Are You Interested In Being A City Councillor Or Mayor?

Visit the Civic Centre or call 204-822-4434 to find out more.

Winkler's Police Chief isn't alarmed by the city's high ranking on a national magazine's list of "Canada’s Most Dangerous Places 2018".

According to Maclean's national crime data rubric, Winkler sits as the sixth most dangerous community when it comes to homicide rates.

However, when it comes to homicide, the numbers are skewed, Hiebert explains. The single homicide in 2016 puts Winkler nearly five times the Canadian average, per capita.

Measured by population the math comes out to 8.28 homicides per 100,000 people compared the national average of 1.68.

Winnipeg, with 24 homicides, only reached 3.26 per 100,000 people.

"We have a safe community," Hiebert says. "We shouldn't be on the list at all."

rickPolice Chief Rick Hiebert at a charity bike auction. File photo

Taking into account all crime statistics, Winkler still scores 90th out of the 229 most dangerous communities, still weighed down by the single homicide, and listed with a crime severity index of 75 (the national average is 70.96).

Yet, assaults were nearly half the Canadian average, however. Sexual assaults also measured well below the average.

However, there were a number of Manitoba and area communities that did consistently figure high on the danger list including, Thompson, Portage la Prairie, Winnipeg, and in Northwestern Ontario, Kenora.

Kenora reported 256 assaults, or 1,310.8 assaults per 100,000 population, putting them far above the national average of 430.68.

Kenora has a population of nearly 20,000.

With 32 sexual assaults, the community was more than triple the national average per 100,000 population.

Portage la Prairie (home to more than 13,400 people) reported 235 assaults or 1,752.55 per 100,000 population compared to the average of 430.68.

Thompson however, consistently rated near the top in multiple categories. With just over 14,000 people the city saw three homicides and a whopping 766 assaults, or 5,370.16 per 100,000 population, more than 10 times the national average.

More Local News

Arnaud HOPE Grow Project Sees 'Best Turn Out' In Years

A team of farmers gathered on Monday at the 22nd annual HOPE (Helping Other People Eat) grow project east of Arnaud to harvest 160 acres of spring wheat. HOPE is one of the dozens of Manitoba…

UPDATE: Three In Hospital After Two-Vehicle Collision Sunday

Three local residents are recovering in hospital after a serious collision Sunday morning. At 9:15 a.m August 19, Carman RCMP responded to a two-vehicle collision near Chortitz at the intersection of…

Ron MacLean And Hometown Hockey Coming To Winkler

Winkler will be the national hockey epicenter this March when legend Ron MacLean arrives to broadcast live as part of the Hometown Hockey national tour. Why was Winkler chosen? Mayor Martin Harder…

More Support Coming for Plum Coulee's Active Living Centre

The Plum Coulee Active Living Centre is getting a financial boost from the province. The facility officially opened to the public in May of this year. Centre spokesperson June Letkeman says they were…

Banned From Restaurant, Local Man Arrested After Weekend Assault

A 29-year-old male, banned from Tim Hortons in Morden, was arrested for assault after an incident at the restaurant this weekend. Around 2:00 AM, on August 18, an off-duty police officer arrested the…

Fire Destroys Crystal City Elevator And Business (GALLERY)

Fire has destroyed two buildings in Crystal City, including one the community's grain elevators. Flames were seen shooting high above the wooden Paterson Grain facility located on South Railway…

Cause Of Combine Blaze Remains Unknown (GALLERY)

**Updated Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.** The cause of a combine fire Monday in the Greenridge area remains unknown. Todd Nichols, deputy fire chief for the Dominion City Fire Department, said, however, it is…

High Temperatures Contributing To High Camping Numbers In Morden

The sun and hot temperatures have benefited the Morden Campground at Lake Minnewasta. During the summer the campground has been incredibly busy says Community Events & Recreation Manager Clare Agnew,…

Highway 75 Upgrades Underway

Manitoba Infrastructure is repairing the concrete joints along Highway 75, south of Ste. Agathe. Regional Construction Engineer A.J. Miller says the work is happening in the southbound lanes between…

Goertzen To Explore Significant Changes In Education

New Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen says the Manitoba government is exploring significant changes to the education system. Goertzen says it has been a hectic few weeks as he makes the transition… is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide