Saturday, December 31, 2016

IR 3?

2016: Kwikwetlem lays claim to Riverview, Colony Farm and parts of Port Coquitlam
The visioning process is complete and the future of Riverview Hospital looks likely to include some form of mixed-use development.

And for something completely different:  Making  Lime Bast Rope in Norway.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Conflicting ideas

Ongoing saga of Coquitlam council having issues with the Provice.

Coquitlam, province at odds on Riverview Hospital
‘Break-even’ plan for Riverview work raises council’s ire

         No mention of the ongoing discussions with the local first nations; have not offered enough compensation yet, I guess.

        Meanwhile Valleyview300 has been levelled in preparation for  a new building. I have not seen any concept drawings for this building yet.  Certainly scarred up the grounds considerably with all the probing, new pipes, tree marking, flagging, spray paint marking for this venture.

UPDATE:   The first artcle above generated some letters to the editor:
     Appalled at province’s plan for Riverview site in Coquitlam

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Conflicting alliances

So we have a "councillor" who appears to be in very much in conflict of interest position, but as usual he does not see it that way.   A child could see this conflict and not get involved.

Coquitlam councillor is on board of Kwikwetlem biz company
A Coquitlam city councillor who is also vice-chair of the city’s Riverview Lands Advisory Committee has a new role that could potentially land him in a conflict.

So in the last post I linked to Elaine Golds article:  Green Scene: A disturbing demolition on Riverview grounds , published June 23. there were some reply letters:   ( June 27; Follow the Money ) ; ( July 6; Riverview developers Gold )

Sadly Valleyview is being demolished, such a substantial building, that could have easily been brought up to date.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

removal of Valleyview

Sadly the present government is continuing down its enviromentally unfriendly path of totalling removing Valleyview a purpose-built building for Senior care, and will replace it with some tiny place devoted to drug-users.

Article by Elaine Golds:
Green Scene: A disturbing demolition on Riverview grounds
I must admit to being disheartened by the demolition that is currently happening on the Riverview Hospital grounds in accordance with the plans announced by BC Housing last December.

The open-houses are long gone, and typical of the various governments, they release reports in summer.
So the RenewingRiverview has released their final reports, on cue.

The final Summary Report is available at this time (PDF) no mention of a timeline of when the Complete
Report will be released for the public's purview.

The level of care in Valleyview was astounding by many reports, under frequently difficult circumstances seniors with multiple health issues were provided with quality care; sad to see this still useful building go.

It appears that the present government is continuing down its path of selling off the lands for development, regardless of what the majority of the taxpayers want the site to be used for, PUBLIC HEALTH, as originally intended.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Protect Riverview video

Last January there was small gathering near Coquitlam City hall, rather quickly organized  by Jay Peachy and the weather was not friendly; I blogged about it before in this posting  (scroll down in article)

There was a loval community TV crew there, and they finally have released their video
entitled,   Rivervier Concerns (sic)

Local resident, Beverly Miller has her say at  the 3 minutes and six second mark

Roger Loubert, President of ArtsConnect speaks his mind at 5 minutes, 48 seconds

Nice comments by ex-MLA John Cashore  starts at  13 minutes and 14 seconds

And also comments from Burke Mountain Naturalist, Elaine Golds starting at  16 minutes and 42 seconds


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Two missing patients

No.1:  February 10, 2016 David Fomradas was reported on an unauthorized absence from a Forensic Psychiatric Services housing program located on the Riverview lands in Coquitlam, BC.
Mr. Fomradas is described as:

    Caucasian male
    38 years old
    5'11" tall
    156 lbs
    Blue eyes
    Long light brown hair
    Moustache and beard.

Clothing Description:

    Dark grey pants
    Brown sweater
    Black jacket
    Hat or toque (unknown colour).

Fomradas has the potential for violence when not on his medication.

David Fomradas

Not the first time this fellow has walked away:
Psych patient on the run from lawsuit
 A mentally-ill man who crashed a hijacked car and injured a Vancouver actress is being sued by his victims.

Blogged about these events before

Evidently a much tighter rein was needed with this fellow. They will be making movies about this fellow before we know it.

