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Senators kick into overdrive to storm past Maple Leafs in season opener

Brady Tkachuk didn’t want to call it a statement win.

But he made it clear the Ottawa Senators — only just emerging from the darkest days of their rebuild — won’t be an easy out in 2021.

And the rest of North Division should probably take notice after Friday.

Tkachuk had a goal and two assists, Matt Murray made 20 saves in his Ottawa debut, and the Senators defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 in their first game in more than 10 months.

WATCH | Sens put 5 past Leafs to win Battle of Ontario:

Ottawa defeats Toronto 5-3, Brady Tkachuk leads the way with 3 points. 0:56

“That’s going to be the way we play,” said Tkachuk, an alternate captain at 21 years of age. “We have a couple other levels to get to.”

Thomas Chabot, Austin Watson, Derek Stepan and Chris Tierney also scored for Ottawa. Josh Norris, with his first NHL points, Drake Batherson and Nikita Zaitsev added two assists each in the first of nine meetings between the Ontario rivals in a pandemic-shortened season.

John Tavares, with a goal and an assist, Zach Hyman and Alexander Kerfoot replied for the Leafs. Frederik Andersen stopped 19 shots for Toronto, which will look to rebound when the teams play the rematch Saturday back inside an empty Canadian Tire Centre because of COVID-19 restrictions.

“With the way the schedule’s set up, you gotta have a short-term memory,” Stepan said. “We got a good win, but we’ve got to put our work boots back on.”

WATCH | Hockey arenas could be a dangerous place during COVID-19 era:

The NHL is back, which is great news for hockey fans — especially those who can’t play indoors these days. We look at the reasons why your local arena could be a dangerous space when it comes to COVID-19. 8:27

The Leafs, widely viewed as Stanley Cup contenders and the betting favourite to win the division, have now given up nine goals through six periods to start the schedule.

“We were just playing a little bit too loose,” said Toronto centre Auston Matthews, whose team led 1-0 and 2-1 before Ottawa exploded with four straight goals. “That’s a team that works hard. They’re not going to go away. That’s on all of us.

“We’ve got to make sure we put our foot on the gas and [have] no mercy.”

Friday’s tilt marked the Senators’ first game in 310 days after they unknowingly took part in the final contest of the 2019-20 regular season March 11 in Los Angeles against the Kings. The league suspended its schedule the following day because of the widening coronavirus pandemic, and 30th-ranked Ottawa wasn’t included in the 24-team summer restart.

“Amazing feeling,” Tkachuk said. “You miss those winning ways.”

Genesis of rebuild

Playing their first home date since March 5 — a stretch of 316 days — the Senators unveiled an off-season roster remake that includes No. 3 overall pick Tim Stutzle, who celebrated both his NHL debut and 19th birthday, Murray, defencemen Erik Gudbranson, Josh Brown and Braydon Coburn, as well as Stepan, Watson, Evgenii Dadonov and Cedric Paquette up front.

The Leafs, Senators and Canada’s other five NHL franchises have been grouped together in the one-time-only North Division for the abbreviated 56-game 2020-21 campaign to avoid cross-border travel into the U.S.

Given where the franchise stands in the genesis of its rebuild, the Senators aren’t expected to challenge for one of the division’s four post-season spots, but showed what’s possible when they compete at a high-level and play with structure.

“The team did a heck of a job keeping them to the outside,” Murray said. “I really liked our effort all the way up and down.”

Stutzle holds own

Picked third in October’s NHL draft, Stutzle is the most-hyped prospect in the nation’s capital since Ottawa drafted Jason Spezza — now in the twilight of his career with the Leafs — second overall back in 2001. Nicknamed “Jimmy” by roommates Tkachuk and Norris, the German forward finished with just over 12 minutes of ice time and one shot.

“Jimmy played well,” Tkachuk said. “He looked really good. Great speed. You can just clearly tell he’s going to be a stud — not only on our team, but throughout the whole league.

“He’s an unbelievable player.”

