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2017 Donahue Cup

  • Sacred Heart School 5820 Spring Garden Road Halifax, NS, B3H Canada (map)

Invitation to 2017 Donahoe Cup

Dear OSDU Members, Coaches & Students, 

OSDU is happy to pass on the following invitation to the Sacred Heart School of Halifax's 12th high school debate tournament, the 2017 Donahoe Cup:

"I am pleased to invite you to Sacred Heart School of Halifax’s 12th high school debate tournament. The tournament will start Saturday morning at 9.00am, and conclude Sunday at 1.45pm, in time to catch a 4.00pm flight. Complete details are on the tournament website.

Schools are invited to send one or two advanced, and one or two novice, two-person teams. The registration fee will be $150 Cdn per team, which includes lunch Saturday and Sunday. We will offer awards to both novice and advanced debaters. We will cap registrations at 100 teams.

In the advanced category, the tournament will feature a choice of topics for each round of debate: a “straight” resolution and a squirrelable resolution, which will permit the government team to use a resolution of their choice. One team will choose from the offered topics, the other team will choose side. Teams will have 15 minutes to prepare after topic and side are chosen. In the novice category, each round will have a straight resolution. Debating for both categories is Canadian parliamentary style, with the following maximum speaking times:

Points of information may be raised between the first and last minute of a debater’s speech (but they are not permitted in the prime minister’s rebuttal or the last four minutes of the Leader of the Opposition’s speech). Debaters are not required to raise points of information.

Debaters in the advanced category will debate five rounds on Saturday, breaking to quarters.

Debaters in the novice category will debate four rounds on Saturday, breaking to quarters.

The Lord Nelson Hotel, located about a 3 minute walk away from the school, will offer rooms for $135 per night (single or double). Their number is 800-565-2020; please deal directly with them if you wish a room there, but mention you are with the Donahoe Cup event to get the reduced rate.

Please register by going to the tournament website:  

I look forward to meeting you in April.

Brian Casey

Debate Coach"

DOWNLOAD INVITATION: 2017 Donahoe Cup Invitation