UPDATE:  This fellow has been found, and a long way from here. 


No. 2:    On February 12th, 2016, Violet Miharija was reported as an unauthorized absence from the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam. Violet Miharija is now wanted on a Canada wide warrant for being unlawfully at large.

Violet Miharija is described as:

    41 year-old female
    5’2’’ tall,
    178 lbs
    Dark brown shoulder length hair

Violet was last seen wearing a green sweatshirt, green sweatpants and white running shoes.

Violet Miharija

Appears that she has numerous charges laid upon her in the Surrey Court system

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Renew or replace Riverview?

Last chance to comment on your views about the Riverview Hospital site.
    Commenting closes on February 12
You will need to register at the Placespeak site, then navigate to this posting:  A vision for renewing Riverview
Good luck with your quest to be heard; apparently the person who created the posting does nor know exactly where riverview is ! see picture below, somewhere up on top of Mary Hill

 And the Renewing Riverview website which appears to have been taken over by B.C. housing, and further crafted to their development at a loss to the public, apparent mandate.

And some more recent news from the papers:
LETTER: Riverview lands in Coquitlam can still heal
The Editor, In 1904, the provincial government purchased a thousand acres in rural Coquitlam for the future Riverview Hospital.

LETTER: Public property & mental health keys

LETTER: Refurbish Valleyview building
 [  I agree that this solidly built building should be repurposed, and NOT torn down.  ]

Development threatens Riverview

 LETTER: Majority has Spoken, province not listening (  top right  )

Kwikwetlem First Nation files Supreme Court challenge for traditional lands
 Parcel includes Riverview Hospital and Colony Farm Psychiatric Institute lands

[  Selling themselves far short here, since it is a well-known fact that the  Kwikwetlem peoples in the past utilized a very large portion of the Coquitlam watershed, and even had a summer camp at Coquitlam Lake.  Much like the last Provincial land sale where the Province handed over roughly 10% of the proceeds from the sales; 10% !!!  Why not 100% ? ]

Coquitlam council slams Riverview ‘sales job’ [ Where lone coun. Terry O’Neill defends the governments decisions to develop. Obviously a Lieberal Christie Clark, fan. ]

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Protect Riverview

 Bad enough that I escorted a friend to the local hospital emergency, and spent the better part of the day there; only to come home to read the news; some good, and some bad.   Makes a person ponder who actually is the CEO of the Province? Christie Clark, or Rich Coleman, appears to be the later. 

Riverview real estate job is posted  MLA questions gov’t intentions.

I did find the BC BID Valleyview Hazmat Removal  open bidding contract; and the related documents:  BC BID for the Valleyview Pavilion; (PDF) and a Hazardous material and Deconstruction guide for Valleyview. (PDF)  converted and saved for eternity, away from the government servers.

And making the rounds is a press release:

For Immediate Release (January 28, 2016)

We are a collective of citizens in the province of British Columbia, in unceded Coast Salish Territories concerned about the provincial government's commercial housing plans for the Riverview hospital lands.

Under the banner of 'Protect Riverview' we stand in solidarity with members of the community, mental health advocates and healers from all walks of life.

We stand united and opposed to plans that include market housing and for-profit commercial development. We believe the land should retain it's initial purpose as a sanctuary for those with mental health challenges.

We envision a campus of care, of which many models around the world have been successful. We also see creative alternative and co-operative economic models as a way to provide social opportunities for community members who are easily excluded from mainstream economies. We believe in retro-fitting existing usable structures as a green approach to re-purposing buildings. We encourage those who share the same vision to unite with us.

Our first gathering with be at the City of Coquitlam, Spirit Square  ( Google Maps ) next to GlenPine Pavilion from Noon-2pm on January 31st. 2016. We invite others concerned about the future of Riverview to join the peaceful, family-friendly gathering in Spirit Square, See you there!

To find out more see us at:

Web:  Protectriverview
Twitter: @protectrview

A group that no one seems to know anything about; but for me the more the merrier.

