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Durham Law Day 2021

The Durham Public Legal Education Committee (PLEC) held its annual Law Day event for grade 5 students on Thursday May 6th by Zoom. Always a popular event with local schools, this year’s virtual program was no exception. In fact, this years’ event was such a success that the committee is planning to expand the program […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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