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How the Cold War Started... in Ottawa!: Canadiana Series, Season 3

This title is a part of the series Canadiana Series, Season 3

Catalogue Number:  UPP024
Producer:  The Canadiana Project Inc.
Producers:  Brook, Ashley
Directors:  Cucco, Kyle
Producing Agencies:  The Canadiana Project and Unlikely Pear Productions
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, History, Social Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2022
Running Time:  18:33

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Three days after the end of WWII, a relieved and exhausted Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King was about to find out that post-war peace was to be short-lived. The RCMP had something to report to him: there were spies in Ottawa. Russian spies. A cipher clerk by the name of Igor Gouzenko had finally managed to turn himself in after 24 hours of panic, incompetence, and utter absurdity on the part of Canadian officials. His defection revealed a spy ring that shook the Western world — some refer to it as “the spark that ignited the Cold War.”          

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