Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Steve-Nash-Gyms)

A chain of fitness clubs accused of using Steve Nash's name without permission has fired back in court with a counter lawsuit alleging the former basketball star's company damaged its reputation.

S-N-F-W Fitness, which runs more than 20 facilities across British Columbia, has filed a counterclaim in B-C Supreme Court, insisting it retained the legal right to use what it calls the "Nash endorsement" even after parting ways with its famous frontman.

Nash's Arizona-based company, B and L Holdings, filed a lawsuit against S-N-F-W Fitness in October, accusing it of illegally using Nash's brand after his relationship with two business partners fell apart in 2014.

None of the allegations have been proven in court and none of the parties named in the suit responded immediately to a request for comment. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Sex-Offender-Warning)

B.C.'s Public Safety Ministry is warning Surrey residents that a high risk sex offender has been released into the community.

The ministry says 27-year-old Jeffrey Goddard has a criminal history that includes sexual assault, child luring, and impersonating a peace officer.

He is described as Caucasian, five foot nine inches tall and 170 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

He will be closely monitored, however the public is asked to contact police if they see him breaking any of the 21 court-ordered conditions including communicating with minors or attending facilities where there are children such as parks or community centres. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Carfentanil-Confirmed)

British Columbia's public health officer says street drugs are more dangerous than ever with the confirmation that the deadly synthetic opioid carfentanil is being consumed by users.

Doctor Perry Kendall says as the number of overdose deaths climbed in November and December, officials suspected the drug typically used as an elephant tranquilizer was to blame.

The province's health ministry announced yesterday that a small number urine samples tested at drug treatment facilities in the Metro Vancouver turned out positive for carfentanil.

The drug is 100 times more toxic than fentanyl, and users are being urged to always have a sober buddy near by, carry the opioid antidote naloxone and take advantage of overdose prevention sites. …

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