October 7

02.0 The Balance of Rights and Freedoms – Intro Activity

You may already be aware of how protected the rights are of citizens in Canada. We live a lifestyle free from much of the conflict that other citizens face daily in their own countries. Understanding the source of that protection is an important part of understanding your relationship with your country.




The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – What’s it about?


The Student Voice: Peer Collaboration - YouTube

Before Studying it, Compare Your Understanding with a Peer/Group:

  1. Method of Collaborating: Decide to EITHER a) join a shared Google Doc together and develop responses collaboratively to the questions that follow OR b) go outside (in the beautiful fresh air) and audio record your discussion and shared thoughts to the following questions. OR alternative c) join an Online Teams Meeting and Record your session.
    1. Either choice of a or b – make sure you eventually share your collaboration with me directly.
      1. If choosing a – share the doc to my @gmail acct
      2. If choosing b – share the audio conversation to my @sunwest acc
      3. If choosing c – join a Breakout Room in our Social 10 Teams Channel. The recording you create will be accessible to me through the program.
  2. Discussion Questions to Ponder Together Before Reading: Record your responses in either the Google Doc, Audio Recording, or Teams call
    1. Background: What do you think the Canadian Charter is and/or what does it do for Canadians?
    2. Cause and Effect: Imagine if it did not exist in Canada or offer any protection to Canadians. Can you list ways (at least 4?) the lives of Canadians today might be altered?
      ex: You could be arrested and held indefinitely without a set trial date or even access to a lawyer.
    3. Judgement: The Canadian Charter offers many protections to citizens, protections from each other and from the government. Do you believe there is one area of protection more important than others?
      ex: Do you think protecting a person’s Legal Rights is more necessary/important than protecting a person’s Voting Rights or Language Rights?
      Yes/No: Explain your response
    4. Connection to Last Topic: What does it say of the relationship between Canadians and their government (our Social Contract) that this is a government protection offered to Canadians?
  3. Read the following article together and discuss: Document your discussion and answers by in either the Google Doc, a recording, or Teams call for parts 2-5. It is optional to also record step 1, the reading.
      1. Read the following article together. “Chalking on Sidewalks is Not a Crime” 
        1. Options for reading the text:
          1. You can use the Rewordify site to simplify the language of the article
          2. You can also paste the text into a Text to Speech website to listen/read along for better understanding
          3. The full text of the article is posted below as a Comment. You can copy it from there for any of the uses above.
      2. Summarize the main points of the article.
      3. What supporting points does the article provide to prove it’s point of concern?
      4. Identify the Charter Right protecting the behaviour described in the article and how you understand it protects Canadians.
      5. Your opinions: Do you understand the motivations of both sides of the conflict: the police motivations and the protestor motivations? Is there one side that is more in the right in these scenarios?
  4. After Reading:
    1. Personal Application: Consider for yourselves – what Chalk Messages would you write on Kenaston’s sidewalks, if you had the opportunity?
      1. Post responses as a Comment to this Blog Post at the bottom. Chalk Another One Up to Free Speech Hypocrisy — FAIR
      2. You can select more than one message you’d write.
      3. Give an explanation for each chalk message – what motivates you to want to share this with your community?






Narrated audio of the article. Male voice, Dyslexic-supportive font, and speed 0.