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New Ontario Trillium Foundation Funding

OJEN is pleased to announce new funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to pilot the Family Law for Young Mothers program in the Hamilton area.  Family Law for Young Mothers: Challenge and Change, is program for vulnerable young women who are pregnant or have babies.  While becoming a mother is in itself enormously challenging, […]

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OJEN Partners on Access to Justice Week Conference

On October 31st, OJEN (Ontario Justice Education Network), CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario), and the Law Society of Ontario presented a day-long conference as part of Ontario’s 4thannual Access to Justice Week.  Widening the Circle: Public Legal Education and Access to Justice, addressed current and emerging topics in public legal education and information. In his […]

Steps to Justice – Criminal Law Module

“Can the police stop me on the street and ask for my ID?” “Should I sign a peace bond to deal with my criminal case?” “What can happen if I miss my court date?” These are a few of the questions posed in the Steps to Justice – Criminal Law resource, now available on the […]

Inspiring Diverse Young Women in Waterloo Region

On November 5th, the Waterloo OJEN Committee hosted the 2nd annual Braiding Diversity into Justice – a day long program for young women from racialized and/or marginalized communities to learn about careers in law.  Approximately 30 young women met at the Waterloo Region Courthouse to connect with female professionals working in the justice sector. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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