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2nd Province-Wide Twitter Moot

OJEN’s 2nd province-wide Twitter Moot took place on Wednesday, March 10th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with students debating the question:

“Does a law requiring mandatory vaccinations violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?”

Taking into consideration the differing ways classes are structured during Covid-19, students had a variety of options for participation.  Some participated as individuals, some as a team and others entered as a class. Leading up to the moot everyone had access to resources on the OJEN website that provided background information, relevant law, and links to additional resources.

Students came well prepared and highly engaged, continuing with the debate even after the 5:00 pm end time.  Using the hashtag #OJENTMVax, they tweeted their thoughts and arguments to participating students throughout Ontario.  Opinions about this complex social and legal issue were articulately presented and elicited thoughtful discussion. 

Determining winners was a challenge!  Judges looked at a number of factors including, but not limited to: number of tweets, “conversation starters”, responses to other school’s tweets, and civility.  Prizes were awarded in 2 categories:

The Most Persuasive Tweet was awarded to  Bayview Glen (@BVG_LawClub)

The Most Engaged Participants Award was given to Cathedral High Schools’ (@g_mekonen)

Winning students received $50 Amazon gift cards.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who contributed to a very interesting discussion!

For more information visit the Twitter Moot webpage

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