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OSDU Peel & York Regions Qualifier

  • North Park Secondary School 10 North Park Drive Brampton, ON, L6S 3M1 Canada (map)

Invitation to OSDU Peel & York Regions
Provincial Qualifier

Dear Peel & York Regions OSDU Members, Debating Coaches and Students, 

Members of the Ontario Student Debating Union located in Peel and York Regions are invited to compete in the Regional Qualifiers on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at North Park Secondary School in Brampton. Please see the itinerary available below for more information about the day's schedule. This tournament will qualify the top teams to participate in the OSDU Provincial Championship, which will take place in Ottawa from February 25 - 27, 2017.  The top teams at the Provincial Championship will qualify to represent Ontario at the National Championship in Vancouver in April 2017. 

Please Note:

  • In order to attend this event, schools must have registered for OSDU and paid their membership fee.
  • Both the Regional Qualifier and the Provincial Championships are team events. Students may only qualify for the next level of competition in teams. If a team qualifies for Provincials based on the Regional tournament, they can’t make any changes to the team they send to Provincials.
  • No school hybrid teams are allowed
  • All schools must provide at least one judge per team registered. Judges can be anyone over the age of 18. While debate coaches are ideal, it can also be siblings or parents. We will do a detailed briefing, so no experience is required.  We cannot emphasize enough the importance of bringing one judge per team because we cannot guarantee that your team will compete unless you bring a judge.


For all rounds, students will debate in the Canadian National Debate Format (CNDF). For the first two rounds, each team will debate both sides of the prepared resolution that is given on the next page.  The third and fourth rounds will be impromptu debating, and will also follow the Canadian National Debate Format. Please note that no squirreling will be permitted for the third and fourth rounds.  The overall structure of the CNDF is as follows:

A.    Constructive Speeches

1)     First Proposition : Prime Minister (PM)                                           8 minutes

2)     First Opposition: Leader of the Opposition (LO)                          8 minutes

3)     Second Proposition: Deputy Prime Minister (DPM)                       8 minutes

4)     Second Opposition: Deputy Leader of the Opposition (DLO)      8 minutes

B.    Rebuttal Speeches

1)     First Rebuttal: Leader of the Opposition (LO)                               4 minutes

2)     Second Rebuttal:  Prime Minister (PM)                                          4 minutes 

Points of Information are only allowed during the constructive speeches, but not during the first and last minutes of these speeches (called “protected time”). During the round, the moderator will bang the desk after one minute has elapsed to signal that POIs are now allowed, and again with one minute remaining in a speech, to signal that time is once again protected. For more information, please see

Prepared Resolution: Students will be debating both sides of the following resolution during rounds 1 and 2 of this tournament:

The human preference for meat consumption is unhealthy.

The practice of animal husbandry has developed dramatically over the centuries.  According to many observers, some of the ‘advances’ have been remarkable, but many others question the quality of these ‘advances’ for human health and the health of the planet. Do the negative consequences outweigh the gains?


Schools are invited to register up to three teams and the tournament will be capped at 40 teams. The fee is $80 per team of two debaters and judge. One can pay on the day, or a cheque, which should addressed to The Ontario Student Debate Union, can be mailed to:

James Luchak
4221 Longmoor Drive
Burlington, ON
L7L 5C7

To register, please complete the online registration form below. The deadline for submitting your registration is Monday, 5 December 2016.  The registration fee should be paid prior to the tournament day. No refunds will be granted after Thursday, 8 December 2016.

Please direct your inquiries about the tournament to James Luchak at North Park SS at

We’re looking forward to seeing you at North Park in December.

James Luchak


Earlier Event: December 4
OSDU Toronto Region Provincial Qualifier