Thursday, September 12, 2013

September MMXIII

Demolition by neglect’ at Riverview: Nicholson

Lively discussion about autism:   I know it’s happened to someone else

See yew at Treefest !

Grass keeps growing at Riverview,  Organizers of treefest upset about lack of landscaping at site

 Almost time to look into having the staff involved charged with neglecting their duties. i.e. they are supposed to work for US, to protect and enhance OUR asset, something that is obviously not occurring on the site at this time.

B.C. not ready to create mental institution.
     Vancouver mayor, police chief say alarming trend of violent citizen attacks constitutes a crisis

Pressure builds on B.C. to update and reopen Riverview mental hospital

Some Riverview hospital buildings could be adapted quickly to modern mental health care; Coquitlam councillor says newer building, used until hospital closed in 2012 are in reasonable shape, while older buildings are wrecks.

Global News video clip  Includes a short interview with Craig Hodge, Coquitlam City councillor, and a few shots of a treefest walk with Doug Justice.  starts at 9:35 minutes in

A few panoramic photos on Panoramio of a few of the buildings on the site.
And some pictures of Treefest, at the Treefest Blog

At this time the only bus is the 169  download the ROUTE map, the full SCHEDULE, apparently NO service on the weekends, the nearest bus stop in this case would be on the Lougheed Highway, near where Como Lake Avenue crosses it. A long walk from there to the far end of the property or Colony Farm.
The bus starts/ends its runs at  Braid Station, (PDF)  and Coquitlam Central Station, (PDF)

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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