Controversial topics up for debate at library

The impact of social benefits will be debated at the Central Library on Wednesday October 30 as the second in the three-part Be It Resolved debate series on topics relating to law justice and society.

Joe Ceci government relations specialist and former city councillor will face off against David Seymour a senior fellow at the Manning Foundation over the question "do social benefits help or harm?" The debate will be moderated by Larry Horeczy executive director of Calgary Legal Guidance and followed by a question period.

"I think it will be an interesting discussion because I think we’ve got a breadth of view" says Jerry Fawcett civic literacy and community outreach librarian.

Fawcett says the goal of the series is to present "hot topics" that are controversial discuss different points of view in order to foster better understanding and encourage people to do further research and perhaps form their own opinions. "It’s a little different than anything we’ve done at the public library here before" he adds.

The debate will take place at the John Dutton Theatre at the Central Library from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The final debate in the series will be held on Wednesday November 27 and will ask how recent changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act affect everyone in Canada.