Saturday, March 10, 2012

March 2012

It has been awfully quiet  at Riverview lately, the quiet before the storm?
From the Tri-Cities News: Riverview closing continues with site testing
Makes one wonder what the exact motives are behind this site testing, since in the Legislature they inferred that they were going to sell assets to make themselves look good.

Extensive site testing for potential environmental pollution issues was done a few years ago.
Makes me wonder if they are really soil testing  to quantify the potential to build on the site, before we give it away to a developer for a song.

 From the Mental Health Commission of Canada
A study of consumer experiences with and attitudes toward the police in British Columbia has been completed:    A Study of How People with Mental Illness Perceive and Interact with the Police. (PDF)

The study of consumer experiences was led by British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Services and partners included Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and the Canadian Mental Health Association - British Columbia.

 An artist named  Anna Schuleit was commissioned to create an art installation at the Massachusetts mental health center, which was being closed.  More images here.
What will happen when Riverview closes?  a For SALE sign installation?

Province orders heritage conservation plan for Riverview
Will be interesting to see what comes out of this exercise.

Coquitlam Heritage Society members concerned about closure of Riverview exhibit
The Riverview Museum is now looking for a new home. It is an excellent collection of materials about hospital care in British Columbia, not just the hospital.

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