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 2017 winners of CCLET’s Bernard Chernos Essay Competition!

1st Place: William Dunstan, St. Matthew High School, Ottawa, ON
2nd Place: Desislava Stoianova, Victoria Park Collegiate Institute, Scarborough, ON
3rd Place: Kirandeep Deol, Old Scona Academic, Edmonton, AB

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

Updates

Introducing the Winners of CCLET’s Annual Chernos Essay Competition

June 21, 2017

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

CCLET Awarded CIRA Grant To Develop Online Rights Education

June 15, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2017 TORONTO, Ont – The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) is launching a project to work with rural, remote, and Indigenous communities to develop web-based, relevant, and culturally appropriate civil liberties and human rights education. This project is made possible by a grant from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s […]

CCLET Announces Winners of 15th Annual Chernos Essay Competition

June 23, 2016

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 […]

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