Key player behind Vancouver Olympics facing allegations he abused First Nations students

Explosive allegations have been leveled against the man considered the hero of Canada’s 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

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Explosive allegations have been leveled against the man considered the hero of Canada’s 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

John Furlong was CEO of the Vancouver Olympic Committee during the Games.

An article published Thursday in the Georgia Straight news weekly claims Furlong worked as a teacher for Aboriginals students in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The magazine said it had affidavits from former students who alleged Furlong physically and mentally abused them, sometimes beating students with rulers, sticks and taunting them as “good for nothing Indians.”

Furlong denied the allegations and has threatened legal action against the Georgia Straight.

The RCMP told the George Straight it is “aware of allegations of involving John Furlong” and is investigating.

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Before moving to become the APTN News social media producer, Mark was the executive producer for the news in eastern Canada. Before starting with APTN in 2009, Mark worked at CBC Radio and Television in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.

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