Each year, The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) runs a nation-wide high school essay competition to commemorate the contributions of the late Bernard Chernos, a civil libertarian, lawyer, and lover of lively debate. Teachers of Civics, History, Law, Politics, World Issues, World Religions and Social Studies are encouraged to have their students participate. Student submissions must respond to one of the questions about fundamental freedoms posed by the CCLET that year. A prize of $500 is awarded to the student whose essay is chosen, and an additional contribution of $250 and a copy of When Freedoms Collide are awarded to the school department from which the essay was submitted.
For more details on how to participate, download this year’s essay competition flyer here.
To download a compilation of all previous years’ essay questions, click here.