CBC News has confirmed that John Furlong was in Burns Lake, B.C., as early as 1969. (CBC)
John Furlong has a sterling reputation in B.C. He's the Irish immigrant who delivered a spectacular Winter Games to Vancouver and was honoured with the Order of Canada. But allegations about Furlong have raised questions about his early life in Canada. CBC has spoken to at least eight people who say Furlong physically and verbally abused them as students at a Burns Lake school where he taught. The allegations date back to Furlong's first arrival in Canada in 1969 when he came to Burns Lake as a missionary of the Frontier Apostles. John Furlong has denied all allegations of abuse and he's promised to take legal action to defend his reputation. CBC National Reporter Duncan McCue has been working on this story. He spoke with Leisha Grebinski.