Summerside sucks. So do New Glasgow, N.S., Kenora, Ont., and 15 other Canadian cities and towns with a population of at least 10,000.
Who is the worst of the worst? That’s Bay Roberts, N.L., which edged out Saint John, N.B., for the top spot.
Don’t believe us? Just ask Cities Journal, an obscure website that offers no statistical data to back up its claims or credibility of any sort, at least as far as we could find.
Please forgive us for the sarcasm, but the website fails to recognize its affiliations, a mission statement or any other reason why it or its claims exist.
As far as we know it could be some guy sitting in his parent’s basement with an axe to grind. Although that is probably not the case as there is, in fact, a link at the bottom of the website encouraging those who wish to write for them to do so – that seems credible, right?
If you speak and write English and can cobble together 750 or more in list format you are just what Cities Journal is looking for; they pay by PayPal on the 1st and 15th of the month.
For the record, Summerside placed eight on the list of the ‘Top 18 Cities and Towns To Move Away From In Canada.’
The problem? The only credible data we could lay our hands on suggests otherwise. According to the 2012 Statistical Review Summerside’s population was 14,751 (2011) census). Compare that against the same source from 2009, when our fair city possessed 14,500 dwellers (2006 census). We are, admittedly, better with words than numbers, but that looks to be about 251 more people in the most recent survey.
So, as Cities Journal suggests, we are indeed “a small, picturesque community that hosts businesses such as Honeywell and Vector Aerospace (and) shouldn’t have a problem retaining residents.”
But its claims that, “Summerside’s citizens are fleeing in droves,” seems off the mark. Its ramblings that we are “already small, the population of the Island village shrinks every year,” is a tad disingenuous.
Sadly their claims don’t stop there.
Apparently the economy “remains slow in Summerside while crime is relatively high for such an isolated community. The isolation is probably a significant factor in the decline of the population. Like other places many people flee from, the weather is dank and gloomy.”
Really? We are not naïve enough to suggest that life here is perfect, but not one of these claims was attributed to any source or data.
So what can we take from this? Well, the Internet is a lovely tool; you just can’t take for granted that what you’re reading is true.