As is common in environmental matters in the Tri-Cities, Elaine Golds says it best.
On the future of the Riverview Hospital lands, she writes: “To suggest anything less than full protection of [Riverview] trees is tantamount to petty vandalism of a unique heritage site in the Lower Mainland.”
That quote comes from her column on page 31 of today’s paper, in which she reacts to the document released on Dec. 17 by the province that shows plans to raze Valleyview Pavilion to make way for two new buildings for mental health patients.
The overall redevelopment would also include housing and an “economic development zone.”
This does not bode well for the future of Riverview’s heritage and environmental assets, and we hardly trust the BC Liberal government to preserve this site in the manner it deserves.
Still, if Christy Clark and company think they can bulldoze a gem that is valuable to this region and this province without a fight, they are mistaken.