Does your city feel dangerous to you?


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Does your city feel dangerous to you?

  1. and guess what I live in Belleville, Ontario (reported in your magazine as being the most unsafe city in Ontario)…!!..the city does have an ugly side however it is  fairly safe..the police do an awesome job and the majority of the citizens are very community minded and take pride in our small city…

    • Three of my grandchildren live in Belleville. So far so good.

      • I have lived in Belleville or the general area 37 of my 39 years. I don’t see anything dangerous in this city. I NEVER worry about going into shops, banks, anything no matter what time it is. I’m not too sure of the “science” behind the ratings.

  2. Lol . I moved here from the UK. I have also lived in the US and i can safely say no place in Canada is as dangerous as most places in these countries  . 

    I find that Canada takes a different approach to crime focusing on rehabilitating criminals, sorting out reasons on why they actually committed a certain crime and correcting them.

    In the UK and US i find they seem to think that throwing them in jail will work . And the longer the sentence the better . 

    This is unfortunately not working and results in criminals becoming even more against society when released, and annoyed with “the man” who put them in jail for years. 
    This results in them committing crimes again and the cycle continues.

    • Interesting to hear your view. Perhaps the justice system should continue to consider that there’s not much positive change to be had in making a career criminal angrier about his life.

      Is shoveling snow a bit a fair exchange for a larger feeling of security?  (We do know how to do snow. The only time my city shut down for a day was a dump of 49 centimeters.)

      The U.K. is still an incredible and amazing place as one of the seats of education and culture. I miss it and I’ve never even been to my ancestral home.

      Welcome to Canada.

    • This assessment comes unfortunately at a time when Mr. Harper is mimicing the US approach, with only ideology as a guide.

      • The case for rehabilitation is very weak except for the very young, and even there there are hardened types at a very young age 

        If the aim now is to punish and keep the bad guys off the streets teh Harper is on the right track.

        • What research leads you to say that the “case for rehabilitation is very weak”? Canadian penal research and treatment, especially for sex offenders, is internationally recognized for its effectiveness. The Harper government is deaf  to evidence, and keeps invoking the symbols of women, children, victims and predators to appeal to FEAR. 

          • Yes you are correct, just ask the woman that is assaulted by a parolee.

    • What you don’t know about in Canada is that the criminals repeat over and over the same crime. Rehab has a very low success rate. This is a very costly system to the Canadian population.

  3. The RCMP in Kelowna BC are dramatically under staffed and yet they are improving our crime rate steadily.  The continue to be criticized in the media for high profile cases but the majority of citizens in this city fully realize that our police are working very hard at all times against great odds.
    When you see a police officer, thank them for putting their lives on the line every day for your safety.

  4. there has been a big spiral down in the last 15 years in Kelowna, mostly because the climate attracts
    addicts, grow ups and the like – the result was an increase in organized crime – and recently the shooting of the infamous Bacon Brother right at the best hotel in front of the art gallery on a Sunday afternoon.  It is growing here and law, not justice makes it happen as our courts are so strung out, the police are more handi-capped then ever……over all the police do a good job with the tools they’ve been given. – but I get sick and tired of the bleeding hearts who think this is going to change with rehabilitation, security cameras, massive use of food banks and so on.

  5. Interesting to see that early returns only have a total of 11% feeling that their city is “very” or “somewhat” dangerous.
    Does this put the lie to the “Harper Government” claim that the Canadian public fully supports their “Tough on Crime” legislation, with its attendant cost for new and/or expanded prisons estimated to run into the billions of dollars? It seems to me that too often our federal, provincial, municipal, or other institutions adopt some U.S. policy/policies a decade after it/they have been tried and found to fail in the U.S.  Can’t we learn from American mistakes; can’t we develop rational Canadian strategies to solve our problems?

    • we always like to perptuate myths about the US but the cold hard facts are that crime in the  USA – especially voilent crime _ has dramatically dropped over the past generation with their tough on crime penalties

      • I think that the “cold hard facts” show that crime has dropped substantionally in Canada in the last decade without the need for draconian and wasteful “Tough on Crime” legislation.

  6. I live in Puerto Vallarta and West Vancouver. Both are really safe, yet both are near crime spots. In West Vancouver it is the downtown east side (half hour away), and in PV it is in Guadalajara (4.5 hours away).

  7. Yes crime is too high.Round up every criminal. put them behind bars and throw away the keys and bring the crime rate down to zero. I know all you lefties will now say we can’t afford it ,well just ask a lawyer how much money he makes. We would need less judges,lawyers,police, less cost for insurance and the cost of crime to the law-abiding public which I read some where that amounts to about 90 billion dollars a year. OK you lefties can start screaming right now.

    • Anyone who divides the world into him or herself and “lefties” probably also divides the world into “good guys” and “bad guys”. Ok, lets lock up the bad guys. We’ll start with the merchants of death: the tobacco traffickers who kill 40,000 Canadians a year with their product. 

      • Ummm, first you’d have to make tobacco illegal.  Or did you forget that bit?

  8. I live in Prince George and feel very safe. It probably is dangerous but my activities do not take me into danger zones. You find what you are looking for.

  9. Generally speaking, most violent crimes occur in the downtown area and where the nightclubs are.  In the “Greater Victoria” area this is within the municipality of Victoria.  When Maclean’s analyze the data, they use the population of Victoria (approx 80,000) and not “Greater Victoria” (approx 360,000) which includes another dozen municipalities within the same “city”.  They do this year after year.  No wonder Victoria is at the top of the list every year.  There is a serious lack of journalistic integrety at Maclean’s.  I would never cite anything published at this magazine.