UPDATE: So moi the intrepid reporter went to this event, the weather was wet and cold, but a good turnout for such a quickly convened gathering.  Some photos at Flickr 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Art meets Riverview

Our Riverview lands, painted
Port Coquitlam's Art Focus Artists Association will have three cube towers in a new ArtConnect exhibit in Vancouver that focuses on Riverview Hospital.

Riverview, Our Iconic Landscape
Pendulum Gallery, HSBC Building
885 West Georgia Street   Vancouver, B.C.
Exhibition from the 15th of February until the 5th of March, 2016

Some parking information

  A few links to ArtsConnect references to Riverview:
         About Riverview
             Riverview Slideshow

And a few preview Photos of some of the art from the ArtFocus group

I must say that more than a few of the artists captured the site feeling rather well, well done :)

Friday, January 15, 2016

Local papers

LETTERS: Not enough return and too high a cost for Riverview
The Editor, Re. “The future — or the destruction — of Riverview?” (Green Scene, The Tri-City News, Jan. 8).

LETTER: Keep Riverview as a sanctuary
The Editor, Re. “Mental health facility, commercial district are in works for Riverview” (The Tri-City News, Dec. 18) and “Housing CEO: R’view will be model for health care (Jan. 8).

BYELECTION: Sell off Riverview and bus route, says Geddes
A profile on Coquitlam-Burke Mountain candidate Paul Geddes (Libertarian)
Note: I have not heard any other candidates stances on the Riverview issue? 

Put this here, because I could not vote, when this right was taken away from me.  And it has been interesting to note that Metro Vancouver AKA GVRD has been very quiet about Riverview; one would almost think that they dd not exist.  Even though they have a major high-pressure sewer, and a critically important water line running through the site.
COLUMN: It’s time we elected Metro Vancouver representatives
What would happen if you undertook a massive project and overspent your budget by 100%?

 The Editor, Re. “Mental health facility, commercial district are in works for Riverview” (The Tri-City News, Dec. 18) and “The future — or the destruction — of Riverview?” (Green Scene, Jan. 8).

 Premier's promise to save Riverview greenspace, trees
Premier Christy Clark makes campaign pledge about the historic property during the Coquitlam-Burke Mountain byelection.  [ I want it in writing; it appears she has no control over the overseers that she appointed to look after the site.  ]

LETTER: Riverview vision ‘slap in the face
The Editor, The fifth and final public vision process in the way of a document entitled A Vision For Renewing Riverview is nothing short of a slap in the face to all who made the effort to attend these public visioning processes.

Some related news:
 B.C. jails have become ‘default mental health facilities’: union
 North Fraser Pretrial Centre has seen nine suicides since it opened 15 years ago

 Mental health care system failed Lions Bay man, mother says;
 Ryan Norris spent years trying to find help for his mental illness and drug addiction, before dying of suspected fentanyl overdose

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Will theTruth please stand up?

So myself and a few others have been getting this message :

[" Correction: There was an editing error on page 20 of the Riverview Vision Document. A quote from the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce, mistakenly referred to a recommendation for “mid-to-high” market housing to help off-set the shortage of rental housing in the Tri-Cities…” .

The quote has been corrected in the online version,  and now reads: “developments should be “mixed-market” housing to help off-set the shortage of rental housing in the Tri-Cities…”
Print versions given out prior to January 9, 2016 will still include the error. To request a new print version, please contact   "]

But it appears that the correction is not correct; the report from the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is available to view  HERE (PDF) on the  RenewRiverview website.  Sadly the original document cannot be located on the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce website anymore :(

Where on page 13 near the bottom it clearly states:

... "Ultimately, if there is to be any housing development at Riverview, the resulting developments should be mixed-market to help offset the shortage of rental housing in the Tri-Cities and mid to high density projects to accommodate the expected growth in our region. "...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Riverview comments needed

Last chance for commenting on this smoke and mirrors show, that has been named Renewing Riverview.
first you must sign away your life and join Placespeak    Then you need to find  A Vision For Renewing Riverview you have until January 29, 2016 February 12, 2016 to have your voice heard.

You tube video of  the bureacrats announcing the building in the distant future of some health care facilities on the site; which of course will still not come anywhere near to replacing what was lost when Riverview was closed.

