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OJEN Announces New Capacity Building and Engagement Department

OJEN is pleased to announce the launch of its Department of Capacity Building and Engagement (CBE), which is new to the organization as of January 2021. While volunteer training and professional development initiatives for both teachers and lawyers have always been a significant part of OJEN’s work, across all of its departments, the creation of […]

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To our Amazing Volunteers…

OJEN owes much of its success to an incredibly dedicated and highly skilled volunteer base. During National Volunteer Week, April 18th to 24th, OJEN took to social media to thank all of the judges, lawyers, court staff, police officers, educators, law students and others who give their time and expertise in support of our justice […]

OOCMT – Zoom Competitions Begin

The OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) program is one of our most popular annual activities. Each spring since 2014 until the arrival of Covid-19 last year, hundreds of students throughout the province compete in regional tournaments held at local courthouses. The experiential nature of the mock trial and the exposure to justice sector professionals make […]

Webinar – Unpacking the Traps: Understanding Indigenous Sovereignty in the Mi’kmaq Lobster “Dispute”

Webinar Date: May 5, 2021 Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration closes: May 3, 11:59 p.m. Summary In the fall of 2020, media attention in Canada turned to rising tensions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous lobster fishers in Nova Scotia. Characterized as a “dispute”, reporting positioned the treaty rights of the Sipekne’katik First Nation as conflicting with […]

What have you learned about how the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms contributes to protecting French language rights?

Collective rights are rights that are granted to groups in society for historical but also constitutional reasons. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has helped various groups and institutions protect their rights.  One of its main benefits has been the preservation of French language rights. These rights, given by the Canadian Charter of Rights […]

The first “Défi de la Charte” is a tremendous success!

391 students have registered for the first Francophone Charter Challenge! Despite the pandemic, 28 teachers have registered their classes. We salute their courage and their passion because in the current circumstances, convincing their students to participate in such a challenging program was not an easy task!  Participants represent 28 schools (Sault Ste Marie (x2), Richmond […]

Virtual Court Visits Happen in Hamilton

OJEN’s flagship justice education initiative, the Courtroom Visit program, brings the law to life for high school classes throughout the province.  Each year thousands of students visit courthouses in their communities to see the justice system in action.  In many cases, they have the opportunity to speak to a judge, lawyer, or court staff to […]

Braiding Diversity into Justice Online

On Thursday, March 4, the Waterloo OJEN Committee welcomed young women from diverse backgrounds to participate in an online version of their highly successful Braiding Diversity into Justice initiative.  The program, which has run annually since 2018, encourages racialized and marginalized young women to consider careers in the justice sector. Students between the ages of […]

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.  […]

OJEN Launches Accès à la justice: le jeu de rôle!

OJEN’s popular Access to Justice Game is now available in digital format in French as well as English. Accès à la justice: le jeu de rôle! offers French language students a fun, interactive learning experience highlighting some of the difficulties encountered by people dealing with everyday legal problems.  OJEN developed the game as a way […]

OJEN Welcomes New Directors to its Board

OJEN welcomed 6 new directors at the first board of director’s meeting of 2021.  OJEN’s board consists of representatives from all three levels of court in Ontario, as well as leading justice and education sector institutions.  With an additional 5 at-large director positions, the OJEN board of directors brings a wide range of expertise to […]

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