- The thick, white condensation trails of jet aircraft,
often called chemtrails
- due to their suspected chemical content, continue to
cause concern. The most
- recent story in The Bancroft Times appeared in August
and caught the eye of a
- new reader in Brighton, Ontario. The reader has since
sent off information
- requests to three federal departments, but initial response
has been evasive or
- incomplete. The reader, a lawyer, continues to ask more
pointed questions of
- Environment Canada, the Privy Council and Transport Canada.
- She questioned parallel, simultaneous flights over Lake
- photographs with the times of day and the number of flights
over the same day.
- She wanted to know who was flying, what chemicals might
be in the trails, what
- warnings might have been issued to residents, the purpose
of the spraying and
- under what statute the flights were conducted.
- A Haliburton man has sent his queries to Red Deer Alberta
MP Bob Mills, the
- Alliance Party environment critic, who passed it on to
- David Anderson. In his letter to Anderson, Mills attached
- his office had received about chemtrails. He asked the
Minister for "the
- government position on the chemtrail question" and
"a reply from Ottawa
- addressing the environmental and health damage that chemtrails
- Another website has added the issue to its pages. Brian
- <http://www.holmestead.ca>www.holmestead.ca has
now gone one step further in trying to get answers from
- the federal government. He has tried, as have many others,
to get answers
- without satisfaction.
- He did receive two letters from Defence Minister John
McCallum dated August 28
- and another, received November 4, which answered Holmes'
on-line open letter to
- the Minister.
- McCallum said in the latter response, "After viewing
the contrail pictures on
- your website, and others, the air staff has concluded
there is nothing to
- indicate that these contrails are anything more than
harmless vapour trails, as
- explained in my correspondence of August 28, 2001, to
- McCallum told Holmes his location is on a flight path
to the Midland VHF
- Omni-directional Range, a radio beacon, and that five
high level airways
- intersect over Penetanguishene. "On a busy day,"
McCallum said, "with the right
- atmospheric conditions, these aircraft will form contrails
- accumulate and remain in the sky for hours. The Canadian
forces and the
- Government of Canada have not been involved in activities
such as you describe
- in your letter, nor would we allow any other party to
conduct any form of
- aerial activity that could endanger the health of Canadian
- disputes the claim by McCallum and others that normal
contrails can last for
- hours and that contrails are simply due to humidity and
- at high altitude.
- He decided that many names might improve on the results
of a 500-name petition
- three years ago from residents of Espanola, Ontario,
which reached Parliament.
- "We simply want to get some answers and put it in
front of them," says Holmes
- of the effort to reach MPs. "The last try was at
Espanola, and if people are
- feeling some amount of frustration they may have an outlet
- petition. On-line petitions simply do not work, they
are not listened to and do
- not carry the same weight."
- Holmes added the chemtrail issue to his normally quiet
Internet site in May,
- 2002. Since then his "hits" per day have mushroomed
from a few hundred a day to
- as high as 4,500 in one day. It had been about country
living, pond culture,
- raising Muscovy ducks and some political commentary.
- Holmes became concerned over a rash of respiratory problems
among residents of
- the Penetanguishene area over the last two years. The
"epidemic" had normally
- healthy people hacking with dry coughs for months, and
gagging themselves awake
- at night. He relates the symptoms to the overflights
of jets which he and his
- wife counted one summer day at twenty-four, all with
thick, long lasting
- The document, which Holmes had prepared by a lawyer to
match federal petition
- criteria, and was approved by Marc Toupin, Clerk of Petitions,
- Commons, calls for action. It requests the House of Commons
to: (1) immediately
- order the cessation of all high altitude aerial spraying
in Canadian air space;
- (2) immediately disclose the purpose of the aerial spraying;
- disclose the chemical composition of the materials sprayed,
and (4) disclose
- when the program began, the amount of chemicals sprayed,
the locations of
- spraying, the number, type and ownership of the airplanes
which have been
- carrying out the spraying.
- The claims in the petition cite that spraying has gone
on over every province
- without the consent of Canadians for at least two years.
It suggests the planes
- are military-type aircraft. It further contends that
the chemicals adversely
- affect health, especially among children and that Canadians
have the right not
- to be sprayed, "no matter what the purpose."
- It continues to advise the Members of Parliament "THAT
many concerned citizens
- have already attempted to obtain explanations of this
aerial chemtrail spraying
- activity from their elected representatives and from
- departments but with no success."
- In a preamble to the petition available from the website,
- "Attempts to determine a believable official explanation
have led nowhere."
- You may download your own copy of the Petition from:
and print it out. It is estimated from website
- statistics that to date over 200 copies of the petition
are in circulation
- across Canada. The full instructions are to be found
on-line on the petition
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