What’s Not Fair to You?

What does it mean to be an informed and participating citizen in a democratic society? How many times each day do you hear and see things around you that prompt you to think “that’s not fair”? Well, now you have the chance to do something about it!

The CCLET’s annual What’s Not Fair to You? contest is open to high school and elementary school students across Canada. This contest is named in memory of the late Bernard Chernos, a civil libertarian, lawyer, and a lover of lively debate.  A prize of $500 will be awarded to the student whose action plan demonstrates a true understanding of informed and active citizenship by using peaceful and lawful tactics to address an important issue. An additional contribution of $250 and a copy of Uncivil Obedience will go to the department of the teacher submitting the entry.

For more information on how to participate, download the student flyer here.

Need some inspiration?  Check out these stories of Youth in Action who are making a difference in their communities through civic engagement!

 

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 2015 winners of CCLET’s Bernard Chernos Essay Competition!

1st Place: Kenneth Wong, East York Collegiate Institute, Toronto, ON
2nd Place: Noa Mayer, Crestwood Preparatory College, Toronto, ON
3rd Place: William Tanner, East York Collegiate Institute, Toronto, ON

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

Updates

CCLET Announces Winners of 14th Annual Chernos Essay Competition

June 1, 2015

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 four questions dealing with a conflict of Charter rights and freedoms for a chance to win $500 and a […]

CCLET’s High School Lesson Plans

May 17, 2015

Below you will find lesson plans that can help encourage the development of democratic habits and prepare the next generation of Canadians for civic engagement. Please feel free to try out these resources in your classrooms and tell us how it went; or if you have a lesson plan or resource of your own that you […]

Students launch court challenge of mandatory prom breathalyzer

February 24, 2015

Students at Northern Secondary School in Toronto contacted the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in May 2014 for help in convincing their school administration that compulsory breathalyzer tests for all students present at prom was a violation of their rights. CCLA helped connect them to lawyer Jonathan Lisus, who helped them file a charter application against […]

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