Ontario Pro-Con Debating Forum

October 22, 2016 @ Michael Power / St Joseph H.S.

Resolution: Be It Resolved that Donald Trump is a suitable candidate for President of the United States. 

November 28, 2015 @ Brebeuf College

Resolution: Be It Resolved that the Canadian monarchy should be eliminated.

March 5, 2016 @ Michael Power / St. Joseph H.S.

Resolution: Be It Resolved that Toronto is a world class city.

April 9, 2016 @ Brebeuf College

Resolution: B.I.R.T. John A. Macdonald was our greatest prime minister.

Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. A Toronto park should be named after Rob  Ford.

 October 25, 2014 @ Michael Power / St. Joseph H.S. - Sir John A. Macdonald Tournament

Resolution: B.I.R.T.  Canada should be a member of the military coalition against ISIS


November 22, 2014 @ Brebeuf College - Agnes MacPhail Tournament

Resolution: B.I.R.T. Ontario should provide free post-secondary education for all students.


March 7, 2015 @ Michael Power / St. Joseph H.S. - Lester B. Pearson Tournament

Resolution: BIRT Canada should remove Sections 318 and 319 (from the Criminal Code) in order to protect civil liberties.

Impromptu Resolution: BIRT Print newspapers are irrelevant. 


April 11, 2015 @ Brebeuf College - Pierre Trudeau Tournament

Resolution: BIRT The Ontario separate school system should be abolished (ending all public funding of religious or parochial schools).

Impromptu Resolution: BIRT Teachers have it easy.

Finals - April 25 @ Michael Power / St. Joseph H.S.

Resolution: BIRT Grade 9 courses in Ontario should be destreamed.

October 19, 2013 - Tournament at Michael Power / St Joseph's

   Resolution: B.I.R.T. Edward Snowden was right to blow the whistle.

November 23, 2013 - Tournament at Brebeuf College

    Resolution: B.I.R.T. Ontario should reinstate provincial examinations in all Grade 12 subjects.

March 1, 2014 -- Tournament at Brebeuf College

    Resolution: B.I.R.T. Canadians should be given the right to assisted suicide.

April 5, 2014 - Tournament at Bloor Collegiate

   Resolution: B.I.R.T. The glass ceiling still exists in Canada.

Tournaments 2012-2013

Space Exploration Should Be Abandoned.

Canada's commemoration of the War of 1812 was justified.

Awards should only be given to the winners.

The Idle No More movement is justified.

Teachers should have to perform extracurricular activities.

High school dances should ban music containing lyrics that are overtly racist and misogynistic.

Physical Education should be mandatory in all four years of high school

Tournaments 2011-2012

October 22 at Michael Power / St. Joseph's High School

-- Resolution: "BIRT Proportional representation would be preferable to our current electoral system."

-- Impromptu Resolution: "B.I.R.T. Public servants should be subject to random drug testing."

November 26 at Brebeuf College School

-- Resolution: "B.I.R.T. The Occupy Wall Street movement is misguided."

February 25 at Brebeuf College School

-- Resolution: "B.I.R.T. It would be beneficial to have a government-run casino in Toronto."

-- Impromptu Resolution: "B.I.R.T. Students who wish to take a fifth year of high school should have to pay for it."

April 14 at Michael Power / St. Joseph's High School

-- Resolution: "B.I.R.T: Shakespeare should be mandatory reading for high school students."

-- Impromptu Resolution: "B.I.R.T. Canada needs a new national anthem."

Championship Tournament: April 28 at De La Salle College

-- Resolution: B.I.R.T. Public schools should accomodate student prayer during the school day.
-- Impromptu Resolution: Summer school in Ontario should be banned.

Tournaments 2010-2011

October 23, 2010 - Tournament 1 at Michael Power / St. Joseph's High School

       Resolution: B.I.R.T. High school varsity sports should be eliminated.

       Resolution: B.I.R.T. Classroom learning would be enhanced if students could use smartphones.

November 20, 2010 - Tournament 2 at Michael Power / St. Joseph's High School

        Resolution: B.I.R.T. Religion yields more good than harm.

        Resolution: B.I.R.T. Teachers should not be friends with students on Facebook.

February 26, 2011 - Tournament 3 at Brebeuf College School

        Resolution: BIRT: Ontario needs a new flag.

         Resolution: BIRT Group work should be eliminated from the evaluation of a student's grade.

April 16, 2011 - Tournament 4 at Brebeuf College School

         Resolution: BIRT Ontario should discontinue the use of nuclear power.

         Resolution: BIRT The Royal Wedding is newsworthy. 

April 30, 2011 - Championship Tournament at St. Michael's College School

         Resolution: BIRT democracy is a viable political system for the Middle East.

Tournaments 2009-2010

October 24, 2009 - Tournament 1 at Michael Power / St. Joseph's High School

       Resolution: B.I.R.T. The NATO war in Afghanistan is unwinnable.

       Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. Emo culture is an insult to genuine emotional experience.

November 28, 2009 - Tournament 2 at Brebeuf College School

       Resolution: B.I.R.T. Single-sex schools are detrimental to students.

February 27, 2010 - Tournament 3 at Michael Power / St. Joseph's High School

       Resolution: B.I.R.T. Canada should ban the burqa.

       Impromptu Resolution: BIRT Vampires are romantic. 

April 10, 2010 - Tournament 4 at Brebeuf College School

        Resolution: B.I.R.T. Apologies for historical injustices are misguided.

        Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. Classroom learning is obsolete.

April 24, 2010 - Finals at St. Thomas of Villanova College

        Resolution: B.I.R.T. Ontario schools should implement year-round schooling

        Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. All Ontario stores should be permitted to open on public holidays.

2008-2009 TOURNAMENTS

Workshop for New Debaters, October, 2008

All regular tournaments will be held at Brebeuf College School unless otherwise indicated.

November 8, 2008
Resolution: B.I.R.T. The American political system is superior to the Canadian political system.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. Wearing a poppy is an empty gesture.
December 6, 2008
Resolution: B.I.R.T. The Individual, not the state, should pay for higher level education.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. Christmas trees are a waste.
February 20
De La Salle College Extemp. Speaking Tournament
March 7, 2009
Resolution: B.I.R.T. Governments should not run intentional deficits.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. McDonald's is detrimental to society.
April 18, 2009
Resolution: B.I.R.T. The CBC should be privatized.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. Torontonians should boycott the Maple Leafs.
Championship Tournament, May 2, 2009
Resolution: B.I.R.T. Consent for organ donations should be presumed unless the deceased objected during his/her lifetime.
Impromptu Resolution:B.I.R.T. French should not be a compulsory part of the Ontario curriculum.

2007-2008 TOURNAMENTS:

October 11, 2007 -- Workshop for New Debaters
De La Salle College Oaklands

October 20, 2007 -- Michael Power / St. Joseph High School
Resolution: B.I.R.T. The proposed Mixed Member Proportional System would better serve democracy than the first-past-the-post system.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. The Canadian penny no longer makes sense.
December 1, 2007 -- Brebeuf College School
Resolution: B.I.R.T. All Ontario students should attend one public education system.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. The TTC is the better way. 
 March 1, 2008 -- Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School
Resolution: B.I.R.T. Water should not be sold as a commodity.
Impromptu Resolution: Facebook is detrimental to youth.
April 19, 2008 -- Brebeuf College School
Resolution: B.I.R.T. Downloading copyrighted music for free from the internet is immoral.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. Earth Hour was a waste of time.
May 3, 2008 -- Pro-Con Finals at St. Thomas of Villanova College School
Resolution: B.I.R.T. Public transit workers should not be permitted to strike.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. All Ontario schools should require students to wear uniforms.

2006-2007 TOURNAMENTS

October 28, 2006 -- Brebeuf College School
Resolution: B.I.R.T. Canada benefits from citizens with multiple citizenships.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. Hallowe'en is detrimental to children.

December 2, 2006 -- Brebeuf College School
Resolution: B.I.R.T. Ontario should institute compulsory, standardized tests for all subjects in Grade 12.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. Teachers have it easy.
March 3, 2007 -- Brebeuf College School
Resolution: B.I.R.T. Canada should immediately withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. Schools should be able to punish inappropriate student conduct on the Internet even if it takes place outside of school.
April 21, 2007 -- Marshall McLuhan CSS Tournament
Resolution: B.I.R.T. The Government should implement policies that will enable Canada to adhere to its Kyoto Protocol targets.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. Ontario should restore a five year high school programme.
April 28, 2007 -- Pro-Con Finals at Loretto Abbey
Resolution: B.I.R.T. Begging should be banned in certain areas of Toronto.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. Final examinations in Ontario secondary schools should be eliminated.

2005-2006 TOURNAMENTS

November 5, 2005 -- Brebeuf College School
Resolution: B.I.R.T. The Canadian government should reintroduce a National Energy Programme.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. Cellphones should be banned in schools

December 10, 2005 -- St. Joseph's Morrow Park High School (at B.C.S.)
Resolution: B.I.R.T. The Canadian monarchy should be abolished.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. Santa Claus is the scrooge who stole Christmas.

March 4, 2006 -- Brebeuf College School
Resolution: B.I.R.T. Canadian universities should offer athletic scholarships.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. St. Patrick's Day should be a national holiday.

April 8, 2006 - Michael Power/St Joseph's High School
Resolution: B.I.R.T. Sikh students should be allowed to wear their kirpans in school.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. Wiley Coyote should finally catch the Roadrunner.
April 22, 2006 -- Pro-Con Debating Finals at St. Joseph's College School (Wellesley)
Resolution: B.I.R.T. Canada should ban the seal hunt.
Impromptu Resolution: B.I.R.T. Government should censor music lyrics that are violent and expletive.