Timeline for Start of New Civil Engineering Program Uncertain

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 in Media

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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

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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?

Devil

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?

Germany

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).

– See more at: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/albert-koehler-20-questions-1.1692576#sthash.FZY6E5oC.dpuf

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

<img src="http://www.albertkoehler.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/IMG_6158-e1413680023169-768×1024.jpg" alt="IMG_6158" width="768" height="1024" class="alignleft size-large wp-image-631" srcset="http://www.albertkoehler.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/IMG_6158-e1413680023169-768×1024.jpg 768w, http://www.albertkoehler.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/IMG_6158-e1413680023169-225×300.jpg 225w, http://www.albertkoehler see this.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/IMG_6158-e1413680023169.jpg 1224w” sizes=”(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px” />

Candidates Finalized

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 in General

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OBAC Ignite the North Program

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in General, Technology

OBAC Ignite the North Project was launched to foster and encourage innovation in the North – for the North. This project will reach out to 11 communities across the north to foster an innovative mindset. Ten events will take place in Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, Burns Lake, Houston, Smithers (including Telkwa), McBride, Valemount, Mackenzie and Prince George.

“Ignite the North” hopes to inspire the next generation of innovators initiating conversations on entrepreneurship, out of the box thinking and collaboration. Education is also a key component, as learning helps to fuel creativity and motivation.

“We need innovation and to get our kids to start thinking about how to build and create things and add value to them,” says Dr. Albert Koehler, who is an entrepreneur and inventor with many patents to his name.

As a board member and executive committee member of OBAC (Omineca Beetle Action Coalition), Koehler was tasked to bring more innovation into the Northern Region. With the initial seed funding from OBAC, Koehler created (and is the OBAC Chair of)  the Ignite the North Project.

“Entrepreneurs/intrapreneurs who share their stories about their journey (the success and the challenges) help to inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers,” explains Shauna Harper, Project Lead for Ignite the North Project. “We need to share that it is okay to make mistakes along our journey and that the action of ‘trying’ will spark the best ideas and birth new innovations.”

The event is not just focused solely on youth. The community portion of the event is asking entrepreneurs, community members and leaders from all sectors to come and share their experiences, insights and suggestions on how to inspire the next generation as well as find ways for the businesses in the community to be more collaborative and innovative. Each event is free.

“Ignite the North” recognizes obstacles that block the development of an entrepreneurial mindset of innovators in the north. The project will help connect entrepreneurs and communities in the north to build resiliency, create jobs and develop thriving communities.

MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE PROGRAM – CLICK HERE

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