Bernard Chernos Essay Contest

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. Student submissions must respond to one of the questions about fundamental freedoms posed by the CCLET that year. Teachers of Civics, History, Law, Politics, World Issues, World Religions and Social Studies are encouraged to have their students participate.

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.

If you would like to see previous years’ essay questions, download them here.

PAST WINNERS

Congratulations to the 2016 winners of CCLET’s Bernard Chernos Essay Competition!

1st Place: Hayden Gunraj, Richmond Hill High School, Schomberg, ON
2nd Place: Sophie Charron, Ashbury College, Rockcliffe Park, ON

For a listing of previous years’ winners, click here.

Updates

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