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Calgary, Edmonton contribute to nationwide jump in annual homicides

Last Updated Jul 28, 2021 at 10:41 am MDT

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CALGARY – Alberta is partly to blame for an increase in homicides in the country last year, according to Statistics Canada.

Last year, police across the country reported 743 homicides, which is 56 more than in 2019 and an overall increase of 7 per cent.

The agency says Calgary and Edmonton both had more homicides–34 in Calgary while the capital city saw 37.

Nova Scotia also contributed to the increase, however, StatsCan points out that Nova Scotia’s numbers were skewed because April 2020 saw 22 people killed in the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history.

More homicides in Quebec also contributed to the increase.

The numbers were released Tuesday in the annual Crime Severity Index.