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Clearwater, John Murray

Clearwater John Murray

John Clearwater was born in Winnipeg and completed his International Baccalaureate programme in Canada and Wales. He won the Member of Parliament prize for politics/history, and then completed four years of undergraduate study at the University of Winnipeg. He was accepted into Dalhousie University for his Master's degree in Soviet and Canadian military policy and nuclear weapons doctrine.

John then worked for Air Command Headquarters before moving to Europe to do doctoral work at the War Studies Department of King's College London. His Ph.D. thesis has been published under the title "Johnson, McNamara, and the Birth of SALT and the ABM Treaty", and has since been used as a university textbook.

Upon returning to Ottawa in 1994, he began an intensive effort to have the files from the 1950s through 1980s declassified and released. His first book, "Canadian Nuclear Weapons", remains the only comprehensive reference work on the subject, and was the basis for two television documentaries.

After leaving DND he wrote his third book, "U.S. Nuclear Weapons in Canada", which became the basis for a CPAC documentary.  John then became the editor-in-chief of the "Arms Control Reporter" international monthly journal in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He subsequently returned to Ottawa where he ran Clearwater Consulting.

His next move was to Abu Dhabi where he acted as a temporary strategic policy advisor to the government of the United Arab Emirates. Since his return to Canada John has worked on contract for the departments of National Defence, Foreign Affairs, Public Works, Indian Residential Schools Resolution, and the Gomery Royal Commission.

His museum exhibit, entitled LOST NUKE, premiered at the Vancouver Museum in 2004 in concert with the Discovery Channel documentary of the same name. John led the 2003 museum expedition into the mountains of British Columbia to discover the secrets of the world's first Broken Arrow: the loss by a B-36 bomber of a Mk-4 atomic bomb in February 1950. His new book on the subject, entitled "Broken Arrow #1, The World's First Lost Atomic Bomb" was released in 2009. The museum display opened at the Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War Museum, in 2007. The remade documentary LOST NUKE was released in the USA in 2009 on National Geographic Channel.

In January 2006 John moved to Cambodia as the visiting professor of political science in the philosophy and history departments at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. He and his lovely wife Pamela sailed around the world for the first half of 2007.

In January 2007 he delivered the final report on the investigation into radiated Canadian soldiers to the Minister of National Defence. This special study was commissioned by DND to examine the events involving nearly 1000 soldiers taking part in open-air nuclear weapons tests with the USA and UK. The report was declassified for the media and appeared in the national press on Monday 18 June 2007.

Dr. Clearwater became the chief operating officer of Visa Services Canada, Inc. in 2007, and works from their head office in Ottawa. VSC is a diplomatic service company handling business and tourist visas for Canadians and people resident in Canada.

John and his wife are on the board of directors of the Cambodian-based NGO "Life and Hope Association". The LHA helps vulnerable children, and land-mine victims achieve normal and positive lives.

John was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada in 2012; specifically for his work in nuclear weapons, arms control and national security, and assistance to nuclear veterans.


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