Prince George to Host 2022 BC Summer Games

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 in Local Events, Media

Friday, March 10, 2017
Original Article HERE.

Prince George, B.C. – Another major sporting event is coming to Prince George.

Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris confirmed today in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Kin 1 the city will host the 2022 BC Summer Games (July 21-24).

Morris said the decision to grant the Games was made by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and was based on several factors the city scored well in.

“Which includes the facilities we have here and the sports venues.”

Acting Mayor Albert Koehler said he welcomed the news another major event is coming to town.

“We have the facilities, our city has a good reputation, we have all the accommodations that are required for big events. It’s good for the city and it’ll certainly bring in some revenue. So why not?”

The BC Games Society estimates over 3,700 athletes, coaches, managers and officials will participate in approximately 18 sports.

It also estimates the economic impact of the BC Summer Games is $2 million.

The provincial government contributes over $2 million annually to the BC Games Society to support the BC Summer and BC Winter Games.

The City of Prince George has committed $45,000 cash and another $50,000 in-kind to host the event while the BC Games Society will contribute over half-a-million dollars.

The last major sporting event the city hosted was the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Prince George last hosted the BC Summer Games in 1990 and before that the BC Winter Games in 1981.

City’s user fees and charges on the way up

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 in Media

Article by Citizen staff / Prince George Citizen

DECEMBER 9, 2016 04:59 PM

A near across-the-board increase in fees and charges for city services over the next three years is on its way.

City council gave three readings Monday night to a bylaw for three-per-cent per year hikes for the next three years.

Services offered by the cemetery, CN Centre, arenas, Civic Centre, swimming pools, Pine Valley golf course, Masich Park, Prince George Playhouse and animal control are among those to be affected.

Some other services remain under review and proposals will be brought to council at later dates.

Coun. Albert Koehler the sole council member to vote against and only to be “consistent” with his opposition to an equivalent hike in the property tax levy.

Others said it’s simply something that has to be done and by setting them out for the next three years, users can at least plan ahead and avoid the shock that comes with a massive single increase every few years.

“If we say no to this, then we’re going to have to go to the tax levy to recover some of these costs and then the user in a sense isn’t paying,” Coun. Brian Skakun said.

Even with the user fees, the taxpayer at large provides subsidies ranging from 48 to 52 per cent, Mayor Lyn Hall said.

A copy of the bylaw outlining the hikes is posted with this story at

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UNBC Senate Supports Civil Engineering Program

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 in Media

You might have heard it from Twitter first, but the rumours are true. UNBC Senate has approved the content for a Civil Engineering program in the North. There are still many steps before it is official, but as you can see we are celebrating every step! Please also look at the PG Citizen article below as well as the link to the CKPG video.


Article by Samantha Wright Allen  from Prince George Citizen
April 28, 2016

Albert Koehler still has the proposal he wrote up 20 years ago to bring a civil engineering program to Prince George’s university.

He was in Senate chambers Wednesday night when the University of Northern B.C. approved the program.

“It’s one step. It’s not the final step … because the Ministry (of Advanced Education) still has to approve it and it has to come up with funds but I’m quite confident that there are some negotiations going on about this,” said the city councillor.

The Board of Governors would still have to approve it in the upcoming budget, but Koehler said it was a move years in the making. It will still be several more years before the degree is finalized, however, as UNBC gets down to the business of getting the on-the-ground details in order.

“Now we have the high level picture of what the program going to look like, what the courses are, the time frames for graduation,” said Dan Ryan Interim Vice President Academic and Provost. “But there’s still a number of elements … with respect to developing the co-op program, fleshing out the new courses we have to develop and putting all those process in place. And of course any infrastructure that we need.”

There are too many elements in play to nail down a certain timeframe, he said.

“The earliest we could do it is 2017 but that’s a very aggressive timeframe, which I’d be happy if we hit it but I’m not sure we would.”

Funding is key, Ryan said, but the plans are still too preliminary to make an estimated amount public.

“It’s always great when we put a lot of work into something and you. Actually see it starting to come to fruition but that being said it is one step closer. There’s a lot of other steps before we can offer the program.”

The push for the program has been ongoing the six years Ryan has been at the university. Much of that has been from the industry.

“It’s been a challenge I think from the industry in order to get the expertise they need to come to the north and stay in the north,” Ryan said.

Koehler, of course, was one of those voices. In 1996 Koehler, who runs his own consulting engineering company called Tribotec International Ltd, first drafted a proposal for a industrial engineering program. Then again in 1998.

“Nothing happened then, those were the first years of the university and obviously a lot of other things had to be done.”

He compared the need for skilled engineers in the north to the Northern Medical Program’s work keeping physicians in the north, which Ryan echoed.

“This is a great opportunity for students to come to UNBC to learn about engineering and develop their roots in the north and ultimately when they graduate, set up shop in the north,” said Ryan.

And, if the north is to diversify its economy and grow it, it needs this program, Koehler argued.

“I think it’s important for our community and for the north in general because there’s a tremendous gap between supply and demand. Corporations cannot find the people they need,” said Koehler, who also chairs the city’s education committee.

“Technology is driving the economy here and elsewhere and we cannot neglect it here in Prince George. How can we have a university and college in the midst of an industrial area and not have an engineering program?”

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Timeline for Start of New Civil Engineering Program Uncertain

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 in Media


Thursday, April 28, 2016 – Original Article HERE. 

Prince George, B.C. – No word yet on when the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Senate approved civil engineering program might be rolled out.

Dr. Dan Ryan, UNBC’s Interim Vice President Academic and Provost, says yesterday’s approval simply laid out the “academic framework” for the program.

