M. Deschamps - Director
of Terminology and Abbreviations
and Opinion Polls
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 26 October 1954, page 24
Sky Watchers Feel Flying Saucers 'Definitely Exist'
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ten flying saucer enthusiasts in Melbourne,
who have spent a year investigating sightings of mysterious
objects in the sky over the city, have reached the conclusion
that flying saucers are real.
The 10 make up the self-styled Flying Saucer Investigation
Committee. They are a banker, a journalist, four engineers,
two clerks and two industrial engineers. Most of them are
members of the Astronomical Society.
A year ago, these men, reading newspaper reports of lights
in the sky, flying objects and the various things grouped
under the collective title of "flying saucers,"
decided that they would investigate the phenomena independently.
They cross-examined 55 persons on what they had seen and
reached their conclusion: One of the saucers was a balloon;
four were meteors; one was drifting seed of Scotch thistle;
two were jet aircraft; and 47 could not be explained.
A spokesman of the committee said the 47 "unexplained"
saucers broke up into four distinct groups.
1. Six were cigar-shaped glowing objects seen at night gliding
in the sky.
2. Fifteen were "proper" flying saucers or discs,
rotating bodies appearing in pairs. When seen low down the
upper portion appears to rotate. This type have windows
and small ball-like wheels underneath.
3. Six more were shooting "moons" - bright lights
which flash across the sky, hover for a minute or so, and
appear or disappear suddenly.
4. The largest class, with 20 sightings, were small hovering
lights, which hang in the sky, then dash off at high speed.
In daylight, their surfaces flash in the sun like highly-polished
is much easier to say what these objects are not, than what
they are," the committee's report states. It is gratifying
to note that of late the authorities are taking a more serious
view of the whole matter.
committee is convinced that they have a definite, objective
existence. They have been seen in too many widely separated
places, at too many different times by too many sound and
reliable witnesses to be disputed."
Ontario, STAR, 14 August 1974, page 36
One in 10 aware of UFOs claims sighting
By CANADIAN INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC OPINION
Nationally, 67 per cent of Canadians have heard or read
something about unidentified flying objects, and over one
out of every ten aware Canadians claim to have seen one.
If this figure is taken at face value, it means that just
over one million Canadian adults have spotted a flying saucer.
In addition, half of those who have heard of these flying
objects believe that they are real and not just a figment
of someone's imagination.
While awareness of UFOs is considerably higher among younger
people, there is little variation in the proportion in each
age group who claim to have spotted one.
There is a direct correlation between belief in the existence
of UFOs and age. Almost seven in ten of those under thirty
say they are real, while only 49 per cent of those in the
middle years and 38 per cent of those over fifty think they
In a similar study reported in January, the American Gallup
Poll showed considerably higher awareness. Of those aware,
however, the proportion who had seen a UFO (11 per cent)
and those who felt them to be real (54 per cent) was almost
identical in the two countries.
you heard or read about so-called unidentified flying objects
- UFOs? (If yes) have you ever seen anything you thought
was a UFO? In your opinion, are they something real, or
just people's imagination?"
In total, 1,006 adults, 18 years old and over, were questioned
personally in their homes across Canada. A sample of this
size is accurate within four percent - age points, 19 in
Ontario, STAR, 10 May 1976, page 2
shows most people believe UFOs
TORONTO (CP) - The federal government might be ignoring
unidentified flying objects (UFOs) because it doesn't want
to admit there's nothing it can do about them, says Arthur
Bray, a former Canadian Navy and Air Force pilot.
Mr. Bray told a seminar here at the Ontario Institute for
Studies in Education that no government "is willing
to stick its neck out and admit aliens have direct access
to our world and environment."
much easier for the government to ignore them."
Mr. Bray said a survey taken in 1974 showed that 53 per
cent of the Canadians polled believed in the existence of
UFOs and 10 per cent claimed they had seen them.
He said Canada needs UFO research because National Research
Canada, the organization in charge of investigating UFO
reports, is not doing its job.
Research Canada doesn't check sighting reports," Mr.
ignores them. It classifies them as non-meteoric sightings."
Ontario, STAR, 11 July 1977, page 9
million, including Jimmy Carter say they have seen flying
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Considering they've perplexed mankind
for a couple of thousand years, it's about time someone
held an international conference on "flying saucers."
In ancient Rome they were "flying shields;" in
the Middle Ages "ships in the sky;" in the late
19th century "airships," and today "unidentified
flying objects" (UFO).
According to a Gallup poll, 15 million Americans have seen
the phenomena, including President Jimmy Carter. Sightings
have been reported in every country in the world, at a rate
of around a hundred every night.
