Canada murder rate in 2020 hits 15-year high, pushed up by mass shooting
Nov 25 (Reuters) - The murder rate in Canada last year rose to its highest level since 2005, pushed up in part by the country's worst-ever mass shooting, in which 22 people died, Statistics Canada said on Thursday.
Statscan also noted societal stresses it said had been caused by lockdowns linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canadian police reported 743 murders in 2020, up from 687 in 2019. The murder rate increased to 1.95 per 100,000 people, the highest in 15 years, from 1.83 per 100,000 people in 2019.
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The Canadian rate has gradually declined since its last recent peak in 1991 of 2.69 homicides per 100,000 population.
"While homicide continues to be a relatively rare occurrence, representing less than 0.2% of all …
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