Burlington UFO and PARANORMAL Research and Educational Center

Living in the Light by Mary Sutherland


News Release: 25 February 2002

Study Finds Huge Increase in UFO Reports in Canada
in 2001

There were 42% more UFO reports filed in Canada in 2001 than 2000,
according to the findings of a national study released today.

"There was a huge increase in the number of UFO sightings last year,"
says science writer Chris Rutkowski, editor of the study. "There were 374 UFO
reports made in Canada in 2001, or about one UFO seen somewhere in the country each
day. We are not sure why there was such a large rise in reports last year, since
the trend began earlier than September 11th."

Rutkowski is research coordinator for Ufology Research of Manitoba
(UFOROM), a volunteer civilian group that gathers and studies UFO reports made to
Canadian organizations and government agencies. UFOROM has been publishing an
annual survey of Canadian UFO sightings since 1989 and has accumulated more than
3200 Canadian UFO cases since the beginning of the last decade. They look at
details such as where a UFO was seen, the time of day, its colour, shape and observed

Other findings of the 2001 study:

In 2001, more UFOs were reported in August than any other time
of the year.

About 15% of all UFO reports were unexplained. This percentage
of unknowns falls to about 5% when only high-quality cases are

Most UFO sightings have two witnesses, meaning that sightings
can usually be corroborated by someone else.

In 2001, the typical UFO sighting lasted about 15 minutes.

BC, Ontario and Alberta logged the most sightings, although all
provinces and territories had reports last year, including 5 cases in Nunavut.

More UFOs were reported over Vancouver and Ottawa than any other Canadian

"People continue to report UFOs quite regularly," explains Rutkowski.
"Most UFOs have simple explanations, but the unexplained ones are still
interesting, although not necessarily from Mars. Over the years, report numbers have been
increasing, even though in this advanced technological age, science tells us that UFOs
aren't real." He adds: "This research can give scientists the raw data needed to
properly evaluate this popular social phenomenon that is so pervasive throughout
our culture."

For further information, contact:
Chris Rutkowski, editor, e-mail: rutkows@cc.umanitoba.ca
Geoff Dittman, data analysis, e-mail: aristotl.geo@yahoo.com
The study is available online at: www.geocities.com/aristotl.geo