Sunday, September 21, 2014

Transport Services AKA Garage

       Built starting in March of 1954 the Central Mechanical Depot, later officially known as Transport Services, was used until 2012, when it was abandoned.  It was dormant for at least a year, and then this article appeared in the local newspaper:  Demolition at Riverview raises concerns   18 February 2014.

      The site prior to being used for as a garage was used to house animals, and probably before that to grow plants, since a large plant nursery was active in this area for many years.

          Well the demolition is now over and a large pit has been created in an attempt to remediate the hydrocarbons that escaped through the years; must have been considerable, because the smell when I was there on Sunday, the 21st of September was very strong of old hydrocarbons.

Here is a photo of how it looked on the 17th of August 2012.

And on the 7th of April of this year, ONE   TWO    THREE  fencing surrounding the compound, demolition imminent.   And also a photo from May 12th 2014.

I have also created a set of photographs of the compound on Flickr, which shows the present state of the site, and one day hopefully some of the older images of the compound that must exist somewhere out there in the ether.

And now, a little of the social history, and activities of the Transport Services.



1968 THE LEADER  ( the patients newsletter )

RIVERVIEW TRANSPORT SERVICE By: “Atticus.“
This article deals with the Transport Department of the Mental Health Branch at Riverview. The Riverview Garage serves as the home base for a total of over 60 cars and trucks, and several busses. This figure does not include 15 tractors, and other vehicles and equipment serviced at the garage, which constitutes a pool where vehicles are serviced both for the Mental Health Branch and the Department of Public Works (D.P.W.).
All of the trucks, and there are eight of them, on which the Riverview patients work, come under the Mental Health Branch, as do the drivers and swampers on these trucks, three of which — two laundry trucks and the milk truck — as well as one of the busses, are in operation seven days a week. Later in this article, I shall describe a typical day’s schedule of the vehicle with which I am most familiar, the “Woodland’s Milk Truck,” which is a misnomer in two senses, since the truck is based at Riverview, and delivering milk is only one of its many functions.
The car pool at the Riverview Garage consists of sixteen vehicles, including one ambulance and a station wagon — of these sixteen vehicles, thirteen are radio-equipped. The ground patrol and the commissionaires at Riverview also draw their cars from the pool at the garage. The commissionaires, working on three shifts, come under the supervision of Constable R.G. Brookbank,{Richard Gordon Brookbank} the resident RCMP officer. The cars attached to the garage perform an extremely wide variety of services — for instance, making emergency trips to Vancouver for blood for transfusions. This, of course, is only one example out of hundreds of duties performed by the cars.
Obviously, without the Transport Department, Riverview would come to an immediate standstill. This equally applies to Valleyview and the Woodlands School, since all three institutions receive all their milk from Colony Farm, and their bread, meat, groceries, and housekeeping supplies, etc., from Riverview’s bakery and central stores.
The milk truck’s operations begin about 7:30 a.m., picking up bread at the bakery and empty milk cans from North Lawn, West Lawn, Centre Lawn, East Lawn, Crease and Riverside in that order. The milk supplies are then taken on board for Woodlands, and the truck then proceeds to the Riverview butcher shop for the meat for Woodlands. The normal complement or crew of patients on the truck is five or six. Two of these are Woodlands patients, Bob Mitchell, 24 and Walter Mead, 35, who picks up mail for the Essondale Post office and documents for the Dogwood Credit Union. After a coffee break at Woodlands, the truck returns to Colony Farm for the Riverview milk supply, and after this has been delivered to the various kitchens (excluding Hillside), and the mail and briefcase of documents safely delivered, the morning’s work is complete. (On Mondays, the truck also delivers films to Woodlands from the Audio-Visual Department, which is located in the Riverview Industrial Therapy building)
Incidentally, the milk truck’s work begins 20 minutes or more before that of the other trucks, and ends a little earlier. The Charge Nurse, Mr. O. Davey, and other nursing staff on the writer’s ward, A—1, have been very helpful and co-operative in enabling the writer to eat an early breakfast at 7:00 a.m., as have the dietary staff. Patients from West Lawn, Centre Lawn, and Crease all work on the truck, and for the orderly operation on schedule of all the trucks of which patients work, the utmost co-operation of their Charge Nurses and of the Dietary Staff in getting them to work on time is warmly appreciated by the patients and the Transport Department.
The milk truck’s afternoon’s work begins at 12:30, when supplies for Woodlands are picked up at the Riverview stores. Two or three afternoons a week, the truck also takes shipments of supplies to the C.P. and C.N. Express Depots at New Westminster for distribution to the various mental health centres throughout B. C. — to Tranquille School (Kamloops); Dellview (at Kelowna), Skeenaview (at Terrace), Nanaimo, and so on. The truck calls at the Depot in New Westminster five days a week for shipments to Riverview.
The average afternoon load of groceries and other supplies for Woodlands varies from 1 to 3 or 4 tons or more. Most of the supplies go to the Woodlands kitchens #1. and #2 (Fraserview), but some are taken directly by the truck to the wards, which also delivers supplies occasionally to the Woodlands D.P.W., Occupational Therapy, Boiler House, etc.
The present milk truck driver is the amiable Jerry Langley. Until recently the former driver was Bert Pemberton who like his wife Mrs. Kathy Pemberton, was for some years a nurse at Riverview. Mr. Pemberton still works on the truck. The drivers’ and swampers’ work on all the trucks entails very considerable responsibility, as they have not only to carry out efficiently the daily trucking operations, but have also to supervise tactfully patients who in some cases are completely unfamiliar with the work and require a good deal of careful guidance and direction. Thus the staff on the trucks are not merely drivers and swampers — their work is also in a large degree therapeutic.
A further complication is that the number of patients on each truck may vary from day to day, as some have to remain on the wards for doctors’ or dental appointments, or other reasons. Thus there are occasionally days when, on the milk truck, the driver and one patient perform duties which are normally carried out by a crew of five or six.
The writer, as already noted, is chiefly familiar with the milk truck, but has met a number of the other drivers at the garage and at the central stores. The work is healthy and invigorating for the patients, and relations between them and the Transport Department’s staff are excellent.
The Acting Supervisor of the Department is Mr. Bob Thompson. The Department already functions at a high level of efficiency, a statement which the writer can make based on his experiences ‘with trucking operations conducted by private business firms. To raise this level of efficiency still higher, every effort is made to rotate the truck drivers, swampers, and car drivers from job to job, so that in the event of the illness or absence of one or more of them, others can take their place temporarily without any difficulties, by already being completely familiar with the work.
This article, though it does not begin to cover all the multifarious operations of the Transport Department, should completely erase any misconception that the trucks, cars, busses and other vehicles merely work within the Riverview grounds, or that their operations are not extremely complex and diverse.
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1969 THE LEADER



