My parents are refusing to let me go to Toronto because they don't feel it's a "safe" place to go and they say it's a foreign country blah blah blah. I'm going to be 20 soon so I don't think that's a problem.
So how safe of a place is Toronto actually? is it safe enough for a 19 year old girl or is it not that safe, but it's safer to go with someone?
I'd look at what the people who deal with the safety issue in Toronto for facts. Something like these people:
Toronto Police Service :: To Serve and Protect
In 2008 people seemed to think it was a pretty safe cit:
Crime down in Toronto - thestar.com
I can't see any point in comparing it to other cities, though, because it really doesn't make any difference what the safety of another city is if you are in Toronto.
Since he lives there - he should have a better idea of how things are over and above your links.
Well now, I wouldn't go that far. Weyburn, SK still qualifies as a city (I think) and the one murder they've had in the last five years was the talk of the town for months.