Saturday, June 25, 2016

removal of Valleyview

Sadly the present government is continuing down its enviromentally unfriendly path of totalling removing Valleyview a purpose-built building for Senior care, and will replace it with some tiny place devoted to drug-users.

Article by Elaine Golds:
Green Scene: A disturbing demolition on Riverview grounds
I must admit to being disheartened by the demolition that is currently happening on the Riverview Hospital grounds in accordance with the plans announced by BC Housing last December.

The open-houses are long gone, and typical of the various governments, they release reports in summer.
So the RenewingRiverview has released their final reports, on cue.

The final Summary Report is available at this time (PDF) no mention of a timeline of when the Complete
Report will be released for the public's purview.

The level of care in Valleyview was astounding by many reports, under frequently difficult circumstances seniors with multiple health issues were provided with quality care; sad to see this still useful building go.

It appears that the present government is continuing down its path of selling off the lands for development, regardless of what the majority of the taxpayers want the site to be used for, PUBLIC HEALTH, as originally intended.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Protect Riverview video

Last January there was small gathering near Coquitlam City hall, rather quickly organized  by Jay Peachy and the weather was not friendly; I blogged about it before in this posting  (scroll down in article)

There was a loval community TV crew there, and they finally have released their video
entitled,   Rivervier Concerns (sic)

Local resident, Beverly Miller has her say at  the 3 minutes and six second mark

Roger Loubert, President of ArtsConnect speaks his mind at 5 minutes, 48 seconds

Nice comments by ex-MLA John Cashore  starts at  13 minutes and 14 seconds

And also comments from Burke Mountain Naturalist, Elaine Golds starting at  16 minutes and 42 seconds


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Two missing patients

No.1:  February 10, 2016 David Fomradas was reported on an unauthorized absence from a Forensic Psychiatric Services housing program located on the Riverview lands in Coquitlam, BC.
Mr. Fomradas is described as:

    Caucasian male
    38 years old
    5'11" tall
    156 lbs
    Blue eyes
    Long light brown hair
    Moustache and beard.

Clothing Description:

    Dark grey pants
    Brown sweater
    Black jacket
    Hat or toque (unknown colour).

Fomradas has the potential for violence when not on his medication.

David Fomradas

Not the first time this fellow has walked away:
Psych patient on the run from lawsuit
 A mentally-ill man who crashed a hijacked car and injured a Vancouver actress is being sued by his victims.

Blogged about these events before

Evidently a much tighter rein was needed with this fellow. They will be making movies about this fellow before we know it.

UPDATE:  This fellow has been found, and a long way from here. 


No. 2:    On February 12th, 2016, Violet Miharija was reported as an unauthorized absence from the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam. Violet Miharija is now wanted on a Canada wide warrant for being unlawfully at large.

Violet Miharija is described as:

    41 year-old female
    5’2’’ tall,
    178 lbs
    Dark brown shoulder length hair

Violet was last seen wearing a green sweatshirt, green sweatpants and white running shoes.

Violet Miharija

Appears that she has numerous charges laid upon her in the Surrey Court system

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Renew or replace Riverview?

Last chance to comment on your views about the Riverview Hospital site.
    Commenting closes on February 12
You will need to register at the Placespeak site, then navigate to this posting:  A vision for renewing Riverview
Good luck with your quest to be heard; apparently the person who created the posting does nor know exactly where riverview is ! see picture below, somewhere up on top of Mary Hill

 And the Renewing Riverview website which appears to have been taken over by B.C. housing, and further crafted to their development at a loss to the public, apparent mandate.

And some more recent news from the papers:
LETTER: Riverview lands in Coquitlam can still heal
The Editor, In 1904, the provincial government purchased a thousand acres in rural Coquitlam for the future Riverview Hospital.

LETTER: Public property & mental health keys

LETTER: Refurbish Valleyview building
 [  I agree that this solidly built building should be repurposed, and NOT torn down.  ]

Development threatens Riverview

 LETTER: Majority has Spoken, province not listening (  top right  )

Kwikwetlem First Nation files Supreme Court challenge for traditional lands
 Parcel includes Riverview Hospital and Colony Farm Psychiatric Institute lands

[  Selling themselves far short here, since it is a well-known fact that the  Kwikwetlem peoples in the past utilized a very large portion of the Coquitlam watershed, and even had a summer camp at Coquitlam Lake.  Much like the last Provincial land sale where the Province handed over roughly 10% of the proceeds from the sales; 10% !!!  Why not 100% ? ]

Coquitlam council slams Riverview ‘sales job’ [ Where lone coun. Terry O’Neill defends the governments decisions to develop. Obviously a Lieberal Christie Clark, fan. ]

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Protect Riverview

 Bad enough that I escorted a friend to the local hospital emergency, and spent the better part of the day there; only to come home to read the news; some good, and some bad.   Makes a person ponder who actually is the CEO of the Province? Christie Clark, or Rich Coleman, appears to be the later. 

Riverview real estate job is posted  MLA questions gov’t intentions.

I did find the BC BID Valleyview Hazmat Removal  open bidding contract; and the related documents:  BC BID for the Valleyview Pavilion; (PDF) and a Hazardous material and Deconstruction guide for Valleyview. (PDF)  converted and saved for eternity, away from the government servers.

And making the rounds is a press release:

For Immediate Release (January 28, 2016)

We are a collective of citizens in the province of British Columbia, in unceded Coast Salish Territories concerned about the provincial government's commercial housing plans for the Riverview hospital lands.

Under the banner of 'Protect Riverview' we stand in solidarity with members of the community, mental health advocates and healers from all walks of life.

We stand united and opposed to plans that include market housing and for-profit commercial development. We believe the land should retain it's initial purpose as a sanctuary for those with mental health challenges.

We envision a campus of care, of which many models around the world have been successful. We also see creative alternative and co-operative economic models as a way to provide social opportunities for community members who are easily excluded from mainstream economies. We believe in retro-fitting existing usable structures as a green approach to re-purposing buildings. We encourage those who share the same vision to unite with us.

Our first gathering with be at the City of Coquitlam, Spirit Square  ( Google Maps ) next to GlenPine Pavilion from Noon-2pm on January 31st. 2016. We invite others concerned about the future of Riverview to join the peaceful, family-friendly gathering in Spirit Square, See you there!

To find out more see us at:

Web:  Protectriverview
Twitter: @protectrview

A group that no one seems to know anything about; but for me the more the merrier.

UPDATE: So moi the intrepid reporter went to this event, the weather was wet and cold, but a good turnout for such a quickly convened gathering.  Some photos at Flickr 

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
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

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

Finnie's Garden -- slideshow

Finnie's Garden -- Pond restoration slideshow

TreeFest -- slideshow