  George C. Tanner

      Mr. George C. Tanner has recently been appointed Supervisor of Transport at Essondale. He succeeds the late Gordon Nolan (1). Mr. Tanner comes to us having just completed 24 years’ service with the Armed Forces, retiring with the rank of Warrant Officer, (R.C.A.F.)
Mr. Tanner, born in Winnipeg, was educated in Saskatchewan, although did attend school in Vancouver on Burrard Street, for a brief year and a half as a child. Mr. Tanner has had very extensive training in all phases of transportation to name a few - Vehicle mechanic; Automotive Vehicle repairs; Safety Supervisor; (accident investigation, vehicle operating safety, etc.); Supervisor Service Training School; Supervisor and Management, School of Instructional Techniques and others.
His military service has taken Mr. Tanner to all parts of Canada, and beyond, from Grande Prairie, Alberta, to Summerside, P.E.I. – Aishihik, Yukon, where he was N.C.O. in charge of the detachment, as well as being “godfather” to a band of Indians from there all the way to Metz, France, in the office of the Staff officer, Mobile Support Equipment, Air Division Headquarters.
Mr. Tanner is married, (no children). He and his wife have just built their own home in Ladner. His interests include curling, bowling, coin collecting, and, in future, gardening. We hope he will enjoy his position at Riverview Hospital.
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   (1)  GORDON NOLAN 

     1968 February  THE LEADER: 
Gordon Nolan joined in 1945, as resident chauffeur. Soon afterwards a mechanic and driver were added, forming the nucleus of the Transportation Department, which at the time of Mr. Nolan's death numbered 23. Mr. Nolan was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Tank Corps, and was wounded in France.  Born and educated in Coquitlam, Mr. Nolan is survived by his wife, mother and two brothers.
  Gordon Thomas Nolan    b. 11 May 1918 Vancouver, B.C. - 19 January 1968 St. Mary's hospital, New Westminster, B.C.  home: Cottage 108.    He died of a  Grade III, Astrocytoma  
Gordon was married to, Dorothy Ellen Wingrove.
His parents were married in 1910 at Fernie, B.C. 
  FATHER:  Edward James Nolan  ( 1885 - 1955 )
MOTHER: Jeannie Arbuckle  ( 1889 - 1970 )
Sons: Garry D. Nolan, Oakland, California; unknown other brother.

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THE LEADER 1970

Early in December, the Transportation Department put into service the new ambulance shown in our picture.
Mr. Tanner, Supervisor, reports that the vehicle is larger and roomier than the former hospital ambulance. The make is a Ford, Econoline van, which was converted by the Universal Manufacturing Company of Cloverdale, B.C. The improved features consist of slide cot, oxygen with complete suction unit, and a jump seat for the attendant. The rear may easily be converted to carry 4-5 ambulatory passengers and there is a side door as well as the rear entrance. For those who unfortunately must ride, the trip will be smoother.

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 THE LEADER 1972


 John Keith Judd

       We wish to introduce our readers to the new Transport Supervisor at Riverview Hospital, Mr. John Keith Judd, who recently assumed his duties at the Hospital.
Mr. Judd was raised arid attended schools in the Vancouver area. 

          After a career of 21 years in the R.C.A.F., in the Mechanical Division, Mr. Judd took his retirement in 1966 and since that time has been associated with mining operations.
He is the father of a family of 6 (4 boys and 2 girls) ranging in ages from 10 - 23 years of age.
For many years Mr. Judd was actively interested and worked with the Boy Scouts. At present he still lends moral support to their work.
Besides his interest in scouting Mr. Judd is a keen hunter and fisherman.
We hope his tenure here will be happy and that all those “wheels” (cars, buses and station wagons) under his care, run happily too. 

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 OBITUARY for John Keith Judd

John Keith Judd, in uniform

 John Keith Judd passed away July 3rd, 2013, at the age of 85 in the Rocky Mountain House Hospital with his loving wife and daughters by his side.
Keith Judd was born in Taber Alberta on April 15th 1928 to John Ferrel and Hattie Mae Collett. He was predeceased by his parents and younger brothers Marvin Leroy Judd and Barrie Linwood Judd. He is survived by his younger sister Marilyn Mae (Judd) Husdon (Raymond Husdon).
Keith Joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1946 and served his country in numerous postings across Canada for twenty years. During the early part of his Air Force Career he met his loving wife Margaret Kathleen Morrison and was married for over 65 years. They had 6 children; John Gordon Judd, Thomas Keith Judd (Marie), Bryan Douglas Judd ( Shelley), Cheryl Lynn Volkaert, Leslie Wayne Judd (Julie) and Karen Lee Jahraus (Dan). They have 22 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. After leaving the Air Force, Keith took his skills to the British Columbia Ministry of Health where he was in charge of the transportation department for the lower mainland. Upon his retirement Keith and Margaret returned to Alberta and moved to Rocky Mountain House area where they have resided for the past 13 years. Keith is fondly remembered by family, and friends for his positive outlook on life, his wry sense of humor and his unwavering commitment to his wife, family and faith.
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 1993-1994 from a staff newsletter

 Text:    ANOTHER ONE RETIRES FROM TRANSPORT
          It seems a lot of people have been retiring from Transport Department this year, and the is the tall and smiling Paul Jelic (centre), seen here with some of his mates. They are from left: Jane Johnson, Ernie Steves, Rollie Croteau, Paul Jelic, Madge Drennan, Cathy Smith, Monica Medfors, Norma Gillespie, Tony Stadig, and Irene Chorney.

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1995 July, staff newsletter
 Text: MEET THE GREASE MONKEYS
    This hardy crew from Transport won the safety obstacle race event in Safety Week and was the best over-all team. an annual plaque, which has been presented for the third time has been engraved with their names which are -
 from left: Irene Chorney, Tony Stadig, Jane Johnson, and Norma Gillespie.

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   And finally in 2007 the blue bus was retired and some of the staff had a little celebration for it at Finnies Garden. All captured by this intrepid reporter.



Also at Flickr



Also at Flickr


Also at Flickr
Unknown what became of this bus, it sat at Transport for a year or two then disappeared.

THE END  ( so far )

Monday, August 04, 2014

Kenneth Whiteman

Kenneth Whiteman, Ken L. Whiteman died at Essondale of tuberculosis, with a secondary cause of dementia praecox.   Ken was born in England on the 29th of August 1900, and died on the 22nd of May 1935 and is buried at Woodlands Cemetery, New Westminster, B.C. in cemetery block 14. plot 91

His death certificate  states that he was married, but I have not been able to verify that.
Ken spent the last 18 months of his life at Essondale, and prior to that lived at Passmore, B.C. with his mother, Adelaide P. Whiteman, nee: Parkin  (29 December 1866 England - 20 February 1946 Passmore, B.C.. buried in the Slocan City Cemetery. ) , who was also a nurse.
Both are found in the directory listings from 1918 onwards as living in Passmore, Adelaide was granted a land grant No. 6556 on the 13th of December 1926, and she continued to be listed as a nurse until 1940 when widow also gets added to the listings.

