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Defence Department Docs Spotlight Canada's X-Files

From: Moira Scott <epona@interlog.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 12:29:43 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 23:25:18 -0500
Subject: Defence Department Docs Spotlight Canada's X-Files


The Windsor Star Tuesday, December 22, 1998

UFO Reports Shrouded In Mystery

Defence Department Documents Cast Spotlight On Canada's Own
X-Files

Jim Bronskill
For The Windsor Star

Several snowmobilers see a round yellowish light assume the
shape of a star.

It moves slowly westward, like a balloon on a string, then suddenly
disappears. .

A number of people witness a large triangle-shaped object pass
quickly above a Yukon lake under a full moon. It makes a loud
noise, but has no lights and leaves no vapour trail.

A Prairie family finds some of their cattle mutilated. A few
years later, they discover a two-metre crop circle in one of
their fields.

The mysterious stories are just a few of the reports from
people across the country who have encountered things they
simply could not explain.

The Defence Department has just released a batch of the
documents, known in military circles as CIRVIS reports, short
for Communications Instructions for Reporting Vital Intelligence
Sightings.

The names of the people who claimed to see the strange phenomena
have been deleted, but the memos provide intriguing glimpses of
the eerie episodes.

Some, like the "large greenish flare" seen over Northern Ontario
in 1997, can be fairly easily explained as meteors. But others
are more baffling.

Army Sgt. Clay Rankin remembers the spring day last year in
Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., when a local woman reported being followed
by two cone-shaped unidentified flying objects as she drove home
with four companions. "She seemed pretty sincere about it,"
Rankin recalled in an interview. "What it was, I'm not sure."

The official report says bright blue light shone from windows in
the twin objects as they moved through the Arctic sky about one
kilometre behind the car. "They were followed for approximately
15 minutes when contact was lost."  Rankin, 38, duly filed his
report with superiors at Canadian Forces Northern Area
Headquarters.

Still, he doubts the existence of extraterrestrial spacecraft.
"I've never seen one myself," said Rankin. "I'm not one of those
X-Files fans or anything like that."

A bizarre incident near Marmora, Ont., last February might have
made believers out of three people who saw white and orange
lights flying above the ice on Crowe Lake.

A similar sighting took place in Ottawa on a clear July evening.
Witnesses told the National Defence Operations Centre of a
display by four or five glowing objects that moved about
chaotically, "merging and separating at random" for almost an
hour before vanishing.

A woman in Coral Harbour, N.W.T., was starting her snowmobile
one morning last January when she gazed over the water and saw a
large blue ball and two, smaller red balls followed by sparkles.

"As the large ball got closer to me it picked up speed and the
colour changed from blue to red," she told the military. "As it
passed overhead it changed colours again from red to orange,
then to yellow, then headed up into the sky."

The report lists the incident as a possible "UFO/submarine
sighting."  Officials were at a loss, however, to explain the
June 1997 Yukon sighting of the black, triangle-shaped object
over Lake Laberge.

"A number of aircraft were in the area around the reported time,
but none remotely resembled the object's description."

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