- Bright flying objects, crop circles subjects
of military reports Strange phenomena: Defence Department releases latest
batch of UFO sightings
- Several snowmobilers see a round yellowish
light assume the shape of a star. It moves slowly westward, like a balloon
on a string, then suddenly disappears.
- A number of people witness a large triangle-shaped
object pass quickly above a Yukon lake under a full moon. It makes a loud
noise, but has no lights and leaves no vapour trail.
- A Prairie family finds some of their
cattle mutilated. A few years later, they discover a two-metre crop circle
in one of their fields.
- The mysterious stories are just a few
of the unusual reports from people across the country who have encountered
things they simply could not explain.
- The Defence Department has just released
a batch of the documents, known in military circles as CIRVIS reports,
short for Communications Instructions for Reporting Vital Intelligence
- The names of people who claimed to see
the strange phenomena have been deleted, but the memos provide some intriguing
glimpses of the eerie episodes.
- Some, such as the "large greenish
flare" seen over Northern Ontario in January, 1997, can be fairly
easily explained as meteors. But others are a little more baffling.
- Army Sergeant Clay Rankin remembers the
spring day last year in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., when a local woman reported
being followed by two cone-shaped unidentified flying objects as she drove
home with four companions.
- "She seemed pretty sincere about
it," Sgt. Rankin recalled in an interview. "What it was, I'm
- The official report says bright blue
light shone from windows in the twin objects as they moved through the
Arctic sky about one kilometre behind the car.
- "They were followed for approximately
15 minutes when contact was lost."
- Sgt. Rankin, 38, duly filed his report
with superiors at Canadian Forces Northern Area Headquarters.
- Still, he doubts the existence of extraterrestrial
spacecraft. "I've never seen one myself," said Sgt. Rankin.
- "I'm not one of those X-Files fans
or anything like that."
- A bizarre incident near Marmora, Ont.,
last February might have made believers out of three people who saw white
and orange lights flying above the ice on Crowe Lake.
- A similar sighting took place in Ottawa
on a clear July evening. Witnesses told the National Defence Operations
Centre of a display by four or five glowing objects that moved about chaotically,
"merging and separating at random" for almost an hour before
- A woman in Coral Harbour, N.W.T., was
starting her snowmobile one morning last January when she gazed over the
water and saw a large blue ball and two, smaller red balls followed by
- "As the large ball got closer to
me, it picked up speed and the colour changed from blue to red," she
told the military. "As it passed overhead it changed colours again
from red to orange, then to yellow, then headed up into the sky."
- The report lists the incident as a possible
- Officials were at a loss, however, to
explain the June, 1997 Yukon sighting of the black, triangle-shaped object
over Lake Laberge.
- "A number of aircraft were in the
area around the reported time, but none remotely resembled the object's