Land Grant 6556, near Passmore, granted to Adelaide P. Whiteman in 1926


 Ken and Adelaide were listed as farmers, or as ranchers in the directory listings.  Adelaide's death certificate states that she had lived in Canada for 32 years, 6 months, in B.C. for 31 years, in living in Passmore for 30 years.

[ NOTE: the reason that I collected this information was because of family members of the deceased had been searching for the final resting place; I have found it very typical in looking at death certificates that the exact place of burial is frequently not noted, and that many of the information fields in the document are left blank, when even at the time of death a good legal search would have turned up much more information about the deceased. ]

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Carl E. Kentz


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Grave marker for Carl E. Kentz located in the Riverview Hospital Cemetery

One of many souls to be found in my ongoing Riverview Hospital Cemetery Flickr set 

    Carl E. Kentz died at Essondale on the 8th of September 1959, he previously had an operation on his right femur on the 25th of August, and afterwards was stricken with bronchopneumonia.  Carl was buried on the 11th of September 1959 in the Essondale Cemetery, see his full Death Certificate

Carl had been in B.C. for 47 years, he had been living at 301 Hospital Road,( Lourdes Hospital ) Campbell River. First listed in the 1934 Campbell River directory as a logger, under the name Charles Kentz, by 1952 the directory says that he was retired, and finally had his name spelt correctly.
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Lourdes Hospital, Campbell River ca.1950's
photo: Godfrey Baldwin.  Cat. No.: 2426

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Lourdes Hospital, Campbell River. 1929
Cat. No.: 8184
  The Order of the Sisters of St. Anne operated the Lourdes Hospital in Campbell River from 1929-1957

He was probably sent to Essondale from the Lourdes Hospital  45 months prior to his death.
Born in Falun, Dalarana, Sweden on the 11th of April 1875, Carl’s father was, John Johnson.

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San Francisco Call  7 April 1904

The Sergeant’s Whistle
 
When Police Officer Carl E. Kentz, one of the newly appointed guardians of the lives and property of the citizens of Oakland, was detailed on his first beat In the northern portion of the city, near Lake Merritt, he was told among other things that if he heard the sergeant’s whistle while patrolling his beat he should at once answer it so that the sergeant might be able to locate him. About a week after he had begun regular duty Kentz was strolling along, keeping, a sharp eye out for burglars and other violators of the law, it being Just about the hour at night when these gentry begin to ply their trade, when he suddenly heard the sharp trill of a whistle. The alert officer paused to get the direction of the sound and again the rattle of the whistle broke the stillness of the night.
Anxious to show his superior that he was awake and attending to duty Kentz put his own whistle to his lips and answered, at the same time hurrying in the direction from which the Sound seemed to come. Again came the sharp call and once more the patrolman gave answer. This was repeated several times and still Kentz seemed no nearer to the mysterious whistler. As he hurried along, wondering where the sergeant could be, he caught the flash of a star as a man in uniform came around the next corner on the run. The newcomer proved to be Officer Jack Gardiner, who panted as he came galloping up, “What did you whistle for?”
“I was answering the sergeant,” said Kentz. “Hark! there he goes again!”
Gardiner listened for a moment and then as the whistle was repeated he burst into a roar of laughter. “Why,” he said to the now thoroughly angry Kentz, “that isn’t the sergeant whistling. It’s one of those birds they call night herons

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The San Francisco Call, Tuesday July 26, 1904

Oakland, July 25.—Regular Patrolman Carl E. Kentz of the Oakland Police Department was off duty last night. Carl took advantage of his brief furlough and attended a moonlight outing at Shell Mound Park. That is what led to his undoing.
After a strenuous encounter with the kind of alcoholic stimulant that hits the fighting bumps Kentz Imagined he was a composite photograph of everybody in the fighting game from a Roman gladiator down to Jeffries.
Result—One badly battered bluecoat borne to the County Jail at 2 o’clock this morning In care of three husky deputy constables.
Result No. 2—A bunch of seventeen men storming the chief of Police office at opening hours to-day with seventeen kinds of complaints to lodge against the patrolman who had strayed from the narrow path.
Result No. 3—One marred policeman relieved of star and ordered to face his superiors, with every prospect that his term of service, begun only last October, will abruptly end.
Kentz must also answer to a charge of disturbing the peace, his freedom having been gained by the depositing of $20 bail.
Kentz has a dim recollection of the events at the picnic. They came so fast that one crowded the other out of his mind. When he got out of his trance he found his countenance filled with projecting knobs and contusions, while an eye in colors lurid and a cut here and there in relief gave a realistic touch to the joys of the outing.
Deputy Constables Green, Wagner and Asher supply the missing details. Kentz, they say, conducted himself entirely out of the lines set for good policemen to follow. So unconventional was the Oaklander that the officers at the park insisted he should retire. Kentz, bibulously belligerent, declined the invitation to depart. But he must leave, declared the constabulary. “Must” did not strike Carl as quite the word. However, things began to move about that time.
Kentz would not go.
So they took him. It was a merry mix-up, but as the overwhelmed policeman afterward asserted, “Three men were too many for me after I sprained my knee on the railroad track.”
They landed Kentz in jail after he had been patched up at the Receiving Hospital.
Seriously, the deputy constables charge that Kentz acted outrageously in the presence of women and was so insulting that several of their escorts took him In hand. Kentz denies all this and asserts that he did not start ructions until someone hit him in the face.

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San Francisco Call 27 July 1904

POLICEMAN C.E. KENTZ ADVISED TO RESIGN

Chief Hodgkins Has Talk With Patrolman Who Mixed in Brawl at Shell Mound.
OAKLAND, July 26. — Chief of Police Hodgkins has advised Policeman Carl E. Kentz, who was arrested at Shell Mound Park Sunday on a charge of disturbing: the peace, to resign from the Police Department and save himself the notoriety that would be given him should he be obliged to face a meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners. No complaint has yet been issued. Kentz will probably follow the Chief's advice.


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San Francisco Call 29 July 1904

Many Charges Against Kentz

OAKLAND, July 28. — Charges will he filed to-morrow with the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners against Policeman Carl E. Kentz, who was arrested Sunday night at Shell Mound Park by Deputy Constables Green and Wagner. Green to-day swore to a complaint against Kentz charging him with a disturbance of the peace. A committee from the Scandinavian Society composed of C. L. Johannsen, H. A. Thompson. E. Anderson and Gus Neilson, lodged charges with the Chief of Police to-day against Kentz. Neilson asserts that the policeman struck him on the face.
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San Francisco Call 10 August 1904


POLICEMAN KENTZ'S CASE HEARD BY THE BOARD

Intimation is given that the patrolman's resignation would not be voted down.
Oakland, Aug. 9.- As a result of the investigation of the charges made against Policemen Carl E. Kentz, who, according to Gustav Neilsen and several deputy constables, went on a rampage at a picnic at Shell Mound Park two weeks ago, informal word was given out from the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners this afternoon that Kentz's resignation would simplify matters for him. The board reserved a decision in the case.
Witnesses for Kentz were Miss Christine Johnson, N. Pierson, Mrs. N. Pierson, John Pierson and Nils Swanson. Neilsen and Deputy Constables George Green, Frank Waggoner and H. Lewis de Lavergne gave their version of the difficulty which led to Kentz's arrest.

