Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Law Reform

Cases That Have Changed Society

Many cases are started by individuals or groups to respond to a particular event or to change a situation. The outcomes of these cases will often lead to changes in areas of the law which impact all Canadians. These short summaries are some of the decisions that have changed Canadian society in the last 25 years. 

Combating Hatred DVD

This DVD is a curriculum-based resource for Grade 10 Civics, and Grade 11 and 12 Law teachers. The material is designed to stimulate class reflection, discussion and debate on issues such as hatred, hate crimes, discrimination, racism and human rights. The materials have been developed to create a resource which provides ideas and activities for enhancing student understanding of these controversial topics. The specific focus centres on strategies for combating hatred.

Court Cases Illustrating Some Key Values of the Justice System

Some of the core values of the justice system have been identified as the rule of law, impartiality, fairness and equality. Individual rights are protected by the Constitution, particularly the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The following cases highlight the reasoning of Canadian courts concerning individual rights within the context of the public interest.

Equality - The Heart of a Just Society DVD

Let your students hear the Honourable Joe Clark, Svend Robinson, former Supreme Court of Canada judges and academics reflect on Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Great Debate 2006 DVD - Arbitration in a Religious Context: a Step Forward or a Step Back?

Developed in 2002 to complement the already broad range of Law Day activities, OJEN’s Great Debate is an annual event designed to enliven current issues in the justice system before an audience of high school teachers and students.

This DVD resource includes a video of the 2006 bilingual Great Debate, and accompanying teacher resource packages, including viewing notes, related classroom activities and lesson plans. The topic for the 2006 Great Debate was “Arbitration in a Religious Context: A Step Forward or a Step Back?”

Great Debate 2007 - How Do We Ensure Access to Justice For All?

Developed in 2002 to complement the already broad range of Law Day activities, OJEN’s Great Debate is an annual event designed to enliven current issues in the justice system before an audience of high school teachers and students.

This DVD includes a video of the 2007 bilingual Great Debate, and accompanying teacher resource packages, including viewing notes, related classroom activities and lesson plans. The topic for the 2007 Great Debate was “How do we ensure access to justice for all?”

In Brief: Canadian Constitution

OJEN In Brief resources are designed to provide high school students with an introduction to basic legal concepts. Each resource includes a short lesson plan for the teacher; a 1-4 page plain language description of the legal topic; and activities that provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the topic.

In Brief: Section 1 of the Charter & the Oakes Test

OJEN In Brief resources are designed to provide high school students with an introduction to basic legal concepts. Each resource includes a short lesson plan for the teacher; a 1-4 page plain language description of the legal topic; and activities that provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the topic.

In Brief: Section 24(2) of the Charter – Exclusion of Evidence

OJEN In Brief resources are designed to provide high school students with an introduction to basic legal concepts. Each resource includes a short lesson plan for the teacher; a plain language description of the legal topic; and activities that provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the topic.

In Brief: Section 8 of the Charter - The Right to be Secure Against Unreasonable Search or Seizure

OJEN In Brief resources are designed to provide high school students with an introduction to basic legal concepts. Each resource includes a short lesson plan for the teacher; a plain language description of the legal topic; and activities that provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the topic.

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