Monday, July 4, 2011

July 2011

Letter to the Editor, of The NOW, newspaper:  Hey premier, where do you stand on Riverview?

Banished Saltspring Island man's mental health getting ‘worse’: parent.

One step forward, and two steps back....
Man with mental age of 6 jailed for lack of options

And if you were wondering why there is no money for health care; look no further;
Guilty plea by former deputy minister in eHealth scandal

Shortage of  space for patients on Vancouver Island;
Mental-health patients betrayed by VIHA

I see that the "urban explorers" are still wandering around the site.
Riverview Mental Hospital: More From West Lawn

Some photos from Flickr:  Riverview: West Lawn
And even more pictures from Flickr: Abandoned: West Lawn

And a page on Atlas Obscura, about Riverview, (Although the facts are somewhat wrong in the article.)

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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