Tied 1-1 after 20 minutes, the Leafs went ahead at 9:15 of the second when Kerfoot fired a shot through traffic past Murray, who was playing his first game with Ottawa after an off-season trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

But the Senators got back even 1:13 later when Tkachuk outmuscled T.J. Brodie to deflect Zaitsev’s effort. Watson then got in on the action at 12:32, ripping a shot in off the crossbar to give Ottawa its first lead.

WATCH | Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson against idea of fans at Sens games:

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches comment after Senators owner Eugene Melnyk backtracks on his request to have fans attend home games. 1:41

Tierney then made it 4-2 at 15:03 when he swatted at a loose puck that glanced in off Brodie as the Leafs, who beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 in overtime Wednesday in their opener, were once again soft in front of Andersen.

Brodie’s miserable night continued when he gave the puck away behind the Toronto net to Stepan in the third. Batherson’s stick broke on his shot, but the puck dribbled to Stepan, who swept Ottawa’s 5-2 goal past Andersen at 6:15.

The Leafs got a power play not long after that, and Tavares snapped his second of the season in off the post just 52 seconds later for Toronto’s second power-play goal of the night and fourth already in 2021, but the visitors were unable to get any closer.

Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe lamented his team’s inability to press after Kerfoot’s goal made it 2-1.

“We lost three or four shifts in a row coming off of that goal,” he said. “If we’re a team that wants to accomplish anything, the game should be over from there. We should be able to take care of the lead and then build on the lead.

“We showed that we’re not there yet.”

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Slovakia, Finland, Russia pick up wins to kick off world juniors from Edmonton

Vasili Ponomaryov scored twice for the Russians as they defeated the Americans 5-3 in their tournament opening game at the world junior hockey championship.

After both teams scored in the first period, the Russians scored three goals and ended the second with a 4-1 lead. The scoreline would lead to the Americans pulling goaltender Spencer Knight.

Knight, a first-round pick of the Florida Panthers in 2019, allowed four goals on 12 shots before making way for Dustin Wolf before period’s end.

The Americans attempted a comeback in the third period with goals from John Farinacci and Trevor Zegras to bring to deficit to one goal.

But an empty net goal from Yegor Chinakhov with 21 seconds to play put the game out of reach for the Americans.

The Americans will play Saturday against Austria, while the Russians will return to action Sunday evening against the Czech Republic.

Slovakia shuts out Swiss

Roman Faith scored late in the third period as Slovakia beat Switzerland 1-0 in the opening game of the world junior hockey championship on Friday.

Slovakia goaltender Simon Latkoczy registered the shutout, recording 28 saves. He made a highlight-reel glove save on Inaki Baragano on a Swiss power play late in the third period at Rogers Place.

Faith scored at 14:17 of the third, banging a loose puck from the slot past Thibault Fatton.

Slovakia returns to action Sunday against Canada. The Swiss play Finland the same day.

Slovakia and Switzerland lost in quarter-final action last year. Switzerland fell to Russia and Slovakia dropped a game against Canada.

Switzerland crushed Slovakia 7-2 in preliminary-round action last year.

Both teams will play their next games Sunday. The Swiss will play Finland while Slovakia will play Canada.

Balanced attack helps Finland past Germany

Ottawa Senators prospect Tim Stuetzle scored a goal and an assist for the Germans, but they fell short against Anton Lundell and the Finns as they lost 5-3.

Finland got goals from five different goal scorers, Anton Lundell, Aku Raty, Mikael Pyythia, Topi Niemela and Henrik Nikkanen in the victory.

The Germans were without nine players due to COVID-19 protocols. Three of their players will be in quarantine until Dec. 27, while five others will be quarantined until the 29th.

An additional German player tested positive yesterday and must be in quarantine until Jan. 4.

Germany will play Team Canada Saturday, while Finland will play Switzerland on Sunday.