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San Francisco Call 21 August 1904

THORWALD BROWN MADE REGULAR POLICE OFFICER
Commissioners Fill Place Made Vacant by Retirement of Kentz
OAKLAND; Aug. 20.— The Board of Police and Fire Commissioners to-day appointed Thorwald Brown a regular patrolman in place of Carl E. Kentz, resigned…

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The directories for the Oakland, California area are incomplete online, but I did find that Carl in 1903 was working for the Oakland Transit Co., and lived at 4610 Grove Street, Oakland, Cal.; and also that he does not appear in the directories for the area from 1906 onwards.
Unknown what Carl was doing before he showed up living in Campbell River, B.C., since according to his death certificate he was in B.C. in 1912, but the dates stated in the certificates are frequently wrong.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Market housing at Riverview?



 Article from the Tri-City News in its entirety

Tri-City News 21 February 2014, page A14
Market Housing will be part of talks on R’view

By Janis Warren 

THE TRI-CITY NEWS
The CEO of the agency charged with consulting the public on the future of Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam has vowed his organization will go into the visioning exercise with an open mind.

And that includes the possibility of building market housing on the 244 acres that were once home to a mental-health institution, BC Housing’s Shayne Ramsay told The Tri-City News this week.

“Were not saying market housing is going to happen absolutely but I expect it to be part of the conversation as we move forward in the process,” he said.
Ramsay made his comments the week before BC Housing is to launch its first of four open houses this year, organizing a draft redevelopment plan for the 102-year-old grounds that contain heritage buildings — most rated in poor” or “critical” condition — a cemetery and an arboretum.

The drop-in sessions are scheduled in Coquitlam for Thursday, Feb. 27 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Burquest Jewish community centre (2860 Dewdney Trunk Rd.) and Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Poirier community centre (620 Poirier St.).

Besides the open houses, Ramsay said he looks forward to the questions and comments collected through BC Housing’s new website (renewingriverview.com), which has background documents on Riverview’s current assets, among other things.

Ramsay said he hopes stakeholders — including former Riverview staff — who can’t make it to the open houses will reach out through the social media to offer their thoughts on the next steps for Riverview.
“Really, it’s a recognition that Riverview has a provincial perspective,” he said. “It has a lot of local interest but the site and psychiatric hospital had an impact province- wide.”

Ramsay stressed BC Housing has no preconceived outcomes as it develops a land-use plan for the city and he pledged transparency as more studies and numbers are released from Shared Services BC, the current manager, which will transfer responsibility to BC Housing over the next year.

Ramsay cited the Riverview Building Assessment Inventory,  completed in December 2013, that is now on the website and shows the cost to upgrade the heritage buildings such as the 1913 West Lawn ($7.2 million) and the 1959 Henry Esson Young ($6.1 million). Both are listed as in “poor” condition.

Still, Ramsay said the visioning process is guided by principles — one of which is to ensure the investment pays for itself.

“This is not a fire sale of a provincial asset,” he said. ‘All we’re saying is that all the aspirations of the community, First Nations and stakeholders need to be incorporated within a break- even mandate.”

In the meantime, BC Housing will continue with work with current tenants at Riverview and the movie industry — as well as other revenue- generating opportunities — to help lower costs.

As for the maintenance side, Ramsay has promised the grounds will be kept up during and after the visioning process.

jwarren@tricitynews.com

 
“All the aspirations of the community, First Nations and stakeholders need to be incorporated within a break- even mandate.”  Shayne Ramsay 

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Two errors, the HEY building is in good condition according to the official reports not poor as reported .
And  WE the public have owned this property almost 110 years, this  May 30, 2014, will be that anniversary, not 102 years as reported.   See my Riverview hospital blog, for more up to date information

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Essondale fleet


       I was asked to look for some marine based things for the local museum; and I thought, well now is the time to elaborate on a few of the images that I have of some of the marine history of Colony Farm, Essondale. I will just put a small amount here for a start, based  mostly on what I could find out about one image in particular.     Every picture tells a story they say



The artist Fred Clarke,(17 Jan.,1877 Dawson City, Yukon – 23 June 1960 Riverview)  was a frequent contributor to “The LEADER” the patients newsletter. The drawing is from the August 1957 edition. Fred  was married to Lois Chapman, and spent the last three years of his life at Riverview, where he left us with some wonderful drawings in THE LEADER.

Witten on the image in the bottom right: 

" He was like an old cork from an emptied bottle, tossed by the current of a shallow stream into a shady nook to rest a while.
And here he built a boat, for in the soft shades of twilight he found the voyage has just begun
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        Mr. Daryl Kent built this house-boat during his stay here at Essondale and sailed away in it when he was discharged. This was a tremendous task for one man and we felt the achievement well warranted some recognition.

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Daryl Herbert Kent,(20 April 1887, Victoria - 5 March 1962, Vancouver)  was the boat builder and owner, whose family left their mark in the Province, especially in Victoria. He ran as an Independent Conservative in the 1933 election and lost.

His father was Charles Herbert Kent (1862-1958)

Daryl’s mother was also born in Victoria, B.C., Georgina Seymour Waitt (1866-1933) was best known for her portrait painting, singing, acting, and  wrote, Three girls under canvas, in 1900, which makes her a very early woman author of the Province.
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       There is a story that Charles Herbert Kent,(1862-1958)
 was sick with typhoid at home, and his childhood friend Georgina, came over to visit him before she went to California for a visit, and she gave him a get well kiss, and months later when Charles was better they married in July 1886


       Georginas’ father, Marshall Wilder Waitt,(1833-1892) was a bookseller,  stationer, sheet music, and musical instrument seller

               He gave his son-in-law, Charles Herbert Kent a job, and after M.W. Waitt died in 1892, Charles slowly expanded the business, into Vancouver, and overtime it became known as Kent Music, and the company officially changed its name to "The Kent Piano Company Limited" in 1913.


          The residence of Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Waitt on Quadra Street near Herald; Georgina Seymour Waitt, later Mrs. Herbert Kent, and her sister Janet Hibben, later Mrs. Leonard George Henderson, were born.      photo:ca. 1890.   BC Archives  I-76875

         To bad that the home above, did not survive it looks really interesting; but a later home of the family does survive at 228 Douglas Street, James Bay, Victoria.

M.W. Wiatt & Co., left us a legacy in some interesting early printed materials.

 What follows is a small selection;

Bird's-eye view of Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C. 1878.
  Author: Eli Sheldon Glover,(1844-1920); Published by: M.W. Waitt & Co.

