Please feel free to try these tools in your classrooms and tell us how it went; or if you have a lesson plan, book or resource of your own that you would like to share with us, we’d love to hear from you! Simply email us at



Are you looking for a fun and enjoyable way to be civically engaged? CCLET maintains that anyone who is old enough to say “That’s not fair!” is ready to think critically about rights and responsibilities. With this in mind, we have created a special site  for kids from 7 to 11 with funny videos, lesson plans and games to help families and classrooms explore their own ideas of fairness.

Each lively episode starts with a problem. Mayor Moe or one of the City Councilors attempts to resolve it with a new bylaw. After the by-law is passed, the citizens quickly learn that there are many consequences, both good and bad. In each episode, the Mayor, the City Council, and the Newscaster examine the fairness of the by-law by applying the Acorn Test – a series of questions to help work out if a rule is fair. Sometimes the rule is fair and other times it needs to be changed or withdrawn.  And best of all, you get to decide what YOU think!

Thats Not Fair Book Cover


In addition to the That’s Not Fair! videos, you can now also order your very own copy of the That’s Not Fair! children’s book, written by CCLET’s Danielle McLaughlin, and beautifully illustrated by Dharmali Patel. Follow along as Mayor Moe and the City Councilors find themselves in a number of dilemmas while trying to make laws for the city, and get to know your rights and freedoms as you think about the critical thinking questions found at the end of each story.   For further critical thinking activities with your young learners, download the Teaching Guide.

Visit to find out more about how to order this newest addition to the CitizenKid series of children’s books published by Kids Can Press.





Making difficult decisions about justice and fairness in a democracy requires the ability to balance conflicting rights and freedoms.

CCLET’s lesson plans have been developed by certified teachers, academics, and lawyers, and satisfy curriculum requirements in multiple subject areas including Language Arts; Media Literacy; Social Studies; and Citizenship.

Barnyard Protest: Cows & Chickens & Fundamental Freedoms
The storybook Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, by Doreen Cronin, is a fun and entertaining way to teach students what it means to have a right or a freedom and also peacefully advocate for an important cause.



Rules and laws are important but are they always fair? The Acorn test was developed by the CCLET as a tool for helping individuals decide whether or not a rule that limits rights or freedoms is reasonable. The Acorn Test is so named because it is a simplified version of the Oakes Test – a legal analysis established by the Supreme Court of Canada to assess the reasonability of a limitation on a right or freedom found in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Click here to see an interactive explanation of CCLET’s Acorn test, suitable for learners aged 12 and under.
Click here to see an interactive explanation of CCLET’s Acorn test, suitable for learners aged 12 and up.



Who knew a picture book about a pigeon who wants to drive a bus could get readers thinking critically about the right to equality? If you are looking for a fun way to inject questions of fairness into storytime, have a look at CCLET’s list of recommended children’s books. Each book suggestion comes with guided questions that CCLET has used successfully in classrooms to introduce and explore various issues around rights and freedoms.


TVO Teach Ontario:

CCLET and TVO want to know what your child REALLY thinks! CCLET and TVO’s Teach Ontario have teamed up to develop interesting scenarios and guiding questions to help adults and school-aged kids think about civics in a fun and engaging way. Check them out by clicking on this link, and scrolling down to the Social Studies Section.  There you will find a number of Civics for Kids scenarios that will help you spark a civics conversation with the young person in your life!


Weigh in on our next case study: Artificial Intelligence and Public Safety

August 1, 2018

CCLET hopes to keep adding case studies to the Remote Rights site, and we could use some help. Because we know that projects get better when we include a diversity of opinions and engage with other people who care about rights education, we’re trying something new: we’re sharing our latest idea at the conceptual stage […]

June 29, 2018

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is one part of the Canadian Constitution. The Constitution is the supreme law of Canada. The Charter sets out those rights and freedoms that Canadians believe are necessary in a free and democratic society.  Some of the rights and freedoms contained in the Charter are:   Freedom of […]

Announcing the 2018 Chernos Essay Contest Winners

June 13, 2018

About the Prize: Each year, CCLET holds a high school essay competition in honor of the late Bernard Chernos, a civil libertarian, lawyer, and lover of lively debate. Students from across Canada are asked to respond to one of three questions dealing with a conflict of Charter rights and freedoms for a chance to win $500 […]

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