Cold War Tech | Gouzenko Deciphered | Shooting Arrows

Some interesting military history this issue of Canada’s History.


Plus: The Cold Warriors, Mikhail Baryshnikov
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Cold War Tech and Its Discontents

The Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line was a radar defense network in Canada’s Arctic. It was a Cold War engineering marvel, but it had terrible effects on the land and Inuit communities. Listen now

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Gouzenko Deciphered Part 2

An expert Cold War historian provides us with a peek behind the Iron Curtain. This is the second part in a podcast series featuring interviews with the daughter of a Russian spy and an author of several books related to Soviet history. Listen now

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It’s War. It’s War. It’s Russia

Russian defector Igor Gouzenko’s chilling warning of a Soviet spy ring in Ottawa sent shock waves through Canada and the West. Read more

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The Cold Warriors

In the 1970s, Canada’s fighter aircrews fought secret war games to prepare for the unthinkable: a Soviet nuclear assault on North America. Originally published in February 2009Read more

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June 29, 1974: Mikhail Baryshnikov Defects

While touring Canada with the Kirov Ballet of Leningrad, Mikhail Baryshnikov defected, becoming a member of the National Ballet of Canada for a short time. Originally published in June 2006Read more

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Shooting Arrows

How Avro’s film department captured — and rescued — a priceless aviation archive. Read more

Save your spot and spend Canada Day in Churchil - ride the rails and watch the whales!
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