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My favourite,  Chinook as spoken by the Indians of Washington Territory, British Columbia and Alaska. For the use of traders, tourists and others who have business intercourse with the Indians. Chinook-English. English-Chinook (c1889)

Prof. Enrico Sorge, solo pianist & orchestral conductor (from London)  : professor and teacher of singing and the pianoforte ... : apply at Waitt's Music Store : will be in attendance each day from 2 to 3 o'clock (1886)
  
Amateur entertainment consisting of vocal and instrumental music and tableaux : assisted by the Band of H.M.S. Triumph, Thursday evening, Feb. 11th, in aid of the funds of the B.C. Benevolent Society, under the patronage of His Honor the lieu. governor, the mayor and city council : musical director, Prof. Enrico Sorge : prices as usual, plan at Waitt's store (1886)

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M.W. Waitt & Co,; This was Waitt's first store, Government Street, Victoria.
ca.188?   BC Archives A-03473


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Waitt & Co., 60 Government Street, Victoria; Thomas H. Hinton & Co., 62 Government Street, Victoria. 1899    BC Archives D-06762
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Victoria, Waitt & Co., Music store. ca.189? 
  [Selling bicycles too ]    BC Archives A-03472


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M. W. Waitt and Company music store; 1006 Government Street; site of the Royal Bank building, west side of Government Street between View and Fort Streets, Victoria; Herbert Kent was a manager here, may be gentleman in photo.
 July 1890.  BC Archives  A-05683


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George Harris, Alfred Huxtable, Fred B. Rivers, Herbert Kent, Estey Bowes; staff of the first  M. W. Waitt and Company Music Store; 1006 Government Street, Victoria.
 ca1900    BC Archives  A-05681

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Clockwise from top Left: 1964;  Right: 1889; Bottom right: 1917; Middle Left:  1885; Bottom Left: 1909


       Daryl’s parents were accomplished singers,  stage actors, and enjoyed playing numerous musical instruments, and teaching others the love of their crafts.
Victoria production of "Robin Hood";
Mrs. Herbert Kent, nee Georgina Seymour Waitt, as Dame Durden, Herbert Kent as Little John.
 photo John Savannah,(1868-1925) date: 1899.   BC Archives G-00173


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Victoria production of "Bridal Trap"; Miss Stoddart, Mrs. Herbert Kent, nee Georgina Seymour Waitt, Miss Carter.
 photo: John Savannah,(1868-1925) date: 28-29 April 1900.   BC Archives  G-00198


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The Victoria production of "The Bridal Trap"; Mrs. Herbert Kent, nee Georgia Seymour Waitt, as the Marquise.
 28-29 April 1900.  BC Archives A-05672
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Victoria production of "Robin Hood" Mrs. Herbert Kent, nee Georgina Seymour Waitt, as Dame Durden.
 Photo:  John Savannah,(1868-1925). Date: 1899    BC Archives G-00172

Children of Charles and Georgina:
    [ a good overview of the family HERE ]


Daryl Herbert (20 April 1887 - 5 March 1962); Hazel Gladys (18 May 1889 - 19 March 1890); Marshall Aubrey (8 September 1891 - 23 February 1978), m. Doris Harriet Evans; Marjorie Violita Ellen (9 October 1893 - 1983), m. Davies; Charles Truesdell (23 April 1898 - after 1945), m. Thyra Jane.



Four generations of the Kent family; Herbert, holding his grand-daughter Marion, son Daryl and father, Charles.
28 March 1913  BC Archives F-02018
 

Our industrious boatbuilder  was married November 11, 1911 to Jennie Irene Mathe.
 She frequently used her middle name, as her given name.


       In the 1910 directory for Vancouver; Daryl is manager of the M.W. Waitt Co. Ltd., Vancouver. By 1915 secretary and manager of the Kent Piano Company Ltd., Vancouver.
1920  Daryl is the manager, 1925 secretary of Kent Piano Ltd.
 

      And by1930 he is president of Kent Piano.
But by 1935 he is a salesman for,  McDermid, Miller and McDermid; and in 1940 assistant to secretary of the, Abbott House Association. And the last listing for him is in1945 where he is a helper at Vivian Engineering, Vancouver.


 Northeast corner of, Hastings and Homer,  399 West Hastings Street, Van., Kent Piano Co., Ltd.
 VPL 4712  photo: Leonard Frank, 1929


Kent Piano Company, 558 Granville Street,  window display welcoming the Rotarians.
    VPL20220   photo: Dominion Photo Co.,  16 February 1917    


      Interior, of the Kent-Roach Co., Fort Street, Victoria, electric lamps, stoves, records, radios and pianos.
  photo: Duncan MacPhail.  1943    BC Archives I-00889
 [ John Clifford Roach, (1891-1955)  worked for the family for many years, and a short-lived partnership from 1942 to 1945 was struck. By 1946 the company was renamed again to Kent's Limited.]


Record department of Kent-Roach Ltd., Victoria.
 photo: Duncan MacPhail, 1943   BC Archives I-02503

  
        Daryl passed away on his beloved boat the “ Daryl K.” in downtown Vancouver, after suffering from a  paraphysial cyst of  the 3rd ventricle, which caused him to go unconscious, and he fell onto a hotplate, which completed the task. [ He probably did not feel any pain ] 



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AROUND the FARM
 
By, Frank Sadler (1 July 1898, West Bridgeport, Nottinghamshire, England – 8 February 1966, Riverview )  Frank spent almost 18 years at Riverview, was single, and is buried in the Riverview cemetery.

       This is New Year’s Day. I have just returned from my annual trip to the old scows by the River Fraser on the way to the Power Line. I have always visited them On the New Year every year with the exception of 1954. I carved my initials on a tree in ‘50, in ‘56 and again in ‘58.

     The fishing from the deck of the old scow was ideal in the Freshets. I used to catch really big fish, mostly “Dolly Vardens”; there were some “Jacks” and one “Sturgeon. This fish was only a baby and weighed a trifle under three pounds, but the fisherman on the point where the rivers, Coquitlam and Fraser join, identified it for me. I let it go again. It is illegal to take a “Sturgeon” less than six pounds in weight. The River Fraser is taking on a new look around the bridge site. There are islands of scaffolding laid out in order across the river. Dredges and motor launches are busy. I counted six cranes operating on these various islands. The culvert under the south dyke on the southwest corner is now completed and seems to be operating efficiently.

         Messrs. Perini Construction camp is gradually expanding and is beginning to take shape as a village with electric light and water supply. There is a pier constructed overhanging the river.
[ Perini was building the Port Mann bridge ]

By the Piggery, the drainage dyke, which was rat infested and all “caved in”, is now receiving constructive attention. As for the rats, the Piggery Foreman who is, comparatively speaking, a young man and also an expert rifle shot, employed his off-duty hours declaring war upon the rats. He must have disposed of literally hundreds of them. There is nothing on record to say there was a bounty on the rats which, incidentally, were as big as cats but I would say that Piggery Foreman sure did a good job. The rats are now very few and far between.

