Canadians worry about Mexico's safety...

Canadians worry about Mexico's safety as Friends mourn 'brilliant' UBC student

There are 8 comments on the Weyburn Review story from Jan 6, 2012, titled Canadians worry about Mexico's safety as Friends mourn 'brilliant' UBC student. In it, Weyburn Review reports that:

Seemingly ignorant of USA & Canada workers who lost their Jobs to Mexican maquiladora or maquila

which are manufacturing operations in which a factory imports materials and equipment on a duty-free and tariff-free basis for assembly ...

they only now are remembering her as a courageous, generous woman with a warm smile

Friends of a University of British Columbia student killed in Mexico struggled to make sense of her death Friday ...

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Maquiladora Industry

Toronto, Canada

#1 Jan 7, 2012
We were very instrumental in obtaining valuable Maquiladora NAFTA concessions thru our maquiladora industry associations and are ...

Toronto, Canada

#2 Jan 7, 2012
There are over one million Mexicans working in over 3000 maquiladora manufacturing or export assembly plants in northern Mexico, producing parts and ...

Canyon Country, CA

#3 Jan 7, 2012
You should be worried about Mexican travel as the State Department has issued warnings for years. If you value your life, go elsewhere.
Wild Man

Scottsdale, AZ

#4 Jan 11, 2012
Yeah like the South side of Chicago is any safer. Get real! You are more apt to get killed in any city USA than in Mexico period!

Sarnia, Canada

#5 Jan 11, 2012
Canadians should stop going to Mexico. No week goes by without a Canadian being killed.

Apsley, Canada

#6 Jan 12, 2012
Actually, Canadian visits to Mexico have gone way up in the past five years, from just over 1 million to over 1.6 million. Normally there are 2-4 murders a year. Last year there were 6, which tracks to the increase in visits.

The real danger is accidental deaths - particularly drowning and road accidents. Usually 10-20 Canadians die each year in Mexico due to accidents.

For a decent English-language blog on Mexico with (sometimes) a Canadian twist, go here:

New York, NY

#7 Jan 18, 2012
Wow this is sad. This makes me want to de-stress. I do that by hopping onto to my elliptical and run. I even had awesome guys put it together! You can find them here:

Chihuahua, Mexico

#8 Jan 18, 2012
Wild Man wrote:
Yeah like the South side of Chicago is any safer. Get real! You are more apt to get killed in any city USA than in Mexico period!
The crime rate here in Mexico is off the charts. You cannot drive long distance without fear of road blocks with crimminals stealing everything you have and beating you. You do not worry about that in the USA. Theft is one of Mexicos bigger problems. Not only from the crimminals, but also the police. If it is not barred and gated it will be broken into and stolen. Gruaranteed. That does not always work either. This is in any part of Mexico. All the houses look like prisons. You must be on your toes at all times anywhere in Mexico. Stay in the resorts and you should be OK.

Here is a new article that just came out.

Latin America Has 40 of 50 Most Violent Cities, Says Report
By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times StaffCreated: January 15, 2012Last Updated: January 16, 2012

Latin America accounts for 40 of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world based on homicides, according to a recent report.
The most violent city in the world last year, according to Mexican research group Seguridad, Justicia y Paz (Security, Justice and Peace), is San Pedro Sula in Honduras.
The city had 159 intentional murders per 100,000 residents, the group said. In comparison, New York City had a murder rate of 5.61 per 100,000.

Ciudad Juarez, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, which has been rocked by drug cartel-related violence in recent years, was the second most dangerous city in the world, with 148 murders per 100,000, the report said. Juarez sits just across the border from El Paso, Texas.

Five of the top 10 most violent cities were in Mexico, including the resort town Acapulco, Torreon, Chihuahua, and Durango.
The report considered cities with populations of 300,000 or more that have Internet-accessible statistics about homicides. The report did not list countries such as Libya and Syria, where there were likely more deaths due to the Arab Spring unrest.

The report also ranked 50 subnational jurisdictions, with Cortes, 1 of 18 departments in Honduras, topping the list. The Mexican state of Chihuahua ranked first last year and second in 2011, with 94 homicides per 100,000.

At the same time,“it should be noted that some of the figures for Mexican cities and subnational jurisdictions, may be higher than those recorded in the study,” the report notes.“The behavior of various government authorities of Mexico does not inspire confidence in official figures, as there is evidence of forgery or ‘shaved’ data to pretend that the magnitude of violence is lower than reality,” the group said.“There are also conflicting data.”

In a report from the Mexican attorney general’s office last week, 12,900 people were killed in drug violence in Mexico between January and September of last year. Since the start of the state crackdown on drug cartels in 2006, at least 47,000 people have died.

The report authors suspect that if real numbers were reported, Juarez, where 1,206 homicides were reported in 2011, would be at the top of the list.

The most dangerous city in the world outside of the Americas is Cape Town, South Africa, which had a reported murder rate lower than Detroit and New Orleans, the report found. New Orleans and Detroit are ranked 21st and 30th on the list, respectively.
Mosul in Iraq was the most violent city of those surveyed in the Middle East, with a murder rate of 35 per 100,000 people.

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