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Having Meaningful Conversations Online: a reflection on OJEN’s Youth-Police Dialogues program in the time of COVID

By Zoë Paddock Zoë joins OJEN this summer as a Social Justice Fellow from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law I don’t know if starting a new virtual job will ever feel entirely normal. You miss out on the office tour, the lunchtime conversation, and a lot of those casual opportunities to make connections […]

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2021 OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trials (OOCMT) Wrap-Up

Congratulations to all our OOCMT participants this year! Teachers, your hard work and organization was truly amazing to witness. Students, your dedication to university/ professional-level legal issues was incredible. We especially wish to congratulate the winners of each of the four tournaments hosted this year: The Halton Tournament was held on May 7 and Christ […]

2021 Summer Law Institute Webinar Series

OJEN’s Summer Law Institute (SLI) is our flagship professional development event for high school law and civics teachers. Because COVID-19 is still active in Toronto, we are not able to gather at Osgoode Hall for the Summer Law Institute, as we have since 2002. In its place, we are offering a summer webinar series that […]

Spring Charter Challenge Wraps Up

The Spring 2021 Charter Challenge final was held by video conference on Monday, June 14th with two teams from Bloor Collegiate Institute in Toronto facing off against each other.  The hearing was presided over by Justice van Rensburg, Matthew Parker (ONCA staff lawyer), and Holly Kallmeyer (law clerk). Ms. Kallmeyer joined ONCA clerks Christopher Puskas […]

2021 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 […]

OOCMT Wraps up This Month

In spite of the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, four OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) tournaments took place by Zoom this spring. As well as a province-wide tournament, Halton, Peel and Toronto regions each held local tournaments.  For announcements of winners and finalists, keep an eye on OJEN’s Twitter! Students throughout Ontario began preparing for […]

Nominate a Justice Education Champion

Every day, individuals across Ontario devote their time, energy and expertise to increase the public’s understanding of our justice system. OJEN’s annual awards honour outstanding leadership in the area of justice education. If you know someone whose contributions to justice education deserve to be recognized, consider nominating them for an OJEN award. Nominations are now […]

Looking to get involved with OJEN? Volunteer with our Steps to Justice online workshops!

Are you a lawyer, paralegal, or law clerk who would like to run one of OJEN’s most popular programs in a high school classroom?   We are inviting volunteers to join us for a live training session in which you will learn how to run any of OJEN’s Steps to Justice workshops with any online classroom […]

Volunteer Training: Steps to Justice Online – June 2021

OJEN is offering 3 training sessions for volunteers who would like to run Steps to Justice workshops online with high school classes. We particularly invite lawyers, paralegals, and law clerks to join. Each session will focus on a different topic of the Steps to Justice workshop, but after attending one training, volunteers will be capable […]

And the “Défi de la Charte” finalists are…

We are pleased to announce that the finalists of the first entirely francophone Charter Challenge are Camille Gilbert and Zoé Serra from ESC Renaissance in Aurora and Conrad B. Piché from ESC St Charles Garnier in Whitby. As a reminder, 391 students participated in this exciting program, representing 28 schools (Sault Ste Marie (x2), Richmond […]

My Journey With OJEN’S Youth Leadership Team

By Kevine Ishimwe M These past months have been the most fulfilling and memorable of this unforgettable year!  It was such an honour to have been a team member of the Youth Leadership Team, to have been able to help create the Charter Challenge and to have a chance to meet and talk with so […]

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