Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Resistance Is Futile: New Report Compiles 25 Years of UFO Sightings in Canada

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Resistance Is Futile: New Report Compiles 25 Years of UFO Sightings in Canada

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Nearly 15,000 UFO sightings in Canada

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WINNIPEG - Do you believe?

Large flying objects, crop circles and alien abductions are part of a new study about UFO sightings in Canada.

A Winnipeg group called Ufology Research has compiled and analyzed reported sightings of unidentified flying objects across Canada over the last 25 years.

It found 14,617 celestial oddities have been spotted since the group started collecting data in 1989. Explanations or probable explanations were found for about half the sightings.

Research co-ordinator Chris Rutkowski said the group's work doesn't provide absolute proof about the existence of extraterrestrials.

But it raises questions.

"This is simply a phenomenon that's real, that people continue to report," Rutkowski said after the study was released Friday.

"And I believe that science should take a better look at what's going on because the (data) suggests the phenomenon isn't going away."

The study shows a growing number of unexplained sightings over the years, with the majority in British Columbia and Ontario.

The "hot spot" cities with the most sightings are listed as Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Calgary.

Most sightings were of lights in the sky, often spotted between 10 p.m. and midnight, and usually in July and August.

About three per cent, or 467 cases, were close encounters, including alleged alien sightings and abductions.

One of the study's "most remarkable" cases was that of a Winnipeg nurse who said that she found two "small human-like creatures" when she got home from work on Nov. …

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