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Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Law Reform
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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.
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.
The Understanding Canadian Law, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation (CLU3E) course is a valuable opportunity for students to build on the legal knowledge gained in grade 10 Civics, while enhancing students’ interest in the law.
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?”
The Oakes Test is a legal test created by the Supreme Court of Canada in the case R. v. Oakes (1986).
In the context of government, a constitution can be understood as the most basic and important legal expression of a nations values, rules and principles. It is not simply a “law”, but rather a set of rules for making laws, managing relationships between individuals and the state, and defining the various roles of different levels of government. Suitable for Grade 10 Civics classes, this handout provides classroom discussion questions and activities to support the development of students’ understanding of constitutional law in the Canadian context.
This OJEN resource has been developed to provide a foundation for students' understanding of the relationship between the media and the justice system and to develop critical thinking skills to consider issues of accessibility to the courts and confidence in media reporting.
Each OJEN Landmark Case includes a case summary, classroom discussion questions and worksheets that encourage students to explore both the legal and societal importance of the case.
OJEN is pleased to present a series of five related handouts designed to provide secondary students with an orientation to law as an academic discipline and a cornerstone of democratic society. Beginning with basic concepts like the rule of law and the nature of constitutionality, these become progressively more sophisticated, as students develop their understanding of different legal systems, institutions and processes.
This 8-module resource provides strategies for dealing with a range of ideas, opinions and critiques about various approaches to policing. It includes interactive activities on the responsibilities of the police, police discretion and global policing systems. Students are encouraged to examine controversial aspects of policing, including perceptions of police, racial profiling and police oversight. Students will analyze the critical role police play in maintaining safety and learn about their rights when dealing with police and how to make a complaint against the police.
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