For context, we can look at homicide rates from previous years. The following chart was compiled using Statistics Canada data.
The number of homicide victims over the past four years has been fairly consistent and works out to an average of 45.
Since it's September, we're around 3/4 — 75% — through the year. Using the average, we would expect there to be about 33 or 34 homicides by September, so 21 homicides is actually below what one might expect.
That said, anything can happen in a matter of months and monthly rates may vary.
The other thing we can consider is changes to Montreal's population from one year to the next. The homicide rate takes this into account, measuring the number of homicides per 100,000 people. However, the City of Montreal's most recent population count is from 2020 when it recorded 2,069,849 people.
In 2020, Montreal's homicide rate (0.97) was almost on par with that of St. John's, Newfoundland (0.96). Montreal's homicide rate was lower than that of Toronto (1.62), Vancouver (1.64), Calgary (2.53), and Edmonton (3.19). It was slightly higher than that of Ottawa (0.90).
The country's overall homicide rate in 2020 was 1.95.
On Tuesday, October 19, a 24-year-old Montreal woman was stabbed on rue Aylmer, near Milton, which is near McGill University.
SPVM spokesperson Véronique Dubuc told MTL Blog that there were "many witnesses" and police quickly arrived on the scene after receiving a 9-1-1 call about an altercation between a man and a woman on the street.
Witnesses were allegedly able to see the man stabbing the victim with a sharp object, as it was in broad daylight, taking place around 4:30 p.m.
When police arrived, the suspect was still on the scene and was arrested on the spot. The suspect is currently in custody.
The victim was transported to the hospital and was "severely injured on her upper body." At the hospital, she was declared dead.
According to Montreal police, the victim and suspect used to be roommates.
A 16-year-old was fatally stabbed in Montreal on Monday, police say.
SPVM spokesperson Julien Lévesque confirmed that police received a 9-1-1 call around 3 p.m. on Monday, in which they were informed that an individual had been "injured by a sharp object near a sports centre on Van Horne Avenue."
The incident took place in the Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce borough.
Police say an altercation occurred involving a group of teens outside of Mile End high school, according to CBC News.
The victim was soon transferred to the hospital in a "critical state," where he ended up succumbing to his wounds.
Lévesque said this is the 25th homicide in Montreal this year.
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If either Valérie Plante or Denis Coderre get elected mayor in November, Montreal would be "more dangerous," according to mayoral candidate and Mouvement Montréal leader Balarama Holness.
"Montreal will be more dangerous under a Plante or Coderre administration because they both avoid accountability and fail to address the root cause of city violence: poverty, social exclusion, and marginalization," Holness said in a statement shared with MTL Blog.
@mouvement_MTL and @RPMTL2021 have a common vision to provide Montrealers with better services, remedy the housing… https://t.co/yXXZIqzTwQ
Holness called out Mayor Valérie Plante and former Mayor Denis Coderre for, in his words, "blindly investing in the SPVM."
"We have seen the budget skyrocket from $400 million to $800 million per year in the past few decades," he said, calling for a record of "every dollar spent by the SPVM" to be made public.
Under a Holness mandate, SPVM expenditures would be greatly reduced and much of the police budget would be frozen or eliminated altogether, "including the $57 million dollar gun range that was earmarked for 2020-2022," the statement from the party reads.
Rather than funding the police, Holness says his administration would invest $1 billion into building new sports and recreation facilities in Montreal in order to "improve urban health, limit high school dropouts, and build stronger and safer communities."
In the now-viral video, originally taken by Instagram user @pluggy.00, you can see the two SPVM officers trying their best to keep the individual in their hold, but failing to do so and then unsuccessfully trying to catch the suspect as they quickly ran away.
SPVM spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant confirmed with MTL Blog that this incident took place on Thursday, October 7 in Villeray.
Brabant said the suspect is known to police but has not yet been arrested as investigators continue to locate the individual.
"We're still looking for him. We haven't found him. We have all his information though," he confirmed.
"We know who it is, it's just a question of time to find him."