Averages were calculated by dividing the total population of a province with the total amount of reported sexual assault cases from 2009-2014, then multiplying that number by 100,000.
Canada’s average annual rate for reported sexual assault incidents was found to be 62.1.
Prince Edward Island had the lowest provincial average at 48.3. Quebec wasn’t far behind at 49.6, with the highest rate found in Manitoba, 113.8.
Additional information provided in the StatsCan report adds some context to the very serious issue of sexual assault in Canada.
Out of all violent crimes in Canada, sexual assault is the most under-reported, making the numbers included in the StatsCan report modest, at best.
A total of 98% of all cases were classified as “level 1 offences,” meaning the assaulter didn’t use a weapon and the survivor wasn’t left with any visible evidence of bodily harm.
Most of the survivors of sexual assault cases in Canada are female (87%), with over a quarter (26%) being 13 years old or younger.
The median delay of reporting a sexual assault was 25 days. That’s ten times longer than physical assault incidents, points out StatsCan.
Most of all sexual assault incidents (87%) were perpetrated by someone the survivor knew beforehand. StatsCan says the most common are acquaintances, a family member, or a sexual partner.
Rates of sexual assault incidents were also found to be higher outside of urban centres. The average annual rate in a city is 53.1 incidents per 100,000 population compared to 83.0 outside of city centres.
Sexual assault is an incredibly serious matter, and none of these numbers are to be taken lightly. The fact that statistical data proves young Canadian women are targets of sexual assault, and many of them don’t feel comfortable reporting an incident, showcases a serious societal problem.
Below you’ll find the sexual assault rates of each province, ranked from lowest to highest.
Prince Edward Island: 48.3 Quebec: 49.6 Ontario: 57.3 British Columbia: 57.0 Newfoundland and Labrador: 64.9 New Brunswick: 68.5 Alberta: 69.8 Nova Scotia: 71.0 Saskatchewan: 103.8 Manitoba: 113.8
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.
A startling 46% of seafood samples sold in restaurants and grocery stores in four major Canadian cities were mislabelled, according to a report published Wednesday by the non-profit group Oceana Canada.
Often, low-cost knockoffs were pawned off as fancy fishes; out of a total of 94 samples, all 24 of butterfish, yellowtail and white tuna were mislabelled and over half of the samples labelled snapper was actually tilapia, "a much cheaper" fish.
Furthermore, there were 10 occasions where products labelled butterfish or tuna turned out to be escolar, a fish that "can cause acute gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea and is banned from sale in several countries," according to a news release.
Despite promises to tackle the issue, seafood fraud has been an ongoing problem in Canada. Oceana's multi-year DNA testing study found the Canadian city with the most fake fish was Montreal, where 52% of the samples were mislabelled, though Ottawa and Toronto did nearly as poorly, with mislabelling rates of 50% each.
Sayara Thurston, a seafood fraud campaigner, highlighted the need for better traceability systems to detect foul fish before they hit our dinner plates. "Buying fish shouldn't be a guessing game. Canadians deserve to have confidence in the seafood they eat."
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If you aren't already psyched to watch Canadian athletes win gold at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games, here's a whole new reason to be eager for Olympic glory: free doughnuts.
For every gold medal Canada wins, Laval-based pastry chain Mr. Puffs is giving away five free honey and cinnamon or sugar and cinnamon Puffs, which are bite-sized Greek-style doughnuts, at any one of their stores.
This means that you, too, can enjoy the sweet flavour of victory from the comfort of your own home, without the need for incredible natural talents and years of body-shredding, sweat-inducing training.
According to the company website, Puffs are traditional Greek doughnut holes (called loukoumades), invented thousands of years ago by the ancient Greeks and enjoyed by Olympians of old.
If the win happens after 9 p.m. or overnight then the prize is valid the next day, so keep an eye out for news of athletic victories.
To win, all you have to say is, "go Canada, go!" at the cash register. The promotion ends August 8 and doesn't apply on any delivery platforms, so you'll have to make the athletic feat of getting to the store.
At a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several other government representatives announced huge new investments into Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are set to create "more than 1,000" high-paying jobs in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
"The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs," Aéro Montréal explained in a press release.