Messages from Council

Mayor Bill Beamish

March 9, 2022 –The Town of Gibsons today released a statement from Council regarding the planned removal of approximately 34 high-risk trees at Gibsons Elementary School.

“While we are disappointed with the need to remove a significant number of mature, hazardous trees at Gibsons Elementary School, we appreciate that School District 46 (SD) has followed a transparent process.

The SD has worked with an ISA Certified Arborist who also holds an ​ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification to develop a plan and permit application. As well, the SD has engaged with the students, neighbours and school community to inform them of the results of the assessment and the need to prioritize the safety of students and people who frequent the area.

Council is satisfied that the requirements for issuing a permit have been met and we will work with the SD to continue to inform the community about the importance of maintaining trees, while supporting the need to continue assessing at-risk trees that pose a risk to safety. We also look forward to helping with the planting of the new trees that will re-establish this forested area.”

Mayor & Council

For more information: sd46.bc.ca/gibsons-elementary-tree-removal-and-reforestation-project/

Past Messages:

Talk of the Town: Mayor Bill Beamish: Developing Public Art Policy Part 2 – March 2021 
Talk of the Town: Mayor Beamish: Developing A Public Art Policy Part 1 – February 2021
Talk of the Town: Mayor Beamish: Community Input Integral to Council Goal Setting – January 2021

Talk of the Town: Mayor Bill Beamish: Restrained Holiday Season Makes For Happier 2021 – December 2020

Talk of the Town: Mayor Beamish: Mask Policy Keeps Us All Safe – November 2020
Talk of the Town: Mayor Beamish: Awards Keep the Bar High – October 2020
Talk of the Town: Mayor Bill Beamish: For the Love of Trees – August 2020

05-22-2020 COVID-19 Message #8 from Mayor and Council
04-30-2020 COVID-19 Message #7 from Mayor & Council
04-23-2020 COVID-19 Update #6 from Mayor and Council
04-17-2020 COVID-19 Message #5 with special message to visitors
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04-07-2020 COVID-19 Update #4 from Mayor and Council
03-31-2020 COVID-19 Update #3 from Mayor and Council

03-25-2020 COVID-19 Update #2 Mayor and Council 
03-20-2020 COVID-19 Update #1 from Mayor and Council

Talk of the Town: Mayor Beamish – No Easy Decisions in Budget Process – February 2020
Talk of the Town: Mayor Bill Beamish on Preparing for Wildfires – January 2020
Talk of the Town: Mayor Beamish on Being Bear Aware – December 2019
Talk of the Town: Mayor Beamish Education of Local Govt Key to Reconciliation Efforts – November 2019
Talk of the Town: Mayor Bill Beamish on the Importance of Hearing from All Residents – October 2019
Talk of the Town: Mayor Beamish on Joining the Fight Against Climate Change – September 2019
Talk of the Town: Mayor Bill Beamish on Building Community Trust Through Dialogue – August 2019

Talk of the Town: Mayor Bill Beamish on Living Wages – July 2019