• Time Bombs: The Canadian Atomic soldiers

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    In the spring of 1957, 40 young Canadian soldiers were sent to Nevada on a top secret mission. These young men did not know they would be used as guinea pigs in the most important nuclear test program of the Cold War. The American military wanted to know how the average soldier would hold up on a nuclear battlefield. With absolutely no knowledge of the effects of radiation, the boys played “war games,” sometimes less than 1,000 yards from exploding nuclear bombs; bombs as much as four times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The effects were devastating. Many of the men fell gravely ill and some of their children were born with deformities or handicaps. The controversial operation has never received official recognition from the Government of Canada. Time Bombs follows the Atomic Veterans in their quest for recognition from the government.

  • Newfoundland at Armageddon

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    One hundred years ago, on July 1st, 1916, the Newfoundland Regiment took part in a massive First World War offensive on the Somme, led by the British to liberate France and Belgium from the claws of the Germans. Some 800 soldiers from the Regiment went over the top that morning, near Beaumont-Hamel in France. The following day only 68 were able to answer roll call. Because of that battle, nothing about Newfoundland would ever be the same. To commemorate the 100th anniversary, Brian McKenna’s latest feature documentary film Newfoundland at Armageddon tells the story of this epic tragedy. Learn how a single battle changed Newfoundland forever.

    Meet the men and women of Newfoundland who lived through the Great War by following 29 journeys inspired by real events and the stories on CBC’s Newfoundland at Armageddon interactive feature.

    For more on Newfoundland at Armageddon, visit CBC Docs.

  • Residential Schools and Hockey

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    In this special documentary from The National, CBC’s Duncan McCue explores how hockey provided an outlet for many Indigenous students in Canada's residential school system.

    For more on this story, visit CBC News Indigenous.