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Youth/Police Relations in Toronto: Young People Speak Out!

Police relations are a frequent topic raised by youth in OJEN/ROEJ sessions throughout the GTA.  Here are some excepts from conversations we’ve had with young people over the last few months.  All of them identified police as a negative influence in their communities and talked about a need to repair and refocus youth-police relationships in […]

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The Law Teacher’s Challenge –The importance of Getting the Law Right

The job of teacher, as we know, is not just to transmit information, but of course to develop lifelong skills, engage students’ interest and build their capacity to be responsible citizens. I maintain that the challenge for the law teacher is a little bit more difficult than in other subject areas. Students in a law […]

Building a Better Mock Trial: Don’t Forget the Debrief

In the 8 months I’ve been at OJEN, we have run a lot of mock trials.  A lot of mock trials – dozens, maybe hundreds.  They make up only about a fifth of the programs run by our college and university volunteers (the group I work with most), but that still adds up.  And those […]

Volunteer testimony: why your students should propose “Canada’s Next Top Law”

This is a guest post from Nicole Waskul, a 3rd-year Justice Studies student from the University of Guelph-Humber.  Nicole facilitated 4 “Canada’s Next Top Law” programs in Toronto classrooms in March 2014. Hi there, my name is Nicole Waskul. I have been involved with OJEN as a student volunteer where I have facilitated a couple […]

Interview with Kaitlynn and Quenton – Violence Intervention Ambassadors

Quenton and Kaitlynn are among approximately 30 youth who attend IMPACT ‘n Communities Youth Violence Intervention Ambassadors program; an initiative with Operation Springboard and one of the many community organizations where OJEN/ROEJ delivers justice education sessions.  Their East Scarborough neighbourhood is often in the media due to violence and gang activity.  Quenton and Kaitlynn agree […]

What is Justice Education?

We can make the biggest difference by starting early, and helping people avoid scary, confusing or costly legal problems.  So how do we do that? En francais ci-dessous. This corner of the internet will be devoted to sharing ideas for effective justice education, youth experiences of the justice system, and strategies for making our system […]

Youth Voices: What advice would you give police in your community?

In 2013-2014, OJEN has partnered with IMPACT ‘N Communities’ Youth Violence Intervention Ambassadors program to deliver justice education and advocacy training to young people living in East Scarborough. On December 6, Enisone Kadiri sat down with a Youth Worker from IMPACT to find out what needs to happen to improve the relationship between youth in […]

Youth Voices: Stereotyping and the Media (Part 2)

On January 19, OJEN teamed up with the Rulebreakers Retreat, hosted by Victoria Village Action for Neighbourhood Change and SafetyNet, to deliver a workshop on advocacy skills from youth from Flemingdon Park and Parma Court in Toronto. Listen below to what some of the participants had to say about stereotypes and the media. (Check out […]

Youth Voices: Stereotyping and the Media (Part 1)

On January 19, OJEN teamed up with the Rulebreakers Retreat, hosted by Victoria Village Action for Neighbourhood Change and SafetyNet, to deliver a workshop on advocacy skills from youth from Flemingdon Park and Parma Court in Toronto. Listen below to what two of the participants had to say about stereotypes and the media. (Then check […]

Legal/justice education in Ontario- a mock trial video promo

Filmed and edited during my teachers’ college internship at the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN), this promo video captures the spring Charter Challenge held at the Ontario Court of Appeal. Special thanks to all the participants who agreed to be filmed, and to my colleagues who helped me with their valuable editing advice.

Youth Voices: What needs to happen to improve the relationship between youth and the police?

In 2013-2014, OJEN has partnered with IMPACT ‘N Communities’ Youth Violence Intervention Ambassadors program to deliver justice education and advocacy training to young people living in East Scarborough. On December 6, Enisoné Kadiri sat down with a frontline Youth Worker who partnered with IMPACT to find out what needs to happen to improve the relationship between youth […]

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