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Brisk business: City of Edmonton considers extending temporary patio season

Traditional patio weather is coming to an end, but as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Edmonton bar and restaurant owners are hoping to serve customers outdoors all winter.

Earlier this year, the City of Edmonton relaxed rules for temporary patios, allowing restaurants and breweries to expand onto sidewalks and streets without paying a fee or obtaining a development permit.

Temporary patios introduced under these rules are permitted until Dec. 31, but some business owners say if given the opportunity they would keep them open through the winter.

“We’re planning on extending it until as long as we can in the winter,” said Kyla Kazeil, co-owner of The Common.

The gastropub took advantage of the city’s relaxed rules this summer by extending its patio onto the sidewalk of 109th Street. The patio is winterized, with seven heaters.

“There’s interest and appetite to explore this,” said Nick Lilley, interim executive director of the

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Zimbabwe: Vendors Make Brisk Business Out of Selling U.S.$1 Notes

Traders Along the busy sidewalks of Harare are doing brisk business out of selling US$1 notes to various business players who are struggling for change by setting premiums of between five and seven percent per US$ 100, 263Chat Business has learnt.

Since government revoked the ban on trading in foreign currency for local transactions in March this year, small denomination American dollar notes have been in short supply creating a serious challenge for businesses when issuing change to consumers.

The situation has become so dire that some small retailers are devising ways to settle change by either giving small treats like sweets to customers or convert the balance to local currency at market rates which most customers refuse.

But for some enterprising vendors in Harare the development has created a window for economic opportunity.

These vendors purchases groceries such as luxury bathing soaps and pasta from big wholesalers in local

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