Friday, January 15, 2016

Local papers

LETTERS: Not enough return and too high a cost for Riverview
The Editor, Re. “The future — or the destruction — of Riverview?” (Green Scene, The Tri-City News, Jan. 8).

LETTER: Keep Riverview as a sanctuary
The Editor, Re. “Mental health facility, commercial district are in works for Riverview” (The Tri-City News, Dec. 18) and “Housing CEO: R’view will be model for health care (Jan. 8).

BYELECTION: Sell off Riverview and bus route, says Geddes
A profile on Coquitlam-Burke Mountain candidate Paul Geddes (Libertarian)
Note: I have not heard any other candidates stances on the Riverview issue? 

Put this here, because I could not vote, when this right was taken away from me.  And it has been interesting to note that Metro Vancouver AKA GVRD has been very quiet about Riverview; one would almost think that they dd not exist.  Even though they have a major high-pressure sewer, and a critically important water line running through the site.
COLUMN: It’s time we elected Metro Vancouver representatives
What would happen if you undertook a massive project and overspent your budget by 100%?

 The Editor, Re. “Mental health facility, commercial district are in works for Riverview” (The Tri-City News, Dec. 18) and “The future — or the destruction — of Riverview?” (Green Scene, Jan. 8).

 Premier's promise to save Riverview greenspace, trees
Premier Christy Clark makes campaign pledge about the historic property during the Coquitlam-Burke Mountain byelection.  [ I want it in writing; it appears she has no control over the overseers that she appointed to look after the site.  ]

LETTER: Riverview vision ‘slap in the face
The Editor, The fifth and final public vision process in the way of a document entitled A Vision For Renewing Riverview is nothing short of a slap in the face to all who made the effort to attend these public visioning processes.

Some related news:
 B.C. jails have become ‘default mental health facilities’: union
 North Fraser Pretrial Centre has seen nine suicides since it opened 15 years ago

 Mental health care system failed Lions Bay man, mother says;
 Ryan Norris spent years trying to find help for his mental illness and drug addiction, before dying of suspected fentanyl overdose

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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