Cold war

Canada's Role in the Cold War

  • Quebec's Padlock Law

    Quebec's Padlock Law
    The Padlock Act was " The act to protect provinces against communist propaganda". The act prohibited anyone to make use of a house or allow anyone to use it with communist propagate and intentions.
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    Cold War, Beginning to the End.

  • Spies In Canada: Gouzenko Affair

    Spies In Canada: Gouzenko Affair
    Igor Gouzenko a cipher clerk for the military attache stole 109 documents from the Soviet Embassy in Canada. The documents depicted the existence of Soviet spy networks operating inside several government departments in Canada and Britain. He was then later arrested by the RCMP and forced to return the documents.
  • Berlin Blockade

    Berlin Blockade
    The Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies railway, road and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under Allied control. Their aim was to force Allied powers to let The Soviet Union to start supplying Berlin food and fuel, therby giving the Soviet's full control over the entire city. The blockade was removed in the month of May 1949 by the Soviets when they had realized the Western Allies had just flown over more necessities by aircraft than they had before. Making the blockade obselete.
  • International Alliances: NATO

    International Alliances: NATO
    NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) is an international alliance of 26 countires of Europe and North America created to ensure peace and security of the North Atlantic Region. It states members of the party agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party.
  • The Forgotten War - The Korean War

    The Forgotten War - The Korean War
    The Korean war was between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's of Korea. It was primarily the result of the political division of South and North Korea by an agreement of the victorius allies at the conclusion of the Pacific War at the end of World War II.
  • Continental Alliances: NORAD and DEW

    Continental Alliances: NORAD and DEW
    The Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line began on 15 February 1954.The DEW Line was designed and built during the Cold War as the primary air defence warning line in case of an over-the-pole attack on North America. Over the pole nuclear bombing and missiles was a considerable option. DEW consisted of overlapping radars able to detect such.
  • Vietnam War & Draft Dodgers in Canada

    Vietnam War & Draft Dodgers in Canada
    Canada did not fight in the Vietnam War and diplomatically it was "officially non-belligerent". American draft dodgers and military deserters who sought refuge in Canada during the Vietnam War would ignite controversy among those seeking to immigrate to Canada, some of it provoked by the Canadian government’s initial refusal to admit those who could not prove that they had been discharged from military service.
  • UN Peacekeeping: The Suez Crisis and Pearson wins Nobel Prize

    UN Peacekeeping: The Suez Crisis and Pearson wins Nobel Prize
    The Suez Crisis is when the Egyptian President Abdul Nasser nationalises the Suez canal for all. Doing this would affect its precious flow. Since the Suez is vital for oil transportation in Britain nationalising it could cripple their economy. Because no side wished to compromise, Britain is preparing to strike their military to seize control of the canal. In doing so Foreign Minister Lester Pearson proposes the first UN peacekeeping in the genral assembly to resolve the conflict.
  • Sputnik and Canada's Space Program

    Sputnik and Canada's Space Program
    Sputnik 1 was the first artificial Earth satellite. The Soviet Union launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit on 4 October 1957. The surprise success precipitated the American Sputnik crisis, began the Space Age and triggered the Space Race, a part of the larger Cold War. The launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments.
  • Avro Arrow and It's Cancellation

    Avro Arrow and It's Cancellation
    The Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow was a delta-winged interceptor aircraft, designed and built by Avro Aircraft Limited (Canada) in Malton, Ontario. The arrow was to be an advanced technical and aerodynamic achievement soon to be used for the RCAF. It was then brought to an abrupt cancellation.
  • Diefenbaker, Bomarc Missiles and Nuclear Warheads in Canada

    Diefenbaker, Bomarc Missiles and Nuclear Warheads in Canada
    In 1958, the Progressive Conservative government of John Diefenbaker, acting in accordance with a clause of NORAD, deployed 56 American-made Bomarc missiles in Ontario and Quebec. The goverment did not make known to the public that the missiles were filled with nuclear weapons.
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis

    The Cuban Missile Crisis
    The Cuban Missile Crisis was a 13 day confrontation of Cuba and the Soviets on one side, and the United States on the other. It was one of the major confrontations of the Cold War, and known as the moment in the Cold War where it came closest to turning into a nuclear conflict.
  • Canada-Soviet Hockey Series

    Canada-Soviet Hockey Series
    The Super Series, known as the Canada-USSR series, was an eight game series of ice hockey between Soviet Union and Canada. It was the first competition between the Soviet national team and a Canadian team represented by professional players of the National Hockey League (NHL).
  • The Fall of the Berlin Wall

    The Fall of the Berlin Wall
    As Communism began to falter in Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia in 1988 and 1989, new views were opened to East Germans who wanted to flee to the West. Then suddenly, on the evening of November 9, 1989, an announcement made by East German government official stated, "Permanent relocations can be done through all border checkpoints between East and West Germany.
  • The Fall of the Soviet Union

    The Fall of the Soviet Union
    In December of 1991, the Soviet Union disintegrated into fifteen separate countries. Its collapse was hailed by the west as a victory for freedom, a triumph of democracy over totalitarianism, and the superiority of capitalism over socialism, ending the Cold War.