07/23/2014 11:30 EDT | Updated 09/22/2014 05:59 EDT

Crime Rate In Canada Down, Less Severe, According To Statistics Canada

local photoshop user and occasional downloader kelley turgeon (if that is her real name - it might just be something she appropriated) has, for the moment, been awarded the top prize in a toronto smarmpaper's contest. the paper, which pretends to offer up news somewhere amidst platitudes and car ads, decided that ms. turgeon's <s>work effort</s> canvas best represented toronto's emerging artists. this may be true, if one defines an artist as 'that goof who i hired to appropriate for me'. ms. turgeon testified “we all loved being on the streetcar. it's the funnest thing to do when you're 6&quot;, apparently having run her grammar and syntax through the same photoshop filter that she used on the original photograph (patchwork, under the texture header). the star has responded by carefully moderating the comments on the paper's site and shouting bewildering holiday messages at all who investigate. confused? i'm just taking the piss. the situation is best grasped by reading <a href="">this discussion</a> in the toronto group. the original photograph, by flickr user <b>Portraits Of Toronto</b> started this ball rolling, and the thread he started there has all the details and links, including one rather damning link to ms. turgeon's non-apology. my crap thing up there? it's obviously inspired by looking out a car window and being on the streetcar and all other enjoyments, like ripping off other people without attribution and not showing a hint of remorse. sociopaths, we're the funnest! i’m sorry if I offended somebody — that wasn’t my intention. i spent hours photoshopping this photoshopping.
OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says the number of crimes committed was lower last year, but so was the severity of those criminal acts.

The agency says the police-reported Crime Severity Index fell by nine per cent in 2013, the tenth consecutive annual decline.

The index, which measures the volume and severity of crime based on average prison sentences handed down for convictions, was 36 per cent lower in 2013 than a decade earlier.

StatsCan says the traditional crime rate also declined last year compared with 2012 by eight per cent.

The national crime rate has been on a downward slide since the early 1990s, reaching its lowest level last year since 1969.

Canadian police services reported just over 1.8 million Criminal Code offences were committed in 2013, down approximately 132,000 from the previous year.

Most offences were down, but there were increases in the number of some offences reported, including extortion, identity theft, aggravated sexual assault, child pornography and sexual violations against children.

Most provinces and territories recorded a decrease in the severity of crimes committed, except in the Yukon and Newfoundland and Labrador, where they saw slight increases.

Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec and Manitoba recorded the largest declines among the provinces and territories.

On a municipal scale, none of Canada's census metropolitan areas recorded increases in crime severity.

And Victoria saw the biggest decline compared with 2012, down by 17 per cent.

The violent CSI fell 10 in 2013 compared with the previous year, says StatsCan, marking the seventh consecutive decrease.

Police services reported approximately 384,000 violent incidents last year, down about 32,000 from 2012, mainly resulting from a drop in robberies.

Homicides were also down. Police reported 505 of them in 2013, down 38 from 2012.

The homicide rate was also at its lowest level since 1966, at 1.44 victims per 100,000 population.

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