Saturday, January 17, 2015

competing ideas

Article from the Georgia StraitCompeting ideas for Riverview balance mental-health care with community living.

Letter to the editor Tri-City News:

More must be done to save Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam.

This property should be kept totally in public control in perpetuity, market housing, in any form does not belong there. The property was primarily built on the backs on the patients, with them knowing that it was theirs, and now we have a government that chooses to look the other way, because they see a few dollars in their pockets; the chances of any land sale money being directed into specialized homes for challenged people is a false one;  over 200 acres was sold previously of the property, and not one cent came back into the coffers of the hospital. How much of the Tranquille, or Woodlands land sales came back into the hospital system, NONE. The province is littered with many more examples, where lands previously devoted to health care were removed and sold, and the monies put into general revenue. I do not see any change in this pattern in the foreseeable future

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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