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Student leaders engage with ethical dilemmas in national gathering

Canadian High School Ethics Bowl happens this Friday and Saturday

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Photo: Thomas Fricke, CMHR

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When is it moral to disobey laws in a democratic society? Is our constitutional monarchy better than having an elected head of state? Should Canadians be able to pass on unlimited wealth without an estate tax?

These questions and many more will be discussed this Friday and Saturday at the Canadian High School Ethics Bowl. Launched in 2014, the annual competition brings together thoughtful, engaged high school students who have competed in regional gatherings and earned the opportunity to participate in this national gathering. Twelve teams, each with seven members, from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Manitoba will be present.

During an ethics bowl match, teams make presentations taking a position on an ethical dilemma. One team presents while the other poses questions to highlight alternative perspectives. Teams are judged on their ability to lay out compelling positions, raise valid ethical objections and engage in respectful and informed dialogue. Winning teams move forward in the tournament‐style competition, with one team eventually being declared the winner.

Matches will take place throughout Friday and Saturday. In addition to the matches, participants will take part in a series of workshops and in‐gallery activities.

Students and organizers are available for interviews prior to and at the event. Media are asked to RSVP in advance if they wish to attend.

The full list of questions to be considered is available here.

WHAT: Canadian High School Ethics Bowl

WHEN: Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29

WHERE: CMHR, 85 Israel Asper Way 

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