“And what that does is it builds out the idea with respect to the courses, how we’re offering them, or how we’re planning to offer them.”

In order for the program to receive final approval, he says UNBC still needs the approval of the ministry of advanced education and the school’s board of governors, not to mention find its funding sources.

“It’s really to be frank difficult to assess when we’ll be able to have our first class because all those pieces have to fall into place first,” says Ryan. “But that being said, with the academic program in place, we can move relatively quickly once we figure out some of those other elements.”

Once the program jumps through those hoops he says they will need to go through some steps with the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board “to ensure it’s a fully appropriately accredited program.”

“And that would be the equivalent of a four year undergraduate degree – a four year degree. Now we’re adding a co-op component to it which means it may take longer to finish because they have work terms associated with it so it’s basically a five year degree with co-op in there.”

And like Prince George City Councillor Albert Koehler told 250News earlier today (see story here), he says the program will certainly help fill a void currently being felt in Prince George.

“We have engineers coming to the North that often end up not staying in the North because they don’t understand or appreciate the North.

“And we know from our Northern Medical Program that when we train students in the North, they stay in the North because they understand and appreciate what’s going on.”

Albert Koehler: 20 questions

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 in Election, Media


By Charelle Evelyn / Prince George Citizen

During the municipal election campaign, The Citizen sent out four questions for each of the candidates for mayor and city council to answer about their stand on various civic issues.

Earlier this month, city hall reporter Charelle Evelyn sent out a different sort of questionnaire to the new mayor and council, hoping to learn more about their personal interests and background buy levitra vardenafil. All but Coun. Susan Scott took part.

To find out which city councillor’s favourite album is AC/DC’s Back In Black and which councillor would have KFC as his last meal before his death sentence, keep reading.

Classical music lover Albert Koehler is into his second term on city council and has come a long way from the tricycle-riding tot wheeling around the family farm.

1. Book currently on your night stand (or open on your e-reader)?

A book by Tom Clancy: Command Authority (a great book if someone wants to know what Putin has or had in mind).

2. Three things you’d take with you if you were marooned on an island?

A bible, food for a week or so and a satellite phone.

3. What is the go-to song to lift your spirits?

My spirits are always lifted. Well, there is a nice German song which translated means: The sun is always shining, above the clouds.

4. Favourite movie/TV show?

I do not watch TV shows.

5. What is your earliest memory?

When I was three years old and got a tricycle to play and ride on our farm.

6. Least favourite word?


7. Ideal vacation spot?

Austria, northern Italy

8. Favourite band/musician and/or favourite album?

CD of Johann Strauss: Vienna Walzes

9. If you were on death row, what would you choose for your last meal?

Scrambled eggs with fresh potatoes

10. What quote would you want printed with your obituary?

“Thank you for this life.”

11. What’s your favourite thing to do to unwind?

Walking through nature and the woods.

12. What’s your favourite thing to do in Prince George?

Meeting with friends and people.

13. What would friends say is your most annoying habit?

I do not know that.

14. If you could have dinner with any three people (living or dead), who would they be?

My parents and my wife.

15. What was your first car?

A Simca 1000, which was a French car in Germany, not very special but a nice small car.

16. Which team do you root for during the FIFA World Cup?


17. Best/worst subject in school?

Best: Forestry and Nature. Worst: English literary (my English was the pits)

18. Who was your biggest influence as a child?

My mother.

19. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

The gift of health.

20. What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

1976 – hunting in the Iranian mountains and driving with a Volkswagen van in dry river beds (with two good friends).

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Thank you Prince George!

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 in Election, General

Thanks to all those that voted and for your support throughout this campaign. I am honoured to serve this community for another 4 years.
Prince George is filled with incredible citizens willing to serve. Thank you to all the candidates that put their name in to run. It takes courage to put your name forward and I hope to see your continued service in our community.

Here’s a picture from last night with a few of my recently elected council members and our new Mayor Lyn Hall.


Prince George Cougars

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 in Local Events

My family and I had so much fun last night at the Cougars’ Game. It is definitely a New Ice Age. Thanks to everyone that stopped to say hi.






Councillor Koehler – Voting Against 2015 Budget for Capital Projects

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 in Media

Last week, I put forward a motion to look more closely at 35 capital projects set to be funded in 2015 with an eye of trimming the tax increase from 2.5% to 1.83% . We need to be looking forward at our tax framework if we want to attract more businesses and individuals to ‪#‎cityofpg‬!

I had to vote against the budget for 2015.

Koehler Looks to Second Term

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 in Media

By Elaine Macdonald  |  Opinion News 250


Tuesday, October 28, 2014 @ 9:34 AM

IMG_1556[1]Prince George, B.C. –  Albert Koehler is seeking a second term on Prince George City Council.

Koehler  has been an advocate for  minimal tax increases and the  elimination of the practice of fluoridating the water supply.

Koehler  says there has been quite a bit of critique on  the hiring of a consultant to  look at snow removal and fleet maintenance “That was a decision by Administration and they have the right to make that decision.”   He says  Council did not have an opportunity to support or  reject the hiring  Mercury Associates  for the $130 thousand dollar  report.

He says the  problem with fleet maintenance,  was “clearly a management problem”.  The fleet maintenance  report  says  more than 50% of the fleet is outdated and needs to be replaced.

“Maintenance is not just repairing machinery  anymore\’ says Koehler “We threw hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix machinery that should have been replaced long ago.”

He says he often feels he  has not been given  all the information a councillor should  have  in order  to do the  job as the governing  body.


Election Signage – Not just a photo moment

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 in Election, General

Someone said to me yesterday, “I can’t believe you put up your own signs!” Just in case you are wondering: Yes, I put up my own signs!

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