UPDATE:  Deadline has been extended :   Riverview vision is linked to health announcement: BC Housing
The deadline to comment on the fifth and final report for the future of Riverview Hospital is February 12.

IMPORTANT MEETING:      Please come to this meeting to show your support
 Riverview Lands Advisory Committee meeting. ( hopefully they will update their page soon )

 Thursday14 January 2016, from 3-5pm, in the
Coquitlam Council meeting room, at Coquitlam City Hall.

     You are not allowed to say anything unless asked by the chair; but just having
bodies there shows the powers that be that there is strong interest in the site.

What will happen to riverviews trees?  ( page 3 ) Transcribed here for your perusal.
( The paper finally placed the article online )

The Future of Riverview
What will happen to Riverview's trees?
Locals worried about future of natural assets

Diane Strandberg, Tri-City News

A group of concerned Tri-City residents is worried the latest vision for the Riverview Hospital site could see dozens of spectacular 100 year-old trees bulldozed to make way for new market housing commercial properties and health care facilities.
And they say a decision to knock down Valleyview, a 50-year-old health care facility, to make way for mental health treatment buildings before master plan for the 244-acre property has been developed is a bad sign.
“This whole process lacks transparency,” said Don Gillespie, of the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society (RHCS).
Gillespie and others with the 23-year-old organization as well as the Burke Mountain Naturalists (BMN) are worried the Renewing Riverview vision released in December with the announcement of $175-million in new mental health facilities lacks commitment for the preservation of open space and trees. They point to a BC Housing document from 2013 that promised to maintain as much open space as “exists now” with the current document that only commits to maintain as much of the site’s existing open space “as possible”.
Elaine Golds, a BMN spokes-person who is also with the horticultural centre group, said the change in wording ignores public sentiment captured in online surveys and open houses that people want to see all the open space protected.
And she’s worried a map that breaks down tree preservation to a “focus area” and “areas of consideration” ignores the fact that important trees are located throughout the site, not just in a couple of identified locations.
Every time a new building went up, important trees were planted,” Gold said, noting that while the vision document promises identification, protection and maintenance of unique and important trees on the site, it’s vague on how and where this will be carried out.
“It’s a postage stamp is what it is,” added Gillespie.
. According to the document, Riverview’s core collection of trees will be preserved, with landscape architects hired to oversee land use planning and studies on tree viability.
 The vision also notes that any future improvements on the site will have to be paid for with market housing and the break even mandate is a core principal in the development of the Riverview lands.
But RHCS Says the vision doesn’t go far enough in preserving the 1,800 mature trees on the property, which have therapeutic as well as heritage value. They want to see the trees protected and the site named for John Davidson, the founder of the Vancouver Natural History Society, who planted many of them.
The society plans to send letters of concern to BC Housing and the provincial housing ministry, and the public is urged to comment on the vision before the Jan.29 deadline.
You can go to to share your feedback

photo by: Diane Strandberg / The Tri-City News 
Norma and Don Gillespie, Laura Dupont Teri Madasky, Mick Short and Elaine Golds of the Riverview horticultural Centre Society are concerned about the future of heritage frees on the Riverview Hospital grounds because of what they consider to be the government's reduced commitment to maintaining open space on the 244-acre former mental hospital site. Recently, they visited the site to view the trees, including this Japanese Cryptomeria japonica 

EDITORIAL: Riverview a gem that will be fought for
As is common in environmental matters in the Tri-Cities, Elaine Golds says it best.

LETTER: Riverview lands are for all the people of B.C., not developers
The Editor, Re. “Mental health facility, commercial district are in works for Riverview” (The Tri-City News, Dec. 18).

GREEN SCENE: The future (or the destruction) of Riverview?
The arborteum at Coquitlam's Riverview Hospital must be a priority, writes Golds.


Wide-angle view of Essondale's West Lawn with clear-cut grounds
Yes, that the area to the right would be todays Lougheed Highway; note the excellant soil, and the toe of a slide behind the fellow in the ditch to the left. Still noticeable today, if you know what to look for.

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