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Mandatory isolation orders for international travellers kick in at midnight: health minister

All travellers returning to Canada — with the exception of what the federal government is calling “essential workers” — will have to enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine as of midnight to help slow the spread of COVID-19, federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said this morning

“This new measure will provide the clarity for those re-entering the country about the essential need to self-isolate,” she told the Senate, where she was discussing the Liberal government’s emergency legislation to free up billions of dollars to help Canadians weather the COVID-19 crisis.

Starting Thursday morning, Canada Border Services Agency officers will inform all returning Canadians and permanent residents of the new orders to begin isolation at home, and tell them that they are forbidden from stopping along the way. 

Hajdu told the Senate that individuals who exhibit symptoms will be banned from taking public transit to their places of isolation — but later clarified that all returning travellers will be forbidden from taking city buses, trains and subways.

“For those travellers who are arriving at one of the four international airports and connecting, they will be asked to quarantine in place in those cities for 14 days and we will provide the accommodation and meals for those situations,” she said.

Hajdu said no one will be permitted to quarantine anywhere they can come into contact with vulnerable people; those who, for example, live with an elderly person or someone with a compromised immune system will have to quarantine elsewhere. She said the Public Health Agency of Canada will make arrangements for those people to stay somewhere else, such as a hotel.

“So all travellers who don’t have an opportunity to return in a private vehicle will be provided transportation to their destination,” she said.

The minister said officials will begin taking down contact information at the border to follow up with returning travellers and will be enforcing random inspections. 

“My officials are working with CBSA right now to ensure that people know that this will be serious and that there will be significant penalties if people violate the quarantine,” she said.

A spokesperson for Hajdu said the maximum penalties include a fine of up to $ 750,000 and /or imprisonment for six months.

WATCH: Hajdu says mandatory quarantine for travellers coming

Health Minister Patty Hajdu says all travellers returning to Canada — with the exception of what the federal government is calling “essential workers” — will have to enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine as of midnight to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. 0:39

The government has been pleading with Canadians to self-isolate if they’ve returned from a trip since mid-March, but this move under the Quarantine Act makes it a legal obligation.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said detailed information on quarantine enforcement is coming later today.

“But let me emphasize, you should be doing this already,” she told reporters during a briefing on Parliament Hill Wednesday.

“It’s a serious further step.”

RCMP says it’s ready to help

Some provinces already have made arrests under their own emergency measures.

On Friday, Quebec City police arrested a woman who tested positive for the coronavirus after she went out for a walk, violating a quarantine order.

Nova Scotia has given police the power to enforce the province’s Health Protection Act, which bans gatherings of more than five people and allows for fines of up to $ 1,000 for individuals and $ 7,500 for business owners.

Quebec City police arrested the woman at around 2 p.m. on Friday on orders from the region’s public health department. (Steve Jolicoeur)

The RCMP said it’s already working with provincial and territorial health authorities and will provide assistance as required.

“This includes assessing law enforcement’s role and response in jurisdictions where provinces or municipalities have declared public health emergencies of states of emergency,” said RCMP spokesperson Catherine Fortin.

She said the federal Quarantine Act doesn’t give police any new powers, but peace officers will play an assistance role in response to requests from screening or quarantine officers.

WATCH: Travellers’ contact info will be taken to ensure quarantine compliance

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says that, starting at midnight, border officials will be taking the contact information of travellers entering Canada to ensure they are abiding by the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. 1:24

Hajdu has been signalling tougher measures under the Quarantine Act were on their way for several days now.

The federal Quarantine Act, which was updated in 2005 after the deadly SARS outbreak, gives the federal health minister the power to designate quarantine zones and fine or jail travellers who disobey quarantine orders.

If a designated quarantine officer believes that a traveller has refused to isolate themselves, they can ask a peace officer to arrest the traveller and bring them into quarantine.

On Sunday, Hajdu said the government was looking at all the measures in their tool box, including criminal penalties.

She has also suggested a “hotline” might be established to allow concerned Canadians to report cases of noncompliance.

Freeland said the issue of mandatory quarantines was debated at length during the Monday meeting of the cabinet coronavirus committee.

