Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July 2012

From the local newspapers:
   Letters to the editor;
       Don't pave paradise
         Expand Riverview
               Make Riverview a place of higher learning
                   Public input vital for Riverview's future
                        Preserve Riverview as public land
                              Tear down Riverview buildings, build a university

Ongoing articles in The Tri-City News;
RIVERVIEW STORIES: Public tree walks continue at Riverview
RIVERVIEW STORIES: An historical timeline
RIVERVIEW STORIES: A grand plan, a grand place
RIVERVIEW STORIES: A trip though mental health care history
RIVERVIEW STORIES: A daughter's questions, a mother's hopes
RIVERVIEW STORIES: Nursing through the decades
        Interviews with Anna Tremere and Fred Bennett, both long-time staff members.
RIVERVIEW STORIES: Finding a family's history
RIVERVIEW STORIES: In the garden {an article about Finnie's Garden}

Editorial opinions in The Tri-City News:
       GOLDS: Recognition for Riverview is long overdue
    NELSON: Save Riverview site and help the mentally ill
        RADIA: Build on the Riverview Hospital lands
A letter in reply to Nelson and Radia:  Face to Face jousting informs and entertains reader

From The Now: Will university move to Riverview?; Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart hopes UBC, in particular, will open campus on site.  [ed. note: At one time Mary Hill was seriously looked at as the site for UBC, but it was deemed as to far from the population.]

From The Sun: Riverview gone but the battle against mental illness continues
  No one should cheer Riverview's closure
*******  Alzheimer's facility faces closure  *******
  Public input vital for Riverview's future
                   Shutting Riverview ignores the plight of the mentally ill

Riverview lands are part of a priceless heritage,  Foundation of caring now a masterpiece of history

From The Province
Hospital site draws plenty of interest; Riverview psychiatric facility set to close, with no decision yet on use for 'beautiful' grounds
 Editorial: No one should cheer Riverview’s closure; with a POLL on the page too!
      Letters to the Editor: Seniors care, traffic, Riverview, cycling, smokers

A dark day in health care in B.C. Riverview officially closes on Friday the 13th

Some images that some of you may not have seen before;  Archival photos of Riverview Hospital

And be sure to comment into the ongoing Heritage Conservation Process, HCP at Riverviewvalues
This process in one of the only ways that the public will get to state their views about the site.
                     They are taking comments until the 31st of July.
And now for something completely different: Farmer creates heart-shaped meadow in memory of wife
A devoted farmer created this touching heart-shaped meadow as a tribute to his late wife - by planting thousands of oak trees.  Have a look in Google Maps

CKNW's Bill Good interviews Coquitlam Councillor Craig Hodge about Riverview 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