  10. This poll assumes we all live in cities! If we define “city” as an urban area with a population of 50,000 or more, 64% of Canadians lived in cities in 2006, while 36% lived in small-town and rural Canada. (Stats Can’s famous 80% figure is based on their cut-off: urban areas with 1,000 people or more.)

    I feel perfectly safe in my town of 15,000. Do I count?

  11. I get a real chuckle out of MacLean’s annual reports. Stories based on poorly analyzed statistics, instead of investigative journalism, are always cheap and easy to do, and I guess a cover headline like this week’s probably sells a lot of magazines, but really. Victoria? Unsafe? I’ve never found any city this size that feels as safe. Sure, you’ll run into rowdy bar hoppers on a Saturday night, which I suspect is behind a good portion of the stats. When you consider Macleans fails to do something as fundamental as accounting for metropolitan make-ups, you can see how useless their findings are. If you took any large city and separated its downtown core into a separate city, which is what happens in amalgamation-phobic Victoria, you’d have overblown stats for that portion and the rest of the place not even on the radar. Any true analysis of safe areas of Canada would make more statistical sense if the unit of measure was neighbourhoods.

  12. An online poll is about as informative on public opinion as crime rates are about criminal offences. De-constructed, a “crime rate” really means: “the rate at which Canadians are motivated to report an event AND if  police choose to count said event as a “crime”, OR the events which police, with discretionary resources, are able to enforce laws and “create” crimes. 

    And when MacLeans makes the incredulous leap of logic that crime rates = dangerousness, we have to ask, “dangerous for whom?” Apparently it’s young men if Stats Canada is to be believed. They have a much higher risk of death and violence than any other demographic group. 

    MacLeans is in the business of making money. Learning from their annual rating of universities, they’ve used public data for private profit and done what the media always does with the topic: sensationalizes it. 

  13. I live out in the country and feel perfectly safe here. The nearest city is Victoria and there are parts of the downtown area I wouldn’t venture into even in broad daylight.

  14. I’m from downtown Toronto and I feel pretty safe. I’ve lived here my whole life and I must say that although there are rough spots and a solid amount of weirdos its not that bad. I’m in my first year at UWindsor and I get allot of jokes from my friends there about how scary Toronto is. They all seem to think that I’m risking my life every time I get on the subway. I was proud to see that we’re only 52nd, which is really great considering the population density. Good job to the police in Toronto and the rest of Canada.

  15. The biggest threat across Canada at the moment is the socialist in power in Ottawa remaking Canada into the images of the US government.

    Most people didn’t know what Emperor Harperius  meant when he said “If I am reelected, you won’t recognize Canada when I’m through with it…”

    Get ready to learn FAST, people…he’s already ramrodded through Bill C-10…opened the whole of Canada to free access by the US military, and he’s not done yet…not by a long shot.

  16. I live in San Francisco and I’ve never really had any trouble on the street — once, while walking late at night, someone attempted to mug me, but as I had no money, that didn’t really work out for him :) I know what areas to avoid here and when I am out at night I am always wary.
    The only Canadian city I’ve been to is Vancouver and I felt safe everywhere I went there. We were warned about going to some areas, but from what I saw, they were nothing like our bad neighborhoods here in the U.S.

  17. yes i live in quebec montreal the gouvernement  is realy corup in healf ,construction,legal systeme
    pharmacist doctor accep bribe from pharmaceutic company. gouvernement chose juge to juge them
    and the gouvernement brainwash pepol against english realy racim

    • realy whant to move out of here but not enough money to move out or work
      ready to move if somwant have somting for me and my family e-mail me at martinraby@live.ca

  18. Our papers are filled with gun shootings every day and it concerns me that the Harper government has endorsed gun ownership without even requiring a record to be kept.  I hate the idea of guns in the hands of people in general.  There are shot up cars, drugs and gangs, road rage incidents and violent murder as the example of Alberta’s recent episode.  Notice, the gunman had three loaded weapons in his truck.  I’m looking forward to the return of the gun registry.  I would like removal of all guns from civilians.  It is offensive to see them as playthings in movies and in the paper advertising the nonsense American gun cult.

    • criminal dont get guns from store but black market and thay dont register them harper is right thay shud do a beder job at custum canada

  19. Unsafe driving as transportation is gridlocked by QEW in Mississauga.  There’s a fatality daily somewhere along the route commuters have to take.  As for violent crime, well yes, cars are shot up with bullets, there are random violent acts that I’ve never heard happen with equal frequency before.

  20. I’m hoping MacLean’s is feeling just a little stupid about this nonsensical misuse of stats…I have lived in Prince George for 20 years now, and like ALL my friends and neighbors here, have NEVER considered it a remotely dangerous place to live. Slightly culturally deprived compared to bigger burgs, perhaps, but altogether a pleasant place to live. Did you happen to notice that Surrey and Langley had 4 shootings resulting in deaths in the last 3 days???? Yeah, they’re bigger, but to base this “story” on per capita stats is to completely distort the reality of life here, and we resent it, hugely!!! Stop making up bull$&@t stories with nonsense statistics!!!!!!

  21. Hamilton Ont is a shithole of a city with less and less jobs, more and more young people robbing for kicks and drug addict losers and prostitutes.  It’s been getting bad here in Hamilton since free trade in 1984 and it’s going to get worse.  Money=prosperity.  No money = desperate times.

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