Thursday, January 29, 2015
This Water main project to Port Mann, in Surrey, was actually started before the oil pipeline project by Metro Vancouver, and being that it is a government project it grinds along like a glacier; and as usual it ran into problems that required complicated fixes; SEE: Drilling to resume on stalled Metro Vancouver water tunnel for Surrey area
I was sent a report today, created by: Diamond Head Consulting Ltd., entitled:
Arborist Report Portman Main No.2, North, Coquitlam, B.C. updated 19 January 2015 (2869K) PDF. No idea where the name of Portman comes from, should read Port Mann I would think, because that is where this water main is going.
And also a map Portmann Main #2 tree retetnion and removal 19 January 2015 (PDF)
I spelled it the way it was written, so we are getting a little closer to Port Mann, but fail in the spelling of "retention". The last PDF is a map of the areas being impacted by the water main going through the Riverview Hospital property. Another nasty scar slashed through the landscape, from Riverview hospital up near Mariner Way, through Colony Farm, through its critical habitat treed wind-break to go under the Fraser River near the Port Mann bridge, and into Surrey and beyond.
Port Mann is named after Sir Donald Mann and most of the area that we know as, Port Mann was previously known as Bon Accord, prior to the railway yards being built there. A salmon hatchery, and a salmon cannery were once in the area, both named Bon Accord.
The project is part of the Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel read the PDF factsheet
From what I understand the numerous pipelines (gas,oil,water,communications) under the river at this point have had issues with the river exposing them, which places large stesses upon them.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Location: Royal Canadian Legion – 1025 Ridgeway Ave, Coquitlam
Please rsvp to email@example.com by if you plan to attend the workshop.
Please share this invitation widely with your members and friends. Additional information as well as an online questionnaire will be available on the Metro Vancouver website (search ‘Sheep Paddocks Trail’) starting late next week if you are unable to attend the workshop.
Jamie Vala, MBCSLA, R.P. Bio
Park Planner , Regional Parks - Central Area
Planning, Policy, and Environment
Saturday, January 03, 2015
Documentary | Inside Britain's Highest Security Psychiatric Hospital
After that we can compare to the offerings from the Forensic Psychiatric hospital, at Colony Farm, and view their videos .
I do not know of any documentaries, written histories of the forensic pyschiatric hospitals in B.C.; there are a few quick summaries, but nothing detailed. I do know that prior to being at Colony farm, they were housed at Essondale, but mostly in Colquitz (1919-1964), for the violent patients, and primarily Oakalla prison (1912-1991) in Burnaby, and also the few other prisons scattered around the province, but they were generally shipped to Oakalla, and then Essondale. Just prior to Colquitz closing, the residents were moved to Colony farm, into the Veterans building, which had been remodelled to house them.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Contrary to what the newspapers say, Richard was incarcerated on the 19th of August 1958 to 9 months in the Prince George goal, after being convicted of theft he was moved from there in October to Oakalla prison in Burnaby.
So not that long after his release the murders occurred.
He was remanded in September of 1959 to Oakalla; then in October 1959 taken to Essondale, for assessment. He was found to be insane and was to be kept under strict custody; by 1969 he was allowed to move between Colony Farm and Essondale; but in 1973 dismissed from working at Colony Farm, as incapable of work. In 1977 he was discharged, and in May of 1982 he was given an absolute discharge. I could find no trace of him, after he left the hospital. One of the reports though does list his name with the addition of HOLM in brackets on the end, so possibly he changed his name, which is a common practice
The murdered daughter:
Linda Gwendoline Townsend 29 March 1951 Westlock, Alberta - 30 July 1959
parents Claude Andrew Townsend, ( 1922 – 1996 ) and Violet Doris Eyvon Gower
Linda is buried at the Fruitvale Memorial cemetery
The murdered mother:
Eyvon Violet Doris Gower, Evyon Violet Doris Townsend
b. 23 January 1933 Westlock, Alberta - 30 July 1959 --- Parks, B.C. [ Parks is known today as Parks Siding ]
parents Edward James Gower, and Mildred Price( 1911 – 2006 )
Eyvon is buried at the Fruitvale Memorial cemetery with her daughter
The lady who is mentioned in the newspapers as being the first on the scene is Freda Margaret Anderson (unknown – unknown ) buried at the Fruitvale Memorial cemetery
Her husband: Elmer Roy Plested ( 1912 - 1992 ( a )-( b ) ) is also buried at the Fruitvale Memorial cemetery
Freda must have carried the horrible scene she found in her head for the rest of her life. Not helped by what the uncompassionate, incompetent bureaucracy did to her in her twilight years
Compassionate care can't be measured with money
The recent situation regarding seniors' health care is indeed tragic, as demonstrated in the case of Fanny and Alfred Albo, but definitely not unique. My neighbour, whose mother Freda Plested was a lifelong resident of the Trail area, also died after much stress because of her continued relocation. The stress on Freda and on her family was very evident. Frail adults cannot physically handle such anxieties.
