PG Crime Capital Of Canada? Hardly.
What used to happen in days gone by, was the announcement by Maclean’s Magazine that Prince George was again named the crime capital of Canada, not that it was true , but it made for good reading .
That annual rating ended a few years ago replaced now by a new label which has pegged Winnipeg as the most racist city in Canada.
There is no doubt the Maclean’s declaration of Prince George as the crime capital of Canada did hurt this City, but Maclean’s has since abandoned that annual crime report and failed to tell the rest of the Nation that Prince George may have had a number of gang related murders in one year, but following that, from 2011 to 2014 that simply was not the case.
Let’s compare Kamloops to PG. Kamloops received a good rating , but should it have ?
2011- PG – no murders – Kamloops 2
2012 – PG – 2 murders – Kamloops 6
2013 – PG – 1 murder – Kamloops 3
2014 – PG – 1 (if you count the Gravel Pit Lake as one ) Kamloops – 1
That’s the problem with random picks in which someone at Maclean’s get’s to say who in the country has the worst rap sheet. Has it hurt our community? You bet. Has it hurt the image of our police force? You bet, and yet the statistics will tell you something quite different.
Perhaps realizing that their system of coming up with the crime capital in Canada was poorly researched , Maclean’s dropped the survey. What they didn’t do , is correct the fact that we may have had a bump one year, due to gang wars, but you can hardy call PG the crime capital, although we continue to wear the tag.
One would hope that the new survey of which is the most racist city in Canada does not have the same background as the old Crime capital of Canada.
We in Prince George bore the brunt of Maclean’s criticism and the citizens and police alike were tagged with the label even though it wasn’t true
I’m Meisner and that’s one man’s opinion.