by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 7, 2016 10:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Energy board OK’s its first 40-year natural-gas export licence for LNG Canada VANCOUVER – The board that regulates natural-gas exploration and production in Canada has approved its first 40-year export licence to a joint-venture company led by Shell.The National Energy Board permit will allow LNG Canada to export up to 1,494-billion cubic metres of liquefied natural gas from a terminal that will be located near the B.C. north-coast community of Kitimat.Until the National Energy Board Act was amended in June 2015, the maximum term length of an export permit was 25 years.The licence must still be approved by the prime minister and his cabinet.The announcement comes just days after the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission approved an LNG Canada facility permit, which outlines design, construction and operation requirements.Shell Canada Energy and affiliates of PetroChina, Korea Gas Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp. are members of LNG Canada, which has not yet made a final investment decision on the project.“We have determined that the quantity of natural gas proposed to be exported by LNG Canada, for a term of 40 years, is surplus to Canadian needs,” says a letter published Thursday by the board.“The board is satisfied that the natural gas resource base in Canada, as well as North America overall, is large and can accommodate reasonably foreseeable Canadian demand, including the natural gas exports proposed in this application, and a plausible potential increase in demand.”The board says in its letter that the licence will expire Dec. 31, 2022 unless exports have begun.The project is one of 20 LNG proposals in B.C. Four have received environmental approval from the province, while two have been granted permission to proceed by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.The B.C. Liberal government has staked its political future on the LNG industry, with promises of 100,000 new jobs and $100 billion in revenue over 30 years.
Lorne Adams, one of Brock’s best known and longest-serving educators, is stepping down from his position as director of Athletics so that he can return to teaching full time.Having been director since 2001, Adams will leave the office July 1 and return to his teaching position in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. Assistant athletics director and long-time Brock coach Chris Critelli will become acting director of Athletics while a national search is conducted for Adams’ successor.Lorne AdamsAdams said that while he will miss the fellowship and rewards that come with being Athletics director, he looks forward to being in front of students as a full-time teacher.“I have enjoyed my 10 years with the department,” he said, “and am very proud of what we have accomplished. But I am also excited about returning to teaching and look forward to the challenges which that brings.”Adams has made a huge contribution to Brock as Athletics director, having overseen 50 championships in various sports, including 38 provincial and 12 national titles, said Steven Pillar, Vice-President of Finance and Administration.“I have really enjoyed working with Lorne as our director,” Pillar said. “Lorne’s passion for sport, coupled with his commitment to education, has encouraged students to exceed their goals in the game and in the classroom, and helped redefine the term ‘student-athlete’.“While we’re sad to see Lorne leave the Athletics department,” he said, “he does so with a long list of accomplishments and has positioned the department well to continue in his absence.”Adams has served as faculty member, administrator, coach and Athletics director in his 35 years at Brock. Some of his more memorable moments in athletics came when Brock won the men’s soccer national title in 2002, the men’s national basketball crown in 2007-08, and a remarkable eight straight years of men’s wrestling championships.He has also made his mark as an academic, winning several significant awards including the prestigious 3M Canada Teaching Fellowship Award in 2004. Adams also received the Alumni Association Teaching Award (1993), the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations award for Outstanding Contribution to University Teaching (1994), and the Faculty Award for Excellence in teaching (1993).