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Youth-Police Dialogues Update

OJEN’s Youth-Police Dialogues (YPD) Program is in high gear this fall with the multi-session workshops taking place simultaneously in five communities throughout Ontario.  In Toronto, Hamilton, Kingston, Sudbury, and Ottawa, youth and police officers are coming together to challenge stereotypes, build rapport, and improve community relations.  Now in the second year of a three year […]

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Nominate a Justice Education Champion

Whether coaching high school mock trial teams, sharing legal information with vulnerable youth audiences, providing insight into topical legal issues at PD sessions for teachers, and in countless other ways, volunteers play an essential role in supporting OJEN’s justice education initiatives province-wide.  Each year, hundreds of volunteers give of their time, expertise and dedication to […]

Meet Bryn Rieger – OJEN’s New OOCMT Coordinator

OJEN is pleased to announce that Bryn Rieger has accepted the position of Coordinator for the OJEN/OBA Competitive Mock Trial Program. Before joining OJEN, Bryn practiced criminal defence in Winnipeg, with an emphasis on youth criminal justice.  In this role, he engaged with Indigenous and other marginalized youth.  He brings a strong background in social […]

Newcomer Community Justice – Perspectives of Youth Leaders

Youth in three Toronto newcomer communities received legal information and developed leadership skills that will help them as leaders in their communities. Newcomer youth fill a unique role in their family and community. Due to their greater English proficiency, newcomer youth often act as interpreters and source of information for their family members. However, complex […]

Tate’s Tableaux Raises Funds for OJEN

The Herbert family established Tate’s Tableaux 6 years ago to commemorate the life of their son in a meaningful way.  Their annual event in Barrie, brings together friends and family for an evening of music and good cheer.  The proceeds are donated to OJEN’s justice education programs for youth, a cause they believe Tate would […]

Steps to Justice – Employment Law Module

Can employers force their employees to work on public holidays? If your job requires a uniform, can the employer make you pay for it? What can you do if you think you have been fired from your job unfairly? These are a few of the questions explored in the Steps to Justice Employment Law workshop […]

Workshop Introduces Nunavut Youth to Criminal Law System

Approximately 60 Inuit youth in Nunavut were introduced to the processes and goals of the criminal law system in workshops designed by OJEN for the Law Society of Nunavut.   During the week of September 16th to 20th, OJEN facilitated three workshops with the Law Society of Nunavut in partnership with Nunavut Legal Aid, the […]

Widening the Circle: Public Legal Education and Access to Justice

Ontario’s 4th annual Access to Justice Week takes place October 28th to November 1st. As part of the week’s events, OJEN (the Ontario Justice Education Network), CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario), and the Law Society of Ontario are proud to present a day-long conference addressing public legal education and its role in access to justice.  […]

Art and the Courts Website Launched

OJEN’s new Art and the Courts website was launched this August at the Toronto Summer Law Institute for teachers at Osgoode Hall.  This beautifully photographed site takes viewers on virtual tours of the McMurtry Gardens of Justice and the courtrooms of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.  Winning posters of the annual Grade 5 Poster […]

22 Students Receive Bursaries toward a Career in Justice

OJEN is thrilled to announce that the 2019 Bursary Program has been the most successful yet!  In 2018, 130 students applied for the bursaries. This year, 247 students from around Ontario applied, a new record for the program. Bursaries are offered by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of […]

OJEN’s New Online Resources

Over the summer, OJEN’s Educator Support Department has been hard at work creating new teaching materials for law teachers.  Three new resources have recently been posted on our website. Top Five Cases of 2018 A highlight of the Toronto Summer Law Institute each year, is a presentation by a judge about five significant cases that […]

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