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Checks & Balances: Increase Understanding of New Street Check Rules

As of January 1, 2017, new regulations came into effect in Ontario that sought to clarify the procedure police officers must follow when they ask civilians to identify themselves.  This practice, commonly referred to as street checks or carding, has been extremely controversial, disproportionately affecting people of colour and minorities. The new rules attempt to […]

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“Shield Your Rights” Game Moves into Development Stage

A grant from the Law Foundation of Ontario’s (LFO) Responsive Grants program is funding the development of a game-based learning tool designed by and for Indigenous youth.  The concept for the game, a quest for knowledge about legal rights, came from last year’s Aboriginal Youth Designing a Better Justice System project. Aboriginal Youth Designing a […]

Why You Should Give OJEN’s Charter Challenge a Try

Registration for the Spring 2019 Charter Challenge is open. 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 to ‘represent.’ They research […]

Fun with Civil Law – Hansel & Gretel v. Wendy Witch

Civil Law can be a complex and important topic, and you might not expect it to be of great interest for 10 year old children.  Why then, are grade five students having so much fun learning about defamation law, civil trial procedure and roles in the justice system? The answer is OJEN’s Grade 5 Civil […]

Justice Education Fellowship Profile: Tawny Allison & ADR Workshops

In 2017, OJEN introduced the Justice Education Fellowship program, to formalize an existing post-secondary outreach program in Ontario’s law schools.  For students with an interest in delivering Public Legal Education (PLE) for youth audiences, Justice Education Fellowships provide training and support as they plan and deliver their first projects. Six law students from 5 law […]

London Courthouse Visits: Introducing Educational Scenarios for Students

Visiting a local courthouse with a high school law class is often the first contact students have with the court system.  With OJEN’s flagship Courtrooms & Classrooms program, visits to the courthouse also present opportunities for young people to connect with legal professionals such as judges, justices of the peace, lawyers and court staff.  Each […]

Courtrooms & Classrooms: Introduction to OJEN’s School-Based Programs

Ontario’s teachers are a tremendous asset in our mission to develop the legal capability of young people. By working with teachers, OJEN benefits from their pedagogical expertise, relationships with their students, and commitment to community life. This ensures that we share information about the law and the justice system in a way that prepares young […]

Full Day PD Day for London Area Law Teachers

About 20 law teachers from the London area participated in a full day of OJEN professional development earlier this month. Hosted by Western University Faculty of Law, the day included sessions on:   An introduction to CLEO’s new website, Steps to Justice; Current issues in International Law; How new Marijuana Laws impact youth. Teachers were […]

Fall 2018 Charter Challenge Results in Deadlock

If an aspiring shock-TV host seeks police advice on how to entrap and film an online predator leading to their arrest, is he acting as an agent of the police? If so, to what extent must he consider the Charter rights of the accused? What should be done with evidence gathered through infringing upon those rights? These […]

Young Moms Impress Police Officers in OJEN Youth-Police Dialogues Program

We’ve all had something thrown at us that we weren’t expecting and we’ve had to grow up fast.  We’re doing our best to do everything.  We’re strong and we’re smart. I have a very positive perception of myself.”   – Parents Centre: Humewood House Resident   Youth-Police Dialogues at Humewood House On the evening of December […]

Tate’s Tableaux Raises Funds for OJEN

The Herbert family established Tate’s Tableaux 5 years ago to commemorate the life of their son in a meaningful way.  Their annual event in Barrie, brings together friends and family for an evening of music and good cheer.  The proceeds are donated to OJEN’s justice education programs for youth, a cause they believe Tate would have appreciated. This year Ted and Ann Herbert attended our Annual General Meeting and presented OJEN with a cheque with proceeds from this year’s event.  Combined with donations from their friends and from OJEN stakeholders, the total came to $9,750!

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