Sunday, December 2, 2012

Frontier Apostles the focus of Vancouver Sun article

With John Furlong taking his concerns over an article from the Georgia Straight and writer Laura Robinson towards the courts, the background of his time in Northwestern British Columbia and Burns Lake in particular, is finding much room of late in newspapers and on radio and television news programs.

The latest review of what brought Furlong and hundreds of others to Northern British Columbia can be found in the Vancouver Sun, which devotes a good portion of space in an article this weekend to examine the past of the Frontier Apostle program, the creation of then Bishop O'Grady of the Diocese of Prince George.

During its time, the program brought over 700 lay staff from other countries to a number of Catholic Schools from Prince George to Prince Rupert, a process that for the most part came to an end, once the government began to provide partial funding for Independent Schools in the province.

Annunciation School, was one of many across the northwest which featured the Frontier Apostle program through the sixties and into the seventies.

The program that O'Grady launched had a lengthy and for the most part well received history in the region and with it, at times, some controversy as well.

Some of which is getting a second look, through the renewed interest in the program's past. All be it, as the backdrop of the Furlong story and the aspect of corporal punishment, a form of discipline that was allowed and in place in all British Columbia schools of that era.

The most recent review from the Vancouver Sun, which provides a fairly interesting glimpse of the Frontier Apostle program, can be found here.

Some past items of note on both the Furlong/Georgia Straight story and the Frontier Apostles can be found below.

CBC-- John Furlong files lawsuit against B. C. Newspaper
CBC Daybreak North-- Corporal normalcy (audio)
CBC-- Vancouver Olympics CEO 'categorically' denies abuse allegations
CBC Daybreak North -- Former students at Burns Lake Roman Cahtolic School accuse John Furlong of mistreatment (audio)
CTV BC-- John Furlong files lawsuit against reporter
CTV BC-- Furlong's schools could be part of class action lawsuit
CTV BC-- Reporter plans countersuit against Furlong
CTV BC-- Furlong's reputation at risk amid abuse allegations
Global BC-- Furlong files suit alleging reporter's article part of campaign to discredit him
Prince George Citizen-- Furlong defamation suit seeks to discredit basis for story
Prince George Citizen-- Skeletons in the closet
Prince George Citizen-- Journalist plans to countersue Furlong
Prince George Citizen-- Furlong, accusers can't both be right
Prince George Citizen-- Catholic nun says Furlong never abusive to students
Prince George Citizen-- 'It just did not happen'
Georgia Straight-- Georgia Straight responds to John Furlong's news conference
Georgia Straight-- Full video of John Furlong news conference responding to Georgia Straight article
Georgia Straight-- Full text of John Furlong's statement regarding Georgia Straight article
Georgia Straight -- John Furlong story elicits strong reactions
Vancouver Sun-- John Furlong files suit alleging reporter's article part of campaign to discredit him
Vancouver Sun-- John Furlong, family 'humiliated, demeaned' by abuse allegations
Vancouver Sun-- Reporter says she will countersue former Vancouver Olympics chief John Furlong
Vancouver Sun-- Web chatter about Furlong points to our vulnerability in electronic age
Vancouver Sun-- First Nation asks RCMP to investigate allegations
Vancouver Province-- Furlong sues Georgia Straight over abuse allegations
Vancouver Province-- John Furlong suing Georgia Straight over abuse allegations, says his lawyer
Vancouver Province-- Furlong trades more barbs with author who alleges he abused Burns Lake students
Vancouver Province-- Claims raise smoke, but no fire
Vancouver Province-- Questions surrounding John Furlong could take a long time to be answered
Vancouver Province-- First Nations chief calls for probe into abuse allegations against Furlong
Vancouver Observer-- The John Furlong defamation case and Canadian libel law
The Tyee-- Furlong's co-author Mason says he was told nothing about Burns Lake
The Tyee-- Furlong publishes "Final Statement" on Story He Calls a Disgrace
The Tyee-- Furlong Libel Case a Big "Test": Tyee Mster class Leader Leo McGrady

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