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OSDU Toronto Region Provincial Qualifier

  • Branksome Hall School 10 Elm Avenue Toronto, ON, M4W 1N4 Canada (map)

Invitation to 2016 Toronto Regional Tournament

4 December 2016

Dear Toronto Debating Coaches and Students,

Members of the Ontario Student Debating Union located in Toronto are invited to compete in the Regional Qualifiers on Sunday December 4, 2016 at Branksome Hall. Please see the attached itinerary 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 25-27 February.  The top teams at the Provincial Championship will qualify to represent Ontario at the National Championship in Vancouver in April. 

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 hybrid teams are allowed (two debaters from two different school)
  • All schools must provide one judge per two teams 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 required.
  • There is a 40 team cap with no more than three teams per school. We may open the tournament up to more teams if there is space
  • No more than two teams per school can qualify for Senior Provincials.


For all rounds, students will debate in the Canadian National Debate Format (see attached description). 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. All rounds are closed adjudication.

First Proposition Speaker - Constructive Speech                    8 minutes

First Opposition Speaker - Constructive Speech                    8 minutes

Second Proposition Speaker - Constructive Speech               8 minutes

Second Opposition Speaker - Constructive Speech               8 minutes

First Opposition Speaker - Summary/Rebuttal                       4 minutes

First Proposition Speaker - Summary/Rebuttal                      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.

Prepared Resolution:

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

This House (the European Union) would re-establish border controls in the Shengen Zone

For this debate, border controls include movement of people and goods.


Schools are invited to register up to three teams and the tournament will be capped at 40 teams. The fee is $150 per team of two debaters and judge. Cheques should be made payable to the Ontario Student Debate Union and mailed to:

P.O. Box 47100 Dundas Sq
Toronto, ON
M5B 0A1

To register, please complete the online registration form (  The deadline for submitting your registration is Monday 28 November 2016.  The registration fee must be paid prior to registration. No refunds will be granted after the 1st of December.

Please direct your inquiries about the tournament to Grace Nolan at The York School at 416-926-1325 ext. 1458, or by e-mail at (e-mail is best).

Looking forward to seeing you at Branksome Hall in December


Grace Nolan and Nicole Ratti

INVITATION: 2016 OSDU Toronto Regional Qualifier