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Together 180 program wraps up

Together 180 (T180) is OJEN’s first justice education initiative exclusively for youth in custody or on probation. It was developed and delivered with funding from the Department of Justice Canada’s Youth Justice Fund and in partnership with the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services (MCCSS) and other community partners. T180 completed its 3 year […]

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OJEN’s 21st Annual General Meeting

On November 21st, OJEN Board of Directors, staff and special guests met at OJEN’s offices and online to celebrate our 21st year of justice education programming. 2023 was a year of change for OJEN. Many programs that had been delivered online during the pandemic, transitioned to in-person or hybrid delivery models. We piloted new programs […]

Access to Justice Week 2023 (October 23 – 27)

Access to Justice (A2J) Week is an annual initiative of The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) supported by the Law Society of Ontario and The Law Foundation of Ontario. The theme of the 2023 A2J Week was “The 10th Anniversary of the Justice Development Goals.” The nine Justice Development Goals were developed by […]

My Experience as an OJEN Justice Education Fellow: Crystal Binag

The Justice Education Fellowship (JEF) provides OJEN with the opportunity to extend in-depth public legal education (PLE) programs to high school students in various regions across Ontario. It also gives law and paralegal students training and experience in delivering PLE programs to youth. Fellowships are offered to students from each Ontario law school. In 2022, […]

Together 180: Program for Youth in Custody or on Probation

In 2020, OJEN received funding from the Department of Justice Canada’s Youth Justice Fund, to develop and pilot a justice education program for youth in custody or on probation. The program, Together 180, is nearing completion after a challenging and rewarding 3 years. OJEN staff are currently delivering this multi-session program for a second time […]

Another Summer with OJEN!

I was ecstatic to accept a position as Project Officer with the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) again! This year, I was privileged to take on more responsibilities and opportunities. There are two specific projects that I am eager to share! R v. Sullivan The first project is the development of a lesson plan on […]

Summer Law Institute 2023

On August 29th and 30th, educators from across the province met for OJEN’s annual late-summer professional development conference. This was the first in-person Summer Law Institute (SLI) since 2019 and it was wonderful to connect with everyone again! Panels and guest speakers presented on a wide range of issues including Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom […]

My Experience with OJEN as a Summer Student

I am a student from CW Jeffreys, and I am about to start my 11th-grade studies. My engagement with the LAWS program, particularly through workshops managed at my school, has been extremely advantageous. These workshops not only enriched my understanding but also played a crucial role in assisting my summer job/internship placement with OJEN. These […]

OJEN staff summer reading list 2023

In a few short days, the last bell of the day will ring and classes will end for the school year. It’s been another challenging year for teachers and students, as the pandemic eases and in person activities resume. We were delighted to see so many students back in courthouses arguing their cases in mock […]

New funding supports justice education programs for racialized youth

It is a rainy afternoon In March, but the BGC St. Alban’s Club’s activity room is filled with the vibrant energy of teenagers attending an after-school homework club. Ten youth between the ages of 14 and 16 gather around the facilitator who introduces the discussion topic – racial discrimination and human rights. Most of the […]

Apps for Justice challengers make final pitch

OJEN’s Apps for Justice Challenge pilot program wrapped up last month with six schools entering final submissions in the competition. The program was developed in partnership with the University of Ottawa’s (uOttawa) Faculty of Law. It incorporates content from the Access to Justice Legal Apps Challenge Modules, a uOttawa “mini course”. University of Ottawa law […]

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