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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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