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This Aboriginal sentencing scenario focuses on an Aboriginal youth who has already spent time in a youth detention centre for previous crimes. He has now been convicted of assault. A sentencing hearing ensues during which a victim impact statement is read. The scenario is followed by 8 discussion questions which can easily be used for class discussion or assigned as homework to an academically focused group. The scenario can be used in a mock sentencing hearing or mock sentencing conference/circle or both.
In this aboriginal sentencing scenario, James, an aboriginal youth, pleads guilty to the charge of carrying a concealed weapon. The scenario can be used in a mock sentencing hearing or mock sentencing conference/circle or both. The scenario includes several questions dealing with the factors to be taken into consideration during sentencing. These questions may be more appropriate for an academic focused class and could be assigned as homework.
Many cases are started by individuals or groups to respond to a particular event or to change a situation. The outcomes of these cases will often lead to changes in areas of the law which impact all Canadians. These short summaries are some of the decisions that have changed Canadian society in the last 25 years.
This resource, originally from the OJEN Spring 2013 Charter Challenge, deals with an injunction sought by Idle No More demonstrators Michelle Rainfoot and David Morrison to prevent the eviction of their protest encampment from a public park in the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario. When the City issues Notices of Eviction under theTrespass to Property Act, Rainfoot and Morrison argue that the City's action violates their rights under sections 2(b) and (c) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and seeking injunctive relief against the City under section 24.
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.
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.
OJEN is pleased to present the first in a series of classroom resources designed to support classroom teachers’ integration of legally significant, but complex, current events into their law, civics and other classes. In Focus– Idle No More gives a short introduction to key events and legal and social issues raised by the Idle No More movement in Canada and supplements this with critical discussion questions and links to related legal case summaries from OJEN and strong resources from elsewhere on the internet
This OJEN resource has been developed to provide a foundation for students' understanding of the relationship between the media and the justice system and to develop critical thinking skills to consider issues of accessibility to the courts and confidence in media reporting.
This paper provides notes from a presentation by Kathleen Lickers, prepared for the 2007 Toronto Summer Law Institute. This is an introduction to land claims, with a focus on the Ipperwash Inquiry.
Each OJEN Landmark Case includes a case summary, classroom discussion questions and worksheets that encourage students to explore both the legal and societal importance of the case.
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