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FROM THE OJEN BLOG

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 […]

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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 […]

The Way We See It

“A community is like a typewriter when one piece is off or stuck it doesn’t work…”  11 year old Sparroways Community Participant No community is perfect, every community has its assets and its flaws.  There are things that work and things that don’t.    Have you ever looked around your community and thought to yourself, “This […]

The Road to Law School – A Teacher’s Perspective

When Sonia Masih, a secondary school history and geography teacher, was asked to begin teaching the first law class offered at her school, she was somewhat apprehensive.  With no background in law and no colleagues at the school she could turn to for help, she had to start from scratch to devise a teaching strategy.  […]

Finding Inspiration in the Trailblazers Program

When I first heard about the Trailblazers Meeting Women in Law event, I was in grade 12. My initial reaction was, “who is going to wake up at 6 am for this?!” but this event has benefited me more than I could ever imagine. First of all, it gave me the opportunity to connect with […]

My Summer at OJEN

For the past couple of weeks, I have been an intern at the OJEN offices in downtown Toronto. This was my first ever work experience and in the days prior to me working here were what I can only describe as a mixture of anxiousness and excitement. I was worried about how the general atmosphere […]

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