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4 October 2007

Hart House BP Invitational

The Hart House (University of Toronto) Debates Committee is pleased to invite you to our BP Invitational, taking place October 19-21, 2007.

Debating Style & Format
We will be featuring 5 rounds of British Parliamentary debate using the standard speaking times at Worlds (7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7), with a break to Semi- Finals. All resolutions will be tight-linked and will include a wide variety of topics at the standard of knowledge expected at Worlds. There will be 3 rounds of Public Speaking, breaking to the top 5 speakers.

Judging
We are intensely pleased to announce Joanna Nairn as our Chief Adjudicator. A DCA for the upcoming Worlds in Thailand, she is -among other things -a WUDC World Champion, CUSID- APDA North American Champion, CUSID Nationals finalist, and Cambridge champion. Our Deputy Chief Adjudicator will be Jason Rogers (Worlds Quarterfinalist, Nats Finalist, and more).

Awards
Awards will be given to the top 8 teams (semifinalists), top 10 speakers, top 5 public speakers, top novice team, and top novice speaker. All semifinalists and finalists will receive an engraved beveled glass plaque, speakers will received something likewise engraved and classy, and public speakers will receive a prize both staid and saucy. Excitingly, the top team will be receiving high-quality bathrobes embroidered with Top Team BP Champs 2007. The Top Speaker will be receiving a smoking jacket, also embroidered with their honour, and the top public speaker will be receiving silk pyjamas. Fit for the public speaker should not be a problem as all participants will be asked to give their size (S, M, L, XXL, etc.) at registration; this information will be kept confidential and, of course, you are not required to give it, though the bathrobe might not drape quite right.

Eating & Partying
We will be serving a pasta dinner on the Friday night. On Saturday, we will be serving breakfast and pizza lunch; at night, there will be a banquet in the Great Hall with live jazz band and wine service, as well as a cash bar for those of you with more varied tastes. Sunday Morning will be offering a full brunch (lox, homefries, sausages, eggs...) in the Great Hall.

Like last year, we will endeavour to have socials that are private so that we can all unwind after long rounds of debate comfortably. All socials will be all-ages. The Friday night social will be at The Last Temptation in the every-trendy Kensington Market. There will also be a social on the Saturday night after the banquet at a bar that is to be decided.

Accommodations
We have worked out a deal with the Howard Johnson- Yorkville (89 Avenue Road). For a single King-Bed room, the price will be $99 per night ($109 double); for two double beds, it will be $119 - triple, 129-quad.TO make a reservation, call HoJos at 416-964-1220 and say you are booking under the Hart House group deal. Billeting is guaranteed for those coming from out of CUSID Central. For all others, billeting will be arranged on a first-come-first-served basis.

Fees & Judging Requirements
Reg is $130/team, $65/judge. We will be implementing a judging requirement of n/3. The requirement will be waived by the Chief Adjudicator on a case-by-case basis. Teams in financial need should contact the TD. Please register with #of teams, #of judges, meal requirements, and billeting requirements Due to past banking issues, all teams with accounts in American Banking Institutions must pay by credit card.

Please email with any questions. We look forward to having you at our tournament.

Cheers,
Christina Veira
christina.veira@utoronto.ca

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