FEBRUARY 27, 2006 DEBATES OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
It was a first-available-bed policy that was going to have Freda Plested moved from her home in Trail to Grand Forks. The family was so upset that they instead opted to pay $145 a day to have her cared for in a private facility near their home.
Rest in Peace
A WorksafeBC short report on the worst offense: Worker stabbed by patient during cooking activity
Dangerous place to work it appears; appalling that the bureaucrats running the place were not found partially responsible for not having in place the proper procedures. So now we have one government department, paying a $75,000 fine to another government department, using OUR money of course.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Anthony LeMay also claims that the prisoners should be paid the minimum wage. He is suing on his own behalf and on behalf of all other persons held in the institute at Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam, B.C. Defendants in the action are the Crown, the institute, and the executive director Dr. John P. Duffie.
The writ asks for a declaration that by forcing any of the plaintiffs to work, the defendants have "violated the Act for the Abolition of Slavery throughout the British colonies; for promoting the industry of manumitted slaves; and for compensating the persons hitherto entitled to the services of such slaves ( 28th August, 1833 )."
Anthony Joseph LeMay was convicted on the 25th of June 1973 of being a common nuisance and mischief, and also insane , and sentenced to the Forensic Institute.
In 1978 he was released, but he violated his conditions by not taking his medications, and was brought back into the institution, they tried again to release him in 1979, and granted him another conditional discharge. And finally in September of 1983 he was granted an absolute discharge.
[ King William IV gave royal ascent to the act to abolish slavery in all dominions of the British Empire (except in territories of the east India Company, and the islands of Ceylon and Saint Helena). It came into effect on the 1st of August 1834, and this day became known as Emanicipation Day ]
But it did bring up the valid point of equal pay, for equal work. since the patients worked for very little, and working with them were highly paid staff.
It was the beginning of the end, soon the patients would not be working on the farm anymore, and everything was done by paid staff, which cascaded into a race to the bottom, and the eventual closure of the farming operations at Colony Farm.
As is detailed slightly more in the article below when the Government closed it down just four years later.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Michael’s parents were Raymond "Ray" Charles Shilling, and Sylvia Mae Barlow
Ray Charles Shilling was born 8th of May 1930 Toronto, Ontario; his parents were: Grace Eleanor Shilling, and Lavern Shilling (b.1904, Ohio) they were married on the 15th of September 1928. In 1943 the family immigrated to the U.S.A. Raymond Charles Shilling apparently was married to Mary ? on the 12th of December 1980 at Palm Beach, Florida; did not last very long, since a divorce was granted on the 1st of October 1981, at Palm Beach.
At least three brothers Gregory Charles Shilling mentioned above, also Mark Schilling and Derek Vern Shilling,( lives in Edmonton, Alberta ) and a sister Debbie Schilling.
Michael repeatedly stabbed his mother in the back at her home at 120-1870 McKenzie Avenue, Saanich, on her birthday.
Sylvia Mae Barlow ( 23rd of June 1934 – 23 June 1980 ) was a teacher at Camosun College, near Victoria, B.C. And was divorced at the time and was using her maiden name of Barlow. Sylvia's parents were William Barlow and Nina Barlow, both of England.
Michael was initially charged with 1st degree murder, and was later acquitted on the 10th of October 1980, after being found to be insane, and sent to the Forensic Institute.
Michael was eventually brought back to the Forensic Institute at Colony Farm, from Australia, and a few years later committed suicide by hanging himself.
