We were bitterly divided in the 60s and, appropriately, our memories of that decade are divided as well. Ian Lee provides a provocative series of Canadian crime statistics in an op-ed piece in the National Post:
“The last 10 years of Stats Canada data do reflect a national decline in violent crime. But the recent record ignores enormous increases in crime over the last half-century. In 1962, Canadians reported 221 violent crimes per 100,000 people. This figure doubled by 1970 to 480, increased to 636 in 1980 and finally peaked at 1,084 in 1992—a 500% increase in 30 years.”
If your memory is vivid—and you stuck with the “squares”—you may think that the times aren’t getting back to normal very fast.