Canada column for Sunday, July 28/13
THE CANADIAN REPORT
By Jim Fox
Canada’s crime rate has fallen to its lowest level in 41 years with a large drop in murders and violence.
The figures from the Canadian Center for Justice Statistics also show that Toronto had a seven-percent drop in police-reported crime last year – the lowest rate among municipalities for the sixth year.
There were almost two-million criminal incidents investigated by the police last year, about 36,000 fewer than the previous year.
Of that number, 543 homicides were reported across Canada, 55 fewer than in 2011.
That brought the murder rate down to its lowest level since 1966, the report said.
Crime rates overall fell in most provinces except New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and the territories.
The highest police-report crime rates were in Kelowna and Regina while Quebec City followed Toronto with the lowest.
The statistics listed Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Thunder Bay as the most violent cities.
Coinciding with the drop in crime were initiatives taken by the federal government to get tough on criminals including the passing last year of an omnibus crime bill with stiffer penalties.