Coca-Cola Agreement up for Debate Sept 26th

When the local economy prospers, we all prosper and keep money on Whyte Avenue not Wall Street.

Did you know the City of Edmonton has an exclusive agreement with Coca-Cola that limits local businesses from bringing their product into Edmonton Venues?

I met with the team at a local Ward papastew business, Boocha Beverages (boocha.ca) about how an exclusive monopoly agreement with Coca-Cola hurts local businesses and denies opportunities to bring local beverages to market.

 
However, the Coke agreement is up for debate at the Community and Public Services Committee Sept 26/22 (Coca-Cola Supply and Sponsorship Agreement CS01366 Citizen Services).
 
These sorts of monopoly agreements have been protested elsewhere and have been quite controversial (for instance: https://globalnews.ca/news/8248397/queens-students-university-partnership-coke-canada/).

I'm passionate about shopping local, living local, and using our purchasing power to build real wealth in our community. Each bill we pay and dollar we spend has an impact.

Edmonton’s economic recovery is an opportunity to build on our existing economic strengths and invest in our future. With the right tools and approaches,  we can continue to ensure a high quality of life and low cost of living that makes Edmonton a great place to live and start or grow a business.

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  • Monday May 13th - Summer streets opening party!

  • Wednesday May 15th - Minding the Gap: Police Accountability in Alberta 

  • Saturday May 25th - Harbinger showcase and live podcast recording

  • Youth Council Recruitment!

 

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May 2nd City Hall News

Events:

  • May 11th - Alberta Bike Swap
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  • May 25th - Harbinger Media Network Showcase
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Challenging the U of A: Leading with purpose in housing and land use planning

City Council recently approved a rezoning across the street from the U of A and it got me thinking about all the underutilized or unused space on the U of A main campus.

The expression I often hear at city hall is “highest and best use of city land” – in other words, land that brings benefit to the community (eg, a park or public space) or land that generates revenue for the city to offset taxes and pay for services (Industrial, commercial, residential in that order) 

But what if the University of Alberta could generate revenue and mitigate the housing and climate crisis? The university already has the vehicle: the U of A Properties Trust, an arms length development corporation that pays dividends back into the U of A through innovative developments and land leases.

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