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!
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.
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.