Thursday, June 14, 2018

Artifacts and movies

Riverview artifacts now preserved: Coquitlam
Artifacts from Riverview Hospital — some dating back to the early 1900s, when it was known as Essondale Hospital — are now catalogued and preserved by the city of Coquitlam.

We are fully booked, BC Housing says of Riverview filming action
Riverview Hospital may have a history steeped in mental health and recovery but it’s future as a filming site isn’t dimming anytime soon.

Ed. note: These two articles somewhat belong together, since many of the hospital artifacts can also be rented out to the movie industry.

Very noticeable the HUGE movie industry presence at Riverview. It appears that they forget that it is still home to many people who live there. Very large mess being created by all the construction going on also.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

February 2018

February 6
Letter: Blame BC Liberals for Riverview’s issues
The Editor, Re. “Restore Riverview for hospital, research” (Letters, The Tri-City News, Jan. 26
(sic. SEE: January 24 below  ).

January 25
Parking problem at Riverview in Coquitlam
BC Housing looking at ways to deal with parking, advisory group wants assurances solutions won't be a barrier to public access  [ed.note: have to laugh at this situation; I believe there is over 800 parking spaces on the site; but the movie industry tends to disregard the marked lines, and park erratically, with large spaces between the various pieces of equipment, the problem is their own making...]

January 24
Letter: Restore Riverview for hospital, research
The Editor, Which political and social tyranny deserves our attention? The plight of the mentally ill or the plight of our First Nations? How do we reconcile competing injustices?

Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Autism, Depression disorders share genes
 [ed. note: a connection has been established; long thought that there was something like this at work; time will tell if it triggered by some external effects; like bacteria, viruses, foods... we are our worst enemies...   Hopefully in the distant future the genes of the effected individuals, can be altered to stay on their proper replication path. ]

Sunday, January 7, 2018

long delay in posting

Sorry for the loooooong delays, in posting anything here, busy,busy,busy..     busy looking into the Boys Industrial School of Coquitlam, that was on the site from 1921-1954

Advocate worries Langley seniors complex becoming a 'Riverview satellite'

History before Riverview focus of Kwikwetlem First Nation
Heritage certificate program required for construction workers at the former mental hospital site in Coquitlam
[ ed note: the site has been so heavily altered through the years, that it would be very surprising to find anything to do with the First Nations on the site. Although a potatoe patch was noted in the Royal Engineers land surveying activities. And some interesting rock mounds nearby in Ranch Park, that were totally destroyed by the development.  ]

November 30, 2017:   Review of Riverview vision to start next year
Minister mum on next steps but said plan is to take another look at the Renewing Riverview document

November 21, 2017:    Editorial: Missed opportunity at Riverview
What concrete action is being taken to make Riverview a place for healing and wellness when the need is so great?

November 17, 2017: Updated: Premier commits to campus of care at Riverview
Coquitlam's Riverview grounds will be the site of a new centre for people with severe addiction and mental health challenges - Premier John Horgan said Friday it's the first step to better utilizing Riverview as a facility for health and wellness.

 B.C. government announces new mental-health and addiction centre at Riverview lands

December 1, 2017    Not enough services for mentally ill kids, says family of struggling boy

We speak to a Mission family with a mentally ill nine-year-old son, whose future they worry about without more support.
[ ed. note: Riverview did  look after children through the years; primarily overflow from the Woodlands school, when it was bursting at the seams. ]

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