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TSMC Will Kick Off 5nm iPhone SoC Production in Q2 2020

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A Chinese-language Commercial Times report claims that TSMC will begin volume production for Apple’s (presumed) A14 SoC in Q2 2020, using its 5nm, EUV-enabled process. This is a major step forward for semiconductor manufacturing as a whole. While EUV technically debuted at TSMC and Samsung on 7nm, it’s only being used in a limited way for this node. 5nm is expected to see it introduced more widely.

The following graph from WikiChip shows the relationship between various TSMC nodes:


N5’s advantages are expected to be relatively modest, as far as increased performance or decreased power consumption, with 15 percent additional performance at the same power or a 30 percent reduction in power consumption with identical performance. Keep in mind, of course, that these are projections based on standardized metrics rather than a formal measure of the improvement to any specific SoC. Density is expected to improve substantially at 5nm, at least in theory, but increased transistor density is also the enemy of effective thermal dissipation at this point.

Put simply, 5G didn’t have a great 2019, and the handful of devices that sold with the capability were mostly extremely expensive alternatives to existing LTE products. This year, that’s expected to change, partly because Qualcomm is requiring OEMs to purchase a 5G modem if they want to use its highest-end Snapdragon 865. That means every device with a Snapdragon 865 is going to ship with 5G, regardless of whether you can actually use it in your geographic area. Apple isn’t going to miss shipping its own 5G iPhone this year; the company called off a lawsuit against Qualcomm and bought Intel’s 5G modem business because it wanted to both ship a 5G solution as soon as humanly possible and to reduce or eliminate its dependence on Qualcomm over the long term.

It’ll be very interesting to see if Android manufacturers manage to deliver a better 5G experience than Apple (or vice-versa). The difficulty of integrating new 5G modems and the associated heat and power consumption may make it harder for manufacturers to offer improvements in other areas, or spur them into finding those improvements, regardless of cost. Whether those prices would be passed on to consumers is another question. After several rounds of price increases, there’s evidence that consumers aren’t willing to tolerate them indefinitely. Apple’s iPhone XR has been the top-selling Apple device every full quarter since its introduction, and the launch of the iPhone 11 at a lower price point doesn’t seem to have changed that.

Data by Counterpoint Research

The implication here is that Apple buyers are more concerned about price than about the modest feature improvements the iPhone 11 offers over the XR. A great deal of marketing is being spent on 5G to convince people that the capability is worth investing in, but unless you live in very specific urban areas, that’s not going to be true even through 2020. Rollouts will continue, but the lower-spectrum 5G service that can actually propagate for any distance offers only a modest (10-20 percent) improvement over LTE performance. So-called “mmWave” 5G offers much higher performance but is currently only available at those speeds if you have line-of-sight on a transmitter and are standing outside.

In short, this is going to be a big year for SoCs, cell service, and Apple, for various reasons. The cell phone industry is much more mature than it was a decade ago, but the introduction of 5G is still going to make waves thanks to the marketing being dumped into that effort, if absolutely nothing else.

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White House officials to kick off big Trump impeachment week

Trump impeachment: Day 3 of public testimony

  • Watch live on CBCNews.ca or CBC News Network beginning at 9 a.m. ET.
  • Lt.-Col. Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams, both from the National Security Council, will testify in the morning session.
  • NSC official Timothy Morrison and Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, will testify this afternoon.
  • Missed previous public hearings? Watch Day 1 highlights here. Get the key moments from Day 2 here.

Two top national security aides who listened to U.S. President Donald Trump’s call with Ukraine are preparing to testify in the impeachment hearings, launching a week of back-to-back sessions as Americans hear from those closest to the White House.

Lt.-Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer at the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, his counterpart at Vice-President Mike Pence’s office, both say they had concerns as Trump spoke on July 25 with the newly elected Ukraine president about political investigations into Joe Biden.

After they appear Tuesday morning, the House will hear in the afternoon from former NSC official Timothy Morrison and Kurt Volker, the former Ukraine special envoy.

In all, nine current and former U.S. officials are testifying in a pivotal week as the House’s historic impeachment inquiry accelerates and deepens.

