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SASKATOON — Legal marijuana shops in Saskatoon could face a potential financial buzz kill.The city is considering a $20,000 licensing fee for a pot shop’s first year of operation and a $10,000 annual renewal charge.Why so high?The usual licensing fee to open other types of commercial businesses in Saskatoon is $125.Randy Grauer, general manager of Saskatoon’s community services department, said the substantial fees would reflect the cost of administering this new and complex type of business.If approved by city council, the fees would be part of Saskatoon’s cannabis licence bylaw.“This business environment was thrust upon municipalities and the licence fees reflect our costs,” Grauer said in a statement Tuesday.Recreational cannabis is to be legalized later this year by the federal government.Cierra Sieben-Chuback, a business school graduate who obtained one of the provincial permits to operate a cannabis retail shop in Saskatoon, said such fees would be a challenge.“It won’t prohibit me from opening,” she said. “But it’s a matter of how long it’ll take me to break even.”So far seven pot business licences have been approved for Saskatoon.A report from the city administration also suggests cannabis retailers should be required to install air filtration systems to minimize odours around neighbouring properties.The proposals are to be brought to a Saskatoon city council committee on Wednesday. read more

THAT IS FAIR PLAY Kielce finish 1010 in Ukraine after 9 on

TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA 4. Dunkerque HB Grand Littora…9306228:238(-10)6 3. HC Motor Zaporozhye10307283:284(-1)6 6. Kadetten Schaffhausen9225239:268(-29)6 1. KS Vive Tauron Kielce101000312:271(41)20 5. Aalborg Handball9225233:246(-13)6 2. MOL-Pick Szeged9603253:241(12)12 Vive Tauron Kielce beat Motor Zaporozhye 28:27 and finished group phase with 10 victories.For the Polish team this game couldn’t change anything, they already had the first place secured, while for Motor a victory was a chance to qualify for the Last 16. The circumstances were better than ever because Kielce were still very short-handed.And in the first half hosts seemed to use it perfectly. Poles, in their experimental squad, had problems in both attack and defence. Motor took the lead and kept making the gap bigger and bigger. After 30 minutes they were better by 9 goals (19:10) and were pretty close to getting their 2 precious points.In the second half Kielce took the better start and tried to reduce the gap. It took them 10 minutes to make 5 goals up (21:17) but they couldn’t get much more closer for the next 10 minutes. However, despite a few misses, good performance of Šego and unsuccessful attempts of Ukrainian team allowed Kielce to come from behind. Having missed opportunities to draw, Poles managed to equalized not before 60. minute (27:27). Zaporozhye had 30 seconds to score a winning goal but they didn’t even get to try because Mateusz Jachlewski stole the ball and made use of fastbreak scoring for 27:28.STANDING: Vive Tauron Kielce ← Previous Story DRAMMEN CALLING: Kristian Kjelling goes home after 14 years abroad! Next Story → Dmitri Torgovanov is new Russian head-coach! read more