Saturday, March 16, 2013

New mental health centre

B.C. to start work on $82M mental health centre in Vancouver this fall

From Coastal Health:   Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre moves ahead

BC government announcement:  Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre moves ahead

Joe Segal and Rosalie, give 12 million for this cause. A short biography about Joseph Segal
whom has been very philanthropic throughout his life.

 New mental health centre $10 million short of its goal,  New building at VGH expected to open in 2017

The 64 year old Willow Chest Centre,which is being used for health research purposes at this time, will be demolished to make space for this new building; no mention of where the health researchers are going?
So this is the new model for health care in BC?  the government gives 57 Million and expect the 25 Million more that is needed to come from other funders. To be completed in 2017, a long wait, can you say "cost over runs"...No mention of an operating budget, cap in hand on the street maybe? Lottery ? Silly season has started, maybe a shift in funding from ethnic voting, to health care voting block issues?

12th & Cambie: ‘Urgent response centre’ still lost in transition;
   About one-third of police calls involve mentally ill

 Reply to above article in the Vancouver Courier:

  Status quo on mental health unacceptable

 Mental health group says Parliament's tough stance on mentally ill offenders won't reduce crime
 But it can fill our new prisons !!!!
 New Okanagan prison to go north of Oliver,
Project will create up to 500 direct and 500 indirect jobs: province
I wonder if the prisoners are direct or indirect jobs?


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