Thursday, March 27, 2014

Marching into April

A letter to the Vancouver Sun:  Keep Riverview for public use;  Showcase tree collection, set up B.C. centre of excellence for health care.

Article in the Sun:    Psychiatric ‘crisis’ leaves mentally ill in jail, documents say.  (overflowing for some time at the Forensic site )

Nice food for thought article in the North Shore Schizophrenia Society,(NSSS) newsletter:   Issue #133 March 2014.    Note:  the website also has a good selection of resource Links.

A night of history and hope
Nurse was killed in a hostage-taking at the old B.C. Penitentiary in 1975. I blogged before about it:
Mary Steinhauser Legacy fundraiser—An Evening of Story, Song & Dance, Sat., March 29, 2014 at 7:30pm, Terry Fox Theatre, Port Coquitlam.

A Confession  at the Georgia Strait:  Riverview Hospital    ( More of a rant really) I find it interesting that rants, attract more ranting in the comments, and that no real names are ever attributed.

Big bucks for Coquitlam byelection
      Where it is noted that Chris Wilson and  Bonita Zarrillo, received some monies for their war chests from, Brook Pooni Associates (consultants for Riverview Hospital’s redevelopment)

I would think that many would find this next link interesting for both providers and users.
HEALTHTALKONLINE is a database of hundreds of interviews with patients afflicted by various conditions, ranging from ethnic experiences in mental health to Alzheimer's to experiences with being a clinical trial subject to cancer. It also includes a section on youth experiences with illness.

Top two ambulance officials in B.C. quit following investigation into personnel issue (update).
Probably part of the reason why, ambulance personnel are frequently found using inadequate facilities.
At Riverview they  were in the Distribution centre / Pharmacy building, (they still appear to use a portion of the building )  but most of the time they utilize  Cottage 122

No mention yet about the Renewingrivierview  redevelopment process with the bizarre forum that they used Placespeak  (still having nightmares over that website, suddenly I and at least one other person that I know, had their names changed to anonymous, noticed a few others too, without our consent; can you say NSA ?  )

All the best, Anonymous    (I will wear it as a badge of honour )

Friday, February 28, 2014

Riverview in the news

Global News:  What should be done with Riverview Hospital? Housing? More mental health services?

CBC Radio February 27, 2014. Podcast  move the slider ahead to the 31:05 minutes mark, where a short interview with  Shayne Ramsay, CEO of B.C. Housing, commences.

Globe & Mail:  Dark history may temper public input on former hospital at Riverview.
[ Dark history? from my researches a patient was much safer at Riverview, than being out in the general public. The level of care given was exemplary, considering the sometimes bizarre circumstances the staff would find themselves in.  ]

I went to the first public event that B.C. Housing has branded as Renewingriverview,with their website.
 You can sign your identity possibly away, and provide online commenting via the above website, which in turn steers you to another website:  Placespeak   which has a convoluted sign up process that also in turn links to Twilio in their phone number confirmation procedures, and communication via telephony.
   Frustrating experience I had with it all, Google, rightly informed me that email redirection was going on, and stopped an email that I sent to renewingriverview, and correctly placing any further attempted communications with these entities into my Spam folder.  By all means please comment though, just be vigilant

Download the Comment Form (PDF) that was provided  at the first meeting, which  I guess could be forwarded to the email address provided on the website:
     or mail it to:                Renewing Riverview Communications
                               BC Housing
                               1700 – 4555 Kingsway
                               Burnaby, BC   V5H 4V8

All comments are to be turned in by March 15, to be used for the first round of public commenting
Renewing Riverview Communications
BC Housing
1700 – 4555 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC   V5H 4V8 - See more at:
       I was chatting with some of the staff, about the building condition assessments, since I was concerned that  a few of the buildings were not part of the assessment process, and was told that the building surveyor, was using a list generated by the Riverview Heritage Values 2012 report created last year.  Something, that I never saw in the report, well after chatting with a member of the public, I found out that actually there has been many reports generated that the general public has not been given access to, and the building condition assessment reports, were generated from one of these private reports.

    My question would be to B.C. Housing; "How is the public supposed to give relevant well-informed input into the public process, when we are not given access to the tools required?"

Buildings NOT assessed were:  Bakery,(1940,1946); Boiler house(1924/1971); Industrial Therapy,(1962); Distribution Centre,(1963); Laundry / Stores (1951); Auditorium / Chapel (1959); and  Valleyview (1959)

Tri-City News:  GREEN SCENE: What's the future of Riverview?  [ A picture of mine was used of the Crease Clinic at dusk in the printed edition of the newspaper, but not in the online version. ]
    The Coquitlam Now:  Big turnout for Riverview open house
        Concerns with R'view open houses     [ glad to see that others are also seeing through this type of micro-managing that is being foisted upon the public in this present round of "public consultation" ]

This Land is your land..... Doing our bit to publicize the events, Pete Seeger, would be proud

The fellow on the left is reponsible for B.C. Housing, the other fellow, well he could be his brother.
I will add to this post as more news becomes available, and now back to our regular programming, which may include having a look at some of  my images related to Riverview, organized into sets at Flickr.
Pennington Hall   —   Centre Lawn —  East Lawn  —   Henry Esson Young building
Cottages   —  North Lawn  —  Industrial Therapy —  Valleyview; Homes for the Aged
Boys Industrial School of Coquitlam   —   Crease Clinic
Fire Hall  —  Nurses Residences     a few more sets to create yet; Riverview is such a vast place. 

Save the Riverview Hospital lands

The Riverview Hospital lands, are under pressure to be developed into market housing. Help to save the lands as a healing sanctuary for the mentally ill of OUR Province.

Please join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society,( RHCS ) Facebook page. Twitter too!

Please sign the On-line petition or download a Word document petition ,which is a more official type of petition.
Blogs, about the hospital grounds
Mike Farnworth,MLA; Facebook forum " Protect the Riverview Lands"
And another Facebook group: Riverview Preservation Society
this group also has a petition to sign.

Click-able Map of the Riverview site

BISCO -- Brookside-Leeside-Roadside -- Centre Lawn -- Colony Farm
Crease Clinic -- East Lawn -- Essondale Hospital
Finnie's Garden -- Henry Esson Young -- Hillside unit
Home for the Aged-Valleyview -- North Lawn
Nurses homes -- Pennington Hall -- TreeFest -- West Lawn
John Davidson; "Botany John" blog. He was the first Provincial Botanist, who created British Columbia's first Botanical Garden at Riverview.
Other groups involved Riverview Horticultural Centre Society
Who also have a media NEWS Blog
Crawford Kilian's Save Riverview Blog
You can also download a 42 page report titled, For the future of Riverview created by the Riverview Task Force.
Or Burke Mountain Naturalists, report: The Riverview Hospital Site, Respecting its Past,Realizing its Future
Coquitlam has designated the buildings and grounds, as a heritage site. Download the Statement of Significance; SoS report PDF

Save Riverview Hospital Group discussion to join: Send E-Mail
This group will circulate information by E-mail, and the home page will contain down loadable files, mostly concerned with the historical,social history of Riverview.

Tour through the grounds

Paul Buikema, of Progress Landscaping, created this video.

Treefest 2011 slideshow

A slideshow of images from the Tree festival of 2011. Created in HD. Enjoy.

Riverview trees

Pennington Hall --- slideshow

Finnie's Garden -- slideshow

Finnie's Garden -- Pond restoration slideshow

TreeFest -- slideshow