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Full Day PD Day for London Area Law Teachers

About 20 law teachers from the London area participated in a full day of OJEN professional development earlier this month. Hosted by Western University Faculty of Law, the day included sessions on:   An introduction to CLEO’s new website, Steps to Justice; Current issues in International Law; How new Marijuana Laws impact youth. Teachers were […]

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Fall 2018 Charter Challenge Results in Deadlock

If an aspiring shock-TV host seeks police advice on how to entrap and film an online predator leading to their arrest, is he acting as an agent of the police? If so, to what extent must he consider the Charter rights of the accused? What should be done with evidence gathered through infringing upon those rights? These […]

Young Moms Impress Police Officers in OJEN Youth-Police Dialogues Program

We’ve all had something thrown at us that we weren’t expecting and we’ve had to grow up fast.  We’re doing our best to do everything.  We’re strong and we’re smart. I have a very positive perception of myself.”   – Parents Centre: Humewood House Resident   Youth-Police Dialogues at Humewood House On the evening of December […]

Tate’s Tableaux Raises Funds for OJEN

The Herbert family established Tate’s Tableaux 5 years ago to commemorate the life of their son in a meaningful way.  Their annual event in Barrie, brings together friends and family for an evening of music and good cheer.  The proceeds are donated to OJEN’s justice education programs for youth, a cause they believe Tate would have appreciated. This year Ted and Ann Herbert attended our Annual General Meeting and presented OJEN with a cheque with proceeds from this year’s event.  Combined with donations from their friends and from OJEN stakeholders, the total came to $9,750!

OJEN Receives LFO Catalyst Grant

OJEN is thrilled to announce that we are one of twenty organizations to receive funding through the Law Foundation of Ontario’s (LFO) Catalyst grant program! This new program offers core funding over a three-year funding cycle to non-profit organizations working to advance access to justice in Ontario.  Its goal is to help provide organizational stability […]

Waterloo OJEN Committee Organizes Career Day for Young Women

On November 6th, 40 young women from the Waterloo Region spent the day connecting with women working in justice sector careers.  Braiding Diversity into Justice was a full day career modeling program designed to attract greater diversity to the legal profession.  Organized by the Waterloo OJEN Committee, this program aimed to inspire young women from […]

Nominate a Justice Education Champion!

Nominations are now open for the 2018 OJEN Chief Justices’ Award.  This annual award was established in 2005 by the three Chief Justices of Ontario’s courts. The Chief Justices’ Award celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of individuals engaged in promoting public understanding of the justice system.  Previous recipients have included judges, lawyers, educators and court staff. […]

OJEN Professional Development Workshops 2018-19

Did you know that OJEN offers free professional development? Teachers, instructional leaders, learning coaches and administrators can contact us to arrange for a wide range of PD offerings. See the attached list of professional development workshops that OJEN is highlighting this school year.  From how to run a mock trial to understanding international law, OJEN’s […]

Trailblazers: Meeting Women in Law

On Friday, October 19th, 90 female high school students from 27 high schools in the GTA and beyond visited downtown Toronto law firms.   Trailblazers: Meeting Women in Law is an annual girls-focused program offered in partnership with the Law In Action Within Schools (LAWS) program. For grade 11 and 12 students considering a justice […]

Newcomer Youth Learn to Become Legal Leaders

Approximately 125 newcomer youth in Toronto developed legal leadership skills in a new OJEN program piloted between August 2017 and July 2018.   Many newcomer youth have stronger English language skills than their adult family members. This sometimes places them as trusted sources of information and interpreters for their families.  When adult family members encounter […]

What you Need to Know about Ontario’s New Cannabis Laws

On Wednesday, October 2018, Canada became the 2nd country in the world – behind Uruguay – to legalize the possession and use recreational cannabis.  So, does this mean that crimes associated with recreational cannabis use don’t exist any more?  Definitely not!  The Government of Canada has implemented a new legal framework to legalize, strictly regulate […]

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