Make the Queens HS Debating Tournament a BP tournament and address registration inequities

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The annual Queen's HS Debate tournament is one of the most anticipated tournaments of the Canadian high school circuit. It has come to the attention of several high school debating clubs this year, however, that the prestigious tournament has fallen to a series of inequities. The main problems this petition has been drawn to address is the advantages granted to private schools, as well as the rigid team cap. Both of these problems leave several debating unions cut out from attending the Queen's HS tournament altogether. 

A secondary issue is the team cap, originally set at 5 teams per institution has not been enforced, allowing certain schools to monopolize the registration.

Thirdly, the use of a private email list left several public schools, as well as other debating unions that were not on the list excluded from the invitation until registration spots were almost full.

By changing the format of the Queens HS debating from Canadian to British Parliamentary, this allows for the overall team cap to be extended, as there can now be four teams in one room. Additionally, only one judge is now needed to judge for teams.

The second and more crucial change, however, is abolishing the private list system that kept primarily public school debating unions out of the registration process. Other problems that must be addressed with regards to registration include the lack of enforcement of the registration cap per institution. 

     


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