Democrats say Trump demanded that Ukraine investigate his Democratic rivals in return for U.S. military aid it needed to resist Russian aggression and that may be grounds for removing the 45th president. Trump says he did no such thing and the Democrats just want him gone.

“I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen,” said Vindman, an Iraq War veteran. He said there was “no doubt” what Trump wanted from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

It wasn’t the first time Vindman, a 20-year military officer, was alarmed over the administration’s push to have Ukraine investigate Democrats, he testified.

Earlier, during an unsettling July 10 meeting at the White House, Ambassador Gordon Sondland told visiting Ukraine officials that they would need to “deliver” before next steps, which was a meeting Zelensky wanted with Trump, the officer testified.

“He was talking about the 2016 elections and an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma,” Vindman testified, referring to the gas company in Ukraine where Hunter Biden served on the board.

“The Ukrainians would have to deliver an investigation into the Bidens,” he said. “There was no ambiguity.”

Former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden are shown at a Washington, D.C., sporting event in 2010. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

On both occasions, Vindman said, he took his concerns about the shifting Ukraine policy to the lead counsel at the NSC, John Eisenberg.

Williams, a longtime State Department official who is detailed to Pence’s national security team, said she too had concerns during the phone call, which the aides monitored as is standard practice.

When the White House produced a rough transcript later that day, she put it in the vice-president’s briefing materials. “I just don’t know if he read it,” Williams testified in a closed-door House interview.

Sondland, the wealthy donor whose routine boasting about his proximity to Trump has brought the investigation to the president’s doorstep, is set to testify Wednesday. Others have testified that he was part of a shadow diplomatic effort with the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Guiliani, outside of official channels that raised alarms.

Pence’s role throughout the impeachment inquiry has been unclear, and the vice-president’s aide is sure to be questioned by lawmakers looking for answers.

President wants robust defence from Republicans

The White House has instructed officials not to appear, and most have received congressional subpoenas to compel their testimony.

Trump has already attacked Williams, associating her with “Never Trumpers,” even though there is no indication the career State Department official has shown any partisanship.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shake hands during a meeting in New York on Sept. 25. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

The president wants to see a robust defence by his Republican allies on Capitol Hill, but so far they have offered a changing strategy as the fast-moving probe spills into public view.

That is likely to change this week as Republicans mount a more aggressive attack on all the witnesses as the inquiry reaches closer into the White House and they try to protect Trump.

Republicans expected to try to undercut Vindman

In particular, Republicans are expected to try to undercut Vindman, suggesting he reported his concerns outside his chain of command, which would have been Morrison, not the NSC lawyer.

Those appearing in public have already given closed-door interviews to investigators, and transcripts from those depositions have largely been released.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, arrives to testify as part of the U.S. House of Representatives impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Trump led by the House Intelligence, House Foreign Affairs and House Oversight and Reform Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 29, 2019. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

Under earlier questioning, Republicans wanted Vindman to disclose who else he may have spoken to about his concerns, as the Republicans inch closer to publicly naming the still anonymous whistleblower whose report sparked the inquiry.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, who was deeply involved in other White House meetings about Ukraine, offered a sneak preview of this strategy late Monday when he compared Vindman, a Purple Heart veteran, to the “bureaucrats” who “never accepted Trump as legitimate.”

A ‘bucket of issues’

Vindman told the House investigators in his earlier testimony he was not the government whistleblower.

The witnesses are testifying under penalty of perjury, and Sondland already has had to amend his earlier account amid contradicting testimony from other current and former U.S. officials.

Morrison has referred to Burisma as a “bucket of issues” — the Bidens, Democrats, investigations — he had tried to “stay away” from.

Sondland met with a Zelensky aide on the sidelines of a Sept. 1 gathering in Warsaw, and Morrison, who was watching the encounter from across the room, testified that the ambassador told him moments later he pushed the Ukrainian for the Burisma investigation as a way for Ukraine to gain access to the military funds.

