By "it" do you mean Manitoba? Because that is not so.
"Crime severity was down in virtually all provinces. The largest decline was reported in Manitoba, where the Police-reported Crime Severity Index (PRCSI) was down 14%."
Taken from the Stats Canada website.
Manitoba was still one of the highest, but at least it's improving. Even Winnipeg had a decrease of 10% in crime severity.
Read the link, it's very informative.
The headline and substance are based on the Crime Severity Index (CSI).
It describes the CSI as, "Satisticians use a system called the crime severity index (CSI) to show how crime impacts a city or province. The system was introduced last year and measures not only the number of crimes, but the seriousness of those offences, so an offence like a bicycle theft doesn't equate with a murder. "
The CSI _does not_ measure the number of crimes. The CSI measures the length of the sentence given to individuals for offences committed. That is how the "seriousness of the offence" is measured.
This is a very important distinction, it is substantively different than the number of offences.
From the Statistics Canada website:
"In the calculation of the police-reported CSI, each offence is assigned a weight, derived from sentences handed down by criminal courts. The more serious the average sentence, the higher the weight for that offence."
So, the CSI is influenced by the length of the sentence given for an offence.
This being the case, it is possible that the high rating in Manitoba could be a result of tougher sentences being handed out.
If, as many have argued, our high CSI rate is due to our high Aboriginal population; and given that people from that community are more likely to receive longer sentences - then our rate, or course, will be higher.
Regardless of the root cause - this article is fundamentally flawed.