Saturday, September 27, 2014


Drawing on input to create a vision for Riverview land in Coquitlam
All portions of the process under the "care" of the RenewingRiverview  folk.

 B.C. communities keen on Victoria and Vancouver’s mental health approach.
ACT teams of police, social workers and health experts have trimmed hospital visits and jail time for the mentally ill

B.C. mayors push province on mental health

The Transit police, justifying their existence, in two newspaper articles

'Obviously, there's mental issues going on': SkyTrain ‘ride along’ tours the dark side of public transit;

1 in 6 transit police files fall under Mental Health Act, while almost 1 in 3 files to be opened in 2014 are projected to involve someone with mental illness

Mental illness, the elephant in our urban room: Top eight frequent offenders on transit all suffer 'mental instability'

Monday, September 15, 2014

Two buildings are being reopened

 Transcribed article from:  Page A6 Friday, September 12, 2014 Tri-City News

More Health help planned for Riverview

Hiring fair on Saturday for a program to help men, women

By Diane Strandberg, The Tri-City News

Riverview Hospital may have closed two years ago but discussion on the future of the 244- acre site is ongoing, with many suggesting it become a refuge for people with mental health and addiction issues.
It apparently is already, with a program about to launch on the Riverview grounds for people recovering from both mental illness and addiction.
The executive director of non-profit Coast Mental Health confirmed this week that three years of funding has been granted by the Provincial Health Services Authority for a program for 40 men and women to run out of the Hillside and Brookside buildings on the site.
Tomorrow (Saturday), a job fair is being held on the Riverview grounds to seek out people for more than 40 positions, including mental health practitioners, cooks, housekeepers and leisure therapists.
Darrell Burnham said the referrals will come from the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions, with Coast Mental Health providing up to a year or more of support through a variety of counselling and clinic al programs, including 24-hour nursing care.
Denise Bradshaw, program director with BC Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, said the money comes from a $5-million fund announced by the Ministry of Health this year to deal with people who have both mental health and addiction issues.”The goal is to allow people to have a longer stay in treatment and recovery before moving back to home communities, “she said.
Whatever the goals, members of the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society are welcoming the news as a sign that the former provincial mental health hosp ital is still regarded as a place to support people with mental illness.
“It’s such a place for healing,” said Norma Gillespie, who noted society volunteers will be cleaning up the creek next to the Hillside and Brookside buildings to make the area welcoming for the new residents.
The group has long championed Riverview as a centre for mental health excellence and Gillespie said the establishment of a new program, albeit relatively short-term, is a good sign.
“We are thrilled,” she said.
Burnham said the reuse of the two buildings was considered because they didn’t need much work except for some safety upgrades and paint, and could be open quickly. As for the longer term use of Riverview, Burnham said that would be decided through BC Housing’s ongoing vision and review.
Coast Mental Health also operates a cottage program at Riverview for approximately 41 men and women.

The Hillside building is one of two on the Riverview Hospital site that will be used for a new program aimed at helping people with mental health and addiction issues.
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Here is more information for the job seekers who want to work for Coastal Mental Health on this project.
 There is actually more job fairs this Thursday and Saturday.   Good Luck !

In a side bar in the above article Diane Strandberg also mentions the Rally at Colony Farm, which has now happened, and you can find out more HERE
And secondly mention is also made of the Third Renewing Riverview open houses

The signs of something happening at Hillside and Brookside did not go unnoticed, I mentioned it before

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Third open house

Well the dates have been confirmed: The Renewingriverview folks are hosting another information gathering exercise for Riverview.

     Apparently Stanley King is also facilitating these meetings and  their expertise is primarily focused on building and site planning.  [ Never knew that we were at that stage in the process; I want the satin silk pleated curtains in a burgundy-peach please; and the platinum- plated outdoor taps would be a nice touch ]

The third round of Riverview Open Houses will be interactive. Join us and brainstorm ideas in a collaborative  session and see your ideas come to life with the help of an artist.

Session 1

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014      Time:  4:30pm ­ - 8pm
      4:30pm - Sign Up and Open House
          4:45pm - “A Day in the Life” Brainstorming
              5:30pm - 7:30pm - Artist Sessions – (small group sessions run approximately 20 minutes)
                     7:30pm - 8:00pm - Viewing & Rating

Place: Douglas College, Coquitlam ( Atrium )
Address: 1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Session 2

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014      Time: 10am – 1:30pm
     10:00am - Sign Up and Open House
           10:15am - “A Day in the Life” Brainstorming
                   11:00am - 1:00pm - Artist Sessions – (small group sessions run approximately 20 minutes)
                            1:00pm - 1:30pm - Viewing & Rating

Place: Centennial Activity Centre
Address: 570 Poirier Street, Coquitlam ( Entrance off Winslow Avenue )

If you cannot attend the Open House in person, we invite you to participate online at Renewingriverview

 Illustrated ideas from the sessions will be available to be viewed and voted on between October 1 and October 10.

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.

Chi Chi Cai (B.A., M.Pl.)

Planning Analyst| Brook Pooni Associates Inc.

Suite 410 - 535 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, BC  V6E 3L2

604 731-9053 ext. 122       Fax:   604 731-9075

To  register, contact:     604.216.7057

Sunday, September 7, 2014

September news and Treefest

The report from the second RenewingRiverview planning exercise open house is now available; get it HERE ( PDF)

The second open house was named the:  Creating goals open house
Lots of reading there too, read the background information

Well TREEFEST is just about here  Saturday September 13, 11am - 4pm

 after a lot of run-around from the bureaucrats; no you cannot have it there, or there, or there, they relented after pressure was applied, and guess what? the usual site at the HEY building was okayed. The HEY building will NOT be opened though.  And Charles Chan AKA "Charlie Chan" insists that we leave the site in better condition than when we started, which we always did anyway. More information can also be acquired from the City of Coquitlam's webpage about Treefest

       Have a look at the Treefest 2014 poster (in Google doc viewer),
                   or view it as a PDF  or a smaller version PDF

      Apparently the Hillside building is being repainted inside, and the outside shrubbery, and plantings have been removed, ( some of which I myself donated and planted, along with many others ), the Brookside building is also being cleaned up apparently, something to do with the huge overflow of the multiple issue patients at the Willingdon facility.
Not that long ago the folks from Willingdon were using Leeside and Brookside, but the contract run out, and they decamped back to Willingdon. Unknown when the photo op with the bureaucrats will be stating how they are increasing health care beds for people with issues.  But still good news to see the buildings being used for what they were designed for in the near future.  Sadly the taxpayer as usual foots the bill for all of this; the building were being used, then emptied of everything, then later refurnished and used for patient care again; then the cycle repeats itself, classic government waste.

      And a distressed person drove into the Centre Lawn building at high speed, and  both the driver and the building live on.  See a short video clip  ( YouTube )

As Riverview is now closed the care previously done at Riverview, is now non-existant or severely lacking, and has fallen onto Vancouver's shoulders.  "Crisis' of dealing with the mentally ill continues unabated for Vancouver police

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