love our favorite Martians
THANE BURNETT, QMI AGENCY
M. Deschamps, a UFO researcher/historian
based in Greater Sudbury Oct. 27, 2010
JOHN LAPPA/QMI AGENCY
love our favourite Martians. Or where ever they may come
past year has seen a peak of interest in UFOs, as sightings
have been reported from the four corners of the globe.
skeptics argue one report feeds imaginations for the next
sighting, its still meant a sudden pop fascination
not seen in decades.
the second of a three-part special series, QMI Agency finds
more than half of Canadians figure there may be something
really out there, which is good news to those whove
long kept the faith alive.
N.M. Turns out, Michel Deschamps isnt as alone
in the universe as he once thought.
years decades even the Ontario man has waged
a very personal mission to bring UFOs a little closer to
at least grounding our understanding and his belief
on what they may be.
thats meant sometimes paying a certain price.
not afraid to say I waited until the age of 39 to date
it was a conscious decision, he explains from his
Sudbury home, where the 46-year-old Wal-Mart employee oversees
the Northern Ontario UFO Research and Study (NOUFORS.com)
track of strange, otherworldly encounters, it includes a
catalogue of 85 alien species, culled from witness accounts.
And that doesnt include those beings he says are part
of human abductions.
have more physical evidence in UFOs than God, Deschamps,
a Christian, says.
has been called a UFO believer.
not a believer, he counters. Im a knower.
a result of his passion, he believes his phones have been
tapped in the past and talks about a death threat.
not always easy when your belief system runs from the dark
side of the moon to alien fingers in biblical events.
says, for most of his life sometimes ridiculed in
the past hes chosen his UFO mission over personal
he now sees a shift in opinion the tug of popular
interest, even acceptance, toward what hes believed
since he was a child.
site gets good terrestrial traffic. And a strong support
system has been created among others who believe as he does.
they are finding they are not alone.
exclusive Leger Marketing poll of Canadians, taken on behalf
of QMI Agency, has found the vast majority of the nation
think it may be possible that extraterrestrial life does
exist, based on sightings around the world.
encounters have only increased in 2010 fed off a
popular hysteria, critics argue as UFO headlines
have come from China, across the U.S., the U.K. and started
the new year in Newfoundland.
34% of Canadians dont buy into the possibility, the
new poll shows.
executive vice-president Dave Scholz notes while Ontario
residents tend to be a bit more skeptical, most Canadians
no matter where they live are open to flights
of the unknown.
he says people will tend to reserve a final, conclusive
verdict unless they have a face-to-oval-eyed-slits-for-nose-earless-alien-face
encounter on their own.
astronomer and UFO-studies buff Chris Rutkowski says while
Canadians poll high in their belief of cosmic communities
beyond our own, there are so many websites, podcasts and
YouTube videos promising insights, many people dont
know where to turn for objective information.
a 2008 poll found one in every dozen Americans have seen
a mysterious object in the sky that may have been a visitor
has had many encounters tracking them through the
just trying to get the facts out and get rid of the bullshit,
he argues of his lifelong campaign.
despite progress by some in getting UFO debates into the
mainstream and polls that suggest Canadians are welcoming
to the idea of visitors coming from far abroad Deschamps
agrees with pollster Scholz the world is a long way off
from agreeing on whats up and out there.
they show themselves, the UFO researcher says of an
alien intention, some just will never believe.