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OJEN Receives LFO Catalyst Grant

OJEN is thrilled to announce that we are one of twenty organizations to receive funding through the Law Foundation of Ontario’s (LFO) Catalyst grant program! This new program offers core funding over a three-year funding cycle to non-profit organizations working to advance access to justice in Ontario.  Its goal is to help provide organizational stability […]

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Waterloo OJEN Committee Organizes Career Day for Young Women

On November 6th, 40 young women from the Waterloo Region will spend the day connecting with women working in justice sector careers.  Braiding Diversity into Justice is a full day career modeling program designed to attract greater diversity to the legal profession.  Organized by the Waterloo OJEN Committee, this program aims to inspire young women […]

Nominate a Justice Education Champion!

Nominations are now open for the 2018 OJEN Chief Justices’ Award.  This annual award was established in 2005 by the three Chief Justices of Ontario’s courts. The Chief Justices’ Award celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of individuals engaged in promoting public understanding of the justice system.  Previous recipients have included judges, lawyers, educators and court staff. […]

OJEN Professional Development Workshops 2018-19

Did you know that OJEN offers free professional development? Teachers, instructional leaders, learning coaches and administrators can contact us to arrange for a wide range of PD offerings. See the attached list of professional development workshops that OJEN is highlighting this school year.  From how to run a mock trial to understanding international law, OJEN’s […]

Trailblazers: Meeting Women in Law

On Friday, October 19th, 90 female high school students from 27 high schools in the GTA and beyond visited downtown Toronto law firms.   Trailblazers: Meeting Women in Law is an annual girls-focused program offered in partnership with the Law In Action Within Schools (LAWS) program. For grade 11 and 12 students considering a justice […]

Newcomer Youth Learn to Become Legal Leaders

Approximately 125 newcomer youth in Toronto developed legal leadership skills in a new OJEN program piloted between August 2017 and July 2018.   Many newcomer youth have stronger English language skills than their adult family members. This sometimes places them as trusted sources of information and interpreters for their families.  When adult family members encounter […]

What you Need to Know about Ontario’s New Cannabis Laws

On Wednesday, October 2018, Canada became the 2nd country in the world – behind Uruguay – to legalize the possession and use recreational cannabis.  So, does this mean that crimes associated with recreational cannabis use don’t exist any more?  Definitely not!  The Government of Canada has implemented a new legal framework to legalize, strictly regulate […]

Poster Challenge Registration 2018

Teachers, register your students now! Submission Process Register your class by filling out the online registration form by November 30, 2018. You will receive an email confirming your registration. Download the parental consent form from the Poster Challenge program page. Distribute the parental consent forms to your students to have filled out by their parent(s) or guardian(s). You may […]

Ontario Trillium Foundation Funds Newcomer Youth Program

Over the next year, OJEN will engage newcomer youth in the design and delivery of 3 community-based public legal education (PLE) events in Toronto.  These events will provide reliable information on immigration and refugee law for their families and community members.

Twenty Bursaries Given to Ontario High School Graduates

Twenty high school graduates started their post-secondary studies this fall with bursaries provided by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA).

Aboriginal Youth Designing a Better Justice System

Aboriginal youth are charting a new course in relations between the justice system and the communities in which they live.  In 2016, the Feathers of Hope First Nations youth forum released their report, Justice and Juries—A First Nations Youth Action Plan for Justice.  In it they shared a vision of justice that was respectful of […]

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