Volker provided investigators with a package of text messages with Sondland and another diplomat, William Taylor, the charge d’affaires in Ukraine, who grew alarmed at the linkage of the investigations to the aid.

Taylor, who testified publicly last week, called that “crazy.”

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland is seen at the U.S. Capitol last month. He’s poised to testify publicly later this week. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A wealthy hotelier who donated $ 1 million US to Trump’s inauguration, Sondland is the only person interviewed to date who had direct conversations with the president about the Ukraine situation.

Morrison said Sondland and Trump had spoken about five times between July 15 and Sept. 11 — the weeks that $ 391 million in U.S. assistance was withheld from Ukraine before it was released.

Trump has said he barely knows Sondland.

Besides Sondland, the committee will hear on Wednesday from Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary of defence, and David Hale, a State Department official. On Thursday, David Holmes, a State Department official in Kyiv, and Fiona Hill, a former top NSC staff member for Europe and Russia, will appear.

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Plain cigarette packs to hit shelves as ‘best in the world’ regulations kick in

Smokers will soon see their cigarette packs stripped of logos and distinctive designs as federal rules make drab brown the default colour for tobacco brands next week.

Plain-packaged cigarettes have started to pop up on shelves as the tobacco industry prepares for Health Canada’s regulations to take effect on Nov. 9, after which retailers will have a 90-day window to offload their remaining inventory.

All packaging will feature the same brown base colour, basic grey text and minimalist layout under the new requirements. The measures will also standardize the size and appearance of cigarettes, cigars and other products inside the packages.

Health experts and advocates say the policy positions Canada at the forefront of a global push to curb the appeal of cigarette brands, particularly among youth, and eliminate packages as pocket-sized promotions for Big Tobacco.

Rob Cunningham, a senior policy analyst at the Canadian Cancer Society, lauded Canada’s plain-packaging regulations as “the best in the world,” having learned from the examples of at least 13 other countries that have adopted similar measures.

Cunningham adds that Canada is leading the charge in eliminating extra-long and “slim” cigarettes, which tend to be marketed to women.

In 2021, slide-and-shell packages will become mandatory in Canada, providing a wider surface area that will display the largest health warnings in the world, he said.

“This measure is going to have an important difference, especially over time,” said Cunningham. “We will have kids who will grow up not exposed to branded packages.”

Current designs ‘glitzy’ and attractive

As regulators have cracked down on many forms of tobacco advertising, packages have become powerful branding tools to appeal to consumers, said University of Waterloo psychology professor Geoffrey Fong.

“The package designs (are) really amazingly glitzy and very attractive, especially to kids,” said Fong, the founder and chief principal investigator of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project.

“What we’ve found is that plain packaging has tremendous effects on reducing the appeal of these deadly products.”

Fong said cigarette packages are designed to deceive consumers into thinking some brands are less harmful than others. For example, he said, studies indicate that cigarette packages with light colours and white space are perceived to have lower health risks than dark-toned products.

Fong said there’s evidence suggesting that plain packaging reduces these misconceptions, while making health warnings more salient by eliminating eye-catching distractions.

In his own research, Fong found that less than 29 per cent of Canadian smokers were in favour of plain packaging — a lower level of support than any other “endgame” tobacco measure tested in the 2016 survey.

He interprets this result not as opposition to the policy, but uncertainty about what it will entail, projecting that approval will rise as smokers acclimate to the new norm.

All packaging will feature the same brown base colour, basic grey text and minimalist layout under the new requirements. (Justin Tang/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Changing packaging costly and complex

Tobacco manufacturers expect there will be a learning curve as consumers adjust to the new look, and in some cases, new names of their preferred brands.

For example, Belmont Silver will be known as Belmont Select under the new rules for brand names prohibiting references to colours or filter characteristics.

Jeff Gaulin, director of external affairs at Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, said the company has been working to ensure that retailers are aware of the changes by updating the names in its ordering system months in advance, as well as setting up a website for consumers to find out what products will be affected.

“I think things will go pretty smoothly,” Gaulin said. “That said, there will still be some hiccups… There may be shortages, but if there are, I think they’ll be very, very minimal.”