A handful of persons claims to have had physical contact
with extraterrestrial humanoids, and scores say they've
witnessed spaceships landing on earth.
phenomenon of UFOs exists. As to what it is, we don't know,"
admits astronomer J. Allen Hynek - reason enough for the
first International UFO Congress.
More than a thousand believers gathered at the Pick-Congress
Hotel here the weekend of June 25: astronomers, physicists,
psychiatrists, engineers, educationists, and everyday folks
whose interests transcend the everyday.
Ken Arnold was there - the original "flying saucer"
The Boise, Idaho, salesman and pilot was flying over the
Cascade Mountains in Washington state on June 24, 1947,
when he saw nine delta-winged craft below him, moving in
formation at incredible speed.
They flew "like saucers skipping over water,"
he told a reporter later. The reporter threw out that delta-winged
business, and the modern UFO era was begun.
I'm crazy, I've got a lot of friends," Arnold told
Count President Carter among them. It happened one night
in 1973 in Thomaston, Ga. In the book UFO Exist, Carter
is quoted as describing his experience:
was the darndest thing I've ever seen. It was big. It was
very bright, it changed colors, and it was about the size
of the moon. We watched it for 10 minutes but none of us
could figure out what it was."
thing's for sure. I'll never make fun of people who say
they've seen unidentified objects in the sky."
FUN OF FANS
Yet many persons do make fun of UFO aficionados - the "ridicule
barrier" to serious scientific study, according to
Dr. Hynek, a professor at Northwestern University and director
of the Centre for UFO Studies in nearby Evanston.
Thus, respected professionals like Dr. James Harder, biomedical
engineer at University of California, ran some risk by attending
the conference here.
started off open-minded in 1960," he told reporters.
"But then I ran into some cases that were impossible
to explain as natural phenomena:"
- Strange fragments of metal found at purported UFO landing
sites in Brazil and Sweden in the late 1950s;
- A curious metal ball found in Florida in 1973.
It's those few cases that also perplex Dr. Hynek, who admits
most sightings can be explained by natural phenomena, weather
balloons, satellites and such.
those few unexplained ones that we're interested in,"
he said - those that can't be kissed off as "swamp
gas" and "mass hallucination."
IN ALL SHAPES
President Carter's ambiguous UFO description is little better
than most eyewitness reports. UFOs, it appears, come in
all shapes and sizes: luminous jellyfish, big pancakes,
beautiful flowers, and even Christmas tree ornaments.
some of it's pretty farfetched stuff," said Dr. Hynek.
But don't tell that to Betty Hill. She and her late husband
Barney were driving along a deserted New Hampshire highway
in 1961 when, she swears, they were abducted by a UFO.
came to check us out to see if we are advanced enough to
be friends," says Mrs. Hill, a rather plump, aging
matron and one of the star speakers at the conference.
were humanoids, about 4½ feet tall, who took the
Hills aboard their spaceship for a physical examination.
The aliens "erased" the Hills' memories of the
experience, but a psychiatrist revived them through hypnosis.
to New Hampshire. I'll show you where they've been,"
said Mrs. Hill.
Some complaints voiced here were suspicion that the federal
government is withholding much of what it knows about UFOs,
and reports of mysterious "men in black" allegedly
threatening UFO witnesses.
Dr. Stanton Friedman, a California physicist, described
it as a "cosmic Watergate" and called on the media
to bring the issue "out of the closet."
Rumors whirled at the meeting that by year-end, the government
will make some remarkable disclosures about UFOs, with much
of the information coming from the CIA and the FBI.
Ontario, STAR, 22 March 1978, page 43
Believers in UFO grow in numbers
Perhaps in response to the increase in movie and television
shows based on interplanetary travel, there has been a significant
increase over the past four years in the number of Canadians
who have heard of UFOs and in the number who believe that
they are real and not just imagination. There has been little
or no increase, however, in the proportion who claim to
have spotted one.
In May 1974 only 67 per cent of Canadians had heard or read
anything about UFOs. Today this has risen to 81 per cent.
Similarly the proportion who think that they are something
real has increased from 36 per cent four years ago to 46
per cent today.
The number who think they have actually seen a UFO rose
slightly, but not significantly from 8 per cent to 10 per
Today's results are based on 1,050 personal, in-home interviews
with adults, 18 years and over during the first week of
February. A sample of this size is accurate within a four
percentage point margin, 19 in 20 times.
The questions asked were:
YOU HEARD OR READ ANYTHING ABOUT UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS
(IF "YES") HAVE YOU, YOURSELF, EVER SEEN ANYTHING
YOU THOUGHT WAS A UFO?
IN YOUR OPINION, ARE THEY SOMETHING REAL, OR JUST PEOPLE'S
As the table below shows, more of the young adults have
heard of, believe in, and spotted unidentified flying objects.
