Tories take credit for drop in crime

In a recent tongue-in-cheek Facebook post, I asked how long it would take before the Canadian government took credit for the annual drop in crime which was reported this week by Statistics Canada. I didn't believe any politician would have the effrontery to make such a claim, but Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says that that keeping the … Continue reading Tories take credit for drop in crime

Competing Claims about Crime in Canada

The media has exposed us to competing claims about the state of crime in Canada. It’s not surprising that many Canadians may be a bit confused. Last fall, we heard Stockwell Day talk about high levels of “unreported crime”. He was referring to the 2004 General Social Survey conducted by Stats Canada, a telephone survey … Continue reading Competing Claims about Crime in Canada

The Volume and Severity of Crime is Decreasing

Despite the efforts of some interest groups to convince us that crime rates in Canada are getting worse, the data suggest otherwise. For the last year in which complete national crime rate data is available (2007), Statistics Canada reports the following: The 2007 national crime rate reached its lowest point in 30 years. Canadian police … Continue reading The Volume and Severity of Crime is Decreasing