While he said Rothmans, Benson & Hedges doesn’t oppose plain packaging for conventional cigarettes, Imperial Tobacco Canada objects to the policy on several fronts, said head of regulatory affairs Eric Gagnon.

“You’re changing the entire supply chain,” said Gagnon. “It’s not like you just turn a key on and off. You need to change all your artwork, all your equipment, retool all your machines, so obviously, it’s very costly and a very complex operation.”

Gagnon contends that plain packaging doesn’t work and boosts the illicit sale of tobacco products.

Other industry members have mounted similar criticisms, which the World Health Organization has described as “baseless” and “not supported by the evidence.”

Gagnon declined to comment on whether Imperial Tobacco is considering challenging the regulations in court, but Cunningham of the Canadian Cancer Society notes that tobacco companies have been fighting plain packaging in Canada since public-health officials first put forward proposals in 1994.

In the 25 years since, Cunningham said efforts have been bolstered by a growing body of evidence suggesting these policies have had an impact in other countries, and Canada may be next.

“All of these countries wouldn’t be doing this in the face of strong opposition from the tobacco industry if it wouldn’t work,” he said. “It’s a highly effective measure, and that’s why they’ve opposed it for so long, and that’s why we place great emphasis on it.”

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NYCFC preserves draw with Toronto FC on penalty kick save

New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson stopped a penalty kick in the 78th minute to help his club post a 1-1 tie with visiting Toronto FC on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Johnson thwarted a shot by Toronto midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo, who converted a penalty kick earlier in the contest. The save, one of four by Johnson, helped NYCFC (15-5-9, 54 points) stretch its unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1) and increase its Eastern Conference lead to three points over the Philadelphia Union.

Midfielder Alexandru Mitrita scored NYCFC’s goal, the only on-target shot among the team’s 10. NYCFC improved to 9-1-5 at home.

Toronto FC (11-10-9, 42 points) also has a six-game unbeaten stretch (2-0-4), and moved into a fourth place in the East. TFC is tied on points with D.C. United but owns a superior goal difference.

WATCH | TFC draw with NYCFC:

Jozy Altidore drew the penalty and Alejandro Pozuelo scored the goal in TFC’s 1-1 draw with NYCFC. 1:43

Pozuelo took his second penalty kick after New York City FC defender Ben Sweat was called for a hand ball.

He sent a hard right-footed shot toward the right side, and Johnson anticipated the direction and was able to knock the ball away with his right hand.

New York survives another scare

NYCFC also survived a Toronto FC chance in the 87th minute. A close-range, left-footed shot by midfielder Nicolas Benezet soared over the net.

Toronto took 15 shots and put five on target.

NYCFC struck in the sixth minute. Mitrita took a free kick and sent a right-footed blast from the top of the box around the wall and into the right corner of the net. It was his eighth goal of the season.

Toronto tied the score in the 40th minute after NYCFC defender Sebastien Ibeagha was caught pulling the jersey of forward Jozy Altidore in the box. Pozuelo took the penalty kick and placed it in the lower right corner of the net for his 10th goal of the season to knot the score at 1-1.

NYCFC had a 5-4 edge in first-half shots. Both teams had one on target.

Mitrita had a chance to put NYCFC ahead in the 70th minute, but his hard left-footer smacked off the left goal post.

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Canada lights up Cuba, earns clean sheet to kick off Nations League campaign

In a 6-0 thumping of an outgunned Cuba, Canadian teenager Jonathan David somehow managed to outshine hat-trick hero Junior Hoilett with a strike that put him in the record books.

Mark-Anthony Kaye fed David for Canada’s second goal in the CONCACAF Nations League A match Saturday night, triggering a highlight-reel score with a looping pass that was slightly behind the teen.

No problem. David used one foot to flip the ball in front of him, beat a defender and raced into the penalty box where he coolly waited for another defender to slide by him before delaying his shot and slotting the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs.

The 19-year-old took five touches, every one exquisite, on the 21st-minute goal — his 11th in just nine career games for his country.

