This week I was introduced to the annual Toronto’s Vital Signs Report. It is “an annual consolidated snapshot identifying the trends and issues affecting the quality of life in our city – progress we should be proud of and challenges that need to be addressed.”
I believe this report is extremely convenient as it not only allows us to celebrate the successes the city has achieved over the past year, but to also identify the bugs in the system that still need to be worked upon and improved. The issue I chose to focus on concerns with the Safety of Toronto
Toronto is considered to be a generally safe city **. In fact there was an overall decreases in violent crime over the past year.
“The rate of violent crime declined 3% in the Region and 1.8% in the city between 2013 and 2014 (from 1,005 to 987 violent crimes per 100,000 persons in the city). – Toronto’s Vital Signs Report
And while this is undoubtedly great news, all is not well in other areas of interest.
“Reported sexual assaults increased in Toronto in 2014, to 66.8 per 100,000 persons, up 12.5% over 2013, and higher than the provincial (55.7) and national (58.5) averages.
“ Incidents of stabbings in Toronto jumped dramatically in 2014. There were 815 stabbings, a 36% increase from the 599 the previous year. “ – Toronto’s Vital Signs Report
If one’s chances of getting assaulted or stabbed increases with time, it is safe to say that that is not a good thing – and is actually and important issue that needs to be considered.
There was a similar balancing act in other areas of interest. On one hand there was a 44.9% decrease in youth crime rate between 2004 and 2013, but on the other approximately 2000 homeless youth in Toronto are vulnerable to being trafficked every day,
“ Toronto is a known “principle destination” or “transit point” for human trafficking in Canada.” – Toronto’s Vital Signs Report
Having set backs alongside the improvements is inevitable. But that people should step up and continue to fight to improve the system.
**#ImmigrantIssues: Considering being able to actually walk outside alone, after living in Delhi for two years, to be a privilege.