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Webinar – Not a Puppet on a String: Prosecuting a Former Child Soldier for War Crimes

Webinar Date: March 17, 2021 Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. As a young child, Dominic Ongwen was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel militia operating in Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His parents were killed and he was forced to serve as […]

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Call for applications: OJEN Justice Education Fellowships 2021-2022

OJEN is now accepting applications from Ontario law students for seven (7) Justice Education Fellowship positions in 2021-2022. If you are a student at an eligible law school and you have a passion for public legal education and community outreach, we encourage you to apply. The eligible law schools are: Queen’s University, Faculty of Law […]

Webinar – Ideology and Violence: Why Charging Incels with Terrorism May Make Matters Worse

Webinar date: February 17, 2021 Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM In late February 2020, a 17-year-old was arrested after allegedly stabbing two women at a massage parlour in Toronto’s north end. One woman died and the other was seriously wounded in the attack. The accused was initially charged with first degree murder and attempted […]

Understanding the Legal Aid System in Ontario – February 2021

Where do low-income Ontarians get free or affordable legal help? Most people know that legal aid exists, but do you know how it actually works? Teachers, join us on Thursday, February 11, 3:30 – 4:30 pm to dive into how Legal Aid operates, from a panel of lawyers who have been working in the system […]

Steps to Justice – Housing Law Workshop

Teachers, join us on Thursday, January 21 at 3:30 – 4:30 pm for a demonstration by Nat Paul, Director of Educator Support. Nat will walk us through running a Steps to Justice online housing workshop. OJEN’s Steps to Justice workshops introduce audiences to common legal problems and familiarize them with a specific area of law. Using […]

OOCMT January Update!

This year, the OBA – OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) tournament will take place online, with two separate paths for participation. While the traditional, Competitive format will offer participants the same opportunity to engage in a full online mock trial, the Alternative format offers a resource for teachers and students who may not be able […]

Season’s Greetings!

Everyone at OJEN extends our sincere thanks to the many volunteers, partners, funders and friends who continued to support our justice education initiatives even while dealing with their own challenges! With your help we accomplished much more than we thought possible!

December Updates for Committee Members

Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday! To all the local OJEN committee members who have continued to plan justice education activities in their communities throughout all the challenges we’ve faced this year, a huge “thank you” from all of us at OJEN! Although the Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on how most of […]

Poll: what should the French Charter Challenge look like?

This message is for French boards and immersion high school students (Grades 8 to 12) and their teachers. With a grant from the Ministry of Canadian Heritage, 11 francophone youth have been hired to make OJEN’s Charter Challenge mock appeal program available in French. OJEN’s francophone YLT is pleased to announce that you can now […]

Navigating Police Encounters in Ottawa

Over the next 12 months, OJEN will tailor the Navigating Police Procedures (NPE) program for vulnerable, racialized youth audiences in Ottawa with a grant from Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO). The NPE program was developed in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, which focused world-wide attention on racial injustice.  It responds to numerous […]

2019-2020 Toronto Region Poster Challenge Winner

Every year, grade 5 students from around the province take part in OJEN’s Poster Challenge Program! Working with their teachers and with OJEN materials to learn about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the students choose the Charter right that means the most to them and design beautiful posters that represent why that right […]

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