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.)

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