“He’s a gift,” said Canadian coach John Herdman, a beaming smile on his face. “He’s an absolute gift.”

“Probably my best [goal] at the pro level,” said the even-keeled 19-year-old David, whom Herdman calls The Iceman.

It was David’s eighth goal for Canada in 2019, a record for the men’s team for a single year. Canada Soccer said his game jersey is being sent to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.

The KAA Gent forward/attacking midfielder has scored in all seven of his Canadian starts.

Amazingly David is already halfway to Dwayne De Rosario’s men’s national record of 22 goals. De Rosario, who also played attacking midfielder and forward, scored his 22 in 81 games.

The Canadians, ranked 78th in the world, trounced No. 179 Cuba 7-0 at the Gold Cup in the U.S. in June and wasted little time piling on the punishment on Canadian soil.

Canada set a record for most goals in a home match.

Jonathan Osorio and Doneil Henry also scored for Canada, which led 2-0 at the half before an announced crowd of 10,224 at BMO Field.

The two teams play against Tuesday in the Cayman Islands (a stadium in Havana was deemed not to meet CONCACAF standards). Canada will then meet the 22nd-ranked Americans in October and November to determine the League A group winner who will advance to the Nations League final four.

Hoilett ​​​​​opens scoring

Hoilett opened the scoring in the 13th minute, scored his second in the 52nd and completed the hat-trick from the penalty spot in the 82nd after Alphonso Davies was bundled down in the penalty box. He estimated he had some 200 friends and family in the stands — on his dime.

Henry scored his first goal for Canada to make it 5-0 and left the grounds with the game ball in hand.

Canada is looking to rid the sour taste of this summer’s Gold Cup when it blew a 2-0 lead and lost 3-2 to 83rd-ranked Haiti in the quarter-finals. David and Lucas Cavallini both scored hat-tricks in the win over Cuba in group play at the CONCACAF championship.

With Cavallini back home awaiting the birth of his child, coach John Herdman deployed David up front Saturday flanked by fellow teenager Alphonso Davies and the veteran Hoilett.

Kaye and Osorio made for a mobile midfield duo with Samuel Piette shielding the back four of Kamal Miller, Derek Cornelius, Henry and Richie Laryea.

Laryea, who is enjoying a banner season with Toronto FC, earned his first national team cap.

Cuba was on the back foot from the get-go with Canada controlling the game. Canadian pressure prompted a string of Cuban giveaways and Hoilett profited from one, intercepting an errant pass and hammering a swerving shot from outside the box in the corner past a diving Sandy Sanchez.

The 18-year-old Davies had a shot bounce off the crossbar after a reflex save by close range by Sanchez in the 25th minute.

Canadian ‘keeper Milan Borjan was finally called into action in the 41st minute after Cuban forward Maykel Reyes was left all alone in front on a defensive miscue by Henry, who did not realize the Cuban was behind him in the box.

“The save was massive,” said David.

The scoreboard kept ticking in the second half with Canadian players literally queuing up to take shots in some instances.

Despite the lopsided Gold Cup result, Herdman talked up the Cubans in recent days. He maintains the June meeting wasn’t representative of Cuba, which had already been eliminated from the tournament and seen players defect.

Cuban manager Pablo Elier Sanchez, the team’s former conditioning coach, took over from Raul Mederos after the Gold Cup and fielded a squad with an average age of just over 22.

Canada raised its career record against Cuba to 8-2-3 with a 26-9 edge in goals. The Canadians have never lost to Cuba on home soil in five meetings (4-0-1).

Canada was without veteran midfielders Atiba Hutchinson and Scott Arfield because of injury.

The Canadian men currently stand eighth in CONCACAF, behind Mexico (No. 12 in the world), the U.S. (22), Costa Rica (44), Jamaica (52), Honduras (67), El Salvador (68) and Panama (74).

They are trying to crack the top six in the region to make the so-called Hex round of World Cup qualifying, the most direct route out of the CONCACAF — which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean — to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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