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Retiring Court Staff Honoured by Ontario’s Chief Justices

Maurice Anderson, who was employed by the Ministry of the Attorney General at the 361 University Avenue Courthouse for 9 years until his retirement last December, received the Chief Justices’ Award recognizing his exceptional contributions to justice education in the province. In his 9 years there, Mr. Anderson was responsible for coordinating school groups – […]

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Gabrielle’s Story – Discovering Strengths I Didn’t Know I Had

Gabrielle is a graduate of two OJEN mock hearing projects delivered in partnership with the Malvern Family Resource Centre.  She bubbles with enthusiasm when she talks about her experience. “Before I did the OJEN programs, I actually didn’t think much about the justice system,” Gabrielle said. “I learned some things in school, but it can […]

Take the Charter Survey

April 13th – 17th is a national celebration commemorating the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  OJEN is interested in hearing what young people think about the Charter! We’re inviting Law, Civics, and History teachers to take a few minutes to reflect on the Charter by filling out the OJEN Charter Survey […]

Misinformation and PLE: What to say when someone is wrong about the law

When you start looking at the world through the eyes of a public legal educator, you start to see misinformation and misunderstanding everywhere.  Sometimes you’re out running a PLE program and a participant starts talking about a legal issue where they have the basic facts of the law completely wrong.  Sometimes you’re browsing your Facebook […]

The Way We See It

“A community is like a typewriter when one piece is off or stuck it doesn’t work…”  11 year old Sparroways Community Participant No community is perfect, every community has its assets and its flaws.  There are things that work and things that don’t.    Have you ever looked around your community and thought to yourself, “This […]

The Road to Law School – A Teacher’s Perspective

When Sonia Masih, a secondary school history and geography teacher, was asked to begin teaching the first law class offered at her school, she was somewhat apprehensive.  With no background in law and no colleagues at the school she could turn to for help, she had to start from scratch to devise a teaching strategy.  […]

Finding Inspiration in the Trailblazers Program

When I first heard about the Trailblazers Meeting Women in Law event, I was in grade 12. My initial reaction was, “who is going to wake up at 6 am for this?!” but this event has benefited me more than I could ever imagine. First of all, it gave me the opportunity to connect with […]

My Summer at OJEN

For the past couple of weeks, I have been an intern at the OJEN offices in downtown Toronto. This was my first ever work experience and in the days prior to me working here were what I can only describe as a mixture of anxiousness and excitement. I was worried about how the general atmosphere […]

Understanding the Importance of Justice Education (Guest post)

I have been working with OJEN remotely from Thunder Bay for a little less than eight weeks as a summer student. I haven’t had the opportunity yet to work with youth and see firsthand the impact OJEN’s programs can have on them, so this blog post will be a little bit different with a focus […]

Why volunteer on an OJEN program? (Guest post)

This is a guest post, written by a placement student from Justice Studies at the University of Guelph-Humber.  It has been shared with permission. What an experience it has been to be apart of the OJEN team this year! As a placement student, working with OJEN has opened my eyes to a lot of things […]

Using Theatre to Promote Legal Capability (and have a great time while you’re at it!)

When is the last time you played? I’m not talking about playing basketball or a board game or some game on your phone. I mean really played, and let go of everything! Like when you were a kid. It seems like once we hit our teen years, we stop playing games and being silly. Games […]

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