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Annual UFO Survey Records 736 Sightings In Canada

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Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 07:38:24 -0400
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Subject: Annual UFO Survey Records 736 Sightings In Canada

Source: The Brooks Bulletin - Alberta, Canada


Monday, April 09, 2007

Annual UFO Survey Records 736 Reported Sightings Across Canada
Last Year

WINNIPEG (CP) - Aliens and spaceships are a bit passe these
days, but 736 reported UFO sightings across Canada last year
shows an "underlying, real phenomenon" going on, says one of the
country's top UFO researchers.

"It's true, we don't have as many aliens on TV as we used to -
 they used to be on commercials selling us everything from Pepsi
to decongestants," says Chris Rutkowski, director of the
Winnipeg-based Ufology Research institute.

"And yet the phenomenon persists, which to me says there is a
basic underlying, real phenomenon that extends beyond media and
pop culture."

Rutkowski's annual Canadian UFO Survey last year recorded the
third-largest number of sightings in its 17-year history - down
from a record of 882 sightings in 2004.

British Columbia and Ontario had the highest number of recorded
cases, but Saskatchewan posted an all-time record of 98

The tiny community of Maidstone just east of the Alberta
boundary accounted for more than half of the reports from

Barb Campbell, who now lives farther down the Yellowhead highway
in Paynton, Sask., says she saw a dark triangle larger than a
helicopter hovering in the sky above Maidstone last year.

"It was just above the glare of the street light, so you
couldn't quite make out the whole thing, but it had a very
unusual, strobing, eerie kind of light in the middle," she says.

"It made absolutely no sound whatsoever - it was just really

Campbell doesn't believe there's anything particularly alluring
for extraterrestrials in Maidstone and says there's likely far
more UFO sightings right across Canada each year that don't get

Rutkowski, who wrote a book last year on Canadian UFO sightings,
is quick to point out that no incontrovertible proof exists that
any of the UFO cases involve aliens.

Most of the sightings are of strange lights in the night sky,
with close encounters and reports of "classic" flying saucer
shapes being relatively rare.

"It would be difficult to conceive of how aliens could travel
here from out there."

Still, he says earthlings are a "relatively young civilization"
surrounded by stars and planets that are older and potentially
have civilizations that are much further evolved than us.

"Perhaps if we hang around another hundred, thousand or ten
thousand years we might come up with a way to travel between the

Of all the reports included in the 2006 UFO Survey, the most
mysterious include the sighting of a huge, black, V-shaped
object moving slowly out over the Newfoundland coastline last

Another incident was reported by a motorist outside of North
Bay, Ont., who saw a cluster of blue-glowing orbs that zipped
closely past his car and then hovered in some nearby trees.

Disappointingly enough, one of the biggest problems that
Rutkowski and other ufologists face in their study of
unidentified flying object reports is not a shadowy group of
powerful people trying to obscure the truth. It's actually the

With no Canadian government department officially recording
UFOs, there's no central authority to keep track. And more
websites are appearing all the time.

"There's so many people interested right now and they're setting
up their own websites - there's a confusion now. There's no one
central place to report UFOs anymore."

Last month, the French government created a world-wide stir when
its space agency published more than 100,000 documents online
from its secret "X-files" relating to UFOs and sightings of
other unexplained phenomena.

The space agency said it made the documents public to draw the
scientific community's attention to unexplained cases and
because their secrecy generated suspicions that officials were
hiding something.

-By James Stevenson in Calgary.

c. The Canadian Press, 2007

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