Flotsam, jetsam and other debris

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Editor: Jim Sentance has answered that question that we seemed afraid to ask, and he says Charlottetown is not being treated like other census agglomerations in Canada. We are being treated like a Census Metropolitan Area, which is way bigger than an agglomeration. Maybe a CMA is a mega-agglomeration. We are much too small to be treated as a CMA. As agglomerations go, we are an aberration.

The dictionary on my Blackberry says that an agglomeration is “a jumbled cluster or mass of varied parts.” This could also describe a floating mass of garbage in the middle of the ocean, commonly called flotsam and/or jetsam. Most of us, in Charlottetown don’t feel like flotsam and/or jetsam, even though Gail Shea has now said that we were. We may now look at the people around us and wonder if they are flotsamming or jetsamming.

Might we find some flotsam and/or jetsam in Ottawa? Maybe it is cabinet that is the agglomeration aberration.

Carl Mathis,

Charlottetown

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Census Metropolitan Area, Canada Ottawa

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