Aboriginal youth are charting a new course in relations between the justice system and the communities in which they live. In 2016, the Feathers of Hope First Nations youth forum released their report, Justice and Juries—A First Nations Youth Action Plan for Justice. In it they shared a vision of justice that was respectful of […]Read more
Last summer, approximately 70 youth from four Ottawa neighbourhoods met with local police officers for an OJEN justice education program. The purpose of the program was to open communication between police and youth in communities where tension or conflict exists. Funded by Crime Prevention Ottawa and the Law Foundation of Ontario, this year’s Changing Course: […]
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The 2018 Hux-Kiteley Exemplary Justice Educator Award was presented to Philip (Butch) Rickeard from Leamington District Secondary School at a reception on August 28th. Mr. Rickeard was recognized for his innovation in teaching law, connecting students to professionals in a wide variety of justice occupations and providing them with experiential learning opportunities that bring law […]
Summer is a great time to slow things down and recharge your batteries. If you’ve been waiting for this time to catch up on some reading but don’t know where to start, look no further. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, information or just plain fun, OJEN staff picks can get you started. So get out […]
The OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trial Tournament (OOCMT) completed its fourth season last month, with record numbers of schools participating. Since it was launched in 2014-2015 school year, the number of schools enrolling in the program has grown from 87 to 175. Along with its popularity, the need for additional support at the local level, has […]
Over the months of April and May, hundreds of high school students throughout the province gained a new understanding of the legal profession as they tried their hand at arguing a mock trial in courtrooms throughout Ontario. After weeks of coaching sessions with lawyer volunteers, hours of legal research and after-school huddles with their team […]
Youth-Police Dialogues, public legal education, and social change: An interview with Mara Clarke and Jessica Reekie
This interview has been cross-posted at the PLE Learning Exchange. It has been edited for flow. As sole-purpose PLEI (public legal education and information) organizations, we are constantly wrestling with the question of what PLEI can and can’t do. We hear a lot of questions from community workers about how we can use PLEI to […]
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) announced in April that the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) has been approved for funding to expand our successful Youth-Police Dialogue program across the province. The $389,800 OTF grant will permit the program to be replicated in 14 Ontario communities within the next three years. Over 400 youth will have […]
Justice Margaret Ann Scott Receives the 2017 OJEN Chief Justices’ Award
On March 29th, Justice Margaret Scott became the 13th reipient of OJEN’s Chief Justices’ Award. The award recognizes her commitment to justice education in the Durham region. In 2002 she was the driving force behind the establishment of the Durham Public Legal Education Committee, which she has co-chaired for the past 15 years. Justice Scott is best known for the numerous visits she makes to speak to students in their classrooms and assist in their mock trial preparations. Her ongoing efforts to connect with students both in the courthouse and in their classrooms have put a human face on the justice system and contributed to greater understanding of its role in society.