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- The value of the Canadian dollar approached 79 cents U.S. for the first time in almost three years on Tuesday, as oil prices helped it soar. The loonie was changing hands at 78.95 cents U.S. in the early afternoon, its highest level since April 2018.
- Canada’s main housing market was hot in the final month of 2020, as Toronto’s condo market showed fresh signs of life while sales soared across all types of properties. The Greater Toronto Area home sales surged 64.5% year over year last month with an average price at $932,222.
- The Quebec government is considering a province-wide shutdown as of Saturday with curfew in place, which would make it the first in Canada if it materializes. Talks are still ongoing with public health authorities on possible new measures. Legault to announce the final decision today at 5pm.
- Quebec’s manufacturing and construction associations warn the Quebec government of massive damage to the economy if the government imposes strict lockdowns like the ones from last spring. Quebec’s manufacturers have lost $4billion in sales in the first wave of lockdowns.
- U.S. private companies unexpectedly shed workers in December, for the first time in eight months, as the surge in COVID-19 cases unleashes a fresh set of restrictions. Private payrolls decreased by 123,000 jobs last month, according to the ADP National Employment Report.
- U.S. Democrats have won one of two Senate seats in Georgia and have surged ahead in the other. If Democrats win the second seat, they will take control of Congress and the power to advance President-elect Biden’s policy goals.
- The UK’s new car registrations fell to their lowest level in nearly three decades last year. This fall also represented the biggest one-year fall since WWII. Only about 1.63 million cars were registered in 2020, compared to 2.3 million in 2019, showing a 29% decrease.
- Travelers to the UK from abroad could soon be required to show a negative COVID-19 test. This measure is one of many being considered by the Department of Transport. Additional measures could also include testing before departure. Source
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