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Watch: Robinson, Kirwan spar over event centre location

An economics professor and a city councillor argue real estate development

Dr. David Robinson called Coun. Bob Kirwan a pretend economist. Coun. Kirwan called Dr. Robinson a washed up dinosaur.

The reason: The city councillor for Ward 5 backs the True North Strong event centre project on The Kingsway and thinks the numbers bear him out. The economics professor says the number don't show anything of the sort.

It might seem to be too late to be talking about this, since the decision was made back in June to put the event centre on The Kingsway instead of downtown, but perhaps not. Robinson believes the project will undermine the city's economy and may go bankrupt before it's built. 

Maybe not so anti-climactic after all. managing editor Mark Gentili moderates as the two men hash out their differences in a livestream debate from the news site's downtown offices at 158 Elgin Street.

Click play in the image above to watch the two men argue it out. The debate begins at 2:30 p.m. today (Sept. 7).

If you miss the livestream event, don’t worry; it will be viewable on YouTube following the event.