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FROM THE OJEN BLOG

Justice Education at the Elementary School Level

It is not often that elementary classrooms are considered hot spots for justice education. Justice education is typically believed to be a topic reserved for older students, who are at least high school aged. At the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN), we have made a concerted effort to change this ideology, by targeting elementary students […]

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What Justice Sector Volunteers Learn from OJEN’s Justice Education Programs

Often, justice sector volunteers (including but not limited to law students, lawyers and judges) come to their first OJEN program excited to bestow their knowledge about the Canadian legal system upon interested youth.  Seldom do they approach their initial program thinking it will be an opportunity for professional development, beyond the law based preparation required.  […]

OJEN’s Charter Challenge – A Place for Answering Big Questions

Last year, Marie Reyes gave birth to a beautiful daughter, Selene. But just hours after her birth, Selene was taken away and placed in the care of Marie’s sister, thousands of kilometres away. Why? Because Marie is in prison for assault, a crime of violence. There is a program in Canadian federal prisons that allows […]

Are Youth More Engaged in This Election, or Am I Imagining Things?

It’s election time and after 75 days of the campaign, I’ve almost reached the limit of how much political conversation I can engage in happily.  Still, the last several weeks have been interesting and I’ve exchanged views with lots of people about issues and values that I might not otherwise have done.  Surprisingly, some of […]

Celebrating Youth’s Passion for Fairness – Tate’s Story

I met Ted Herbert a little over a year ago after he contacted our office with an unexpected proposal.  The Herbert family had lost their son, Tate, to cancer in 2013.  At the time he was just 20 years old, a first year university student, an exuberant, engaged youth on the path to adulthood.  Through […]

Connecting Experiential Learning to Law and Government Studies

As a pre-service teacher in the Greater Toronto Area I have spent countless hours in classrooms both teaching and observing over the better part of the last few years. Although I appreciate the value of textbooks to support learning, I feel that learning about the Canadian government as an 11 year old 5th grader would […]

Restorative Justice in Justice Education

This February, Nicole, an education student at Lakehead University and a Project Officer for the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) headed back to her alma mater, Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School (DFC) in Thunder Bay, to deliver a four session justice education project that compared and contrasted sentencing circles with sentencing hearings. The workshop took […]

Announcing Canada’s Next Top Law 2015!

OJEN is proud to announce the winner of this year’s Canada’s Next Top Law competition: the Mandatory Voting proposal by RH King Academy. Here’s a summary: “The Proposal:  Introduce a new law to mandate that every eligible person in Canada who has the right to vote must do so. People who disobey their duty to vote […]

Learning from our Sistahs in Law

Daniels Spectrum Community Centre in Toronto, Ontario for the 8th annual “Sistahs in Law” event. This event partnered black female lawyers from the Black Female Lawyer Network with students through the Ontario Justice Education Network. There is significance of the event being held at Daniels Spectrum is that it is seen as a “cultural hub” […]

Gabrielle’s Story – Discovering Strengths I Didn’t Know I Had

Gabrielle is a graduate of two OJEN mock hearing projects delivered in partnership with the Malvern Family Resource Centre.  She bubbles with enthusiasm when she talks about her experience. “Before I did the OJEN programs, I actually didn’t think much about the justice system,” Gabrielle said. “I learned some things in school, but it can […]

Misinformation and PLE: What to say when someone is wrong about the law

When you start looking at the world through the eyes of a public legal educator, you start to see misinformation and misunderstanding everywhere.  Sometimes you’re out running a PLE program and a participant starts talking about a legal issue where they have the basic facts of the law completely wrong.  Sometimes you’re browsing your Facebook […]

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