Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April 2012

The very interesting historical collection  pertaining to the history of mental health care in B.C., is being kicked out of their present premises in the Industrial Services building at Riverview.
Such a short-sighted government we have!
Future still uncertain for Riverview Hospital collection
A fair amount of furniture, equipment, and an amazing photograph collection, along with the hospital annual reports from the first one, are part of this collection.

 "Krusty Clarke" announces; $48-million for new VHG mental-health facility announced.
Meanwhile the new users of this facility will have to wait at least three plus years for its completion.
Note that the bulk of the funding was a donation; is this the future of mental health care in B.C.?

Finally ! Some good news;  Coquitlam and Riverview Hospital Historical Society Preserve Collection of Historical Artifacts
The Tri-City news elaborating a bit more about the safe-keeping of the collection:
 UPDATED: Riverview heritage collection on the move

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