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Charter Challenge Finalists Make Their Case

The Spring 2019 Charter Challenge concluded this week with the two finalist teams making their oral arguments at the Court of Appeal for Ontario.  Approximately 350 students from 21 schools throughout Ontario took part in the program. The case explored trial fairness in the context of representative juries for accused Indigenous persons living on reserves […]

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OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trials Wrap-Up

The 2019 OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trials wrapped up this month after a busy and successful season. 169 schools from every region in Ontario competed in local tournaments.   Approximately 1600 students had the opportunity to step into the roles of lawyers, witnesses or court clerks, and get a taste of what courtroom procedure is really like.  Each […]

Indigenous Youth and Police Build Bridges in Sudbury

The first year of the two-year Sudbury Youth-Police Dialogues (YPD) program, Building Bridges, wrapped up on March 8th with a culminating event at the N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre.   Funded by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS), through a Safer and Vital Communities grant, and supported by funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation […]

YPD Youth Leadership Team Training

As part of OJEN’s ongoing commitment to providing youth with meaningful paid employment experiences, young people are playing an important role in supporting OJEN’s Youth-Police Dialogues (YPD) program in communities throughout Ontario. One or two young people are recruited in each community where the program is delivered and become members of OJEN’s YPD Youth Leadership […]

Sergeant Milton Ferguson Receives OJEN Chief Justices’ Award

Sergeant Milton Ferguson of Toronto Police Services’ 52 Division received the 2018 OJEN Chief Justices’ Award at a reception presided over by the Honourable George R. Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario. The reception took place at Osgoode Hall on Wednesday, March 27th, following OJEN’s Annual Network Meeting.  Sergeant Ferguson becomes the 14th recipient of the […]

OJEN’s Annual Network Meeting Focuses on Youth-Police Dialogues

OJEN’s March 27th meeting of Network partners brought together high-level decision makers from leading justice, education and community-building sectors.  Presided over by the Chief Justices of the three Ontario courts, this annual meeting is a forum for sharing ideas and finding synergies that can advance OJEN’s justice education activities.  Each year, the Network meeting focuses […]

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 […]

“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 2020 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 […]

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