260: The Cold War in Canada: Spies, Bunkers & Nukes, Oh My!

Episode 260: Canada played an important role in the Cold War, a period of intense geopolitical tension and rivalry between the Western powers and the Soviet Union that lasted from the end of World War II in 1945 until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. As a member of the Western Bloc and a close ally of the United States, Canada was involved in a wide range of Cold War activities, including the establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the construction of a network of radar stations in the Canadian Arctic known as the DEWline, and the creation of a series of underground emergency government bunkers known as Diefenbunkers. The Cold War also had a significant impact on Canadian society, shaping public attitudes toward issues such as national security, nuclear weapons, and international relations.


Gouzenko Affair – Canada’s Human Rights History

Spies, Lies, and a Commission by Dominque Clément

Did the Cold War Start in Canada? – All About Canadian History

The Gouzenko Affair – The Historical Society of Ottawa

Parks Canada – Gouzenko Affair National Historic Event

Canada and the Cold War | The Canadian Encyclopedia

NATO – Declassified: Canada and NATO – 1949

The Red Scare

Sound of SPUTNIK-1 | YouTube

DEWLine Museum – HOME – The Distant Early Warning Radar Line, the Coldest Part of the Cold War.

The Distant Early Warning Line and the Canadian Battle for Public Perception – Canadian Military Journal

The Distant Early Warning Line: An Environmental Legacy Project – Canada.ca


Diefenbunker Museum Blog – Canada’s Cold War Museum Blog

Top Secret: The Lives of Employees at CFS Carp

Canadian Nuclear Weapons by John Clearwater – Ebook | Scribd

Underground Structures of the Cold War by Paul Ozorak – Ebook | Scribd

Cold War Secret Nuclear Bunkers by Nick McCamley – Ebook | Scribd

NORAD and the Soviet Nuclear Threat by Gordon A.A. Wilson – Ebook | Scribd

Now You Know Canada by Doug Lennox – Ebook | Scribd

Canada and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

North American Defence | PDF

Canadian Military Journal Vol. 12, No. 1

Current Time – 2023 – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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