      The Piggery is still operating as usual and the old wooden foot bridge has been demolished. All traffic to Messrs. Perini is now diverted down the Colony Farm Road and around the south dyke.
Christmas Day was peaceful. Santa Claus visited some of the patients with comfort packages. They received all manner of things such as, neckties, socks, pipes, cigarettes, tobacco, handkerchiefs and “what-not”. Some were really nice little tokens. The dinner was Outstanding. There was turkey and dressing, mushroom soup, creamed “spuds” and good old “Plum Duff” and all the trimmings! Thank you !

      I really think that the cooks and the culinary staff should receive a vote of thanks for their conjoint endeavours to bring the Spirit of the Season to everyone. I think it was an immense success.
To the time of writing, New Year’s Day has been perfect. “Nothing to do and all day to do it in.” I did play a game of Snooker and enjoyed it very much. I won! The sun is actually shining, and it is an ideal day for a walk. The old path to the “SCOWS” has not been used very much and time is leaving a heavy mark.

        At the turn of the twentieth century, that same scow was a proud Sternwheeler. It was all decorated and gaudily painted, making its way between Port Mann and Port Dover. Later the engines were rejuvenated and it was employed as a Stump-puller. After that the engines were removed and it became a scow for hauling cut lumber from the mills upstream.

      It now lies, stripped of its worldly grandeur, an ignominious wreck with its ribs all broken and decayed on the bank of the Fraser. When I first saw it, it was like a platform, raised so that the freshets and the tide just tipped the deck level. It was ideal for fishing and I spent many a pleasant afternoon lying on this platform basking in the June sun.

       As it is now, the deck planks have been removed and there is nothing left but the broken shell. My rustic retreat has vanished.

         When I first went down to Riverside, the first thing I did was to help build a “dug-out canoe” and a rowboat. I remember the day I met “Kuro”. He had a boathouse on the River Coquitlam, partially on the reservation, and he showed me how to build the rowboat. This was not the only thing we did; we collected cedar driftwood from the River Fraser and made firewood of it and then we sold it for five dollars a cord. “Kuro” has since been discharged from the Hospital.

        Another source of income was renting rowboats to fishermen. We had quite a “clientele” carrying on until the Hospital authorities decided that it was illegal, burned down the shack and destroyed the boats. We rented the fishing boats for seventy-five cents a day. All this is now a time of the past; gone, never to return.

        I wonder if the section of the airing court, which was levelled last summer for the Bowling court, will be ready for the coming season. It would be quite nice to have a game of Lawn Bowls on our own pitch.



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The LEADER 1961            By: A. LeClerc, S2

       A cabin cruiser in the planning stage necessitating the sacrifice of a number of leisure hours working on close arithmetic calculation, has come to full fruition for Mr. George Cook, a journeyman employed in the Essondale garage.

         I interrupted him as he was preparing his welding torch, to glean from him the details of his finished project.

The boat is 23 feet long, with a beam of 8 feet, 7 inches, with a speed of 18 knots, which is sufficient to buck the restraining efforts of the Fraser River. From the keel post to the wheel, is a painstaking nautical way of saying what goes into a boat.

        The ribs are set in a precise mathematical flare from bow to stern, using the tangent of a circle as a guide to form the graceful sweep which is to reduce the resistance of the water.

It took him a year and a half to build the craft, at a cost of approximately $3,000, when asked if he intended to use "her" as a fish-boat, his answer was "No," she will be used as a pleasure cruiser out of the Fraser into the Sound.

Dr.Gee, middle of picture

Dr.Gee, middle of picture

BC Penitentiary cemetery at Woodlands

Links to an article in the Vancouver Sun, about the B.C.Penitentiary Cemetery at Woodlands in New Westminster. More Cemetery information, related to the mental hospitals, can be found at the Riverview Hospital Click-able MAP just click on the Cemetery area, found in the bottom right area of the map.
BC Pen graveyard article
Bloody escape left 3 dead
How Sook Sias found his way home
Graveyard coverage PDF
No sign marks this cemetery PDF
Are you looking for the graveyard? PDF
Video clip of the graveyard

Dr.Gee,Medical Superintendent's report (ca.early 1950's)

THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

of the

PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

By: Doctor A. M. Gee, Essondale, B. C.

Click on Chapter headings:
Provincial Mental Hospital, New Westminster, B.C.
Provincial Mental Hospital, Essondale, B.C.
Provincial Mental Hospital, Colquitz, B.C.
The Crease Clinic of Psychological Medicine
Homes for the Aged
Child Guidance Clinics

It will be my endeavor in this article to present to you an over-all picture of the Mental Health Services of the Province of British Columbia, but before proceeding to this I wish to give you some idea of the magnitude of the problem presented by mental illness, something of the general nature of mental illness, and finally the means of dealing with the problem of mental illness..

In Canada, as in other countries, mental illness takes a very heavy toll. Mental illness is not just a matter of sanity or insanity but rather has many gradations ranging from minor emotional disturbances to complete and total disability. In British Columbia, as in the other provinces, the number of patients in the mental hospitals is equal to the number of patients in all other hospitals from all other causes. There is in Canada at the present time a total of 50,000 patients in the mental hospitals, while in B.C. we have at the present time over 5,000 patients being treated and cared for in our mental hospitals.

In 1947, 13,085 of our citizens were admitted to the mental hospitals of Canada, while in the same year, 1,111 of our own citizens were admitted to the mental hospitals of B. C. Let us not over-estimate this admission rate, however, serious though it may be, but rather direct our attention to the data concerning discharges from the mental hospitals. Of the 1,111 patients admitted to the Provincial Mental Hospital in 1947 we were able to discharge 935, while in 1948 of the 1,260 patients admitted 1,193 were discharged to return to the community. Over half of those discharged, in 1948 were hospitalized for a period of less than 4 months duration.

The cost of maintaining Canada's 43 mental hospitals is in excess of 26 million dollars annually. It is generally conceded that one person in 20, will, during his lifetime, be a patient for a period in a mental hospital, and in addition it is estimated that one person in every ten suffers from some type of serious emotional disturbance at some time in his life history. From these few figures it is possible for one to gain a general impression of the magnitude which the problem of mental illness presents.

On the brighter side of the picture, however, I am pleased to be able to draw your attention to real progress in the field of Psychiatry. In the past few years the mental hospitals have turned increasingly from the simple custodial care of their patients to a program of active treatment and prevention. While the mental hospital still remains the focus of mental health care, the centre of gravity is gradually shifting from the mental hospital to the community where there are, at present, rapidly developing systems for treatment and prevention.

