Each year, the CCLA presents a nation-wide high school contest to commemorate the work of Bernard Chernos. Students address one of the fundamental freedoms questions posed by us each year, and entries can be submitted either as essays or as ‘video rants’ (in the style of Rick Mercer, one of Canada’s most famous political humorists).
Entries are judged by CCLA lawyers and educators, and finalist are assessed by a panel of legal scholars, and civil liberties and human rights educators from across the country.
Winners receive certificates and prizes:
1st place: $500 + book
2nd place: $150 + book
3rd place: $100 + book
2020 Chernos Contest
All new contemporary rights and freedoms questions! Deadline is May 3, 2020. Click here for this year’s instructions, questions, and to submit your entry.
2019 Chernos Contest
- 1st prize: Vivian Zhang (Vancouver)
- 2nd prize: Donna Yim (Toronto)
- 3rd prize: Priyanka Jayaratnam (Brampton)
- Highly commended: Eric Whitaker (Toronto)
For a listing of previous years’ winners, click here.