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OJEN Classroom Resources

OJEN has over 200 resources available for use in classrooms, community agencies and justice education programs. All OJEN resources are available for free in English or French. Resources are for general educational use and are not legal advice. Anyone dealing with legal issues should consult a lawyer for confidential, specific legal advice. OJEN retains the copyright over all OJEN resources and materials cannot be modified without prior written permission. There are four ways to search for a resource:

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In Brief: Legal Philosophy

OJEN In Brief resources are designed to provide high school students with an introduction to basic legal concepts. Each resource includes a short lesson plan for the teacher; a 1-4 page plain language description of the legal topic; and activities that provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the topic. This resource […]

Great Debate 2006 DVD – Arbitration in a Religious Context: a Step Forward or a Step Back?

Developed in 2002 to complement the already broad range of Law Day activities, OJEN’s Great Debate is an annual event designed to enliven current issues in the justice system before an audience of high school teachers and students. This DVD resource includes a video of the 2006 bilingual Great Debate, and accompanying teacher resource packages, […]

Everyday Law – Preparing for Legal Issues in Your Life

The Understanding Canadian Law, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation (CLU3E) course is a valuable opportunity for students to build on the legal knowledge gained in grade 10 Civics, while enhancing students’ interest in the law. This teaching resource, developed by the Ontario Justice Education Network with the support of the Toronto District School Board and the […]

Court Cases Illustrating Some Key Values of the Justice System

Some of the core values of the justice system have been identified as the rule of law, impartiality, fairness and equality. Individual rights are protected by the Constitution, particularly the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The following cases highlight the reasoning of Canadian courts concerning individual rights within the context of the public interest.

Top Five 2009

Each year at OJEN’s Toronto Summer Law Institute, a judge from the Court of Appeal for Ontario identifies five cases that are of significance in the educational setting. This summary, based on these comments and observations, is appropriate for discussion and debate in the classroom setting. Summaries of important legal cases from 2009, as identified […]

Top Five 2010

Each year at OJEN’s Toronto Summer Law Institute, a judge from the Court of Appeal for Ontario identifies five cases that are of significance in the educational setting. This summary, based on these comments and observations, is appropriate for discussion and debate in the classroom setting. Summaries of important legal cases from 2010, as identified […]

Constitutional Law Mock Appeal Scenario: J. Bigbucks v. Canada (Attorney General)

This resource, originally from the OJEN Fall 2007 Charter Challenge, deals with an application by Mr. J. Bigbucks to have several sections of the Federal Elections Financing Act declared to be unconstitutional. Mr. Bigbucks alleges that the contribution and spending limits imposed by that legislation infringe his rights under ss. 2(b) and 7 of the Canadian Charter […]

Constitutional Law Mock Appeal Scenario: R. v. Genevieve Polyandry

This resource, originally from the OJEN Spring 2008 Charter Challenge, deals with a woman, Genevieve Polyandry, who is charged with bigamy after she wed two men in a Pluralian faith ceremony. Ms. Polyandry challenged the law on the grounds that it violated her freedom of religion, freedom of association and right to life, liberty and […]

Constitutional Law Mock Appeal Scenario: Lieutenant Andrea Redwing v. Her Majesty the Queen

This resource, originally from the OJEN Fall 2008 Charter Challenge, deals with an application by Lt. Andrea Redwing to declare a navy policy which only allows men to apply for a particular position aboard a submarine as unconstitutional. Lt. Redwing challenged the policy on the grounds that it violated her equality rights under ss. 15(1), […]

Combating Hatred DVD

This DVD is a curriculum-based resource for Grade 10 Civics, and Grade 11 and 12 Law teachers. The material is designed to stimulate class reflection, discussion and debate on issues such as hatred, hate crimes, discrimination, racism and human rights. The materials have been developed to create a resource which provides ideas and activities for […]

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