all-purpose yards and was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 1990. Clemons won three Grey Cups as a player with Toronto and another as head coach in 2004 before moving to an executive job with the team. His top priority as GM will be finding a quarterback. The Argos have had a hole at the game’s most important position since Ricky Ray suffered a career-ending injury in the 2018 season opener. Read more about Pinball and the job he faces here.

Simone Biles broke another record. The American superstar won her 21st career medal at the gymnastics world championships by helping the U.S. win the team event. That breaks a tie with Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina for the most ever by a woman. Biles, who now has 15 gold medals, posted the best scores in the vault, balance beam and floor routines to give the Americans their seventh consecutive gold medal in this event at the worlds or Olympics. Russia took the silver and Italy the bronze. China missed the podium — the first time that’s happened at a world championships since 2003. Canada finished seventh, but it had already clinched a spot in the 2020 Olympics by placing fifth in qualifying. The men’s team final is Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. ET. Watch it live here. Canada did not qualify and also failed to make the Olympics.

Canada got crushed again at the Rugby World Cup. Six days after losing 63-0 to two-time defending champion New Zealand, Canada fell 66-7 to another powerful team, South Africa. The Canadians have one more match left — against fellow lightweight Namibia — but only pride will be at stake. Canada has no chance to advance to the knockout round or even to finish in third place in its group, which would have guaranteed a spot in the next World Cup. Read more about today’s blowout loss and Canada’s outlook for the finale here.

The Twins are out after losing their 16th post-season game in a row. That ties the 1975-79 Chicago Blackhawks for the longest playoff losing streak in the history of the four major North American pro sports leagues. Last night’s 5-1 loss to the Yankees also made Minnesota the first team since 1980 to get swept in the first round of the playoffs after winning at least 100 games in the regular season. New York advances to the American League Championships Series, where it will face the winner of the Houston-Tampa Bay series. Houston leads two games to one and can wrap it up with a win tonight. Both National League Division Series will be decided tomorrow when St. Louis visits Atlanta and Washington visits the L.A. Dodgers.

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De Grasse, Brown counting on friendly rivalry to push both to 200m podium

They may not speak on a daily or weekly basis, but Aaron Brown says he’s friends with fellow Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse. They grew up together in Toronto, share the same goals on the track and a year ago were preparing to battle for bragging rights in the same fantasy basketball league.

“There’s a little bit of trash talk with that,” Brown, the reigning national champion in the 100 and 200 metres, told CBC Sports back in the spring. “We’re not going to get into specifics because I didn’t do so well. Neither one of us made the playoffs.”

Brown and De Grasse, who already boasts a bronze medal at this year’s track and field world championships, hope their luck changes when they go head-to-head in Tuesday’s 200 final at 3:40 p.m. ET in Doha, Qatar.

Tuesday afternoon will mark the first time two Canadians share the track in a world 200 final after De Grasse and Brown made similar history in the 100 on the weekend.

“Oh, yeah, that’s great,” De Grasse told CBC Sports’ Scott Russell when asked if having Brown in the 200 final mattered to him. “Two Canadians in the 200-metre final … that feels pretty good. We’re going to bring our ‘A’ game and hopefully both of us will get on the [medal] podium.”

With a healthy lead in his semifinal heat, De Grasse slowed before crossing the line in 20.08 seconds on Monday to qualify fifth for the eight-man final at Khalifa International Stadium. Brown ran 20.20 in the first of three heats and had to wait before learning he qualified seventh.

The little moments when you line up against each other [in the 100 or 200 metres] you definitely want to take each other’s head off. We’re enemies for those 10 or 20 seconds.— Aaron Brown on going head-to-head with fellow Canadian Andre De Grasse

Brown said he and De Grasse, whom he recruited to attend the University of Southern California a few years back, want to do well for their country. De Grasse won three medals in his 2016 Olympic debut, including silver in the 200, while Brown won 4×100 relay bronze with De Grasse at those Summer Games in Rio.

WATCH | Andre De Grasse posts convincing win in semifinal heat:

Canada’s Andre De Grasse finishes 1st in his semifinal with a time of 20.08. 2:04
“It’s like being friends with your brother on the track,” Brown said of running against De Grasse. “You don’t want to beat anybody more than your brother. You want to have the bragging rights.

“We’re cool and good friends off the track but the little moments when you line up against each other [in the 100 or 200], you definitely want to take each other’s head off. We’re enemies for those 10 or 20 seconds.”

De Grasse running smart, says Bailey

De Grasse gained the upper hand in Saturday’s 100 final as Brown was eighth, giving the Markham, Ont., sprinter a 2-1 edge in the event this season. Entering Tuesday, De Grasse also holds a 2-1 advantage for 2019 in the 200, with a third-place finish to Brown’s fourth at the Sept. 6 Diamond League Final their most recent head-to-head meeting.

CBC Sports analyst Donovan Bailey said De Grasse is running smart and loves the confidence and swagger he has shown in Doha after being hampered by hamstring injuries in 2017 and 2018. The 24-year-old has raced a combined six times in a world championship or Olympic final and won six medals.

“There are certain athletes that peak at the highest level,” said Bailey, who won Olympic gold in the 100 in 1996. “I loved the highest level and competition and Andre seems to have taken a page out of my book here.”

Bailey added it will be interesting to watch the last 50 metres of Tuesday’s final to see if gold-medal favourite Noah Lyles of the United States “can hold on” and win gold because “Andre’s going to be coming.”

Bailey noted Brown appears tentative out of the starting blocks and off the corner in the 200 while noting the 27-year-old did relax in the final metres on Monday.

“He has to potentially jump out in front [of the field] coming out of the blocks [on Tuesday] and hopefully run a way better corner than [Monday and in Sunday’s heats],” said Bailey.

WATCH | Brown: ‘I just gotta dig deep and fight. Everybody’s tired’:

Canada’s Aaron Brown reflects on his performance in the 200m semifinals. 0:46

Lyles, the three-time reigning Diamond League champion and 2019 U.S. gold medallist in the 200, ran into a slight headwind to post a season world-leading 19.50 in Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 5 and went 19.86 in Monday’s semifinal heats.

WATCH | Noah Lyles runs world-leading time of 19.50 seconds:

Noah Lyles is the 4th fastest man to run the 200 metres after running a time of 19.50 in the Diamond League event from Lausanne. 2:54

In February, the 22-year-old decided to focus solely on the 200 at world championships in hopes of shattering sprint legend Usain Bolt’s 19.19 world record in Doha.

“It’s his race to lose,” said Bailey of Lyles, who has lost only one race in the 200 since 2016.

Fellow American Christian Coleman pulled out of Sunday’s 200 preliminaries with body soreness after setting a 9.76 personal best in the 100. Coleman, who could return for the 4×100, is ranked 12th in the world in the 200.

Reigning 200 world champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey is a medal contender Tuesday along with Alex Quinonez of Ecuador, the only man besides Lyles to dip under 20 seconds in the semifinal heats at 19.95. The 30-year-old has four victories this season, including a Pan Am title, and 10 podium finishes in 13 races.

“Not a lot of people are talking about him,” Bailey said of Quinonez. “This is his first time in the big show as a medal contender. He’s been consistent all year and ran a pretty good semifinal with Lyles.”

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