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Canada's Murder Rate Climbs

Canada Homicide Rate Climbed Seven Per Cent Last Year: StatsCan

OTTAWA - Police reported 598 homicides in Canada in 2011, 44 more than the year before and the first increase in homicide in three years, Statistics Canada said Tuesday.

The agency said the homicide rate was 1.73 per 100,000 population in 2011, seven per cent higher than in 2010, although the rate of firearms homicides fell to the lowest level in almost 50 years.

The rate of homicides involving handguns has also generally been declining since reaching a peak in 1991, although they account for about two-thirds of all firearm homicides.

Despite annual fluctuations, the overall homicide rate has remained relatively stable over the past decade, after a steady decline from the mid-1970s.

Most of the 2011 increase was accounted for by Alberta, which had 32 additional homicides, and Quebec, which had 21 more.

The homicide rate in Ontario, in contrast, hit its lowest point since 1966, with 28 fewer killings than in 2010.

Among the provinces, Manitoba reported the highest homicide rate for the fifth year in a row, followed by Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Stabbings accounted for virtually the entire increase in homicides in 2011, with 39 more stabbings.

Overall, stabbings accounted for 35 per cent of homicides, firearms for 27 per cent, beatings for 22 per cent and strangulation for seven per cent.

Police considered 95 homicides to be gang-related in 2011, similar to 2010, but well below the peak of 138 reached in 2008. Gang homicides increased steadily from the early 1990s until 2008, before declining in both 2009 and 2010.

The report said the majority of homicide victims and those accused of homicide are male. In 2011, males accounted for 7 in 10 homicide victims and 9 in 10 of those accused of homicide.

Victims typically know their killer. Among solved homicides in 2011, almost half were committed by an acquaintance or friend, one-third by a family member and only 15 per cent by a stranger.

Police reported 89 homicides involving intimate partners in 2011, including 76 female victims and 13 male victims. This resulted in a rate of 0.26 intimate partner homicides per 100,000 population, similar to the rate in recent years.

The rate of intimate partner homicides committed against females increased by 19 per cent in 2011, the third increase in four years. The rate for male victims declined by almost half, hitting the lowest point since data collection began in 1961.

by Anonymousreply 1312/07/2012

The job scene in Canada is quite bad, in-spite of all the Conservative Party hype otherwise. Welcome to the results.

by Anonymousreply 112/06/2012

It's the Wendigo. We told you this would happen.

by Anonymousreply 212/06/2012

It's bad because of the conservatives. Duh.

by Anonymousreply 312/06/2012

598 in all of Canada. Most American cities have crime levels in their own.

by Anonymousreply 412/06/2012

We keep sneaking over the border

by Anonymousreply 512/06/2012

Have watched Life with Murder?

by Anonymousreply 612/06/2012

Wow, Chicago all on its own had 433 homicides in 2011 - but that's down from previous years, so well done, Chicago!

by Anonymousreply 712/06/2012

I'm all for Alberta murder rates going up. Fast.

by Anonymousreply 912/06/2012

And there are no blacks in Canada, so racists need a new explanation.

by Anonymousreply 1012/06/2012

R10, there are plenty of blacks in Canada and they speak the same and live in the same neighborhoods around Montreal. Let's face it, in Montreal people of color are equal and are only judged if they speak english or french. There isn't a racial problem for blacks in the Montreal area. Montrealers simply do not care if a person is of color or if an animal is a stray. Book yourself a trip up there no matter who you are. You will be embraced by the original descendants and the immigrants. Montrealers are for real. All fine people are welcomed there. They don't judge on race but they do judge harshly on culinary skills. A heads up yo!

by Anonymousreply 1112/06/2012

[quote] Police reported 598 homicides in Canada in 2011

So what I know a guy in NYC that infected more people than that with HIV and they'll all be dead.

by Anonymousreply 1212/07/2012

Hopefully this will hurt the Conservatives.

by Anonymousreply 1312/07/2012
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