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OJEN summer reading and listening list

Summer is just around the corner. It’s nearly time to put down your marking pens and put on your sunscreen and shades. Once again, OJEN staff has put together a suggested summer reading list. This year, we have added a suggested listening list as well.  Enjoy your well deserved vacation! We hope to see you […]

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Inside the Courtroom: A Glimpse into the OBA-OJEN Niagara Region Mock Trials

Students from across Niagara came together on May 9th and 10th at the Robert SK Welch Court House to participate in the annual OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trials (OOCMT). As a summer law student intern with OJEN, I was honoured to attend this event, watching students from across Niagara showcase their exceptional legal and public speaking […]

OJEN’s Together 180 pilot program exceeds expectations

After 3 years, OJEN’s pilot justice education program for youth in custody or on probation wrapped up at the end of 2023. Together 180 (T180) was funded by the Department of Justice Canada’s Youth Justice Fund and the Law Foundation of Ontario to support the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of youth in custody and on […]

Bella Morina: Program Participant to Project Intern

Bella Morina has been on both sides of OJEN’s programming. As a single mother of two and full-time student in the Community and Justice Worker program at Humber College, she first encountered OJEN 7 years ago as a participant in our Family Law for Young Parents (FLYP) program. Now an OJEN Project Intern, she recently […]

Remembering the Honourable R. Roy McMurtry

“We were very sad to hear that Ontario has lost Former Chief Justice McMurtry. Throughout his political and judicial career, Former Chief Justice McMurtry was a champion for human rights and justice. OJEN is a tangible and lasting part of his legacy of ensuring young people in Ontario understood their rights and could access the […]

PLEI program empowers youth at Ottawa’s Inuuqatigiit Center

In March, OJEN will conclude its second year of the four-year PLEI for Racialized Youth program, funded by the Department of Justice Canada’s (DOJ) Justice Partnership and Innovation Program (JPIP). The program provides culturally relevant public legal education for racialized youth in Ontario, focusing on the legal needs of youth who identify as African, Caribbean […]

Introducing the Apps for Justice Challenge

OJEN’s newest classroom program, the Apps for Justice Challenge, gives students an opportunity to apply design thinking skills to solve obstacles Ontarians may face when they encounter legal problems. In 6 one-hour-long sessions, students learn about access to justice issues and some of the technology that already exists to solve them. They are introduced to […]

Braiding Diversity into Justice – helping young women and gender diverse youth “see themselves in law”

For many young people, women and gender diverse youth in particular, a career in law may feel out of their reach. Braiding Diversity into Justice and other OJEN career modelling programs help young people of all backgrounds “see themselves in law” by introducing them to legal professionals with whom they share similar experiences. The goal […]

The 2023 bursary program: another successful year

Each year, OJEN’s bursary program offers financial assistance to 22 students in Ontario who are entering post-secondary education to pursue a career in the legal field. These bursaries are provided by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ), and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA) […]

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 funding […]

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 […]

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