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Housing Crisis Not Diminishing: Rogers

NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says weekend news stories emphasize the urgent need for a division of government dedicated to the problems people everywhere in Newfoundland and Labrador are having finding places to live.

“We are clearly in the middle of a housing crisis,” Rogers said today. “This is particularly true for seniors and for people with complex needs, but it is an inescapable fact that all around this province, more and more people are unable to find shelter that is both affordable and appropriate to their needs. More and more people are becoming vulnerable to the housing market.”

Rogers says her office receives calls on a daily basis from all kinds of people – seniors, families, young people – at every income level. Housing issues include rental availability, accessibility, the cost of both renting and buying, supportive housing for seniors and people with complex needs and the condition of rental units.

With that in mind, she will be visiting several communities in the province to hear first-hand from people the challenges they are facing. Rogers and NDP MHA Christopher Mitchelmore (The Straits-White Bay North) will hold a series of open meetings beginning this Saturday in St. Anthony, and travelling in the following days to Norris Point, Stephenville, Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor (TBA), and Clarenville (TBA).

  • St. Anthony – Saturday, February 4, 2012 2-4 PM St. Anthony Lions Club
  • Norris Point – Sunday, February 5, 2012 2-4 PM Town Hall
  • Corner Brook – Monday, February 6. 2012 7-8:30 LC301 Grenfell Campus

“The provincial government must take action and bring together all levels of government, plus non-profits and business, to solve this problem,” Rogers said. “We are a province of 500,000 people. We can get this right. We can come up with innovative and creative solutions that work for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Should you have questions, please contact Christopher Mitchelmore at or Gerry Rogers at

Mitchelmore questions future of Marystown facility

For Immediate Release –

Thursday, January 19, 2012

NDP Fisheries critic Christopher Mitchelmore (MHA, The Straits – White Bay North) says he is concerned the people of the province will be left on the hook for any clean-up of the closed Marystown fish plant facility.

Ocean Choice International ― the current owner of the facility ― has made it clear they will not be processing any more fish there, and will be selling the facility.

Mitchelmore says his fear is the company will gut the facility of valuable equipment and then try to walk away from the site. He says government must ensure the people it will hold OCI accountable for all the company’s responsibilities regarding the facility.

“The people of Englee, in my district, know all too well what happens when the owner of a fish plant isn’t held to its responsibilities for the site after the enterprise closes,” says Mitchelmore. “They know government will do nothing to help them.

“I’d hate to see the people of Marystown, and the people of this province, stuck with another expensive, and possibly dangerous environmental clean-up like the former paper mill in Grand Falls-Windsor and, of course, the disintegrating plant in Englee that is causing so much hardship and worry.”

Disintegrating Englee Fish Plant
Live Rural NL –
Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

Random but Fun Observations from the Urban Holiday Travels

Here are a few observances from our few days in the Capital:

It is important to Think Swiss! It seems we are consuming their culture with their chocolates, fondue, cheeses and even watches.

We could not pass this up as we passed Stokes at the Avalon Mall:

That even German‘s can like brands such as Tassimo. It became a used nickname for a brief period of time:

Even politicians have a sweet tooth! Since being elected on October 11, 2011, I wanted to have a DQ Blizzard. I am not sure why, maybe it goes back to my first year University when Dairy Queen was just down the hill. I’ve been to the city several times but never managed. After Dick’s Fish & Chips and a big roast beef supper at my sister’s house I did manage a small blizzard. SUCCESS!

There is something fun about going to a theatre and picking a random movie. We chose “The Sitter”. We did not know what it was about – storyline or reviews. After sitting in the theatre for a while we noticed it was filled mainly with women or couples – being three guys our biggest fear was this would be a complete “chick” flick. We were not disappointed, we have no expectation and I do not think I laughed so much in the theatre ever. Sometimes group laughter is the best therapy.

Only in Canada…..two drive through lines for coffee at Time Hortons

Although this past Thursday I stopped at MacDonald’s in Grand Falls-Windsor and they as well had two drive-thru lines.

Sometimes we need to stop and enjoy the simpler moments in our lives, share the laughter and celebrate randomness with friends and family.

Live Rural NL

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North
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