Michael John Shilling ( Vancouver, B.C. 21 July 1958 – 30 December 1985 Coquitlam, B.C. )
Just another sad story
UPDATE: anonymous left some more information about the family. Thanx
Friday, August 01, 2014
Coquitlam RCMP search for missing Colony Farm patient
Coquitlam RCMP press release: Missing Patient Wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant - Shane Metcalfe
UPDATE: Apparently this fellow has been found.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Province: Man escapes from Coquitlam psychiatric hospital
Tri-City News: Man missing from Colony Farm
The Coquitlam RCMP: Unlawfully at Large - Jeffrey Edward Stuart
This fellow looks like he needs a wide berth, if the photo tells me anything.
UPDATE: This fellow is back safely in custody.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
It has a timed door lock on it, but no sign stating the hours of operation, are posted on the building yet.
Separate entrances for the Rams and Ewes, Does and Bucks, etc.
There is even a water fountian close to the ground for pets. Now if we could train them to use the facilites, Hmm..
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Easier to visualize the huge impacts that the pipeline would have on Colony Farm Park from this picture.
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April 3, 2014
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Trans Mountain of course in theory must answer to the National Energy Board, (NEB) the public can view the regulatory documents that the various companies submit in their applications.
Not directly related to the Trans mountain application, but related to transportation in Burrard Inlet : 1973 Oil spill in English Bay Trans Mountain of course will create a large increase in shipping traffic through Burrard Inlet, much more than they do at the present time.
Personally I struggle with the fact that a company can apply to build something, yet they have no idea where it will be located. Kind of like me going to the nearest city and saying, I want to build a gazillion square foot building, but I have no idea where yet, and expect an Okay from the local council; something wrong here.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Excuse the quality that is as good as it gets, from a lousy scan that UVIC did of these papers.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
This appears to be on the Port Coquitlam side of the farm, commonly called the Wilson Farm,(which was really further north than here) the wooden building I believe was something to do with feeding the pigs, sheep, cattle at various times in its history.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Friday, November 01, 2013
Where: Poirier Library, 575 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
When: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM November 7, 2013
This has been a number of years in the brewing, as usual it will cost the taxpayer dearly to get this trail opened up again.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Not surprising that Metro not including the First Peoples in their scheming. Metro as usual did not do a good job of informing the public in general; classic fail, we know best attitude shown by the staff. The Kwantlen preliminary concept plan that I saw, told me that they were doomed to fail anyway, failure to understand the soil conditons, past uses at Colony Farm and they wanted to grow fruit trees! "Stupido!!!" typical desktop farmers!
Apparently there will be a meeting on November 7, at Poirier Library at 7pm, to look at options,input for the Sheep Paddock trail. Not public knowledge yet, typical! See the Metro page that is "supposed" to keep the public informed about the Metro Parks schemes for exact tdates and times.
A large water pipeline is also in the planning stages that will have impacts on Colony Farm, read portions of this Article
And in the coming year you will notice large volumes of trucks going onto the Kwikwetlem reserve dumping their loads of spoil from the 10 Metre diameter, 2 km long Evergeen line tunnel, the truck traffic will apparently will be active up to 18 hours a day, and six trips per hour. A lot of traffic.
Monday, May 13, 2013
And from the Vancouver Province:
Coquitlam cops suspect foul play after man’s body found on trail in Colony Farm area.
Coquitlam murder victim identified as Clifford Devitt
(contains a picture of the deceased, and his bike; police are looking for information )
And the Tri-City News: Homicide investigation at Colony Farm Regional Park.
Update: Colony Farm Park homicide victim identified
The Coquitlam NOW: Homicide investigation at Colony Farm Regional Park
Download a map of the park (PDF)
I hope that this is not the start of a trend.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Metro Vancouver examines options to hand over control of some parks to municipalities
Some iron-clad rules would certainly be needed to be in place before a transfer of ownership, ( US to US ) could occurr.
Related Riverview hospital blogs
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Crease Clinic -- East Lawn -- Essondale Hospital -- Finnie's Garden
Henry Esson Young -- Hillside unit -- Home for the Aged-Valleyview
North Lawn -- Pennington Hall -- TreeFest -- West LawnOccupational Therapy ---- Recreation Therapy