Undated: HYDRA Planning

A more dramatic proposal to protect the HYDRA emerged. In this undated, unsigned draft letter to authorities in the United Kingdom, the writer notes that efforts are underway to ensure continuity of government within Canada, and perhaps HYDRA should be protected as well. The writer notes that Leitrim, with its proximity to Ottawa, would likely not survive a nuclear attack. Oshawa would fare better, but would likely need fallout proofing. The writer alludes to an “existing hardened communications site” where HYDRA could be protected. However, the writer notes that this plan hinges upon cooperation with signals intelligence authorities in U.K.:  "Whether we protect our installation as Hydra or as a general communication facility depends on your plans for the continued operation of the corresponding UK terminal."

The plan would also require coordination with signals intelligence authorities within Canada. In a separate letter, the writer notes that no specific requirements have been outlined for the “continued operation of HYDRA in wartime.” The writer suggests moving HYDRA to the EASE site, where it can be protected from “the present day nuclear threat.” However, this plan must line up with those of the CBNRC and External Affairs. Information on the emergency plans and requirements of these two departments are requested for planning to move forward. 

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Hydra Communications - Policy, RG24, 1250-36 Vol. 1, Library and Archives Canada (LAC)