Podcast by Canada's History
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.
From Wall Street to Bay Street
The financial history of the US and Canada since the late 18th century. In his lecture, professor Joe Martin discusses how Canada and the United States diverged in their development of a banking system after the conclusion of the War of 1812.
Gouzenko Deciphered Part 3 - Andrew Kavchak
Dundonald Park in Ottawa sits across the street from the apartment that Igor Gouzenko, the first Cold War defector, previously resided. This apartment building was where Gouzenko and his family hid from Soviet pursuers, and this park was where RCMP officers kept watch of the premises. Today, seventy-five years later, a plaque stands in Dundonald Park memorializing Gouzenko.
Andrew Kavchak, former federal civil servant, autism advocate, and amateur historian, explains his lengthy efforts for the municipal and federal recognition of Gouzenko in Ottawa. The author of several books, Kavchak discusses the writing of Remembering Gouzenko: the Struggle to Honour a Cold War Hero, as well as other books related to Soviet history.
Election Reflections Canada and the US 2020
Allen Priest provides insights into the history of American elections’ impacts on Canada.
On the day of the 2020 United States presidential election, it is a great opportunity to reflect on the history of American elections’ influence on Canada and the dynamics between Canadian and American leaders. Allen Priest guides us through many of the most cooperative, competitive, and controversial moments between the leaders of the two neighbouring countries, and how the past can be clarifying in observing the impact of the current election.
Gouzenko Deciphered Part 2 - Dr. Calder Walton
The defection of the Russian cipher clerk, Igor Gouzenko, in September, 1945, revealed to Canadian authorities a web of Soviet espionage spun throughout Canada, with threads running through atomic military research, Canadian parliament, and across the world – in Washington DC, London, and Moscow.
Seventy-five years later, we can observe how this single defection sent ripples and cracks throughout the global military and political landscape.
Dr. Calder Walton, a historian of espionage, grants us a peek behind the Iron Curtain, describing the intentions, perspectives, and practices of Soviet spying coordinated by Stalin and his officers.
He explains how the various Western nations responded to the knowledge of these spying rings revealed by the Gouzenko defection. Dr. Walton explains how the first Cold War defection has relevance that extends across the West, the world, and to the present day.
Karine Duhamel Speaks about Life on the Land
For decades, The Beaver depicted Indigenous societies as primitive peoples in need of “civilization.” In actuality, the magazine’s images reveal vibrant cultures, resilient communities, and crucial new perspectives on the North.
Karine Duhamel, Ph.D., who is Anishinaabe-Métis, wrote “Life on the Land” in our special centennial issue.
“As an Indigenous person, I am looking at the pictures in The Beaver differently. I am looking at the things that make Indigenous peoples and communities strong, which are family and kinship and connection to the land. For me, that’s what stands out in the images.”
Photo: Inuit children leap across large supply sacks at Frobisher Bay, in what’s now Nunavut, circa 1960 in this photo by British photographer Rosemary Gilliat. The image appeared in the Winter 1962 issue in a story on children in the North. [Credit: HBCA-1987-363-E-210-018]