Bernard Chernos Essay Contest

Each year, The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) runs a nation-wide high school 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.

NEW FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR: Students have the option to submit their responses as an essay OR video “rant” in the style of Rick Mercer, one of Canada’s most famous political humorists.

Students currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12 in a Canadian school are eligible to participate.

Teachers of Civics, History, Law, Politics, World Issues, World Religions, English, and Social Studies: This contest makes for a great ready-made classroom project. Consider assigning it to students and submitting the best selections to our contest!

STUDENT PRIZES:  

1st place: $500 + book
2nd place: $150 + book
3rd place: $100 + book

For more details on how to participate, download this year’s contest flyer here.

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

PAST WINNERS

Congratulations to the 2018 winners of CCLET’s Bernard Chernos Competition!

1st prize: Keonhee Lee, Coquitlam, British Columbia (essay submission)

2nd prize: Mackenzie Tran, Calgary, Alberta (essay submission)

3rd prize: Tyler Gerald, Toronto, Ontario (essay submission)

4th prize: Harman Virk, Brampton, Ontario (video submission)

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

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