Let us now direct our attention to the general nature of mental illness. Many of you have no doubt thought of mental illness as something strange and remote from your lives, something entirely different from physical discomfort or disease. "Health” may be defined as that condition of the body in which all of the functions are performed normally. "Mental Health" "may be defined as the adjustment of individuals to the world and to each other with a maximum of effectiveness and happiness. In a broad sense this is a very good definition of democracy and we might say that Democracy and national mental health go hand in hand.

Physical health manifests itself inside of your skin. Mental health manifests itself outside of your skin, in your thinking, your feeling, and particularly in your doing and interpersonal relationships. "Mental Health" be further defined as the ability to maintain an even temper, an alert intelligence, socially considerate behaviour, and a happy disposition. Mental or ill health exhibits itself in how you react in regard to life and death, joy and sorrow, blame and praise, love and hate, and fear. All mental illnesses demonstrate disorders in the sphere of the emotions. If a person is able to handle his emotions in relation to those who live about him and be happy, he is mentally healthy.

I would now like to present to you for your better understanding the true parallel that exists between physical and mental health; physical and mental illness. There are certainly as many degrees of mental fitness as there are degrees of physical fitness. Few of us claim to be physically 100% fit all of the time and few of us reach middle age without carrying some minor or major physical disability which to a degree interferes with our ability to function at our maximum capacity. Some of us suffer from minor disabilities which may incapacitate partially or wholly for a short period. Others again suffer from time to time from major disabilities from which we may or may not recover. Again, we have a group of physical diseases which require long periods of active treatment with partial recovery or arrest of the progress of the disease leaving a definite disability and a permanent limitation of function. Such a disease is tuberculosis.

In the realm of mental disease we have exactly the same situation. We all suffer at times from minor emotional discomforts or disabilities. Some of us suffer from more severe mental reactions which may incapacitate us for a time and which require hospital treatment but from which complete recovery is certain. Again, others will suffer from mental symptoms similar in severity to tuberculosis and for this a longer period of hospitalization and treatment will be required with a good outlook for arresting the progress of the disease.

In this mental illness, however, the patient will in all probability never again regain his efficiency 100% and like the arrested tubercular patient will need assistance in rehabilitation and in reorienting himself toward his life situation.

There are indeed as many disabling conditions in psychiatry as there are in general medicine and a true parallel exists between mental symptoms and physical symptoms, mental disease and physical disease. By following this close parallel we should be able to avoid the senseless, shameful notion that mental illness carries with it some social stigma. I would like to pursue this parallel just a little further in order that you may see how the various mental health services are grouped at the active treatment level.

Physical disorders of all types may be classified under the following headings:

1. Developmental defects - i.e.,congenital disabilities.
2. Organic illnesses - (including injuries).
3. Functional illnesses.
4. Infective or toxic illnesses.
5. Degenerative illnesses.
6. Public health - (preventive medicine).

Mental disorders of all types may be classified similarly as follows:

1. Developmental defects - i.e., mental deficiency and subnormality.
2. Organic mental illnesses - (including injuries).
3. Functional mental illnesses.
4. Toxic central illnesses.
5. Degenerative mental illnesses.
6. Mental hygiene - (preventive psychiatry).
In accordance with the categories set forth above our active mental hospital treatment service naturally breaks down into four main divisions.

1. Treatment and education of the subnormal.
2. The treatment of the acutely mentally ill - organic, functional, toxic psychoses (psychotic patients).
3. The treatment of those suffering from degenerative train conditions (senile, arteriosclerotic).
4. Preventive services.

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Provincial Mental Hospital, New Westminster, B.C.

This unit of the Provincial Mental Health Services functions as a training school for the mentally defective and at the present time has a patient population of 653 with no vacant beds. The function of this unit is, of course, the training of the mentally subnormal with the objective being to develop the individual to his maximum capacity. At this hospital there is a modern, five room special school which is staffed by seven fully qualified teachers. As part of the school there is a well equipped gymnasium and auditorium as well as special classrooms designed for the teaching of domestic science and the manual arts. In the program of this school considerable emphasis is placed upon the socialization of the children, employing recreational and social activities in this part pf the training program.

At the present time there is a program or expansion underway at the Provincial Mental Hospital, New Westminster, B. C., consisting of four modern type buildings each of which will have a capacity of approximately 100. It is hoped that the provision of these new buildings will make it possible to relieve some of the over-crowding and also to admit some of the patients who are presently of necessity kept on the waiting list until a bed becomes vacant.

Out of the total population of 653 patients, 140 are participating in the academic training school program. The teaching staff endeavours to provide a special teaching program to meet the individual needs of the population rather than to follow definite grade levels. In addition to the academic program great stress is laid on the teaching of domestic science and manual arts. Cooking, food preparation and serving are, stressed along with sewing, mending, and needle work. In the boys’ division opportunities are provided for the teaching of manual arts and for the older boy there is ample opportunity for learning the various industrial skills and trades associated with the operation and maintenance of the hospital plants.

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Provincial Mental Hospital, Essondale, B.C.

This hospital is the largest unit of the Mental Health Services of the Province. It functions as the administration centre and headquarters in both medical and business administration. At the present time it is the admitting centre for all branches and all in-patients are admitted there and are transferred to other units. The first building was opened to receive patients in 1913. The Essondale unit has increased in capacity and size until at the present time it houses in excess of 3,600 patients. Consideration is being given now to the development of an entirely new hospital site to provide the increased care that will be required in the near future. The Mental Hospital at Essondale is classified by the American Hospital Association as a class A hospital. It is in all respects a fully modem hospital with excellent facilities for clinical investigation, diagnosis and treatment of all mental end neurological conditions.

In addition to medical and surgical facilities it offers the advantage of all accepted forms of psychiatric therapy. The occupational therapy program is well advanced, while the pioneering of our recreational therapy program has brought much credit to the Province of British Columbia.

Treatment within the hospital breaks down into,

(1) early and active treatment of the acutely mentally ill with a view to early recovery and rehabilitation;
(2) continued treatment for a large group of patients who will require a prolonged treatment period.
The Social Service Department is actively engaged in working with both of these classes of patients. The Psychiatric Social Service staff numbers ten and a representative of the department visits in the home of all patients admitted from the local area. Representatives of the Welfare Field Service visit in all other areas of the Province. Histories are submitted covering all contacts and activities of the patient in an endeavour to provide a longitudinal section of the individual's life in order that the psychiatrist may have understanding into all of the situational factors bringing about the illness. The individual social service worker keeps in constant touch with the patient during the hospitalization, and acts as liaison between the hospital and the home. Rehabilitation plans are worked out between the psychiatrist and the social service worker end after discharge of the patient further assistance and supervision is provided for him during the initial six month post-discharge period. To further assist in the rehabilitation of women patients a small home unit is maintained in Vancouver where the recovered patient may live a normal, unrestricted home life until she is able to find employment and be self-supporting.

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Provincial Mental Hospital, Colquitz, B.C.

