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Recruiting Francophone Volunteers

OJEN is looking for 11 Francophone justice sector volunteers to act as advisors to our new French Youth Leadership Team.  With a grant from the Ministry of Canadian Heritage, OJEN has embarked on an ambitious two-year project to create a French version of our successful Charter Challenge program. This mock appeal program will give French-speaking […]

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Navigating Police Encounters

Over the past several months, OJEN staff have worked hard to adapt many of our existing public legal education programs for remote delivery… Unfortunately, not all of our programs work well on Zoom or Google Meet, and in some cases, we have had to put programs on hold. The multi-session Youth-Police Dialogues (YPD) program, which […]

Introducing OJEN’s 2020-21 Justice Education Fellows

Each year, OJEN offers Justice Education Fellowships to six law students attending Ontario universities.  Chosen for their commitment to social justice and interest in working with youth, Fellows put their passion into practice supporting justice education activities for youth in their communities. We are pleased to welcome this years’ cohort of students: Nehmat Bedar from […]

Ministry of Canadian Heritage funding advances OJEN’s Francophone programming

Press release: [EN] Canadian Heritage Funding Download

OJEN School Programs to the End of 2020

The continuing COVID-19 pandemic has required OJEN to suspend school-based, in-person programming for the remainder of 2020. While some of our programs are on hold, we have adapted others to an online format and added new virtual programs. The list below shows the status of OJEN’s main school-based programs this fall:             Classrooms visits & virtual […]

7th annual Tate’s Tableaux: Covid-19 Edition

Each year the Herbert family holds an event to honour the memory of their son, Tate, and raise money for the Ontario Justice Education Network. In 2013, Tate had just completed his second year in the Law and Society degree program at Wilfrid Laurier University when he was tragically taken by cancer.  Supporting OJEN is […]

Court Visits Update: September 2020

Courthouse visits are temporarily unavailable due to the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. While technically still open to the public, the majority of Ontario courthouses are only admitting persons with matters before the courts in an effort to help contain viral transmission and maintain public safety and the integrity of the Ontario justice system. […]

OJEN Pairs Justice Education Workshops with Research Study

OJEN has partnered with Calibrate Solutions to undertake a small research project funded by Justice Canada that looks at the access to justice needs of young Black adults.  The project is part of a national survey gathering qualitative data on the experiences of minority populations with serious legal problems.   Throughout July and August, small […]

Law student honoured for volunteerism

Miscia Sullivan is the recipient of the 2020 Tate Herbert Memorial Post-Secondary Award. Miscia is entering her third year at Osgoode Hall Law School. She was selected as an Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic school year. OJEN Fellows are selected for their demonstrated commitment to improving access to justice. Miscia […]

The OBA/OJEN Criminal Law Challenge

The OBA/OJEN Criminal Law Challenge (OOCLC) – which replaced the canceled OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) tournaments – was based on the facts of the OOCMT case, R v Kaye.  The new format allowed students, who were already familiar with the scenario, to engage with the law around the case. For this challenge, students submitted […]

You made it! Wrapping up a year like no other.

With the school year coming to a close, we at OJEN want to acknowledge the incredible burden shouldered by Ontario teachers at every level of education in 2020. You have gracefully and skillfully managed daily uncertainty and student anxiety all while needing to re-learn much of what you knew about how to teach. It has […]

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