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Update from the OJEN Office: COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, OJEN has taken several measures as an organization to address the safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers and others we come into contact with. 

All OJEN staff are working from home. We remain available by email and will endeavor to answer phone messages promptly. 

We have cancelled our annual Network Meeting of senior justice, education and community-building stakeholders.

All community-based programming is suspended throughout the province and work-related travel cancelled until at least mid-April. This includes all of our Youth-Police Dialogues, Steps to Justice workshops, and Family Law for Young Parents programs.

We have not cancelled any school-based programming or any programs scheduled to take place in early May, which includes mock trials. The decision not to cancel school-based programming has been made in order to leave programming decisions in the hands of school boards and educators. 

OJEN acknowledges that the province’s decision to shut down schools for a two week period following the March break may impact OOCMT participants’ ability to prepare for the mock trials. As well, we recognize that the loss of instructional time may shift learning priorities in schools. Local OJEN committees are encouraged to consult with educators who participate in the program to decide whether hosting a mock trial tournament in their region is tenable. 

Peel, Ottawa, and York Region committees have made the decision to cancel their tournaments this year. Other committees will make decisions after March Break or during the first week of April. 

OJEN continues to monitor the situation, and we will communicate any changes through email, Twitter and the OJEN website.  We appreciate your understanding and look forward to resuming our regular operations when it is safe to do so.

Looking for home study options? OJEN’s website offers over 200 online classroom resources on a wide variety of legal topics in English and French available to download free of charge anytime, anywhere.   

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Do you have questions about laws and regulations related to COVID-19?  Community Legal Education Ontario’s (CLEO) Steps to Justice Website now offers information on critical changes to government or court services, supports, laws, and regulations as they relate to COVID-19 with links to the latest news updates.

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