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FROM THE OJEN BLOG

The first “Défi de la Charte” is a tremendous success!

391 students have registered for the first Francophone Charter Challenge! Despite the pandemic, 28 teachers have registered their classes. We salute their courage and their passion because in the current circumstances, convincing their students to participate in such a challenging program was not an easy task!  Participants represent 28 schools (Sault Ste Marie (x2), Richmond […]

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Virtual Court Visits Happen in Hamilton

OJEN’s flagship justice education initiative, the Courtroom Visit program, brings the law to life for high school classes throughout the province.  Each year thousands of students visit courthouses in their communities to see the justice system in action.  In many cases, they have the opportunity to speak to a judge, lawyer, or court staff to […]

Braiding Diversity into Justice Online

On Thursday, March 4, the Waterloo OJEN Committee welcomed young women from diverse backgrounds to participate in an online version of their highly successful Braiding Diversity into Justice initiative.  The program, which has run annually since 2018, encourages racialized and marginalized young women to consider careers in the justice sector. Students between the ages of […]

2nd Province-Wide Twitter Moot

OJEN’s 2nd province-wide Twitter Moot took place on Wednesday, March 10th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with students debating the question: “Does a law requiring mandatory vaccinations violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?” Taking into consideration the differing ways classes are structured during Covid-19, students had a variety of options for participation.  […]

OJEN Launches Accès à la justice: le jeu de rôle!

OJEN’s popular Access to Justice Game is now available in digital format in French as well as English. Accès à la justice: le jeu de rôle! offers French language students a fun, interactive learning experience highlighting some of the difficulties encountered by people dealing with everyday legal problems.  OJEN developed the game as a way […]

OJEN Welcomes New Directors to its Board

OJEN welcomed 6 new directors at the first board of director’s meeting of 2021.  OJEN’s board consists of representatives from all three levels of court in Ontario, as well as leading justice and education sector institutions.  With an additional 5 at-large director positions, the OJEN board of directors brings a wide range of expertise to […]

Two Formats for OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT)

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 […]

Charter Challenge – What will French language students gain by participating in this program?

By Kevine Ishimwe M and John Abdelsayed Kevine and John are members of OJEN’s Francophone Youth Leadership Team The Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) is a charitable, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with a province-wide mandate. OJEN is developing a Francophone mock appeal program. This program will give French-speaking students in Ontario an opportunity to gain a […]

Announcing 2020 Fall Charter Challenge Semi-Finalists

OJEN is happy to announce the finalists for the Fall 2020 Charter Challenge! Please join us in congratulating: The Appellant: Feldman and Gan Legal Counsel from Bloor Collegiate Institute in Toronto. and The Respondent: Law Society of Dufferin Grove, also from Bloor Collegiate Institute! OJEN and our reviewers from Osgoode Hall Law School and the […]

Law and Community 2020 Conference

On October 29th, OJEN and Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) hosted a day-long conference for community workers as part of the Law Society of Ontario’s 5th annual Access to Justice Week.  “Law and Community in 2020: Updates and Action for Community Workers” offered community workers access to front-line lawyers and community organizers who provided updates […]

Two Options for the OOCMT

The OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) program has undergone some changes this year to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic.  After consulting with teachers throughout the province, OJEN has created a plan to allow as many students as possible to participate in the program.  To accommodate both the quadmester system used by many school boards, and […]

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