A small continued treatment unit is located at Colquitz, Vancouver Island, housing some 287 male patients. There is no direct admission to this hospital, all patients in residence having been transferred from the hospital at Essondale. The Provincial Mental Home offers complete medical and psychiatric care along with a full program of occupational and recreational activities. Future plans call for the construction of a complete new mental hospital adjacent this site to serve the needs of Vancouver Island and adjacent islands.

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The Crease Clinic of Psychological Medicine

This is a new fully modem building to house 325 patients. It is an-active treatment and teaching centre, bringing active treatment to the Patient suffering from the early symptoms of mental Illness in which recovery and rehabilitation may be anticipated within a four month period. The Clinic of Psychological Medicine is a distinct advance from the usual mental hospital type of treatment and is a step closer to the community and general hospital type of care. The clinic houses group specialties representing all branches of medicine, surgery and psychiatry, as follows:

1. Complete x-ray department covering all phases of radiology, including an x-ray surgical suite and special apparatus for cranial and brain studies.
2. Complete clinical laboratories equipped to carry out all types of clinical laboratory investigation, teaching and research.
3. A department of cardiology for the investigation of the heart and cardiovascular system together with instruments for the determination of basal metabolic rate.
4. A complete eye, ear, nose and throat department.
5. A complete neurological department with facilities for electroencephalography.
6. A department of physical medicine which includes all forms of physiotherapy and hydrotherapy and electrotherapy.
7. A modern surgical suite for both general surgery and neurosurgery.
8. A department of psychiatry covering all accepted forms of psychotherapy.
9. A department of occupational therapy with division for male and female patients and providing the necessary apparatus and instructors for a wide range of interesting crafts.
10. A department of recreational therapy staffed and equipped to provide recreational activities to suit the needs and interests of all age groups.
11. A library, housing standard and more popular current works of fiction, under the supervision of a fully qualified librarian.
12. Complete facilities for teaching and lecturing.
The Clinic operates under a separate act of the Provincial Legislature, separate and apart from the Mental Hospitals Act, This new act provides for the admission of voluntary patients who may themselves terminate their hospitalization at will. Otherwise it provides for the admission of patients on the certificates of two medical practitioners without any legal certification or loss of competency on the part of the patient. The maximum period of hospitalization during which the patient may be retained is four months. It is believed that this new intensive approach to the treatment of mental illness will bring psychiatry closer to other branches of medicine and, will do much to gain the confidence of the population in seeking early advice in such matters. It should do much to place mental illness on the same plane as physical illness and help to remove any stigma which uninformed people may have regarding sickness of the mind.

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Homes for the Aged

British Columbia was the first province to set up separate institutions for the psychiatric care of those aged individuals whose aging symptoms are predominately in the mental sphere. These buildings are of special design to meet the problems of caring for the aged. They are two storey, fireproof units with special ramps replacing all stairways. The grade of the ramp is such that it will permit comfortable walking as well as the use of a wheelchair or stretcher. Front entrances are ramped to spacious lawns for outdoor activities. All floor space including ramps is indirectly lighted by coved lighting at floor level. All ramps and corridors are provided with handrails. This type of building has received favorable comment from visitors from all points of the world.

The care of our aging population is rapidly becoming one of the major considerations at the present time. Chief reasons for the increased proportion of the aged in our population at this time are the great advance in medical and surgical care which have prevented death at an early age and increased the average life span. Two thousand years ago the average life span was approximately 25 years. In 1900 the average life span was 49 years, while in 1950 it is 66 ½ years. In 1900 one person in 25 was 65 years of age or older. It is estimated that by 1980 one person in 10 will be 65 years of age or over. Individuals now reaching superannuation age at 65 can look forward to an additional 12 ½ years of life. Unfortunately there is a considerable lag in the prevention and treatment of many of the degenerative diseases associated with the aging process, and particularly in this so in reference to those degenerative diseases producing mental illness in the aged. Much is needed in the way of research into this particular problem.

British Columbia has set up homes for the aged at Port Coquitlam where some 380 patients are housed and at Vernon, B. C. where some two years ago a new unit was opened to care for approximately 250 patients. In the near future it is expected that a third group of units will be opened in northern B. C. to serve the residents of that area.

The foregoing paragraphs have presented a survey of all the facilities for the "in care" of patients suffering from mental illness as operated by the Provincial Government. I would now like to direct your attention to the second aspect of psychiatry which is the preventive or mental health aspect.

Psychiatry was born put of jails, almshouses, and superstition and consequently has had to struggle to establish itself as a scientific practice. Even more difficult has been the establishment of sound principles of mental health. General public health measures can be applied to whole communities. Legislation may be enacted to insure a safe water supply and thereby eliminate many diseases. Living conditions may be improved. There are still, however, many people who dislike being told that they have to drink chlorinated water or that they may use only pasteurized milk, or that they must make provision against the day when they may need hospital care. In spite of these difficulties, by a process of public education it is still possible to deal with people in masses in matters of public health. Psychiatry and mental health, on the other hand, are largely matters of personal tutoring and individual education. In the not too distant past the psychiatric institution was separate and apart from the community. The psychiatrist was little more than the keeper of the keys and seldom emerged from his walled abode. Today we are trying to operate mental hospitals that are worthy of the name. We are now trying to move closer into the community and give service at the community level so that it will not be necessary to remove our patients from their community environment to an isolated mental hospital situation.

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Child Guidance Clinics

In the matter of prevention, it is therefore only natural that we should turn our attention to children and their parents. From the school system we are able to contact children in large groups. In 1934 we were able to set up our first Child Guidance Clinic unit. This unit consisted of a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a nurse, a psychiatric social worker and a stenographer. This basic pattern is still followed in the staffing of the clinics. The purpose of the Child Guidance Clinic is to help normal children who are presenting problems in behaviour, social adjustment, or education. Children may be referred to the clinic from the school or any social agency, the physician or the parents. There are at the present time four clinic units functioning in B.C., as follows:

One Stationary Clinic, Vancouver One Stationary Clinic, Vancouver - working with the Juvenile Court, Boys’ and Girls’ Industrial Schools and the Borstal School. One Traveling Unit, Vancouver One Stationary Unit, Victoria. In addition, the Metropolitan Health Board in Vancouver operates a Division of Mental Health with a similar type of unit functioning in the school. A second such unit is now being formed under the auspices of the City Health Services at Victoria.

To further radiate into the school system a pilot group of teachers is being trained to act as mental health coordinators. Already two such teachers have completed the one year of training at the University of Toronto, one being stationed in the Victoria schools and one in the Vancouver schools. At the present time two more teachers are undergoing a similar course of training.

The last link in the chain stretching from the mental hospital to the community is now being forged in the formation of the Canadian Mental Health Association with headquarters at Toronto. This mental health association is being developed under the guidance of Dr. Clarence M. Hincks, an outstanding Canadian psychiatrist who has devoted a lifetime to promoting improved standards in mental health care. It is planned to set up Provincial headquarters in each province and to have similar units formed in each community. In the future you will be hearing more of the plans of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

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