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Live Rural NL Blogger Seeks NDP Nomination for District of The Straits -White Bay North in Fall Election

Christopher Mitchelmore, a resident of Green Island Cove in the Strait of Belle is vying for the NDP candidacy for the District of The Straits -White Bay North. 

Christopher grew up in this fishing community at a time when his family and fellow residents were faced with an economically devastating moratorium, which would lead to higher levels of unemployment, business closures and out-migration. 

As a teenager he faced his greatest challenge with the sudden death of his father, the late-Clyde Mitchelmore Jr., who passed away on a fishing boat in Nain, Labrador in September 1999. This life changing event would push Christopher to become more involved with academics, extra-curricular and community activities that would help with personal growth.

Mr. Mitchelmore’s first experience in the political arena was in 2002 as a participant of the Forum for Young Canadians in Ottawa, which goal is to foster and promote an understanding among young Canadians of the role and function of Canada ‘s three levels of democratic government.

Christopher started Flower’s Island Museum in 2002 at Nameless Cove. He later expanded to include a gift shop, 9-hole miniature golf course and worked with partners to host an annual summer festival. The business operated until 2005, when Mr. Mitchelmore took a position to aid other youth experience entrepreneurship.

In 2008, Christopher received a Bachelor of Commerce Honours (Co-op) degree and the James Barnes Award for Academic Excellence. His university experience enabled him to work for the Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development, NL Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities (Public Utilities Board) and London Offshore Consultants,  study in Europe, work in the United Kingdom and travel 25 countries. These experiences provided insight and valuable networks that will bring new ideas and help encourage business and community economic development in the District.

Since 2009, Christopher has been working for Community Business Development Corporation Nortip as Client Services Officer providing assistance to individuals and groups wishing to start-up, expand or modernize a small-medium business or social enterprise.

Additionally, Christopher has been involved with a number of organizations and served on several committees, including:

The NDP has long been a party that has advocated social democratic policies that support working people, families and the labor movement.  It is a party that works on behalf of the people and has put government to task as a strong opposition party. Recently, the Provincial Government sided with the NDP which will remove the Provincial portion of the HST from Home Heating this coming Fall.

“The region needs a stronger voice, one that will stand up for the people and address the everyday concerns of the region. The Great Northern Peninsula is faced with fishery woes, erosion of local services, inadequate telecommunication (broadband and cellular) services in areas,  plight of our youth and a long list of other challenges that affect the well-being of the individuals and families living in the region.”

Christopher Mitchelmore would be an energetic and educated NDP candidate of The Straits-White Bay North, bringing a new vision and your voice to the House of Assembly. 

Make your vote count this upcoming election. Vote for a party that has fresh ideas and real solutions. Let’s pave the way for new growth and prosperity in The Straits – White Bay North.

Live Rural NL –

Christopher C. Mitchelmore

Rug Hooking – Learning the Process




Getting started...


Getting started…I started on February 24th, 2011 hooking a rug, which is a week later than the other participants. They started on February 17; however, the third Thursday of the Month is very busy for me as I am attending a Board meeting for the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (cCEDnet), Nordic Economic Development Corporation (RED Board) and co-chaired an Emerging Leaders (EL) conference call. EL is a standing committee of cCEDnet. To find out how you can be involved on an individual or organization basis, you can become a member of this National CED network by visiting

Impressed by the progression of my classmates work, I was a little nervous about getting started. I was given a kit, frame and some printed instructions. The design we are completing is one of Ms. Hilda Pilgrim of Roddickton-Bide Arm. Ms. Gaulton, our instructor got everyone started for the evening and spent a few minutes helping me get started. This included ensuring that the Scottish (loose-weave) burlap was placed snuggly on my frame, secured with tacks. Some of the material was pre-cut. This really eased the getting started process.

Flower complete

My first task was to transfer the flower design using transparent paper and a Sharpie marker. Next I completed the border with the brown pre-cut fabric. Getting started is always fun. I filled the border using green homespun wool. The flower was to be completed next. That material wasa pink hosary or stocking. It was quite difficult to work with, maybe just because it was more challenging than the wool. I had immediately felt the wool was the superior hooking material. I continued to progress.

The four coloured triangles were completed with 1/4 inch t-shirt material. I sarted with the orange and attempted to fill every hole, however the material was a bit larger and created pulled surface. Ms. Gaulton instructed me to skip lines, not filling every hole and to think about cutting my material a little bit smaller. She re-enforced the importance of cutting a tester piece to ensure a smoother hooking process.I completed the border and realized that I needed to cut many strips to fill the outside triangles. Using the cutting tool and mat, I sat cutting all sorts of colours and styles of material to complete the “hit or miss” part of the process.

On Wednesday night, prior to my last  class the power (electricity) went out. I was working diligently on

Completing the outside border

my rug prior and waiting for Jeopardy to start. I did not let the lack of light stop me, nor would it  have in the past. I found my trusted camping lantern that goes by battery light, emitting quite the ray. I should have opted for the old oil lanterns that would have used seal oil, which sit on a table in the basement. It definitely would have taken me back to a different place in time.

This past weekend I dedicated to working on my rug. I have filled the outside triangles and have a completed hooked rug. I need to complete the edging, iron on my handmade signature tag and prepare it for wall art.


This has been quite the learning process that has taken me back to actively learning an art form that has been practised on the great Northern Peninsula for more than 100 years. I will post photos to show

I'm hooking

you my completed rug and look forward to making more traditional hooked rugs in the future. Maybe some of you will take it upon yourself to learn a past art form as well…

Live Rural Newfoundland –
Christopher Mitchelmore
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