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06/02/2012 14:06:00 • The readings of week 3 consisted of: • Li, Homicide in Canada, 2008 < link > • Dauvergne and Li, Homicide in Canada, 2004 < e-reserve > • Davies, Chapter 4 • The first two readings consist of Canadian homicide statistics from both 2004 & 2008, in which Canadian cities and provinces are examined, as well as comparing Canada to other countries The reading from Davies text is very similar but concentrates on the • patterns and trends that occur in Canada • From this research comes significant information • Canada in comparison has a relatively low homicide rate, especially when being compared to our neighboring country the USA • 611 homicides in 2004 and 622 in 2008, population increase must be taken into consideration • In 2008 Canada had a homicide rate of 1.82 people per 100,000 people, much lower than the USA’s at 5.5 people in 2004 for every 100,000 people • Homicide rates are calculated through an equation outlined in Davies text: ← = H/(P/100,000) ← = Homicides/(Population/100,000) • Canada’s homicide rate peaked in 1975 at 3.03 people per 100,000 people • Nearly a quarter (22.8%) of homicides in Canada occur along with another felony such as robbery or burglary • The stereotype of offenders using drugs and alcohol when committing the act of murder is not entirely true, as statistics proved only 16% of homicide cases in Canada show this trend • The motivation of homicide is through caused by argument • When looking at relationships between offender and victim in 2006, 44% of time the relationship was unknown. Of the known relationships, it was most common th
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