been an uptick in the amount of coverage given to UFOs by Canadian
media over the past few years, much of it involving the public
comments by some Canadian politicians about the subject. In addition,
recent results of ATI requests (the Canadian equivalent of American
FOIA requests) of government records regarding UFOs have produced
some very curious documents.
most significant of these media stories were written by one
journalist in particular, Daniel Otis, who started his series of
articles in the online news source Vice and has continued his work
now as reporter with CTV News, a major mainstream Canadian media
sold a handful of stories to Vice starting in 2014 about various cool
things, but then in 2021 he began a series of excellent news stories
about Canadian government interest in UFOs.
first one for Vice described how “Canada’s military is being
notified when pilots spot UFOs in Canadian airspace,” citing CIRVIS
(Communication Instructions for Reporting Vital Intelligence
Sightings) reports filed with Canada’s Department of National
Defence and obtained by Otis through ATI requests.
article seemed to start the ball rolling, and Otis’ timing was
impeccable as American interest in UAP was surging in 2021 with the
flurry of activity over the UAP Task Force and AATIP and other
interviewed me for his first Vice story because he knew I was
involved in studying Canadian UFO reports and government documents.
He also acknowledged me in his later stories, and it was good to get
some recognition for my work. As many know, I have been including
Canadian government documents of UFO sightings throughout the past 32
years of producing the Canadian UFO Survey (and also much, much
earlier). While I haven’t made a big deal of that, Otis’ articles
are among the first to note my extensive involvement in UFO research
using official Canadian documents.
has done a remarkable job of digging out official Canadian documents
about UFOs, including cases
where pilots reported UFOs and a
video taken by a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer of a UFO
over a Canadian city.
continued to produce some very interesting stories for Vice, and then
in September 2021,
he had a piece published that focused on my work. He had filed an
ATI and found that: “Canada’s government and military have
forwarded UFO reports to a civilian researcher for over two decades,”
noting I was “Canada’s ‘point man.’”
obtained copies of the PowerPoint slides accompanying a briefing for
Canada’s Minister of Defence in May 2021. The briefing described
the history and current status of official Canadian government
interest in UFOs, and included a note about how I had been conducting
civilian research on UFOs for decades. A later document showed that
my photograph was even included on one slide!
I had not revealed to anyone is that I was asked by DND in May 2021
for the information they used to brief the Minister.
to say, this caused a bit of a stir. I did not know I was personally
going to be included in the briefing, but I figured my info would be
useful in informing the Minister of Defence. I did not know when the
briefing was going to be made.
Otis’ persistence in tracking the story found that in 2022, another
time for the
current Minister of Transport.
And sure enough, the same basic information was presented, including
a reference to me.)
had been a
writer for CTV from 2016 to 2019
and then again
in 2021 as a
journalist for CTV News. He’s
stories for them about UFOs, all focusing on government involvement
and politicians’ interest in the subject. In fact, Otis
broke the news that Member of Parliament Larry Maguire went public
with his interest in UAP and his
questions in a Parliamentary Committee about UAP over Canadian
stated publicly that on January 28, 2021, he had been briefed by
Robert Powell and others from SCU and then on February 16, 2021, by
Lue Elizondo and his associates. Then on October 20, 2021, Powell and
Christopher Mellon met with another unnamed Canadian Member of
Parliament. Oddly enough, without any knowledge of these meetings
with others, and completely apart from my being noted in a briefing
to the Minister of Defence, in June 2021 I was asked by Maguire’s
office to discuss Canada’s government UFO involvement. I met with
Maguire on June 3, 2021, although this was not mentioned in media.
then, a few more Canadian politicians have spoken publicly about UFOs
and UAP, and Otis is hot on their trail.
more to come!