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Sarah Daly – Profile of a past program participant

“I am lucky to have had the opportunity to participate in the justice education programs and I would not hesitate to recommend it to other high school students.”  While she was a student at Cathedral High School in Hamilton, Sarah Daly had the opportunity to participate in a variety of OJEN’s school-based programs through her […]

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2022 OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) season wraps up

Students throughout Ontario participated in the annual OBA – OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) program in April and May.  Despite the extra challenges of preparing for the mock trial during Covid-19, 6 tournaments took place in Durham, Halton, Niagara, Peel, Toronto and York.   Now in its ninth year, the program underwent modifications in 2020 so […]

2022 Central East 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 matters […]

2022 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 matters […]

OJEN is hiring a Director of Capacity Building and Engagement!

OJEN’s Capacity Building and Engagement department focuses on justice sector volunteer training and professional development initiatives for educators, youth workers and other trusted intermediaries who support youth in their public legal education needs. To do this, OJEN’s Capacity Building and Engagement team works closely with colleagues in OJEN’s Outreach Programs and Educator Support departments. Capacity […]

Survey results: Youth have your say

Thanks to all the students throughout the province who took OJEN’s short survey. The results help inform us of the legal topics that currently interest young people and help us offer relevant and responsive programs. When asked which topics/issues were most interesting to them: 69% of the youth said criminal law topics/issues 50% of the […]

5th annual Braiding Diversity into Justice program

The Waterloo OJEN Committee held its 5th annual Braiding Diversity into Justice program by Zoom on the morning of March 31, 2022. The goal of the program is to connect marginalized and/or racialized young women between the ages of 16 and 20 with women working in the legal sector. 50 young women from the Kitchener-Waterloo […]

OJEN Halton Committee Hosts Webinar for Students

When Halton OJEN Committee Chair, Inga Andriessen, heard that lawyers from a local law firm had been granted leave to argue a case at the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC), she recognized the rare learning opportunity it presented for local high school students. She arranged with the lawyers involved to address Halton area law classes by […]

Durham’s Virtual Law Day Program

The Durham Committee’s annual Law Day event has been a popular program for Grade 5 classes for many years.  When the Covid-19 pandemic made in-person activities at the Durham Region Courthouse impossible, the Durham committee successfully adapted the event to deliver it virtually. This year, they delivered the program twice on Wednesday, April 20th, including […]

OTF grant helps OJEN provide legal education for young mothers in Hamilton

Hamilton, ON – A grant of $37,400 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s (OTF) Seed fund has made it possible for OJEN to develop and pilot a new public legal education program for young mothers in Hamilton. The multi-session program was delivered in partnership with two community-based organizations that provide support to young mothers, St. Martin’s […]

OJEN’s 20th Anniversary Volunteer Profile – Justice Patricia Hennessy

“I have found that schools, classrooms and student activities are some of the best places to learn from and about other communities.” The judiciary has played a vital role in the establishment and ongoing success of OJEN throughout our 20 year history.  Justice Patricia Hennessy of the Superior Court of Justice has championed justice education […]

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