Law Gardens for Retiring Chief Justice of Ontario to include "The Outdoor Classroom" for students

    TORONTO, April 18 /CNW/ - The Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN)
with the support of a grant from The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) will
contribute to the educational component of the McMurtry Gardens of Justice.
The Gardens, commissioned to celebrate Chief Justice R. Roy McMurtry's
lifetime of public service at the time of his retirement, will display works
of professionally commissioned sculptures inspired by the values that underlie
our system of justice. The outdoor gallery is intended to foster increased
awareness of and appreciation for the extent to which our legal system
strengthens our community.
    "The Outdoor Classroom", situated at the entrance of The McMurtry Gardens
of Justice, will provide a meeting place for school and community groups
during their visit to the Gardens and to the Courts. The Outdoor Classroom,
together with the bilingual, informative panels installed in the Gardens will
provide an educational focus for new Canadians, students and other visitors to
the Gardens. According to OJEN Executive Director, Sarah McCoubrey, the
purpose of this educational area is to promote and increase youth civic
participation. "One panel will highlight the contributions of the Chief
Justice to justice education, including initiating OJEN, as well as some of
his other significant contributions. Another panel will acknowledge the
contributors to the Gardens, and a third will include information on the
values of the justice system," she described.
    The LFO is proud to take part in an educational initiative that
effectively promotes its mandate. "We are committed to encouraging access to
justice and education is an effective tool through which we can meet this
goal," explained LFO Chair, Larry Banack. "We are especially pleased that our
contribution will live on for years to come," Banack added.
    As many as 25,000 students visit the downtown courthouses on an annual
basis and will have the opportunity to experience the full benefits of "The
Outdoor Classroom". Additional plans for the OJEN/LFO project include the
hiring of an Art in the Courts Program Manager to facilitate students' visit
to the Garden, a profile of photography and posters on justice themes by
Ontario youth and a youth-designed sculpture commissioned as one of the
permanent artworks in the McMurtry Gardens of Justice.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Adriana Suppa, Communications
Advisor, The Law Foundation of Ontario, Tel. (416) 598-1550 ext. 309; Sarah
McCoubrey, Executive Director, OJEN, Tel. (416) 947-5273

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