The OJEN Twitter Moot is an online debate. Students from across Ontario participate in the discussion by tweeting their opinions either individually or in teams/classes. The OJEN committee in Hamilton came up with this fun and engaging justice education initiative for Hamilton-area schools. In the fall of 2020, for the first time, OJEN ran the program for high school students throughout Ontario.
The Twitter Moot offers students a fun opportunity to learn about an important and contentious legal issue. This winter, the OJEN Twitter Moot will take place on March 10th, from 9 am to 5 pm. Ontario students will debate:
Would a law that made COVID vaccination compulsory for all Canadians infringe the rights set out in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? If so, would that infringement be justified under section 1 of the Charter?
How do students participate?
Students need a twitter account to participate and a supervising teacher who registers them. OJEN will publish the Twitter Moot resources on its website during the week of February 8th. Online registration opens on Monday, February 8th. Teachers register for this program anytime between February 8th and March 5th. By March 8th, they must provide a list of twitter handles that their students plan to use on the day of the Twitter Moot: March 10th.
Students can create an individual twitter account, a team account or a class account. OJEN will only retweet and recognize twitter handles which are provided to us by a teacher. We encourage teachers to use the Twitter Moot as an in-class activity, but students can participate in the event as an extra-curricular activity, if they have a supervising teacher who registers them.
On March 10th, 2021, from 9 am to 5 pm, students post their thoughts and comments on twitter using the hashtag #OJENTMVax and mentioning @OJEN_ROEJ. Teachers can stream the debate in class by using a Smartboard/projector, or students can monitor and participate in the debate by checking out the #OJENTMVax hashtag throughout the day. The hashtag allows everyone to see tweets from other students and teams, and encourages a province-wide discussion.
On March 12th, OJEN will select two winners, one based on the most persuasive tweet and the other based on overall contribution.
Please review the downloads section below for more details about the program. When you complete the online registration, an OJEN staff member will contact you via email about the list of twitter handles.