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10/06/2005 2:15pm,

Canada's homicide rate jumps

OTTAWA (CP) - Canada's homicide rate jumped last year after reaching a 30-year low in 2003.

But for the third consecutive year, the number of spousal homicides declined, although all other categories of family homicide rose, Statistics Canada reported Thursday. Firearm homicides increased slightly to 172, which was 11 more than in 2003 and 20 more than in 2002. And 65 per cent of those were committed with a handgun.

Still, firearm homicides in Canada were much lower than those in the United States, coming in at 28 per cent compared with 66 per cent.

In total, police reported 622 homicides last year, 73 more than in 2003.

That worked out to a rate of 1.95 for every 100,000 population, which was 12 per cent higher than in 2003 and three per cent higher than the average during the previous decade.

The 2004 rise nationally was mainly due to an increase of 22 homicides in Alberta, 18 in British Columbia and 12 in Quebec. And among cities, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal together accounted for 75 per cent of the increase.

However, while homicide is often thought of as a major urban phenomenon, murder rates outside cities are typically as high or higher than those within urban centres, and that was the case in 2004, Statistics Canada said.

At the provincial level, Manitoba recorded 13 homicides committed with a firearm, giving it the highest provincial rate for 2004 and displacing British Columbia and Quebec which had held that distinction for a decade.

"Police reported that 74 spouses were killed in 2004, down from 78 the year before, and the third consecutive annual decline," the agency said.

"Of the 62 female victims of spousal homicide, 27 women were killed by their legally-married husband, 20 by a common-law husband and 15 by a separated or divorced husband.

"Of the 12 male victims, three were killed by their legally-married wife, eight by their common-law wife and one by a separated or divorced wife."

Homicide includes first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter or infanticide. Deaths caused by criminal negligence, suicide, and accidental or justifiable homicide were not included.

Stabbings accounted for 33 per cent of all homicides, beatings for 22 per cent and strangulation-suffocation a further 10 per cent.

"Police reported 18 prostitutes killed, 11 of which were directly related to their profession," the agency said.

Another 81 victims were involved in activities such as drug trafficking and gang violence.

And as in previous years, most homicides were committed by someone known to the victim.

The agency also said:

-Homicides involving relationships with intimate partners doubled to 22 from 11 in 2003.

-Thirty-six children were killed by their parent, 17 parents were killed by their child, 11 victims were killed by a sibling.

-The number of youths aged 12 to 17 accused of homicide fell to 40 from 57 in 2003.

-Seventy people were killed by someone police believed was suffering from mental illness.

-Manitoba and Saskatchewan had the highest overall homicide rate among provinces, followed by Alberta and British Columbia. The lowest rates were in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.


A list of cities with the homicide rate per 100,000 population (and number of homicides) in 2004:

Regina: 4.98 (10)

Winnipeg: 4.89 (34)

Abbotsford: 4.39 (7)

Edmonton: 3.39 (34)

Saskatoon: 3.30 (8)

Vancouver: 2.58 (56)

Halifax: 2.37 (9)

Calgary: 1.91 (20)

Oshawa: 1.82 (6)

Toronto: 1.80 (94)

Montreal: 1.73 (63)

St. Catharines/Niagara: 1.62 (7)

Victoria: 1.51 (5)

Saguenay: 1.35 (2)

Hamilton: 1.30 (9)

Kitchener: 1.26 (6)

Windsor: 1.21 (4)

Ottawa: 1.14 (10)

London: 1.07 (5)

Quebec City: 0.84 (6)

Trois-Rivieres: 0.69 (1)

Saint John: 0.69 (1)

St. John's: 0.56 (1)

Gatineau: 0.35 (1)

Sherbrooke: 0

Kingston: 0

Greater Sudbury: 0

Thunder Bay: 0


Totals: 1.91 (399)

I can say this :
Damn those crazy rednecks !

10/06/2005 4:29pm,
Alot of that violence out West is among Native people as well..

10/07/2005 6:41am,
Alot of that violence out West is among Native people as well..

Yes, I know that native gangs are a major problem, but I think that, deep down, all the problems of the world can be blamed on rednecks.

10/07/2005 3:23pm,
You mean its the cowboys and NOT the indians?!!
Goddamn late-night western movies..

10/10/2005 2:11pm,
Wow, Vancouver is #3. Time to order t3h d34d!y DVD set.

10/12/2005 1:34am,
this only shows the murders. edmonton has gone goddamn stab-happy.

the violence is almost daily but not reported. i dont have what it takes to stab someone

10/12/2005 9:40am,
Makes me want to move to Thunder Bay.