The exhaustion he felt as Canada Day drew to a close was accompanied by a sense of great accomplishment, says Josh Knox. The Windsor Law student helped to staff a kiosk in Ottawa on July 1 for the Charter Project, discussing Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms with people heading to celebrations on Parliament Hill.
"It was a zoo," says Knox, just finished his first year in the dual JD program. "I would say we had over 1,000 visitors."
The project consists of more than 40 Windsor Law students launching a public education campaign in preparation for the charter's 30th anniversary celebration next year. The kiosk gave away about 300 printed copies of the document, along with balloons for children, but Knox says the biggest draw was a large photograph depicting the 1982 signing of the Canada Act.
"We had parents pointing out to their children who was in the photo, showing their knowledge of the history," Knox says. "Tapping into the Canada Day audience really gave us a sense of the pride people feel."
The Charter Project, a registered charity, is supported by the Law Foundation of Ontario. For more information on the project, visit www.JoinTheDiscussion.ca.
Law student Josh Knox discusses the Charter of Rights and Freedoms with a Canada Day celebrant, July 1, 2011 in Major’s Hill Park near Parliament Hill.
Reproduced with permission from the Daily News, July 14, 2011