The Canadian Forces posted this image to Twitter on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in a show of support for transgender members of the military. The post comes after U.S. President Donald Trump announced a sweeping ban on transgender members of the American military. (Source: Canadian Forces, Twitter)
A new global survey has placed Canada among the 10 most peaceful countries in the world.
The Global Peace Index (GPI) compares 163 independent states and territories (99.7% of the world population) according to their levels of peace.
Up to two positions from its 2017 ranking, Canada is in an envious position in sixth place. The worst it has ever been was the 14 in 2010 and the best was the fourth in 2012.
The first five countries on the 2018 list are Iceland, followed by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal and Denmark. The least peaceful are Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq and Somalia.
The GPI is a report prepared by the Institute for Economics and Peace and developed in consultation with an international panel of peace experts from peace institutes and think tanks with data collected and compiled by The Economist Intelligence Unit.
The Index was launched for the first time in 2007, with subsequent reports published annually.
The study was conceived by Australian technology entrepreneur Steve Killelea, and is backed by people like former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former US President Jimmy Carter.
The GPI used indicators such as internal and external conflicts, relations with neighboring countries and political instability.
It also examined the number of people incarcerated, homicides and violent crimes, the impact of terrorism and the ease of access to small arms and light weapons.