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2003 Canadian UFO Survey News Release

From: Chris Rutkowski <rutkows.nul>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2004 16:59:23 -0600 (CST)
Fwd Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 07:25:35 -0500
Subject: 2003 Canadian UFO Survey News Release

News Advisory:

Study Finds UFO Sightings in Canada at All-Time High

February 9, 2004 - (Winnipeg, MB) The 2003 Canadian UFO Survey
was released today by Ufology Research of Manitoba (UFOROM), an
independent study group that analyses information about
unidentified flying objects reported across Canada. Its findings

- There were 673 UFO sightings reported in Canada in 2003 - or
nearly two each day.

- There were about 39 per cent more UFO reports in 2003 than
2002. The number of UFO reports per year in Canada has increased
almost 350 per cent since 1998.

- In 2003, record numbers of UFOs were reported in British
Columbia (304), Alberta (76), Ontario (150) and Quebec (49).

- In 2003, about 17 per cent of all UFO reports were
unexplained. This percentage of unknowns falls to about seven
per cent when only high-quality cases are considered.

- Most UFO sightings have two witnesses.

- The typical UFO sighting lasted approximately 10 minutes in

UFOROM research director and study author Chris Rutkowski notes:

"The most important findings of this study include the fact that
the number of UFO sightings in Canada has increased over the
past fifteen years, and 2003 saw an all-time record high number
of sightings reported. People continue to report observing
unusual objects in the sky, and some of these objects do not
have obvious explanations."

He also says that many witnesses are pilots, police and other
individuals with reasonably good observing capabilities and good
judgement. Although most reported UFOs are simply lights in the
night sky, a significant number are objects with definite shapes
observed within the witnesses' frame of reference.

Rutkowski cautions: "Popular opinion to the contrary, there is
yet to be any incontrovertible evidence that some UFO cases
involve extraterrestrial contact. However, the continued
reporting of UFOs by the public and the yearly increase in
numbers of UFO reports suggests a need for further examination
of the phenomenon by social, medical and/or physical

The study was produced with the cooperation of researchers and
investigators across Canada and with case data from private,
public and government sources.

The complete study is available online at:


For further information, contact:

Ufology Research of Manitoba, e-mail: rutkows.nul

Media interviews are available with local contacts in British
Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova

Note: UFO sightings in Canada can be reported toll-free to:


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