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FROM THE OJEN BLOG

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Art and the Courts Website Launched

OJEN’s new Art and the Courts website was launched this August at the Toronto Summer Law Institute for teachers at Osgoode Hall.  This beautifully photographed site takes viewers on virtual tours of the McMurtry Gardens of Justice and the courtrooms of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.  Winning posters of the annual Grade 5 Poster […]

22 Students Receive Bursaries toward a Career in Justice

OJEN is thrilled to announce that the 2019 Bursary Program has been the most successful yet!  In 2018, 130 students applied for the bursaries. This year, 247 students from around Ontario applied, a new record for the program. Bursaries are offered by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of […]

OJEN’s New Online Resources

Over the summer, OJEN’s Educator Support Department has been hard at work creating new teaching materials for law teachers.  Three new resources have recently been posted on our website. Top Five Cases of 2018 A highlight of the Toronto Summer Law Institute each year, is a presentation by a judge about five significant cases that […]

Top Five Cases of 2018 now Available Online

One of the highlights of the Toronto Summer Law Institute each year, is a presentation by a judge about five significant cases that have recently appeared before the Court of Appeal for Ontario.  The judge explains what makes the cases interesting from an educational perspective, offering his insight and observations. Each year OJEN produces a […]

Charter Challenge: A message to all grade 11 &12 Law teachers!

Did you like our mock trials? If so, you will love the Charter Challenge.The Charter Challenge is Ontario’s only mock appeal competition for secondary schools. Each semester, OJEN releases a mock judicial decision in which complex Charter issues are raised on appeal. Students all over Ontario form teams and choose one side of the appeal […]

New OJEN Resource: Jury Duty in Ontario and Mock Jury Selection

Over the summer, OJEN’s Educator Support Department has been hard at work creating new teaching materials for law teachers.  We are pleased to begin sharing them with you over the next few months. One of the most exciting new resources now available on our website is Jury Duty in Ontario and Mock Jury Selection.  The […]

Laura Kirby-McIntosh Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Laura Kirby-McIntosh from Cawthra Park Secondary School in the Peel District School Board, became the 9th recipient of OJEN’s annual Hux-Kiteley Exemplary Justice Educator Award.  The Hux-Kiteley Exemplary Justice Educator Award recognizes an educator in the province of Ontario who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the area of justice education. It is named after two […]

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