Maclean's exclusive report: Most dangerous cities in Canada are in the West



    An exclusive Maclean's report ranks our cities from the most crime-ridden
    to the safest. With Victoria making the top 10, these results are
    startling. For further information visit www.macleans.ca.

    TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - Surprises emerged when Maclean's went searching
for Canada's safest, and most dangerous communities. Toronto and Montreal,
obvious crime-ridden candidates with their well-publicized racial tensions and
gun and gang violence, rank well down a danger list of the 100 largest cities
or regions in the country - those of 50,000 people or more. Montreal ranks
19th on Maclean's crime list and Toronto the Good (some stereotypes are true)
is a sleepy 26th, gruesome headlines notwithstanding. The most notable result
is the geographic distribution of Canadian crime.

    
    Top Ten High Crime Cities:

      1.  Regina                         6.  New Westminster
      2.  Saskatoon                      7.  Chilliwack
      3.  Winnipeg                       8.  Victoria
      4.  Prince George                  9.  Vancouver
      5.  Edmonton                       10. Halifax

    -   Rankings are based on 2006 per-capita crime rates, the most recent
        available from the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics.

    -   Caledon, Ont. is, statistically, Canada safest community. For further
        results, turn to www.macleans.ca/dangerouscities.

    -   For a breakdown of rankings of the worst and safest 10 communities
        for murder, auto theft, aggravated assault, sexual assault, robbery
        and breaking and entering rates, turn to the Maclean's on newsstands
        starting today or visit www.macleans.ca/dangerouscities.
    

    Methodology

    Maclean's obtained annual crime data from Statistics Canada for municipal
police services with the 100 largest populations in the nation. Using 2006
rates per 100,000 population for six crimes - homicide, sexual assault,
aggravated assault, vehicle theft, robbery plus breaking and entering -
Maclean's calculated the percentage difference from the national rate for each
of the six crimes. In consultation with StatsCan, we gave each crime equal
weights and standardized the rates to obtain an overall score that measured
each area's percentage difference from the national rate.

    About Maclean's:

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.8 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit www.macleans.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Jacqueline Segal, (416) 764-4125,
jacqueline.segal@rci.rogers.com

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