Statistics Canada reported yesterday that the homicide rate in Canada for 2013 reached its lowest point since 1966
"Canadian police services reported 505 homicides in 2013, 38 fewer than
the previous year. The homicide rate fell 8% from 2012 to 1.44 victims
per 100,000 population (...)"
"The overall decrease in homicides was the result of 40 fewer
homicides reported in Quebec. The decrease in Quebec followed two years
with higher than average numbers of homicides. There were 68 homicides
in the province in 2013, representing a rate
of 0.83 per 100,000 population. This was the lowest rate recorded in
Quebec since reporting began in 1961."
"While Quebec experienced a marked decline, six provinces reported
modest increases in the number of homicides in 2013. Taking these
increases into account, the homicide rates in nearly every province and
territory were below their 10-year averages in 2013. The exceptions were
Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island, where
the 2013 homicide rates were above their previous 10-year average (...)"
"There were 131 firearm-related homicides in 2013, down 41 from 2012.
This resulted in the lowest rate of firearm-related homicide since
comparable data became available in 1974. Despite the decline, shooting
was the cause of death in about one-quarter (27%) of homicides."
"The majority (68%) of firearm-related homicides were committed with
the use of a handgun, a trend that has held over the last 20 years.
Despite this trend, the rate of handgun-related homicides reached its
lowest point since 1998.
While firearm-related homicides decreased in 2013, the number of
fatal stabbings grew. There were 195 fatal stabbings, 31 more than
in 2012. Stabbings accounted for 40% of all homicides in Canada in 2013."
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