March 28, 2017 - Should we be ashamed of Canada's history?
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Debaters: Jack Granatstein and Noah Richler
As Canadians mark the 150th year of Confederation, there is a resounding celebration of Canada today, but not so much about Canada’s past. Some would argue that we Canadians should take great much greater pride in our history, that we neglect the vision of our founders, our contribution to the great wars, and the course of historical events that have shaped this country. Others would caution against a too-rosy vision of the country’s past. Our leaders have had many failings; Canadians have discriminated against immigrants, mistreated Indigenous peoples, and violated the rights of minorities. And where are the women in the story of Canada’s history? While we have become a great nation, we weren’t always the inclusive society we are today. Who’s right? Is Canada’s history nothing to be ashamed of?
Granatstein, a respected Canadian historian and author, will argue in favour of the resolution "Canadian history is nothing to be ashamed of". Noah Richler, a former political candidate and author, will argue against.
June 6, 2017 - Should the government act to save journalism?
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Debaters: John Honderich and Andrew Coyne
Few can dispute that journalism in Canada has been completely disrupted by technological change and market trends. Financial losses by newspapers and broadcasters, and newsroom layoffs are constantly in the headlines. Some would argue that because robust news media are vital to Canadian democracy, and because the future of the Fourth Estate is so clearly in doubt, that government must move to support journalism financially and through other means. Others would argue that much of the misfortune felt by news outlets today is self-inflicted, and government support would be a death blow to an independent press. Who’s right, does the government need to act to save journalism in Canada?
Honderich, a former publisher of the Toronto Star, will argue in favour of the motion “The government must act to save journalism in Canada". Coyne, a columnist with Postmedia, will argue against.