Ontario, STAR, 16 May 1994, page A2
reports on the rise
WINNIPEG (CP) - Over the past five years, more and more
Canadians have reported seeing strange things in the sky.
These include silent black triangles, giant cigar-shapes
and strange nocturnal lights.
According to a Manitoba astronomer, there were almost 500
reports of unidentified flying objects in 1993, triple the
number in 1989.
But Chris Rutkowski doesn't interpret this to mean that
earth has become a hot destination for intergalactic alien
Rather, the explosion in reports probably has more to do
with the proliferation of UFO study groups around the country,
Both British Columbia and Alberta now have 24-hour UFO hotlines
and most other provinces have at least one group devoted
to researching UFOs.
As these groups become more well-known, more people call
to report unexplained sightings that they might otherwise
keep to themselves, said Rutkowski, who is with Ufology
Research of Manitoba.
The Alberta UFO Study Group, formed in 1989, issued a news
release last week seeking anyone who may have seen some
mysterious black triangles gliding silently overhead.
then, we have been getting hundreds of calls," said
group member David Thacker of Red Deer, Alta.
The triangles were sighted in Edmonton and Red Deer last
month and were also seen in Lethbridge, Alta., last year.
Thacker, who makes a living as an agricultural consultant,
said triangles have also been sighted in large numbers in
the U.S. and Belgium.
of the more popular theories in recent years is that this
is actually a sighting of an advanced United States secret
spy plane," said Thacker.
it's impossible to prove that because they don't even admit
that it exists."
In fact, few UFOs can't be explained once investigated.
Of the 489 reported in Rutkowski's study, only 26 were unexplained.
And last year's survey was skewed somewhat because at least
120 reports were on the same event - a spectacular fireball
and sonic boom over Western Canada. A meteor was established
as the likely cause.
Ontario, STAR, 17 March 1998, page A2
spotting on the rise
WINNIPEG (CP) - Are Canadians seeing more lights in the
night sky or do they have X-Files on the brain?
That's the question being asked by one UFO researcher following
a study that shows a growing number of Canadians reported
unexplained sightings last year.
There were 284 reports of UFOs in 1997, up 10 per cent from
1996, says Chris Rutkowski, who wrote a national report
on the sightings.
Rutkowski said the 50th anniversary of an alleged UFO crash
in Roswell, N.M., as well as the immense popularity of X-Files
- a TV show chronicling the paranormal pursuits of two alien-hunting
FBI agents - may help explain the jump in sightings.
The 1997 Manitoba results, released Monday by Ufology Research,
recorded 32 sightings of unidentified objects. Many can
be discounted as planets or planes or natural phenomena,
are some garbage reports out there, no question," he
said. "But there are also some very good reports that
raise a lot of questions."
Ontario, STAR, 16 August 2001, page A8
issues report on UFOs
WINNIPEG (CP) - Tornadoes of fire, craters and wax-oozing
balls of light were among 75 UFO sightings reported in Canada
since January, says a study released Wednesday by Ufology
Research of Manitoba.
a higher interest this year for some reason," said
co-ordinator Chris Rutkowski. "There's some pretty
strange stuff going on all over the country."
Two people in Surrey, B.C., reported seeing a red ball of
light ooze out a hot waxy-like substance as it moved through
An Alberta resident discovered a four-metre crater in a
field after others witnessed a "fire tornado."
Just a week ago in Winnipeg, someone reported seeing a bright
fireball in the night sky.
was a few days ahead of the bright fireball seen in Nova
Scotia last Friday," Rutkowski said, adding a Russian
rocket booster came down into the waters off the coast and
a meteor shower took place, so he's not sure what the fireballs
may have been.
Rutkowski said the popularity of the Space Channel and a
recent MacLean's magazine poll about UFOs showing 61 per
cent of Canadians believe aliens are visiting Earth may
have resulted in a higher number of reported cases.
Ontario, STAR, 2 August 2005, page
numbers fall in Canada
WINNIPEG (CP) - It's possible that Canadians are keeping
their eyes on the ground rather than the skies, or maybe
fewer extra-terrestrials are visiting the planet.
Whatever the reason, the number of UFO reports filed in
Canada so far in 2005 is down significantly from last year,
according to a mid-year analysis by a national research
We're likely looking at report levels only around those
of 2000 or 2001, said Chris Rutkowski, science writer and
research co-ordinator with Ufology Research of Manitoba.
Why the drop is so significant this year, I don't know.
Ufology Research of Manitoba is a Winnipeg-based independent
centre, co-ordinating research and collecting data on Canadian
UFO reports. It publishes a detailed, yearly analysis of
Canadian UFO cases.
In 2004, its mid-year analysis noted a sharp increase in
the number of UFO reports, which led to an increase of more
than 30 per cent by year's end.
clippings courtesy of The Sudbury Star.