SEPT 10: Prevention, Prisons & Popcorn

Posted on: July 6th, 2015 By: Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

Film and Forum Evening with Howard Sapers Thursday, September 10, 2015 ~  6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Kitchener Public Library, 85 Queen St. N., Kitchener Over the past 5 years, Canadians have witnessed dramatic changes to the criminal justice system during an era of declining crime rates. The “Safe Streets Act” (Bill C-10) and subsequent […]

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A Tale of Circles of Support and Accountability: A SMART Approach in Jeopardy

Posted on: April 7th, 2015 By: Juanita Metzger

Back in February 2015, the Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC), released a very promising evaluation report on the Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) program that operates across Canada. CoSA is a “community-based reintegration program, grounded in restorative justice principles, that holds sex offenders accountable for the harm they have caused while assisting with their task […]

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Voices against Gendered Violence: A Blog in Quotations

Posted on: March 25th, 2015 By: Smart on Crime

Never have I seen such a beautiful collection of voices, all unique, and yet all singing the same tune.  The Everyday: Freedom from Gendered Violence Symposium put on by the Social Innovation Research Group, and brilliantly detailed by Jay Harrison here, was a phenomenal representation of the intersection of research, arts, and community work. While […]

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“I can’t believe this is still happening”

Posted on: February 25th, 2015 By: Smart on Crime

That’s the response I usually get from friends and family when I tell them that I’ve spent the past two years coordinating a project to address gendered violence against university students. I generally concur with the exasperation, but am quick to point out that it seems unfair to expect to see less gendered violence on […]

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By the numbers: Homicide rates in Waterloo Region

Posted on: February 13th, 2015 By: Smart on Crime

Despite homicide being a rare event in Canada, when it happens, it is the highlight of media headlines. Television news, newspapers, and social media sources all follow the story closely. In parallel to media coverage, there is a steady growth of stories being told about crime. These are found in popular novels writing about true […]

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On a February night in 1995…..

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 By: Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

Maybe even much like February 3rd, 2015… cold, crisp and clear, with a bright full moon. A group of enthusiastic and passionate community leaders presented the work of the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Council to Waterloo Region Council. At the time, they had been operating for almost 2 years! Their proposal on February 3rd, […]

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Best of the Blog: Our top 14 of 2014

Posted on: December 30th, 2014 By: Juanita Metzger

We’ve been in reflection mode this week at the WRCPC office. The time of year lends itself perfectly to this kind of ‘look back’ at the year that was 2014. I hope you are enjoying your own reflections. And, since we’re at it, why don’t we do some reflecting together, with the help of Smart […]

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By the numbers: Hate crimes in Waterloo Region

Posted on: August 29th, 2014 By: Anthony Piscitelli

In 2009, the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo census metropolitan area (CMA) had the highest hate crime rate in Canada, according to police reported statistics. Did you catch the end of that sentence? “…..according to police reported statistics”. It might seem insignificant, but it might be the key to understanding why the 2009 hate crime rate in Waterloo Region […]

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By the numbers: Wading through police-reported crime statistics

Posted on: August 12th, 2014 By: Anthony Piscitelli

Statistics Canada released their annual Police-reported crime statistics 2013 report in July (and in French). There is always so much to sift through and interpret. But here’s a beginning summary of the highlights from the Canadian Criminal Justice Association. The police-reported Crime Severity Index (CSI), which measures the volume and severity of crime, declined 9% […]

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Between life and death: Responding to drug overdoses in Canada

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 By: Smart on Crime

This article appeared in the July 14, 2014 edition of the Waterloo Region Record.  What if you could save a life? Just one life. Would you? For almost all of us the answer to these questions is an enthusiastic yes. Without question, regardless of anything, a life, just one life, is worth saving. But what […]

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