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Best of the Blog: Our Top 12 of 2012

2012 was a busy year for the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council. To see what we've been up to, be sure to check out the progress on our 2012/2013 Priority Directions. It's also been busy here on the Smart on Crime blog with over 50 posts, 5 guest bloggers and many comments from readers. We've enjoyed all the interaction here - and on Facebook and Twitter too - and we're looking forward to another engaging year with the blog. As WRCPC slides into the beginning of 2013, I put together a list of our 12 most read blog posts in 2012, organized by popularity. See anything you missed??

1. Advice from a Tree - also our blog post with the most comments!

".... what advice would our Smart on Crime tree give?"

2. An Urban Myth Debunked

"Let the myth be busted.

The story has been misrepresented and the photos are not from here. But even if they were, the idea that people are keen to go to jail for the nice facilities is as real as the idea that people are keen to go to an oncology ward because they have shiny new equipment there. It just doesn't’t make sense."

3. Students in Kitchener Break Down the Wall and Build Bridges - guest post by Kayla Follet

"From my experience, it’s got a lot to do with recognizing and challenging assumptions and biases. It’s got a lot to do with questioning society and the powerful impact of oppression and privilege. It’s got a lot to do with building relationships and honoring individual lived experiences."

4. Doctors and Crime Prevention - What's the Connection?

"To help educate primary care professionals in health care settings about their role in preventing violence, several community partners collaborated to present this webinar on "Screening for Intimate Partner Violence in Health Care Settings".

5. Who Decides? Supporting Community Led, Grassroots Solutions to Youth Violence - guest post by Fanis Juma

"As an African immigrant mother with a young black son and community organizer working with the African Canadian Association of Waterloo Region and Area, I am concerned about the disproportionate rate of African youth incarceration that we are experiencing in our community and in neighbouring Ontario urban immigrant communities."

6. The Trauma Epidemic

" But why would the Crime Prevention Council be interested in issues of trauma? Trauma (adverse childhood experiences, or adult in some cases) is often the root of many psychological, physical, behavioural and health conditions - and WRCPC is all about getting to the root causes or conditions."

7. Penny for Your Thoughts.... Crime is Costly - guest post by Kayla Follet

"It reaches deep into our wallets and our overall quality of life. And who is doing most of this spending? Mainly victims. When we crunch the cost of policing, corrections and courts, we’re looking at $31.4 billion in 2008. For pain and suffering, we’re looking at $68.2 billion. That’s billions people (and if I could stand on top of a mountain and sing these numbers – knowing that you’d all hear me – I would)."

8. Being Tough on Crime... What are We Pretending Not to Know? - guest post by Frank Johnson

"... it might be time for them to think about what happens after the cell door slams. After all, at some point these people are coming out and will be standing in line with us at Tim Hortons or riding the bus with us. From a strictly selfish point of view, do we want them to come out healthier, more able to handle stress and addictive tendencies, more compassionate and remorseful, or just angrier and more damaged? Is it time to stop pretending prison is our best option? What are we pretending not to know?"

9. Lets Be Smart on Bullying - guest post by Frank Johnson

"We all have our stories of how we were bullied and, maybe even how we bullied others. Those are the harder ones to come to grips with and admit. As adults, our bullying may have been done within our work organizations. Some seems to be so prevalent as to be almost institutional. It seems hypocritical to decry bullying in our schools when we allow it to exist in our work environments or homes. I've worked in those environments and, truth be told, probably contributed to them; climates in offices where exclusion is a norm, where gossip is an accepted practice, where co-workers are demonized for differences in beliefs, attitudes, capabilities or appearance."

10. Why a Trauma Informed System of Care is Better for Children & Youth

"Why is it that we can pinpoint - after the fact - all the places in a person's life where change could have made a difference, yet our services, systems, families, schools and communities can't seem break through at those critical moments?"

11. Community to the Power of 10 - A Jane's Walk

"The theme of our Jane's Walk this year, lead by the Safe and Healthy Advisory Community Advisory Committee of Kitchener and the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, focused on what makes a neighbourhood or street feel vibrant, dynamic, safe and healthy. We used the 'Power of 10' - a concept developed by the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) to shape our walk."

12. 1 + 1 = Crime Prevention in School - guest post by Frank Johnson

"For instance, students at the secondary level often wonder about the relevance of Mathematics, frequently asking teachers "when am I ever going to use this in real life?" Here's a thought...with the recent publication of the latest crime rate statistics from StatsCan and the media attention given to the decline in crime with some notable exceptions, why is there still a significant proportion of the population worried about crime?"

There are so many more great posts that are climbing up the popularity list - like Keely Phillips' "When Gamblor Comes to Town" and Shanna Braden's "Why Teach Yoga to Thugs". And of course... who could forget Anthony Piscetelli's video blog series on Public Opinion & Crime!

So  many great reads - take some time while the office is quiet to catch up!

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