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 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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